Nancy’s a Winner

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.

Find Three of Us at a Fall Festival Signing and Selling Books this Saturday, October 1, 2016!

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.

 

 

 

Another Loud Shout

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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.

GA AUTHOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

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!

http://www.amazon.com/Halleys-Hope-C-M-Fleming/dp/1503355306/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1465143294&sr=8-1&keywords=Halley%27s+Hope

http://www.authoroftheyear.org/

Written/Submitted by Nancy Craddock

http://www.NancyCadleCraddock.com

 

Another Shout…

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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.

www.NancyCadleCraddock.com

Still Shouting

Okay, yes… I’m shamelessly promoting another one of my  books. You see, when you self-publish, without  a bit of marketing, you might as well have skipped the endless hours you stressed over every single word you ever wrote or typed on a page. Since I’ve been a worrier and a writer all of my life, I’m trying to make sure all the stress and anxiety was worth it. Of course, only you, the reader, can be the judge of that.

Yes, I’ve caught the interest of an editor or two, but for whatever reason, this Little Red Hen was destined to do it all herself. So, I bought the grain, took out my rolling pin and turned on the oven. The bread is now starting to rise. Yeah!

I didn’t think I could top Beneath the Paint but when I pulled my Liars manuscript out of the vault (aka: Nan’s stash of manuscripts – finished and unfinished),  I fell in love with main character Bayou Brown all over again. If there was ever a kid with the odds stacked against him, it was this one.

Recently, I believe I’ve been given a glimpse of why I write, why I couldn’t give it up, and why I have the undeniable need to continue writing. I’ve always know this in my heart but now I see it in my stories: I am, perhaps, “The World’s Greatest Champion for Underdogs”! At least, on paper. In my stories, I can make the most unlikely of kids do extraordinary things. This, I like! I can make the entire community rally around the kid that otherwise, would be forgotten or left alone. Basically, I can change the world with the stroke of keys on my keyboard.

Who wouldn’t want to write… or change the world! Well… okay… maybe just the life of some ordinary kid who happens to fall inside the pages of Liars… or Beneath the Paint or… Winsley Walker or…

From the Rooftop

I always said if I ever had a book published, I’d shout it from the rooftop. This is my second book and second shout out. My book Beneath the Paint has been in the works for years. Although I have other books in various stages, if you are only going to read one of my books, make it this one. It is perhaps my best because I’m not sure I could ever top it. Ever.

Beneath the Paint

In the midst of his own legal woes, young and poor Harley Hamilton has stumbled upon a secret of national importance. Will he tell it? If he does, will anyone believe him?

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Beneath the Paint: available on Amazon or contact me for a signed copy through my website:

http://www.nancycadlecraddock.com

Thanks everybody!

 

FREE WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS THIS SAT BY WRITERSANDWANNABES!

Hi Folks!

Come listen to me, and three other great writersandwannabes, Connie Fleming, Nancy Craddock, and Lynn Coulter, speak at the Stonecrest Library this Saturday afternoon. Find below the Who, What, Where, Why and When.

Don’t worry, attending the workshop is definitely in your budget, not matter what its size as… it’s FREE!

So take a two hour break from shopping and join us there!

TK

BTW, if you haven’t heard, the Second Edition of 100 Small Fires is out in paperback, and is a perfect Christmas gift for all the writers on your list. At $7.99 it won’t set your budget back either.

Find it here:

100 Small Fires at Amazon

To read more about 100 Small Fires, go to www.100smallfires.com.

WRITERS, READERS, AND EVERYONE ELSE!

WHAT: *The Ups and Downs of Writing Children’s Books
A Workshop For Childrens Book Authors (And Everyone Else)*
WHEN: DECEMBER 12/12/2015, BETWEEN 1pm and 3:00
WHERE: Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038
Phone:(770) 482-3828
WHO: WORKSHOP SPEAKERS: Connie Fleming, Nancy Craddock, Lynn Coulter and TK Read

SPEAKER/TOPIC: Connie Fleming: Walking on the Edge: Conflict in Children’s Writing
ABOUT CONNIE:
A former UCR Crime Analyst with Georgia Bureau of Investigation, she now spends her days, and nights writing, illustrating, and speaking at schools, libraries and churches. Into every life must come some conflict. And no story is complete without it. Learn how to insert the right amount of tension to move your story forward.
As a very health-conscious senior adult she also writes about wiping out obesity, with a healthy dose of her own brand of humor and Christian wisdom.
Her website is http://cmfleming.com/ and her weight-loss blog can be found at http://theacceptablesin.blogspot.com/

SPEAKER/TOPIC: Nancy Craddock: Warnings from a Self-Pubbed Author
If you’re thinking about self-publishing, you can save yourself a lot of angst (and money) from someone who did it all wrong!

What color on a book’s cover sells the most books?

What do self-pubbed authors almost always forget to do?

What font turns readers away?

I’ve got the answers and I’m spilling the secrets this Saturday!
ABOUT NANCY:
Author Nancy Cadle Craddock always wanted to write laugh-out-loud books about

spunky kids & smart ones

unlikely kids doing extraordinary things, and

kids who make a difference.

So she did!

Winsley Walker & Other Flying Objects – 5 Stars on Amazon

Comes with a “Laughter Guarantee”

 

SPEAKER/TOPIC: Lynn Coulter: Make Money By Writing Nonfiction
Even if your goal is to publish a novel, you can earn money writing nonfiction books and articles while you work on it. The Web, for example, consumes enormous amounts of information, and someone has to write that content. Why shouldn’t it be you? Learn how to break into print and digital publications for children and adults with freelancer and author Lynn Coulter.
ABOUT LYNN:
Lynn Coulter writes for HGTVGardens.com.

She’s also a freelancer with a B.A. in Journalism and the author of 3 books: Gardening with Heirloom Seeds; Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith (Publisher’s Weekly starred review); and Little Mercies: Celebrating God’s Everyday Grace and Goodness. Lynn has served as a contributing editor for Delta Sky and U.S. Airways Magazine, and she’s written for Ranger Rick, Southern Living, Jack and Jill, Delta’s Sky 4 Kids, Pockets, The Home Depot Garden Club, Southern Living, AAA Traveler and other publications. Currently she’s writing a novel for middle-grade readers with the help of her loyal office assistants/rescue dogs, Miss Paws and Molly. Her website is www.LynnCoulter.com.

SPEAKER/TOPIC:
TK Read: Light Fires Beneath Your Book Sales
Whether you’re self-pubbed, indie-pubbed, or traditionally pubbed, you need to market your book to make sure your sales soar! Learn promotion tips and tricks, and the best place to put your marketing efforts and dollars from TK. We’ll go over promotion ideas for small, medium, and large budgets!
ABOUT TK:
TK is an attorney by day and a writes in the wee hours of the morning. She downs coffee and chocolate, and pens young adult thrillers and middle grade fantasies. A life-long student, she also signs up for every class she can fit in her schedule – that way when her teens are going on-and-on about their tough courses, she can match them moan-for-moan. TK co-authored the book, 100 Small Fires to Make Your Book Sales Blaze! with her marketing whiz sister, Kathleen Vrona. You can check the book out at www.100smallfires.com and TK out at www.tkread.com.

** This event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
**THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS (SCBWI.ORG)

Writers and Wannabes at Southern-Breeze’s Springmingle!

Three of us Writers and Wannabes attended Southern-Breeze’s Springmingle writing conference this past weekend, and we had a fantastic time with our fellow SCBWI members.

For those of you not in the know, SCBWI stands for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s the largest organization of its kind in the world. You can check out more about it here: http://scbwi.org.

It was great to reconnect with our writing tribe, and the fantastic panel of speakers made sure we left fired up to write right!

In honor the conference, I am giving my marketing book, 100 Small Fires to Make Your Book Sales BLAZE! away for free now through Wednesday.  Just go here to down load: http://tinyurl.com/m9v8d3w

Our good friend and fellow SCBWI Southern-Breeze member was kind enough to post an article about our book give away! Read it here: http://c-c-hall.com.

Authors, do you have a marketing strategy, technique, plan, idea or mechanism that produced great results?

Share it with me at tk.read@yahoo.com, and we’ll share it with the writing community in our second edition, to be published in Kindle and paper form in late summer of this year. We’ll give you a shout-out and link to your author’s page!

Here’s to lighting fires under your writing AND your marketing!

Tootles!