You've made it! You are a published author! Your book is on the bookstore shelves (or it will be soon), and people all over the world are reading your words! Congratulations!! That's amazing!

But what next? How do you turn a great book into a winning school or library presentation that showcases your unique voice and allows your readers to connect with your story? Let me help you discover YOUR perfect presentation!

This course is structured to be taken in small bites, with frequent opportunities to stop and write and reflect for 10 minutes at a time, as you discover the presentation that you are uniquely qualified to give. But if you learn better by watching the whole 57 minutes of lecture content all the way through before going back for the writing exercises, or if you need to take 20 or 30 minutes, or a whole day (or week--or longer!) for each writing exercise, or even if you need to skip around between lectures, you can! That's the beauty of an on-demand course! Please make this learning experience your own. And feel free to leave a comment or send me a message to let me know how it worked for you! <3

author Veronica Bartles

Hi, I’m Veronica Bartles


As an author of both picture books and young adult novels, and the director of the MD/VA/DE/DC/WV Read Local Challenge since 2015, I've had a lot of experience with school and library visits. Not only have I given presentations to audiences of all ages (from very young pre-K through high school), but I have helped many authors connect with schools and libraries to showcase their own presentations.

I'm excited to share with you the things I've learned through the trial-and-error of setting up my own events, and from the conversations I've had with teachers, librarians, administrators and booksellers while coordinating the Read Local Challenge.

What people are saying about me...


"Veronica was an absolute pleasure to work with. She had an easy-to-follow presentation prepared, was open to answering questions, and shared her insider knowledge and lessons from her years of experience with our authors. She is a great resource to help authors succeed in pitching book-related events."

-Kate Farrell (publicist, Familius Press)


"I loved watching Veronica Bartles's presentation on school and library visits... Great information on school visits, adapting your in-person visit to a virtual visit, and fun ways to connect with the students."

-June Smalls (author of ODD ANIMAL ABC'S)

Course Curriculum

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$49

Selling Yourself (Without Selling Yourself Short!)

single course

Purchase just one individual course in the "Selling Yourself (without selling yourself short)" 4-course series. Choose from the following courses:

  • Preparing Your Perfect Presentation: embracing your unique spark to tell the story only you can tell


Coming soon:

  • Allow Yourself to Shine (in-person & online): websites, social media, and putting your best face forward
  • Reaching Out to Schools & Libraries (& Bookstores!): they can't invite you if they don't know you're available!
  • Winning Author Presentations (exploring in-person and virtual events): making connections and keeping an audience engaged
$99

Perfect Presentation + Consultation

add a 30-minute brainstorming session

Want one-on-one guided feedback on your Perfect Presentation? Let's set up a Zoom call!


Veronica would love to help you talk through some ideas and help you pinpoint the idea sparks that resonate most with you as you prepare your presentation. Once you have completed the writing exercises in this on-demand course, contact Veronica through the form on her website: vbartles.com/courses.htm to set up your 30-minute consultation.

$149

Perfect Presentation + Consultation

75-minute Presentation Feedback/Critique

Want one-on-one guided feedback on your Perfect Presentation? Let's set up a Zoom call!


In this 75-minute live consultation, you will have the opportunity to walk through your entire 45-minute presentation. Veronica will take notes and offer feedback on both the content and delivery of your presentation to point out areas where you shine and those where you could bring out more of your own voice to keep your audience engaged. Once you have completed the writing exercises in this on-demand course and applied them in creating your own "Perfect Presentation," contact Veronica through the form on her website: vbartles.com/courses.htm to set up your 75-minute consultation.

$19/month

Selling Yourself (Without Selling Yourself Short!)

Individual Course Subscription

Subscribe to just one individual course in the "Selling Yourself (without selling yourself short)" 4-course series. Choose from the following courses:

  • Preparing Your Perfect Presentation: embracing your unique spark to tell the story only you can tell


Coming soon:

  • Allow Yourself to Shine (in-person & online): websites, social media, and putting your best face forward
  • Reaching Out to Schools & Libraries (& Bookstores!): they can't invite you if they don't know you're available!
  • Winning Author Presentations (exploring in-person and virtual events): making connections and keeping an audience engaged


3 payments of $17.50/month

Selling Yourself (Without Selling Yourself Short!)

Individual Course Payment Plan

Purchase just one individual course in the "Selling Yourself (without selling yourself short)" 4-course series, in 3 installments.


Choose from the following courses:

  • Preparing Your Perfect Presentation: embracing your unique spark to tell the story only you can tell


Coming soon:

  • Allow Yourself to Shine (in-person & online): websites, social media, and putting your best face forward
  • Reaching Out to Schools & Libraries (& Bookstores!): they can't invite you if they don't know you're available!
  • Winning Author Presentations (exploring in-person and virtual events): making connections and keeping an audience engaged


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