Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Free virtual pre-recorded visits through November

I've been trying to figure out how to do some virtual visits this fall when I'm busy working my day job. So here's what I've decided to do - I will record a FREE 30 minute video for you to show to students in grades 4-7 at your school. So if you're an educator and you're looking for some reading/writing content that you don't have to teach, hit me up! The great thing is if you schedule a virtual pre-recorded visit between now and November 10th, students can get in on a ordering a signed, personalized book PLUS a free little pin I'm offering for my upcoming novel, DON'T JUDGE ME. The book and gift will be mailed to their home after November 10th - just in time to read over Thanksgiving or winter break.

So here's how it works.

Send me the date you'd like to share the video. If you think multiple teachers want to be involved please coordinate with them FIRST so I can do one video for all of you. Multiple classes/grades will get first priority so it's actually to your advantage to have multiple classes participating. 

I'll confirm that it's doable for me to record a video before then and once you have confirmation, you'll want to have one educator gather questions somehow and then forward the best ones on to me a week before you plan on showing the video (please have names attached to the questions so I can talk to each student and personalize my answers). I will do my best to make the videos fun and engaging while also being educational. I plan on recording a short presentation with some writing tips (and have my cute dog Alfie make an appearance) and then I'll answer questions. Once the video is done, I'll upload it to youtube as an "unlisted" video labeled for kids (no comments will be allowed that way) and send you the link. This will allow me to control my content and delete the videos I create in a couple of months. 

If there is something you specifically would like me to talk about to help your students, just let me know! I'm more than happy to tackle a subject you are wanting to teach as long as it's something I can go over in 15-20 minutes or so, allowing time for questions. 

For now I will offer this up through the end of November. If it goes well, I may do it again in 2021. 

If you are reading this and are not an educator, I'd love it if you'd send this post to any grade 4-7 teachers and librarians you know.  

Please email me at lisaschroederbooks@gmail.com with questions if you have them or to get your pre-recorded virtual visit scheduled!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - dealing with your internal critic

Figuring out how to deal with the negative voice inside your head so you can get your writing down on paper is something *every* writer has to figure out. Knowing that it's there and isn't necessarily something you should listen to is half the battle! But there are some other things you can do too. 

In case you want an easy link to the Annie Bloom's pre-order going on, you can go HERE.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Here's a little sample from my upcoming novel, DON'T JUDGE ME!

DON'T JUDGE ME comes out in less than two months, on November 10th. This novel is about a 6th grader named Hazel who finds a notebook that rates girls on their looks. She knows she has to do something, and she can't do it alone. The wave she'll be making might turn into a tsunami, but if Hazel can find the courage to speak up, she just might change everything.

The first professional review is in and it's a nice one!

Pre-order at www.annieblooms.com and get a signed, personalized copy plus free gifts!

This week's video offers a tiny taste - watch as I read aloud!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - the #1 thing you can do to improve your writing

I'm having a lot of eye pain this week for some reason so I'm not looking very well in this video, hopefully you will forgive me for that! But today I wanted to share what advice I give the most to kids who write to me and ask me what they can do to become a good writer. Can you guess what it is??? Find out in the video!


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - staying motivated during the 1st draft

Writing is fun until it isn't. And then it just becomes work. So how you do stay motivated while writing the first draft so you can FINISH it? I share a few tips in this video!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - Book Recommendation: FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON

Pre-order campaign - order between now and November 8th and get free stuff!!

You might not know that 2020 has been a REALLY rough year for authors, publishers and bookstores. And lucky me, I have a novel coming out right after one of the biggest elections in American history when people will be thinking about a million other things besides my little book. So, in an effort to try and get some orders before November, I've partnered with a fantastic little bookstore in Portland called Annie Bloom's Books for a pre-order campaign. Order through them and on Nov. 10th I'll head over, sign/personalize books, stick some special gifts I've prepared into the package, and they will mail it off to you (or if you live in Portland, you can pick it up curbside). You'll be doing so much to support me, Scholastic, and Annie Bloom's.
DON'T JUDGE ME is inspired by the true story of girls who found a list being passed around at school rating them on their looks. It's a book about learning to speak up when you see something that's wrong and want to work to create change. It's about looking for and finding others who will stand with you. It's about being true to yourself even when it's challenging.
It's too early for professional reviews but the incredible Barbara Dee's quote will be on the cover. "A realistic treatment of an important topic. Readers will root for Hazel!" And Ms. Hottinger, a Middle School teacher, just read a review copy and told me, "I absolutely LOVED it."  How can you beat that!? It's primarily for kids ages 9 and up, but I think Hazel's growth and transformation could be inspiring for just about anyone. Or if you are a fan of tortoises, you're in luck, there's one in the book named Pip. I truly appreciate friends and family's support, now more than ever. 

Direct link to order: https://www.annieblooms.com/book/9781338628548