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Captain Deadeye: The Bully Shark


Thank you for your interest in an author visit with Authors Dianne de Las Casas and John Couret. Here is what your school can expect.

Honorarium: The fee is $1,950 /day plus expenses. If three or more schools in the same area block-book, the fee is $1,750/day plus expenses. Expenses include airfare, baggage fees, ground transportation, meals, lodging (arranged and prepaid by host), mileage, and any other related costs. With regard to lodging, Dianne and John are partners and share one room. The fee includes bookmarks for all the students. A deposit of 20% is required to secure the date.

For ideas on how to fund an author visit with Dianne and John, visit http:/www.captaindeadeye.com Click on “Fund the Visit” under “About.”

Professional Development: Dianne and John are also available for bullying prevention professional development teacher in-service sessions. A same day add-on in-service is $500 for 60 to 90 minutes.

Literacy/Family Night, Book Fair, or PTA Presentation: If you interested in an evening presentation, the add-on fee is $500 per 45 minute session.

Lodging Arrangements: If Dianne and John are traveling by vehicle 1.5 hours or more from their home base of New Orleans, they require lodging. With regard to lodging, Dianne and John are partners and share one room. Lodging must be arranged and prepaid by the host. They prefer to stay in a major hotel/motel chain such as Hampton Inn & Suites (preferred) or Holiday Inn Express in a non-smoking, non pet room (due to Dianne’s allergies). There must be wireless or high speed Internet access for their business communications. If staying in a hotel that charges for Internet, the host will assume the charges.

Travel: Dianne and John travel on all major airlines but prefer Delta or United. If you are arranging and paying for airfare, please check with Dianne or her agent, Carmen Oliver, for dates and times. Dianne and John travel from the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans when they are traveling from their home base. If ground transportation (shuttle, taxi and/or rental car) is necessary, they will submit an expense reimbursement form. Dianne and John love having a local “host” escort them so please feel free to have someone from your school drive them from place to place (cuts down on your expenses too). If Dianne and John have to drive, mileage will be charged at the current IRS mileage rate.

Meals: If you are providing any meals, please be aware that Dianne has an anaphylactic allergy to seafood. Meal expenses will be submitted post-trip unless a per diem is provided. Dianne and John love milk CHOCOLATE and Riesling wine (after hours)! 😉

A Full Day Visit: Dianne and John prefer to work in one elementary/middle school for the entire day. This allows them the opportunity to see all the grades in up to three 45-minute assembly programs, as well as time for lunch and book signings. They tailor their Captain Deadeye programs for grades PK-8. Be aware that book signings take time, and Dianne and John personalize all books for the students and teachers. If more than 50 books are pre-ordered, you may send them a list and they will bring the books already signed and personalized.

Lunch with the Authors:
Dianne and John love spending time with students and offer a “Lunch with the Authors” with select students (suggestions: top readers, honor students, student council, yearbook and/or newspaper staff, and/or students of the month). It’s a great incentive for students and both Dianne and John love meeting them in a more personal environment.

Pictures & Autographs: Say, “Cheese!” Dianne and John are always willing to take pictures. Due to the large number of autographs they sign, autographs are limited to their books but they are willing to provide the school office or library with an autographed poster and/or picture to hang up. All students receive bookmarks from Dianne and John so everyone leaves with a souvenir.

Flyers/Media: Flyers, pictures, book covers, and bios can be downloaded from their Captain Deadeye website. Please feel free to create promotional materials as you see fit. http://www.captaindeadeye.com Go to “Media Kit.” Dianne and John are also willing to meet with local media for interviews and love seeing schools receive good publicity.

Study Guides/Book Activities: Classroom reading and discussion of the Captain Deadeye books will greatly facilitate student comprehension of the educational content of her program and books. Educator guides and book activities can be accessed on their website, http://www.captaindeadeye.com. Go to “Curriculum Connections.” There, you will find book activities, story theater scripts, educator guides, vocabulary lists, and more for the Captain Deadeye series.

Language Arts Extension: If you would like for the students to practice their writing skills, encourage them to write a letter to the visiting authors! Letters can be mailed to:

Captain Deadeye and Crew
P.O. Box 73073
Metairie, LA 70033

A letter template is available and printable in the School Booking Kit. Bulk letters from classes are welcome. All mail is answered personally by Dianne and John via snail mail although it sometimes takes a little while due to their touring and writing schedule.

Teachers and students can also email Dianne at info@captaindeadeye.com. Dianne and John love hearing from you!

Book Signing: Book orders for book signings of the Captain Deadeye books can be arranged directly through Write Hook Media. The books are $6 each and can be pre-sold. Please visit our School Booking Kit for more information.

If you are interested in Dianne’s picture books, you can contact John Scheyd at Pelican Publishing at jscheyd@pelicanpub.com or 1-800-843-1724, ext. 329. Books are offered at a 40% off list price. You can choose the price point at which you offer them to your staff and students. You can also order books through your local bookseller/distributor or through Baker & Taylor or Ingram. For a complete list of Dianne’s books, email their assistant (Cali Belmont bookings@writehookmedia.com).

Assembly Set-up: Please have the performance area clear of any activity at least 30 minutes prior to my scheduled start time. Dianne and John prefer wireless headset microphones, wireless lavaliers, or wireless handheld microphones. Dianne and John prefer to be on an elevated stage with audience access but can also perform on the floor, with the students seated on the floor.

Bulletin Boards & Welcome Signs: It is not required but it is a nice touch for an author visit. It gets the children excited about the author visit, lets everyone know that Dianne and John are coming, and shows great school spirit. It also emphasizes your dedication to literacy. Dianne and John will take tons of pictures and post them to their Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, Instagram, and Blog. ☺

Host a “Pirate Day”: Many schools like to host a pirate day on the day that John and Dianne visit. The authors come in costume and it’s fun for the students to also come in costume dressed as pirates.

Please provide: A 6-8 foot table to set up a book display and a bottle of cold spring water to drink for each assembly program.

Seating Arrangement: Typically, Dianne and John require a 10’X 10′ performance area. If they perform on the floor, the first row of students should be seated on the floor with their legs folded, flat on their bottoms (no chairs please) behind a taped line on the floor (masking tape works well). The youngest students should be in the first row; the oldest students seated in the back rows. Please provide a center aisle where I may easily access the audience and for safety reasons. Please arrange for chairs to be set up for teachers along the outside aisles next to their class and ask teachers to refrain from correcting papers, reading, and talking during the performance. They are role-modeling audience etiquette for the children. Please avoid sitting students on bleachers except where floor seating is impossible.

Assembly Start Time: Please ensure that the students are seated and settled in advance of the scheduled start time so that the assembly may begin on time to allow for a full program. Due to a tight schedule, Dianne and John must end the program 45 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Introduction: Please have the assembly coordinator or other designated person introduce Dianne and John. At the time of the performance, they will provide a ready-made introduction card for this purpose or you can download one at http://www.captaindeadeye.com under “Media Kit.”

School Bells: Please have school bells turned off in the performance facility during the assembly if your system allows.

Payment: As stated in the Service Agreement and/or Service Invoice, payment is due before or on the day of the performance. Expenses will be billed separately. If payment was not mailed prior to the performance, please arrange to have payment ready on the performance date. Checks should be made payable to Dianne de Las Casas.

Your cooperation with these requests is greatly appreciated and will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable performance for both the performer and the audience. Dianne and John look forward to visiting your school. Thank you.