This page is for authors and illustrators interested in being listed on this site.
Please read the following guidelines and advice before submitting your name for listing on the site. There is no charge for being listed.
The directory only lists writers and illustrators who currently have their work traditionally published in the UK (not at the writer or illustrator’s expense and not solely in print-on-demand/ebook format).
PLEASE NOTE: I don’t have time to offer technical assistance, so if you are new to virtual visits please make sure that you have suitable software installed and you have familiarised yourself with how to use it by making some video calls BEFORE you request a listing.
If you would like to be listed on this site you will need to provide the web address of a page where schools can find out more about your virtual visits. If you haven’t already done so, it’s a good idea to set up a page on your own website or blog outlining what you offer during a virtual visit.
If you have one, I recommend giving the address of your virtual visits page rather than your site’s homepage as your link address in the request form below, to allow schools to find this information quickly.
If your virtual visits are booked via an agency, I’m happy to link to your personal virtual visits page on your agency’s site.
If you are offering free 15-20 minute sessions, you may want to limit the number you offer and the times you are available to do them.
If you live outside the UK, I’m happy to list you on this site providing you’re able to offer virtual visits to UK schools during regular school hours and currently have your work traditionally published in the UK.
If you’d like to be listed on this site, just fill out the request form below. If you have any queries, you can click here to email me.
If you are already listed on the site and want to revise your listing, you can do so using the form on this page.
If you wish to withdraw your listing, please contact me.
What do authors do on a virtual visit?
This is entirely up to you and the school. My own off-the-peg sessions are adapted from my in-person school sessions and include a reading of one of my picture books, a Q&A and a short talk and/or activity relating to the book. Some schools have used the session to show me a short performance or presentation inspired by one of my books. Other schools have shared the results of ‘favourite book’ votes, with individual children telling me about their favourite page in their favourite book.
How can virtual visits help to sell books?
While book purchases should not be a requirement of any “free” visits offered through this site, you may wish to offer a book list or order form to make it easier for schools to order books from a local bookseller to coincide with your virtual visit. You might also offer to send out signed book plates for any books purchased in this way.
Why does Virtual Authors only list writers and illustrators whose books are in print with a traditional publisher?
This site was inspired by similar directory sites in the US which have a similar policy of only including writers whose books are currently in print with a traditional publisher. The policy is intended as a crude quality control measure. I accept it’s inexact and that there are some great writers and illustrators who are not traditionally published, but I run the site on a voluntary basis and I don’t have the time to vet the quality of individual writers and illustrators’ work.