Sunday, April 26, 2015

V = Volunteer

A to Z Blog Challenge: Day Twenty-two


I'd like to use the letter "V" to remind people to volunteer. I used to volunteer a lot when my daughters were in school. I choreographed plays, created costumes, chaperoned trips, and whatever else I was able to do to help. Book fairs were the best, except that time I agreed to dress in that Clifford costume!

Cub Scouts
When my children were no longer in school, I have to admit, it was a bit of relief not to have so many commitments. But I also felt a void. I realized that with grown children I had more time to commit to my writing career so I wanted to commit some of that time to volunteering as an author. I like to encourage others to do the same.

Some ways you can volunteer as an author is to offer to do free Skype visits. When a librarian took extra time to write a letter to my publisher to tell them how much they enjoyed using my joke books in her school and how much they enjoyed the books, I decided to give back with a free Skype visit.


Career Day
 Consider doing free author visits for children who might not otherwise experience meeting an author.  For me that meant visiting a children's hospital. Check your local newspaper and calendar of events for organizations in your community that might benefit from your services. That's how I discovered Gigi's and was able to arrange a special author 
Children's Hospital

visit with a holiday-themed craft. Consider a volunteering for a Career Day or a scouting event. These are just a few ways authors can give back.


Linda Bozzo has published more than 50 nonfiction books for the school and library market. For more information about Linda and her books, you can visit her website.

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