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Conyers, Georgia 30012
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Children’s Book Author Gives Gilgamesh an Epic Spin
Atlanta, Georgia, USA, November 14th, 2018, Kam Karem
In the celebrated poem, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh kills Humbaba, the guardian of the Cedar Forest, and chops down the trees. Now, a children’s book author has published a fiction book written from the perspective of Humbaba’s descendants.
According to Kam Karem, author of Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom:
My family, the Karems, immigrated to the United States from Bsharri, Lebanon in the early 1900s. In Bsharri, they, and the town’s other inhabitants, served as “Keepers of the Cedars of God” for generations. This famous grove was part of the tremendous forests that used to cover most of Lebanon.
I’ve been doing a slow-burn with regards to Gilgamesh since I read the epic in high school. Essentially, to gain fame, Gilgamesh killed Humbaba, then clear-cut the Cedar Forest. As a matter of historic fact, the Egyptians, Hebrews, Romans, Greeks, Mycenaean’s and Ottomans contributed to the deforestation of Lebanon. But using trees to build ships, houses, and temples is one thing, leveling a forest to satiate one’s ego is another. Meanwhile, 4500 years after Gilgamesh reigned, the Keepers of the Cedar Forest, a role that all Lebanese share, struggle to bring light to their conservation efforts and for funding to accomplish reforestation.
In Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom, Ranger Nader is born into a family of Keepers. When he is accosted by a magic axe, he discovers he’s this generation’s “Guardian,” i.e.: person entrusted with the axe to preserve and protect God’s Holy Cedars. Along with his sister and two cousins, Ranger trains to crew a spaceship in a secret school hidden in Bsharri. He meets a descendant of Humbaba there and learns to use his axe. When Gilgamesh resurfaces intent on destroying the world, Ranger confronts the crazy king with the magic axe in an epic show down.
Ranger Nader & The Sunstruck Phantom is middle grade book appropriate for children ten years and older. You can contact Kam Karem for a media kit or review copies at 770-653-6236 and at Kam@kamkarem.com.
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Have you always dreamed of writing a book?
Can you imagine seeing your name on the spine of a novel?
We can help you!
Saturday, May 6th, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Northeast Georgia History Center
322 Academy St. NE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Here’s what you will learn:
9:00 AM – Noon Where Do You Start? Connie Fleming
Explore where successful stories begin. Hint: you don’t have to start at the beginning.
- The mechanics, or formatting. Very brief and very basic.
• Peaks and Valleys: Creating a rhythm in your story.
• Research: It’s fiction, why do I need facts?
• The benefits of entering contests.
• Why read other author’s work?
We will look at examples of different beginnings, and discuss the importance of first pages, and titles. There will be hands-on exercises to get the creative juices flowing, and sharing with the group. Handouts will be provided.
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Self-Publishing Secrets Nancy Craddock
Handouts will be provided and there will be short exercises for group and individual participation.
- Which colors on a book’s cover sell the most books.
• Fonts that kill the deal.
• When should a self-published book have a Table of Contents.
• How to price a self-published book.
• How many pages in a self-published book make the most profit.
• What should every self-published book have on the last page.
• The “one word” secret for an award-winning story.
There will be “Question & Answer” time with both speakers during the last thirty minutes.
Numerous Door Prizes (including a full manuscript critique)
Connie Fleming, SCBWI PAL Member Nancy Craddock, SCBWI PAL Member
2016 GA Author of the Year Finalist for “Halley’s Hope.” 2016 Moonbeam Medal Winner
2nd Place in WIK Novel Contest 2016 for “Desert Secrets.” Author of Five Self- Published Books
Winner of 2014 WIK Novel Contest for “Over a Barrel” Author of Numerous Magazine Articles
2008 Nominee GA Author of the Year for “Finder’s Magic” Winner of Numerous Writing Contests
Sponsored by SCBWI (Society of Children Book Writers & Illustrators)
SCBWI Members – 55.00 Non SCBWI Members – 65.00
Due to limited seating, reserve your spot today at
Questions: “Contact Me” page at www.nancycadlecraddock.com
or email email@example.com (put “writers’ workshop” in subject line)
Our talented and very prolific author Nancy C. Craddock has been awarded the “Moonbeam Award.” http://www.moonbeamawards.com/index.php For “Beneath the Paint.”
Is that the moon, or stars in my eyes. I’m so proud of my friend. While the rest of us are revising and angsting (okay I made that word up) over our years-old manuscripts, Nancy is getting the job done and winning awards.
To quote Nancy, “maybe it’s just me, but” I think Nancy ROCKS… P. S. It’s not just me.
If you are a parent, grandparent, kid, or a kid at heart, you will wannabe at the Fall Festival and Health Fair at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, in Conyers, Georgia, October 1, 2016 between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 5:00 P. M. There is something for everyone! Especially readers, writers and wannabes! In fact, there will be three of us Writers and Wannabes at the Festival selling and signing books- Connie Fleming, TK Read and Susan Rosson Spain.
The Society of Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is sponsoring a double-booth. Come meet published children’s authors selling and autographing their books.
But that’s just half of the good news. The other half is that we’ll be telling you how the magic happens, from how to get started, finding critique groups, to how to meet editors.
Here is the fabulous lineup:
TIME AUTHOR TOPIC
10: 45 Robert Crewe: How to Use My Books in the Classroom
11: 30 Susan R. Spain: My Writing Process
12:15 Tanya Valentine: Writing What you know
1:00 Cathy Hall: Not All Who Wander Are Lost: The Surprising Places Your Writing Can Take You!
1:45 PJ Shaw: My Writing Process
2:30 Connie Fleming: Writing Conference Etiquette
3:15 Susan TenEyck: My Writing Process
4:00 TK Read: How to Budget Your Book Marketing
4:45 Sharyn Shields: My Writing Process
Look for our Banner that says SCBWI. We will be next to the Conyers Library booth.
Author: Nancy Cadle Craddock
Over four decades ago, my father moved our family to Baton Rouge for work-related opportunities. A couple of years later, my husband and I graduated from LSU and enjoyed living in Louisiana during our early years together before moving to Houston, TX and later, Atlanta, GA.
Our hearts are broken by the destruction of the recent flood through southern Louisiana. Although several of my family members did evaculate their homes, all were able to return to very little damage. Profit from the sale of “Lullaby of Lake Charles” will be donated to help Louisiana Flood victims.
It seems like I’ve been writing Lullaby of Lake Charles all of my life. To have all the bits-and-pieces of people, places and things that have been swishing-around for years in my thoughts and mind come together in one coherent tale, with a surprise ending, is a dream come true for me.
Lullaby of Lake Charles is a contemporary romance. It is a story of love on many levels and one that I hope readers will enjoy.
Lullaby of Lake Charles is about:
Margaret Sinclair, wealthy and childless, traveling from Baton Rouge, LA to Houston, TX.
Chloe, a young and unwed mother, stranded outside of Baton Rouge, LA.
A psychic’s uncanny prediction
A young father who lives by his own rules.
A sheriff protecting his wayward son.
A crash. A witness. A baby.
The ending no one saw coming.
My friend and fellow “Writer and Wannabe” Connie Fleming is much too humble to post anything about her latest honor. However, I wanted to let everyone know that Connie was honored last night at the highly esteemed GEORGIA AUTHOR OF THE YEAR banquet. Connie’s fabulous YA “Halley’s Hope” was a finalist in a competition full of rich and exciting books for all ages. Not only did Connie write a magnificent story, she and fellow “Writer and Wannabe” Stephanie Fenton created the book’s cover. If you haven’t seen the cover with Stephanie’s horse, it is gorgeous and worth the cost of the book alone.
Warning: Don’t be surprised if Connie’s story stays in your mind long after you’ve turned the last page! It is that good!
Congratulations, Connie. You aimed for the moon and you certainly landed among the stars!
Written/Submitted by Nancy Craddock
Okay, I’m shouting again. Don’t hate, people! I can’t help myself. I am just so darn happy to finally have another manuscript jump out of files cabinets, old spirals, and manila folders and into a book that I can carry in my hand!
I am not in a manic state where I am writing morning, noon and night. To the contrary, I am dusting off and revising stories that I’ve held onto for some time. The best part is that I have fallen back in love with all things writing.
If you, too, have fallen out of love with writing or if you have struggled to get your work out there, please know that I am a retired teacher (over 3 decades in the classroom), wife, mother and (gulp) grandmother who has for a hundred years (or so it seems) struggled to get my books in print and into the hands of youngsters.
I started pounding out my stories on a typewriter and was overjoyed when “correction tape” hit the market! Up until then, if you absentmindedly left out a word… or sentence… or paragraph, you had to type the entire chapter or book over. There was no internet or click of a mouse to find an editor’s name or publishing house address. That took a trip to the library and the help of a librarian. There was no instant access to an editor or agent’s wish list. You searched library shelves for similar books and made a guess which publisher might like your manuscript.
I didn’t know if an editor sent you a letter with a list of things he/she didn’t like about your manuscript, you should make corrections and send it back for another look. I thought editors were people who told you what they didn’t like. When such information became available on writing websites, it was much too late for me to take advantage of constructive criticism.
All of the things that I didn’t know slowed my progress and my path to publication was excruciating slow and often painful. But as Maya Angelou said “When you know better, you do better”. And so I do.
All of that aside, I believe that God’s timing is perfect. I don’t always understand it at the time, but I know that it is true. Recently, my seven-year-old granddaughter came to spend the night. Tucked in her overnight bag was the book she’s reading in bed every evening. As I reached in her bag to retrieve her book, I met the eyes of Winsley Walker (Winsley Walker & Other Flying Objects) and it was then, that I knew for certain, I’d been given a glimpse of God’s plan for my life. Timing, and all. Divine. Perfect.