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.

 

 

 

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…

Tattoo with Border

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?

authorgal-72dpi-1500x2000 (1) (Beneath Paint Ebook)

 

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 Will be Signing Books at the Olde Town Fall Festival!

Four of us, Nancy Cadle Craddock, C.M. Fleming, Mary Ann Rodman and Susan Rosson Spain, will be selling and signing their works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 25, 2014, during Conyers’ 38th Annual Fall Festival.

The featured publications provide quality choices for readers of all ages, ranging from early picture books through chapter books and novels for young adults.  Several of the books earned national awards such as the Charlotte Zolotow Award for best picture book published in the United states (Rodman’s My Best Friend), as well as starred reviews in publications such as the American Library Association’s Booklist (Spain’s The Deep Cut), and Kirkus Reviews (Rodman’s Jimmy’s Stars).

Sponsored by local attorney T.K. Read, the authors’ table will be located outside the Read Building at 915 Commercial Street in Olde Town Conyers, and will also feature hourly drawings for free books. For more information, email T.K. Read at TK.Read@yahoo.com, or call (770) 653-6236.

Plagerism Or Creative License?

I stayed up late to finish Jann Martel’s, Life of Pi so I would be ready to see the movie version the next day. How could such a complex, beautifully crafted allegory be adapted to the silver screen?  After seeing the movie (which I thought was very good) I HAD to know more about the author and where he got the brilliant idea for his novel. I searched cyberspace only to find that Jann Martel was accused of plagiarizing Life Of Pi. By his own admission, Martel had read a review of a novel with a strikingly similar premise, written by a Brazilian author.  Martel also claims he was never able to find, let alone read, Moacyr Scliar’s book.  Nevertheless, accusations were hurled.

As a writer wannabee I am always searching for new characters, new plot lines, new ways to string words together. But just when I think I have created a story that no one could even imagine, let alone put on paper, I find that MY STORY was stolen and is now a New York Times Best Seller. What psychic ability did J.K. Rowling use to span the Atlantic Ocean and pluck Harry Potter out of my head?

How many of my writer friends have had similar experiences?

All of them.

That is because there is nothing new under the sun.

I can craft a story involving a vacuum cleaner, a Chihuahua, an alien life form, and an elderly widower. Place them in Atlanta, Jamaica or Hong Kong. Write it first person or third person, from the vacuum cleaner’s, dog’s or widower’s prospective and somewhere, somehow, some else has had a similar idea. Maybe it is already published or still just the seed of a story in another writer wannabee’s head.  But writer friends, do not despair.  Short of photocopying another author’s published work, I believe it is virtually impossible for two people to create the exact same story.  It is time to stop using this as an excuse to throw your manuscript in the trash. There are only so many things to draw from in the universe, but there are also unlimited ways to put these things together.

So, sharpen your pencils, boot up your laptop, and dust off those ideas that you discarded years ago. What you write is uniquely yours. Get back to work!

Writers and Wannabees Interview with Kathleen Vrona and TK Read

Writers and Wannabees Interview with Kathleen Vrona and TK Read

 

By Nancy Craddock

 

I am so excited to share the following interview with one of my critique partner, T.K. Read, along with her sister Kathleen Vrona. These two savvy sisters have a brand new book out that needs to be on every writer’s Christmas List this year. First, I’d like to tell you more about T.K. and Kathleen.

TK Read works by day as a civil rights and personal injury attorney. You’ll find her sipping wine late at night and coffee early in the morning while working on one of her middle grade fantasies or YA thrillers. With three young adults of her own, two cats, one dog and a District Attorney for a husband, she finds inspiration for her novels from her family, and what she can’t learn from them, she gleans from shopping centers, the Travel Channel, and the Internet. You can read more about her at http://www.tkread.com/.

Kathleen Vrona’s career spans 25+ years as a marketing professional and entrepreneur.  Kathleen has developed and marketed new products for both Fortune 500 companies and her own business ventures.  She is currently developing creative marketing strategies for a Fortune 100 company while writing in her spare time.

NC: What inspired two sisters to write 100 Small Fires?

TK:  As a writer and voracious eBook reader, I’ve watched the growth of the eBook market with great interest and have been tempted to dive-in. I’m cautious by nature though and wanted to learn as much as I could about the process of publishing and selling an eBook before I took the plunge. Naturally, I asked my sister to help with my research project. We found that there was not enough practical information available on which to base an informed decision about the benefits and pitfalls of publication and marketing, so we decided to turn our efforts into something tangible that could help other writers.

KV: When TK asked me to work on this project, I was truly inspired.  There are some universal truths and marketing strategies that could and should be applied to any marketing project regardless of the product.  I didn’t see any books on the market targeting authors/writers taking that approach.  Writers have to learn some of the basics to market effectively.  There is no getting around that in this industry today.

NC: What approach did you take and how did you research the information in this book?

KV: As I mentioned before, we wanted to take a different approach and cover ground that other books were not covering.  So we started with the hottest business marketing trends like Content Marketing, Antic Advertising and Gamification and then researched these topics to find the latest strategies including how authors were leveraging these strategies today.  Also, we looked for traditional book marketing gaps; for example, other books covering book marketing and promotion weren’t covering important strategies like audio books or translation and foreign distribution.  So again, we researched the latest on these strategies to try and give them full coverage in the book.

NC: How was the co-author process?

TK:    I’m very sure I would not have completed this book without my co-author.  Our strengths complemented each other and over-all contributed to a better book. Additionally, there were so many tasks required to both finish the book, and prepare it for publication, that it really did take both of us to push it through to launch day.

KV: Ditto. TK and I have been partners on many projects.  At one time she worked with me on a business I was running –she was legal counsel for my Internet company, WorldWide Access- and then I worked for her when she was running her business, GAMA.  I trust her completely and that’s so important for any partnership.

NC: Of the 100 Fire Starters contained in 100 Small Fires, what’s your favorite one?

KV: By far my favorite is Fire Starter #12-Use content marketing to create lasting relationships. Content Marketing is the hottest marketing trend today and will be for some time to come.  Writers are uniquely positioned to take advantage of this trend, not only to sell their own books, but if they are willing, to help others sell their products and services (for a fee) by helping them develop compelling and engaging content. It’s really never been a better time to be a writer/creative, you just need to know how Content Marketing works and how you can leverage it to be successful.

TK:  I’d have to say the recommendation for adult romantic fiction writers to get sales smoking by sexifying a special edition of their book.  In other words, after their first edition has hit the shelves, and just when sales have fallen, to bring out a “Special Edition” which takes the scenes where characters are having mature interactions to the next level, AKA Fifty Shades of Grey.  I like this suggestion because it is has the potential to build a broader audience for the writer and maybe even result in fired up sales.

NC: I love that you’ve given ideas for authors on a low (or no) budget, those able to spend an average amount of money, and those with an unlimited budget; as well as, a calendar showing when an author should accomplish certain marketing strategies. How does 100 Small Fires fall into the amount of money you’ve spent and the general timeline? Is there anything you’d do differently?

TK:    When we were at the research phase of the book, Kathleen and I agreed to publish this book using the Small Budget and to spend as little as reasonably feasible on the publication and marketing processes.  We wanted to prove that you can be successful without spending an inordinate amount of money. While over-all I feel like we’ve done very well following the small budget, for our next book, I’d definitely pay someone to code it for Kindle. The coding process turned out to be much more complicated and frustrating than I imagined.  Also, we would love to come back and answer this question again for this group a couple months from now.  We still have a lot of marketing to do!

NC: Readers always love leaving with something they can take with them. Is there a piece of book marketing advice you can give us that didn’t make it into the book?

KV:  Wow, great question. As I read back through the book, it struck me that we didn’t really call out what I would say is the obvious best approach to get started, especially for people with small budgets which is probably 90% of authors out there today.  Here it is; start your book marketing by taking advantage of every FREE opportunity we cover in the book.  They are easy to find because we highlight them with a bold FREE.  In researching this book, that was the big aha moment for me.  I couldn’t believe all the FREE opportunities out there for authors to take advantage of.  I think if you started with those, and had a good marketing book at your side for guidance, you can be successful.

NC: I know many of our readers are going to want to buy a copy of 100 Small Fires, can we have information on where to find it?

TK and KV: Sure! Here it is: http://www.amazon.com/Marketing-Selling-Including-Time-Lines-ebook/dp/B00A9GHI6Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353800145&sr=8-1&keywords=100+small+fires+to+make+your+book+sales+blaze

NC: And now, one last question: I know both of you are extremely busy with your chosen careers which seem the perfect combination to co-author this book, but for the purpose of our interview, you are both writers. So, if you were not a WRITER, what would you WANNABE?

TK:    I wannabe an artist/illustrator, like E.B. Lewis.

KV:  Ok, you’re talking sky’s the limit right?  I wannabe a singer/songwriter and sing in coffee houses.  TK got the singing chops but I can play the guitar. Her daughter Camilla writes beautiful songs and sings as well.  Perhaps our next project will be a song writing collaboration!

 For more about the sisters and their book, check out www.100smallfires.com!

Potential

When I wake up in the morning, I’m afraid to open my eyes. So I do it slowly, peeking out through my skimpy eyelashes. Sometimes there are only a few of them standing around my bed, other times the bedroom is full, all of them crammed together like so many sardines in an oily can. If I slide back down under the blankets and throw the duvet over my face they will go away.

Coffee, that’s what I need. It’ll help clear my head.

When I get to the kitchen, Ethel is standing next to the sink. “What are you doing here?” I ask her. “I killed you off in Chapter 5.”

“There’s always hope,” she says. “I can be undead in a single keystroke, or resurrected in Chapter 6.” Her eyes meet mine. “There’s no Chapter 6 yet, is there?” she says.

“You don’t need to remind me.” My stock remark flows from my mouth. “I’ll work on it later.”

Ethel disappears into the steam drifting from my coffee cup.

The worst part of the day is when I go to my computer. So many of them huddled around me, jockeying for a better view of the screen.

“It’s my turn,” Marvin whines. “You abandoned me mid-sentence, and I’ve been dangling there for weeks. Do I ever get home?”

I click an icon and begin downloading my email. Nothing from any of the agents or editors I queried the day before. I am the only one who sighs.

A tall, handsome man with a mustache pats me on the shoulder. “You need to move on. For God’s sake, you haven’t even named me yet. Will I ever be more than a poorly organized paragraph? Look at me! I’m full of potential!”

“Me too,” I mumble. “Full of potential.”

I slowly move the mouse and click on Facebook. The shadowy figures, so full of potential, fade away.