Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Schooled on School Visits

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Date(s) - 03/18/2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bedford Public Library - Meeting Room South
2424 Forest Ridge Drive - Bedford, Texas 76021


Learn the art of the school visit, including marketing to schools, drafting contracts, and formatting presentations. Also see examples of successful presentations! 


Featuring authors Madeline Smoot and Jackie Kruzie, and illustrator Korey Scott


Madeline will discuss school presentation for middle grade and young adult authors.



Madeline Smoot is the publisher of CBAY Books and former Editorial Director for Children’s Books of Blooming Tree Press. In other words, Madeline knows a lot about publishing and the process of bringing a book to market. She has edited many anthologies for children and teens including One Thousand Words for War and the upcoming Dragons & Witches: Fairy Tale Villains Reimagined. She is also the author of Writing Sprints and the upcoming Submitting By the NumbersMadeline lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, son, and more books than should fit in any normal person’s house. Learn more about Madeline at 


Jackie will discuss elementary presentations for picture book authors.

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Jackie Kruzie is a picture book author and creator of Young Author's Workshop for elementary and middle school students. She has presented to students throughtout Texas and Louisiana, inginting the love of reading writing into the hearts of children. She also serves the Regional Advisor for SCBWI North Texas. Jackie enjoys the peace and serenity of country living with her husband and 5 children. Learn more about Jackie's Young Author's Workshop at



Korey will discuss presentations specific to illustrators. 


I’m an illustrator who specializes in children's books, educational material, and funny characters/cartoons. My illustration style is perfect for capturing the attention of children and adults. Not only are they fun to look at, but they also provide a beneficial resource to a child's education.

I love what I do, and I try to put something unique in each project while learning something new too. When I am not drawing (and many times when I am) you can find me telling jokes, making sound effects, speaking Spanish, wrestling with my two boys, and trying  to make people laugh. Visit me at