Houghton Mifflin Harcourt makes my books available to schools at a substantial discount when I visit. Call my publisher at: 1- 800-225-3362
Many schools pass on part of the discount to their students and use the remainder to raise funds for their next author visit. This can be a successful and relatively painless fund-raiser that encourages READING! In most schools PTO/PTA volunteers are happy to handle this part of the author visit.
Don’t be afraid to order extra books! It’s amazing how many people suddenly want books the day I visit. Unsold books can be returned to the publisher. The invoice is paid after the author event. You pay only for the books you sell plus return shipping.
Another option is to order books through your local bookstore. Many are experienced with author visits, will deliver books to the school and will also offer a discount—less than what the publisher will offer— but they will handle shipping and returns. And it’s a chance to support your local bookstore!
I will supply a book order form which you can adapt however you wish.
On request, I will send signed bookmark templates which you can print or photocopy.