Do you have author photos and book covers that I can download?

Yes. To download any of these, just right-click your mouse and select "Save Link As..." or "Save Image As..."

  • Author photo
  • Cover image for Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities
  • Cover image for The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
  • Cover image for Shark Vs. Train
  • What are some ways that a school can make an author visit more affordable?

    There are many approaches that schools may take to getting author visits funded, such as applying for grants and cooperating with local service organizations. The Cooperative Children's Book Center's article "Tips on Hosting an Author/Illustrator Visit" offers lots of great suggestions.

    I'm doing a school project based on The Day-Glo Brothers -- where can I find more information about Bob and Joe Switzer?

    For further research, you might want to track down some of the sources mentioned in my Author's Note. You should also explore the "Other Links" section on the page on this site for The Day-Glo Brothers.

    Your website looks terrific -- who designed it?

    The wonderful Sarah Rehm -- I highly recommend her.

    Can you please critique my manuscript?

    I can't do that, but I can help you find someone who can. The Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators provides a listing of regional chapters, many of which coordinate critique groups for their local members.

    How can I get a children's book published?

    From my own experiences learning the ropes of writing for children and young adults, I can say that the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators would be a terrific resource for you. You should also take a look at the latest edition of the Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, available at many bookstores. Two other terrific resources are Cynthia Leitich Smith's site and Harold Underdown's site.

    If I can't attend one of your public appearances, how can I get a signed copy of one of your books?

    Austin's BookPeople often has signed copies in stock and available for shipping.

    Would you donate a copy of one of your books for a good cause?

    I often do, but typically only for organizations that I'm already personally affiliated with. If you think that your organization is one of these, you're welcome to contact me.

    What if I have a rights question about one of your books?

    Please direct all rights queries to my agent:

    Erin Murphy Literary Agency
    2700 Woodlands Village #300-458
    Flagstaff, AZ 86001-7127