REQUESTING AN EVENT OR A BLOG POST

I’m happy to give entertaining talks on all aspects of my research and writing. I can speak on subjects ranging from Jean Armour, Robert Burns and 18th Century Scotland to researching and writing historical and contemporary fiction. My forthcoming non fiction book, A Proper Person to be Detained, is all about a murder in my Leeds Irish family in 1881: my great great uncle was stabbed in the street on Christmas night. My extensive research into the circumstances of that murder and its aftermath and the unexpected and occasionally traumatic discoveries I made along the way, may be of interest to a wide cross section of groups and organisations.

I can also write about my current books on other book blogs. If you can give me a list of questions, it's helpful, but not essential, and you're welcome to reblog some of my posts from here, as long as you ask me in advance.

I give a very limited number of  expenses only talks each year to some local not-for-profit organisations such as the SWRI, Burns clubs and book groups. These are on a first come first served basis and paid events generally take precedence.

For all events, expenses at a minimum of £25 are payable, but bear in mind that I live in the countryside, so midwinter events may be problematic.

If you are registered with the Scottish Book Trust, you can invite me under their Live Literature scheme. If not, my normal fee for a talk, plus reading and discussion, up to a maximum of one and a half hours, is the Book Trust minimum of £175 per session plus travel expenses and overnight accommodation if applicable.  Please note that if you would like me to judge a competition as part of my visit, an extra fee will be payable for the time involved.

I seldom undertake school visits although I’m happy to speak to University or College Creative Writing students.

If you would like to host a book launch and signing session for me, please contact my publisher, Saraband, to request this.

PAYMENTS
For events other than Live Literature Scotland, which has its own rules, if you can’t pay at the time then please pay on invoice, within 30 days. I can take cheques, or Paypal, or can give you bank details on request.
Like most writers, I am officially self employed. You can give me a purchase order number or treat me as a service provider to facilitate payment and your accounting.

BOOK SALES
If I’m driving to the venue I am happy to bring books along to sell and will sign them at the event if requested. I’m also delighted to sign any pre-purchased books so don't hesitate to ask people to bring them. If, however, you want to use book sales as a fundraiser for your organisation, that’s excellent too, but books must then be purchased from my publisher and their distributor, who should be contacted in advance. If you are organising a conference or festival you may find it easier to partner with a local bookshop which will do the ordering for you.

CONTACTING ME
You can contact me through my publisher, I’m on the Society of Authors website and - if you're based in Scotland - on the Live Literature Scotland database. You can also contact me through this blog, through my Facebook author page, or @czerkawska on Twitter.

FINALLY
I do a number of events throughout the year, and I’m usually well organised, but it helps if you can ask me some months in advance and then contact me again, the week before, to remind me of the details. Give me a mobile number in case of problems, details of venue, likely audience numbers and general format of the evening.


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