Karen Giles Clark - Author teaches Empathy and Peacemaking

Book Launch


Posted In The Oconee Enterprise 

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 6:00 pm

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Oconee author Karen Giles Clark has penned a children’s book to help make big life changes easier for the whole family. 

“Hope and encouragement are needed when there are school changes, family changes or simple day-to-day events that come into our lives,” said Clark, whose book, “Big Changes for Little Bugs,” is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Oconee County Library. The illustrations were done by Charles Berton.  

Clark said she was inspired after seeing the aftermath of the three major hurricanes last year.

“Seeing so many families displaced was a painful thing to watch on the news,” she said. “The fear of the unknown was so visible on the faces of the children. I knew they would need a way to express their fear and learn to adapt to new homes.”

“Big Changes for Little Bugs” tells the story of a bug community on a journey to find a new home after a hurricane.

Harvey Bee, Gracie Butterfly, Rosie Ladybug and Jumpy Cricket overcome their fears and discover courage, kindness, generosity and peacemaking.


Karen Clark is up against hundreds of authors worldwide for prestigious 2018 Author Academy Award

 Big Changes For Little Bugs has been nominated for a 2018 Author Academy Award, an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry.

Karen’s book is up for an award in the Children’s Fiction category, which touches on the subject of helping children adjust to changes in their lives. Four bug characters discover things about themselves and find a home after a storm destroys their butterfly bush.


“Hundreds of books from authors throughout the world are up for an Author Academy Award,” said Kary Oberbrunner, founder of Author Academy Elite and the Author Academy Awards. “Our goal is to help further connect this global community of authors, maintain excellence and integrity of the book publishing industry, and raise awareness that the stories being told and the authors who write them are worth our attention.”


Authors of all kinds—indie (self-published), traditional, or collaborative published—are being considered for the award in one of sixteen categories. Entries are being reviewed and evaluated on popular vote, social contribution, and overall presentation (cover, content, flow, and originality) by the Academy's voting membership comprised of best-selling authors, literary agents and industry leaders.


If interested in supporting Clark, and participating in the popular vote portion of the award evaluation, go to http://authoracademyawards.com/and scroll down to the “Ready to Vote?” section. Once there, click through to the Children’s Fiction category (pg 13), then find and click onBig Changes For Little Bugs. 

The top ten finalists in each category will be invited to present their book synopsis at an Author Academy Awards Red Carpet Session on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Winners will be announced later that evening at the Author Academy Awards Ceremony where they will be invited to give an acceptance speech. Winners will also receive:

· The Academy Boon of Merit Award.

· Press release and media story presented to their hometown press by a professional PR firm.

· Their name and book highlighted on the Read to Lead Podcast (over 2 million downloads).

· A Private Group Coaching Session for all First Prize Winners with a YouTube Consultant on how to leverage your book with video.

· Traditional Media and Social Media press including features on select podcasts, shows, vlogs, blogs, and articles.


For more on this story, see the July 26 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, go to oconeeenterprise.comor call (706) 769-5175