I’m excited to offer classroom and library visits! I provide two options for my presentations: an author talk, or a storytelling workshop. In my author talk I discuss the business of being a writer, how I write my books, and the part that rejection plays in a publishing career even for professionals. I also include a Q&A session, and can discuss the mental health representation in my stories. In my storytelling workshops, I use my experience as an author (and my nearly-a-decade of experience serving as a freelance editor) to teach students how to build a story and hone their own unique voices.
My author presentations are suitable for middle- and high-schoolers, while I can tailor storytelling workshops to students 1st-12th grade. I also offer virtual visits via Skype. Please note, I don’t currently offer assembly presentations.
Naomi Hughes is the author of Afterimage and Refraction, young adult sci-fi novels that feature mental health themes such as OCD, panic disorder, and anxiety; her books have earned starred reviews and state honors. Naomi has also been a successful freelance editor for nearly a decade, working on over a thousand projects for her clients and earning testimonials from authors like Tomi Adeyemi, the #1 NYT and internationally bestselling YA author, and Casey Lyall, whose Howard Wallace, P.I. series was recently optioned for TV. Naomi has also been a four-time mentor for Pitch Wars, the well-known online writing/mentoring contest that teams up experienced authors with aspiring writers to help them hone their stories.
Naomi grew up all over the U.S. before finally settling in the Midwest, a place she loves even though it tries to murder her with tornadoes every spring. In her free time she likes to travel with her husband and daughter and geek out over British TV and Marvel superheroes.
Local visits (Oklahoma City and surrounding areas):
-$300 for a 45-minute presentation
-$600 for a half-day visit (up to two 45-minute presentations)
-$1,000 for a full day visit (up to 4 presentations)
In-state visits (Oklahoma, not including panhandle):
-$850 + mileage and hotel (if necessary) for a half-day visit (up to two 45-minute presentations)
-$1,200 + mileage and hotel (if necessary) for a full day visit (up to 4 presentations)
-$1,500 + travel expenses for up to 4 presentations
-$150: 45-min virtual author talk or storytelling workshop
-Free for classes where all students have read one of my books: a 20-min pure Q&A Skype session
I’ll provide preorder forms for my books (which will be signed and delivered on the date of the visit by a local independent bookstore, when possible) and author handouts with all in-person visits.
If you have any questions or would like to book a visit for your school, please contact me at: email@example.com
Also, if these visits aren’t within your school’s budget, please feel free to get in touch and see if we can work something out! I’m sometimes able to be flexible with my rates, and there are also often other arrangements that can be worked out, such as sharing costs with another nearby school.