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!


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

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