Sarah Natale
Sarah Natale
YA Historical Author
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Join Crystal Lake local author Sarah Natale in the release of her debut book, #TheKissofDeath. A suspense-filled...

Posted by Sarah Natale on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sarah's Presentation: Book Publishing 101

  • 1,200+ students reached across 50+ MS and HS classes during the 2018-19 school year
  • Experienced speaker of 3 years
  • Demonstrated history of planning and performing 20+ presentations at a variety of venues
  • Previous venues have included: Barnes & Noble, libraries, book clubs, schools, and more!
  • Well-received by audience members of all ages


So, you want to be a writer—tips and tricks for aspiring authors. How to approach literary magazines and publishers—dos and don'ts. The process of receiving a book deal—demystified.  Sarah's presentation covers it all—from her perspective navigating the industry at a young age.


If you would like Sarah to speak at your event, please get in touch


Are you a teacher? Learn more about her classroom visits.

Upcoming Events:


Sat. September 21, 2019 // 1:30 p.m. // Huntley Area Public Library // Huntley, IL

Venue Info:

11000 Ruth Road

Huntley, IL 60142

847.669.5386


Fall 2019 // 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes // Lundahl Middle School // Crystal Lake, IL


Fall 2019 // Creative Writing classes // Wheaton North High School // Wheaton, IL


Fall 2019 // 7th grade class // Carl Sandburg Junior High // Rolling Meadows, IL


TBD // 5th grade classes // Westwood Elementary School // Woodstock, IL


Previous Events:


Mon. April 15, 2019 // 7:50 a.m. // 7th grade classes // Parkland Middle School // McHenry, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Fri. April 12, 2019 // 9:05 a.m. // Cary-Grove Writers' Day // Cary-Grove High School // Cary, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Fri. January 11, 2019 // 12:30 p.m. // 7th grade LA/SS classes at Richard Bernotas MS // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Fri. January 11, 2019 // 9:30 a.m. // 7th grade LA/SS classes at Richard Bernotas MS  // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Tues. December 18, 2018 // 7:30 a.m. // 6th grade Literacy class at Marlowe MS // Lake in the Hills, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Mon. December 17, 2018 // 10:15 a.m. // 7th grade Literacy classes at Marlowe MS // Lake in the Hills, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Tues. December 11, 2018 // 2:05 p.m. // Sr Creative Writing class at Crystal Lake Central HS // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Mon. December 10, 2018 // 8:00 a.m. // 8th grade Literacy classes at Marlowe MS // Lake in the Hills, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Tues. December 4, 2018 // 9:55 a.m. // Sr Creative Writing class at Crystal Lake Central HS // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Tues. November 27, 2018 // 8:15 a.m. // Sr Creative Writing class at Crystal Lake Central HS // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Tues. November 13, 2018 // 1:15 p.m. // Sr Creative Writing class at Crystal Lake Central HS // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Tues. November 6, 2018 // 10:45 a.m. // Sr Creative Writing class at Crystal Lake Central HS // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Tues. October 30, 2018 // 9:55 a.m. // Sr Creative Writing class at Crystal Lake Central HS // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Mon. October 29, 2018 // 10:43 a.m. // 8th grade Literacy classes at Heineman Middle School // Algonquin, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Mon. October 29, 2018 // 9:07 a.m. // 8th grade Literacy classes at Heineman Middle School // Algonquin, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Tues. January 17, 2017 // 1 p.m. // 7th grade LA/SS class at Richard Bernotas Middle School // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Thurs. January 12, 2017 // 10 a.m. // Second Thursday Women's Book Review Club // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation


Sat. July 23, 2016 // Noon // Read Between the Lynes bookstore // Woodstock, IL // FlyerPhotos

Event: Presentation & Book Signing

111 E. Van Buren Street

Woodstock, IL 60098

815.206.5967


Mon. January 18, 2016 // 6 p.m. // Barnes & Noble // Crystal Lake, IL // FlyerPhotos

Event: Presentation & Book Signing

5380 Northwest Highway

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

815.444.0824


Thurs. January 14, 2016 // 7 p.m. // Crystal Lake Public Library // Crystal Lake, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation

126 Paddock Street

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

815.459.1687


Sat. January 9, 2016 // 2 p.m. // Randall Oaks Library // West Dundee, IL // Photos

Event: Presentation

500 N. Randall Road

West Dundee, IL 60118

847.428.3661, press 4


Tues. August 18, 2015 // 6-8 p.m. // Barnes & Noble // Crystal Lake, IL // FlyerPhotos

Event: Presentation & Book Signing

5380 Northwest Highway

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

815.444.0824



“I loved your reading and Q/A last night! You had the poise, confidence and maturity of a young lady far beyond your years. I was so impressed and proud of you.”

-Rick F., Crystal Lake Central High School Teacher

BARNES & NOBLE EVENT (August 2015)



Proud! Proud! Proud!  That's what I am of you, Sarah! You gave a great presentation tonight. One would have never guessed that it was your first time. Thank you for including me in your debut; I was honored to be there with and for you! Great turn-out, too. Books sold out in a heartbeat. People were ordering more...as I will be. Congratulations, girl! Your hard work is paying off in a fine way!”

-Jerry Thiel, Crystal Lake Central High School Teacher

BARNES & NOBLE EVENT (August 2015)



“I wanted to congratulate you again on your event at the Crystal Lake Barnes & Noble. You drew a very impressive crowd, and I'm sure that was exciting for you. It was an auspicious beginning for your career, and I hope you are able to get a few events going in the Des Moines area . . . My wife, Jeanette, had a good time at the event, too. She liked your book a lot (historical fiction is right up her alley) . . . I was told Barnes & Noble stores didn't do author signings anymore, but your event was a hit . . . My hats off to you for contacting them. Once again, congratulations on your book signing. I hope it was the first of many to come.”

-Jeffrey Westhoff, Author of THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

BARNES & NOBLE EVENT (August 2015)



“So very happy and blessed about your presentation!!! You have a confidence and air about you and that shows professionalism and maturity. Karamy, who was responsible for your display, shared with me how much she enjoyed your presentation. We both read your book beforehand and really wanted to do it justice!!!!!!!!!!”

-Susan L., Randall Oaks Library Assistant

RANDALL OAKS LIBRARY EVENT (January 2016)



"When I learned about local author, Sarah Natale, being published at such a young age I immediately wanted to congratulate her. As a Language Arts teacher at Bernotas, I am always trying to tell my students that they don't have to wait to make their dreams come true. That they can start working to achieve them even when they are "just kids." When Sarah reached out and asked if I would like her to visit my classroom, I was happy to say yes. When she came in, she was so organized and prepared. She shared her journey from student to published writer. She gave tips on things the kids could do to become published, or even how to go about making good decisions that lead to accomplishing their life goals. Her novella, The Kiss of Death, would be a great book for Social Studies teachers to teach about medieval times and the plague. My students really enjoyed it, especially since we were reading Edgar Allen Poe, and it provided another perspective on how the plague impacted history."

-Belinda Strebel, Bernotas Middle School 7th grade LA/SS Teacher

BERNOTAS MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (January 2017)



“You really did clarify the three avenues of publishing. Again, thank you for that explanation. I enjoyed coming to your event very much. I had never been to such an event at Barnes and Noble before—I didn’t even know they had them. It was a pleasant surprise for me to come and find a literary community which is something that I've lacked since graduating. Hearing your story about publishing your story was helpful as well. It was nice just to get to hear the details of that process and how it could work. Also, thanks for inviting me to reach out with any questions. That was kind.”

-Elsje B., writer

ENCORE BARNES & NOBLE EVENT (January 2016)



“Great to see you tonight and you did a wonderful job on your presentation. It sounds like some really exciting things are happening for you. I was also impressed with your book trailer.”

-Elizabeth Harmon, Author of the Red Hot Russians series

CRYSTAL LAKE PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT (January 2016)



“We enjoyed your presentation very much as you could tell by the interest and the accolades.”

-Dee M., Second Thursday Book Club Cochairperson

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB EVENT (January 2017)



"Sarah Natale's presentation was quite informative. My classes learned the need for precision in research prior to writing a story, as well as the perseverance required in order to get a book published. Sarah's passion for writing and her willingness to share her experience with classes is to be admired."

-Karen Fuesz, Heineman Middle School 8th grade Literacy Teacher

HEINEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (October 2018)



"I first came across author Sarah Natale and her book The Kiss of Death on social media. I knew right away she would be a perfect guest and role model for my eighth grade Literacy students as they started their own novels as part of National Novel Writing Month during the month of November. Her presentation right before we kicked off this narrative writing was quite inspiring for them, not to mention impressive. They learned about her experience as a young writer and realized that they are capable of using their own voices and skills to create and even publish their writing. Thank you to Sarah for sharing her joy and excitement for writing with my students!"

-Becky Sisler, Heineman Middle School 8th grade Literacy Teacher

HEINEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (October 2018)



"It was wonderful having Sarah come back to Crystal Lake Central to speak to my Creative Writing class. We enjoyed learning about her journey with writing and how she got to where she is today. It was beneficial for my students to learn about the writing and publishing process, but more importantly, they got to hear from a Central grad that made her dream a reality. Listening to her presentation was a good reminder for my students that hard work pays off, and anything is possible if you have the passion and drive to pursue your future goals."

-Shannon Schroeder, Crystal Lake Central High School Creative Writing Teacher

CRYSTAL LAKE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL EVENT (December 2018)



“Having Sarah come to my creative writing classroom was a great experience for my students. While I may be the ‘expert’ when it comes to some things, I find it extremely valuable to show the students a real world example of a published novelist. She provided some great tips about writing creatively that helped my students with the development of the plot and characters in their short stories.”

-Kristin Bernatz, Crystal Lake Central High School Creative Writing Teacher

CRYSTAL LAKE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL EVENT (November 2018)



"From inception to publication to promotion, Sarah details her journey with The Kiss of Death in an organized and informed presentation. My Creative Writing students enjoyed learning about both the product and the process. But Sarah is truly at her best when answering students' questions and sharing her own personal experiences."

-Craig Kingston, Crystal Lake Central High School Creative Writing Teacher

CRYSTAL LAKE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL EVENT (December 2018)



"Sarah's presentation is well organized and informative, but maybe more importantly, it was real. As we prepared for her visit, we read her story. My students were sparked to research and learn more about the time period. They were reading, researching, learning, discussing! Hearing of her personal journey from a class assignment to a published author was interesting and inspiring. Her genuine interest in the students and their questions was awesome. My class thoroughly enjoyed her visit."

-Tricia Baltzersen, Marlowe Middle School 6th grade Literacy Teacher

MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (December 2018)



"The students enjoyed the presentation, it helped them understand the time and energy it takes to write a book. It also helped them in knowing the importance of organizing the plot and editing of their own children's book."

-Jennifer Martin, Marlowe Middle School 8th grade Literacy Teacher

MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (December 2018)



"We enjoyed Sarah’s presentations in the Bernotas Library Media Center. It was such a great opportunity for us all, especially for the students to learn directly from an author about the process and challenges of writing. The group was engaged, and I think that many were touched by her story. I look forward to seeing more of her work."

-Kathy Blaseck, Bernotas Middle School Library Assistant

BERNOTAS MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (January 2019)



"We greatly enjoyed Sarah's visit, and I know many of my students who are aspiring writers were motivated and inspired. We are excited about getting copies of her book and using it for our class read aloud. We look forward to her next publication!"

-Nikki Rodio, Bernotas Middle School 7th grade LA/SS Teacher

BERNOTAS MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (January 2019)



"Thank you to Sarah for coming to Bernotas and sharing her amazing journey. I enjoyed the event so much. My students came back to the room asking when they could 'just write a story.' I especially appreciate how engaging she was with the kids during the question and answer portion."

-Peggy Boldwyn, Bernotas Middle School 7th grade LA/SS Teacher

BERNOTAS MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (January 2019)



"The 7th grade teachers and students truly appreciated Sarah’s visit with us here at Bernotas. Her presentation showed our students how to take something from their education experiences and make a dream come true. Throughout, our 7th graders were truly engaged as she walked them through her journey from student writer to published author. It was amazing to hear how her research and writing process were involved and showed our students the rewards of effort in their own writing process. Sarah’s answers to their many questions about the process and what it was like to get published connected to the entire audience. The students are really looking forward to reading her book and discussing all the topics Sarah covered in her visit."

-Ben Conrad, Bernotas Middle School Library Director

BERNOTAS MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (January 2019)



“Sarah’s story of how she made her dream a reality was such a great success story to share with our students. It showed them that even at a young age, nothing can stop you from accomplishing your goals if you keep at it! She was an inspiration to them...and to the teachers!”

-Tracie Connor, Marlowe Middle School 7th grade Literacy Teacher

MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (December 2018)



“When the opportunity to have a young adult come in and share her experiences of the struggles and successes with aspiring writers arose, it was a unique opportunity for students to see real world writing. It was great for my students to see someone so young accomplish such a goal! After Sarah’s presentation it was clear the hard work that she had put into the research to make her story, and the students learned that research is an important part of the writing process. Sarah is an inspiration to those who have the desire to go out and make things happen. She is an excellent example that hard work and dedication can take you places.”

-Stephanie Johnson, Marlowe Middle School 7th grade Literacy Teacher

MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (December 2018)



"Sarah Natale did a wonderful job speaking to the 7th grade class at Bernotas Middle School in Crystal Lake. Her presentation was well organized and Sarah's professionalism was well beyond her years. For students to hear how someone so young was able to persevere to make her dream of being a published author come true was a great example of never giving up and believing in yourself. The teacher's guide that accompanies The Kiss of Death provides teachers with discussion questions as well as activity guides. The teachers and students can not wait to get their hands on copies of her book so that they can find out what happens Elizabeth."

-Erin Anderson, Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 Director of Literacy and Social Studies

BERNOTAS MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (January 2019)



“Our students realized that age does not matter when it comes to writing. This inspired many students to pursue their own writing. Sarah's presentation showed students the hard work that it takes to publish a story as well as showing them that it is an achievable task for anyone who would like to share their work with the world. We wish Sarah the best in her writing career and look forward to seeing where she takes it.”

-Jonelle Geib and Jennifer Bezik, Bernotas Middle School 7th grade LA/SS Teachers

BERNOTAS MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (January 2019)



“Sarah’s path as a writer is an inspiring tale for young writers everywhere. Her dedication and passion to her craft is clear in her presentation and writing. The Educator Guide for The Kiss of Death is a great resource to help facilitate cross-curricular learning between Social Studies, Literacy, and even Science! These resources are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is a great tool that teachers can easily use in their classroom.”

-Taya Pennington, Marlowe Middle School 7th grade Social Studies Teacher

MARLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (December 2018)



“Sarah—love your mentorship! You are a gardener planting, nurturing new blooms for the arts and for writing... that is no small thing for anyone especially someone as young as you are!"

-Joe C., Barnes & Noble event attendee



"Great job giving a clear, well-organized presentation. I like that you do a nice job of helping students relate and be able to see themselves as writers."

-Sharlene Montgomery, Cary-Grove High School Humanities Division Lead
CARY-GROVE WRITERS’ DAY EVENT (April 2019)



"Sarah Natale’s presentation was thoughtful, insightful, and held a room full of 7th graders’ attention! She went over the steps it takes to become a writer and shared her experiences in doing so. Students were very much engaged and were excited to hear her story. She had fun prompts and a great power-point to follow her talking points. What a great way to ignite young readers and writers to continue their dreams as well! Thanks again for sharing your story! While reading her novel to the class, students were engaged in the story and couldn't wait to hear what would happen next with Elizabeth. It kept them analyzing and critically thinking about the story in a way that tied in History perfectly. The ending left everyone with questions and had students wanting more! They are anticipating what could happen next!”

-Amanda Manta, Parkland Middle School 7th grade Social Studies Teacher
PARKLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (April 2019)



“Using The Kiss of Death in my English/History curriculum went really well! The students were so stunned about how the story ended. They immediately got into groups on their own and began discussing various theories on what they think happened to Elizabeth and what will happen to Matthias.”

-Kate Metzler, Parkland Middle School 7th grade LA/SS Teacher
PARKLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (April 2019)



“It was great to have Sarah speak at Heineman Middle School! Quite a few students chatted with me during the cafeteria lunch that day about how much they enjoyed her presentation.”

-Jake Litchfield, Heineman Middle School Principal
HEINEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL EVENT (October 2018)

TALKING POINTS

  • From Classroom to Bookshelf: Navigating the Publishing Industry as a Teenager
  • Medical Practices Then and Now: How the Plague Devastated One-Third of Europe’s Population
  • Blending Fact and Fiction: Writing Accurate Yet Readable Historical Fiction
  • From Blank Page to Magnum Opus: Honing Writing Craft at a Young Age
  • Ambition Plus Persistence Yields Success: Inspirational Advice to Aspiring Authors
  • Authors as Entrepreneurs: Building Your Personal Brand and Being Your Own Publicist


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