Welcome to the Start the Story Author Directory, a whole new aspect of Start the Story magazine. We've put this directory together because we recognise the importance of getting authors into schools and talking face to face with pupils.
Although there are other lists of authors out there, we aim to become the definitive directory of author contact details, thanks to our existing relationships with primary and secondary schools across the UK and beyond. We want to help both authors and schools by helping them connect. We'll also be sharing advice for both schools and authors on how to make sure author school events have a real lasting benefit for all involved. Head over to the directory now and get searching.
In these times of tightening budgets and austerity measures, an author visit may sometimes feel hard for a school to justify.
But there are many benefits to having an author visit for teachers and pupils alike, and you may find it's the best money the school has ever spent. Here are just some of the benefits you can expect from a good author visit.
Many authors rely on school visits to make up as a substantial part of their income. Indeed, many authors earn more from running events and workshops than they do from writing, and could not afford to write full time without this income.
There are many other benefits to authors beyond the financial though. Here are just a few of them.
The site is and will always be free for schools, librarians and individuals to browse. There is no need to register, and you can contact any of the authors on the database directly.
For authors there is a yearly fee of £25 to cover the cost of your listing. When you see the benefits of being listed in the directory, we think you'll agree it's a bit of a bargain.