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Comment Archives: stories: Books

Re: “Manwhore Memoirs

What is with all these guys? here is another, worse than Tucker Max....

Posted by Tammy Windhole on 09/05/2011 at 5:23 PM

Re: “On Target

I've followed Barbara's career for more years than either of us wants to admit, and every book she's written is a keeper. I particularly enjoy her characters in these "foodie" novels, because they're so real and earthy. Coincidentally, that's an apt description of the author, too. :) Of course, these books tend to make me hungry, but visiting Ms. O'Neal's blog almost always nets a recipe or two. Thank you for the article, Kirsten. And than you, Barbara, for another keeper to treasure on a cold winter day.

Posted by debstover on 01/14/2011 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Unhappy returns

It must take a lot of talent to write murder mystery games. There's so many things someone would have to consider for the game play aspect of it, not to mention the story itself has to be interesting! Quite the challenge indeed.

Posted by jhalsey117 on 12/28/2010 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Author Fest makes reading a community event

Thanks so much for writing, Beth. Perhaps another interview subject would have given me a different impression of Author Fest. I assumed, not unreasonably, I think, that the keynote speaker interviewed for this article represented the best and brightest at Author Fest. That gave me a negative impression of the event. She seems to have muscled her way into a book deal rather than writing her way into one. In this piece she evidences the small-town pretension of needing to reassure everyone she's not pretentious, even though she's published a book. Had I known Author Fest featured presenters who care about the craft of writing and are taken seriously in the literary community, I might have gone.

Posted by ManitouMike on 10/06/2010 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Author Fest makes reading a community event

I'm not sure what led ManitouMike to this impression from the article, but cheerleading writers in a certain clique was certainly not the intent of Author Fest, nor did I see any evidence of such when I attended. The sessions I attended, and the one I presented with Laura DiSilverio on "Getting Serious about Series Writing" were focused on educating aspiring authors on the craft and business of writing, all with the aim of helping those who are new to the process learn what they need to break into that "clique" of published authors that Mike perceives.

At both the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, offered in the spring, and at this conference, I saw published authors reaching out to unpublished writers to answer questions and share what they've learned along the way to help others avoid some of the pitfalls in publishing. I see the Pikes Peak Writers Conference as a more serious one for those who may have a finished manuscript and are ready to enter a writing contest and/or pitch to agents or editors, while Author Fest may be for those who are newer to the process and are wondering what it takes to become a published author. Both are useful to the local writing community.

I'm one of those Colorado authors who is traditionally published in hardcover and reviewed in respected print and online publications, and there were many others like me presenting at Author Fest. Yes, the element of self-publishing was there as well as traditional-publishing, and while I never suggest that someone go into self-publishing with their eyes closed, attending a conference such as this and finding out what the pluses and minuses are is the best way to make an informed decision.

Posted by Beth Groundwater on 10/04/2010 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Author Fest makes reading a community event

I was planning to attend Author Fest until I read this article. Colorado is home to dozens of accomplished writers. Writers who publish books in hardcover. Writers who are taken seriously enough to have their books reviewed in respected print and online publications. Writers who can discuss their practice of a finely tuned craft.

This article suggests Author Fest is focused on cheerleading, and on featuring writers within a certain clique. Many aspiring writers want to know how to write and publish with excellence, not just how to bulldoze one's way into the publishing world.

Posted by ManitouMike on 10/03/2010 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Devil in the details

'Good on ya' for standing up to writers who would contort history, and for making historic journalism entertaining.

Mark Fitzgerald (from the Australian outback)

Posted by doesn't have one? on 02/04/2010 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Putting out the welcome mat

Ms. Brice,
Thanks for your blogspot--a funny-wonderful idea. A writer friend sent me to it. Congratulations on the Lifetime movie--I'll be looking for it, and your novels.

Posted by ojm on 10/30/2009 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Force of nature

I can't wait to meet Homer Hickam! I have all his books. I especially like his four memoirs and his "Josh Thurlow" adventure novels.

Posted by Suzanne44 on 10/22/2009 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Chasing your tale

Thanks for doing the story Jill!

Posted by Raymartinez on 09/24/2009 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Moody Blues

Thanks for the heads-up on this. I just made the correction to our 2000 archives. - Jill Thomas

Posted by Jill Thomas on 07/22/2009 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Moody Blues

I think this book is called "Swimming Sweet Arrow." At least that's what it says on the cover.

Posted by mulesrule on 07/16/2009 at 9:52 PM

Re: “I'll be dead for Christmas

As an author who has had the honor of meeting Ms. Harris at a conference, I have to add that she is as personable, delightful, and friendly in person as she is in interviews. Thank you for featuring her. Happy reading!

Posted by debstover on 12/21/2008 at 11:02 AM

Re: “To be, or not

woohoo! go mandabach! jawsh wuz here ----->o

Posted by JAWSH on 06/03/2008 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Writing with hope

I've never read any of Deborah Stover books, but if someone will send them to me in China, I will, and include in our English Library. Above and beyond her books, I appreciate her social consciousness! We are all faced with the trials and tribulations that life presents. Some wither, some blossom. She has blossomed! Congratulations, Deborah! Hutch in China

Posted by Dragon on 12/01/2007 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Writing with hope

You're a strong woman, Deb, not only to persevere through the trials you've endured, but also for having such a large heart to open your life to children with special needs. Kudos to you, Deb. In a world where heros and heroines are few and far between, I consider you a true heroine.

Posted by Liz Kreger on 11/26/2007 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Writing with hope

Deb Stover's books deserve their Award Winning category. I also know she's an amazing lady. Thanks for putting her in the spotlight.

Posted by therese on 11/22/2007 at 1:10 AM

Re: “Writing with hope

Deb Stover is a perfect example of a woman who has chosen a hard road and travelled it successfuly. Bless her and her children

Posted by Sharon on 11/21/2007 at 10:00 PM

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