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.

 

 

 

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…

Things I Always Knew by Nancy Cadle Craddock

 

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I always knew somehow I’d write Winsley Walker and Other Flying Objects. It took a lot of determination and my Critique Group to do it but it has been a real labor of love.

I knew I wanted to write a laugh-out-loud kind of book. I’d even give a guarantee. If Winsley Walker and Other Flying Objects doesn’t make you laugh-out-loud or smile a lot (in case you’re not the laughing kind), just let me know and I’ll give you your money back.

I wanted to draw young readers to a humorous place where they might forget about divorcing parents, empty pantries and maybe even lingering negative words that often robbed them of their self-confidence and carefree childhood days. I knew I’d try to replace all of that with thoughts of triumph and hope by what my characters did and said.

I wanted to write like me. My setting would be a small southern community and my style of writing would be southern, folksy.

I thought about Will Tweety (remember him) and the bond he had with his grandfather. It was like the one my brother and I had with our grandfather.  It was a special thing and special things  bring hope and happiness. I knew I wanted to write about that.

I also knew that life can turn from humdrum to hilarious, often in the same day. I wanted to show that to readers.

I knew I wanted to bury a secret about me somewhere in the pages of my book and I did.

I knew I’d find a way to share my story if I had to publish it myself. Which I did.  I now answer to  “The Little Red Hen” which only makes me smile and… laugh-out-loud.

I knew I’d want to thank everyone who buys my book, so if you do, I’m sincerely thanking you right now and sending a big smile your way.  Thank you, friend!

NOTE: Winsley Walker and Other Flying Objects is now in print and Kindle: http://amzn.to/1tPofzj