Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

So You Want to Write a Book?

Date(s) - 05/06/2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

North Georgia History Center
322 Academy St NE - Gainesville, GA 30501

Northeast Georgia History Center

322 Academy St NE

Gainesville, GA 30501



9:00 AM -12:00 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

Learn what makes a self-published book stand out from the rest.

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 and how to trim background information, if needed.
• What should every self-published book have on the very last page.
• The “one word” secret for an award-winning story.

Last half hour will be a question and answer session with both presenters.


About the Speakers:

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Connie Fleming, SCBWI PAL Member
2016 GA Author of the Year Finalist for “Halley’s Hope.”
2nd Place in WIK Novel Contest 2016 for “Desert Secrets.”
Winner of 2014 WIK Novel Contest for “Over a Barrel”
2008 Nominee GA Author of the Year for “Finder’s Magic”







Nancy Craddock, SCBWI PAL Member
2016 Moonbeam Medal Winner
Author of Five Self-Published Books for Children
Author of Numerous Magazine Articles for Children
Winner of Numerous Writing Contests