Author and Illustrator Appearances

We have several authors and illustrators who enjoy meeting and speaking with readers about their work, and about reading and writing.
If you are interested in inviting an author/illustrator to visit your community in person, or via Skype please contact McBookwords.


Author's Website:

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Jacqueline Briggs Martin


Contacting the Publisher

To locate current contact information search for that publisher by using Google, Ask Jeeves, or another computer search engine.

Many publishers may be current or old imprints of larger house, or were companies bought out by other houses.

Organizations may order the author's books from a local bookstore or distributor. Orders may also be arranged through direct contact to the appropriate publishers.  Before ordering obtain information regarding the book store's or publisher's discounts, terms, and ordering procedures. 

Most publishers have special terms for books being ordered for an author appearance.  Be sure to specify that the books are being ordered in conjunction with an author appearance.   Orders should be placed at least 6 weeks before the appearance.  Specify a date at least 2 weeks prior to the visit, as the required delivery date.

Most book dealers will order the books and make them available for you on a "book fair" type basis.  Generally an organization can generate about 20% of the sales, as revenue for future author visits.

Dealing directly with the publisher can yield 40% of the sales but the organization is usually responsible for paying postage costs (to and from) for all books ordered and for those books that are unsold. 

We generally reccommend that books are pre-ordered and made available to readers BEFORE the author visits.  That increases the readers' familiarity with the books and helps with the readers' preparation for  the  author's appearance.  The author will be pleased to autograph those books for readers.

Jacqueline's books are available through her publishers:

Readers to Eaters

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table and Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious are both publications of Readers to Eaters. Discounts are available and are arranged by contacting Philip Lee directly by phone (206) 849-1962 or via e-mail at

How to Order Books for a School Visit by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Other titles from Houghton Mifflin
The ultimate goal of any author/illustrator visit is to motivate kids to read. These
appearances make books come alive, by showing kids that authors/illustrators are realpeople. If kids are excited and interested by the visit, they will invariably ask, "Where can I get your books?" If the books are not on hand, the moment is lost. Having the author's/illustrator's books at the appearance is an integral part of a successful visit. Book sales should be a part of your visit preparations.
While there are different options for ordering books, there is no "best" way, because it depends on the offers made by bookstores in your area. With a little research, you should be able to find the most cost-effective plan for your school. Often, your organization can earn a discount on books ordered for the event. You can then sell the books at retail price and earn a profit for your group (many schools use the profits to ensure funding for annual author/illustrator visits). Houghton Mifflin does not set or control resale prices.

  • Contact local bookstores/wholesalers. Explain that you will be ordering a large quantityof books for an author/illustrator event. Large superstores will usually offer a standard special event discount, no matter the title or author.
  • Smaller, independent bookstores are sometimes willing to offer a more significant discount. (If you know that the author/illustrator lives in your local area, check with him/her if they would recommend a particular store.) Be certain that you also discuss the store's policy for returns on unsold books.
  • Check for independent bookstores in your area.
If you are unable or prefer not to order books through a local bookseller or wholesaler, you can order directly from Houghton Mifflin Company. Please read the instructions and information outlined below:
  • At least 5–6 weeks prior to the visit, contact Houghton Mifflin Trade Customer Service at 1.800.225.3362 or fax 1.800.634.7568
Provide the following information:
  • Complete shipping address — street address required, no P.O. boxes
  • Complete billing address, including name of sponsoring organization
  • Date of author appearance
  • Date you wish to receive books
  • Titles, ISBN numbers, and quantities
We are unable to guarantee prices quoted prior to invoicing because prices are subject to change.
Books are shipped from our warehouse via UPS. Rush orders can be shipped via Federal Express if requested; additional charges will be reflected on your invoice.
Shipping Costs
You assume shipping costs on both outgoing orders and returns. Shipping costs for outgoing orders will be reflected on your invoice.
Our appearance discount is 35% off trade book orders. An itemized packing slip will be enclosed with the book shipment. A three-part invoice will follow, billing your organization for the quantity shipped (at a 35% discount off of the retail price) and shipping charges. Retain the packing slip and shipping cartons. DO NOT PAY THE INVOICE UNTIL AFTER THE EVENT.
Unsold books in salable condition are fully returnable. They should be packed in the original cartons, with packing materials added to avoid damage in shipment. Enclose acopy of the invoice in each carton of returned books marked "Author Appearance. Return for full credit." Send return shipment to:
Houghton Mifflin Company
Trade Returns Dept.
2700 North Richard Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46219
We strongly recommend returning books by UPS, FedEx, or registered mail in case proof of delivery is needed.
Pay the invoice promptly after the event, editing it, if necessary, to reflect the correct
billing after returns. For example, if you ordered 50 books, sold 40, and returned 10,
mark the invoice as follows: "Author Appearance/Promotional Event — 10 books
returned under separate cover. Payment enclosed for 40 books." Send your payment and edited invoice to:
Houghton Mifflin Company
Trade Customer Service
181 Ballardvale St.
P.O. Box 7050
Wilmington, MA 01887
Complete information about books by Jacqueline Briggs Martin can be located at

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