Author Appearances

Author visits are a fun and awesome way to get students excited about reading and writing, provide a workshop for aspiring writers of all ages, and give book clubs or writing groups access to a professional author who can answer their questions. I have years of extensive public speaking experience, and I love talking with groups about books and writing. I’m available for in-person or Skype sessions.

Depending on your needs, my visits can include presentations where I share knowledge and experience, interactive workshops that teach specific writing skills and principles, and Q&A sessions where I answer questions about writing and the publishing world. You can choose up to two of the topics below to be included in an hour-long session.

The Path to Publication
Where Do Stories Come From?
A Day in the Life of an Author
How An Idea Becomes a Book
Writing What You Love
Why Words Matter
Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Ask an Author
Conquering Obstacles, or How to Finish Your Book
Writing Conflicts and Resolutions

Writing Believable Dialogue
Crafting a Killer First Line
Creating Memorable Characters
Building Awesome Worlds
Using Music to Improve Your Writing
First Line, First Page, First Chapter
Build A Story Live – author works with participants to create and outline a new story live and on-the-spot, using all audience suggestions. A great way to demonstrate how a story can be crafted. This is typically an hour-long session by itself.

**A note about my rates below. If you represent a school or library and will be purchasing my books for your students, I will discount my rates. In the case of large orders, I may be able to waive the fee entirely.

Rates (In-Person Local)
I consider local to be the general St. Louis area, as well as a 75-mile radius around my home in Farmington, MO. Travel expenses are not charged for local visits.
Half Day (Up to 2 sessions) – $299
Full Day (Up to 4 sessions) – $399

Rates (In-Person with Travel)
I welcome out-of-state invitations. In addition to the rates below, travel and lodging will also be charged.
Half Day (1 or 2 sessions) – $499
Full Day (Up to 4 sessions) – $599

Rates (Skype)
I offer two free Skype appearances per month, first come first served. These are 15-20 minutes long and generally consist of a Q&A session. For a full one-hour session my rate is $99.

If you’re a book club or writing group, and if your members have purchased and read one of my books, I offer a free 30-minute Skype session. In-person is also acceptable if you are very local.

If you wish to order my books for the visit, please let me know and I will connect you directly with my publisher. I will sign and personalize all purchased books.

If you would like arrange an appearance, please email me at, or call/text 901-487-2542.

Also, if I’m unable to visit you due to time or location, here is a great resource for finding authors in your state that do school visits – Cool School Visits.

I can’t wait to meet you!

Ryan Dalton