PRESS RELEASE: Children’s Book Author Gives Gilgamesh an Epic Spin

Kam Karem

915 Commercial Street

Conyers, Georgia 30012

770-653-6236: Kam@KamKarem.com

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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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So You Want to Write a Book.

Have you always dreamed of writing a book?

Can you imagine seeing your name on the spine of a novel?

We can help you!

When?

Saturday, May 6th, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Where?

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

https://southern-breeze.scbwi.org/events/so-you-want-to-write-a-book/

Questions: “Contact Me” page at www.nancycadlecraddock.com

or email conniefleming@comcast.net (put “writers’ workshop” in subject line)

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.