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Pikes Peak Writers Conference, offered in the spring, and at this conference, I saw published authors reaching out to unpublished writers to answer questions and share what they've learned along the way to help others avoid some of the pitfalls in publishing.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.
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.
'Good on ya' for standing up to writers who would contort history, and for making historic journalism entertaining.
Mark Fitzgerald (from the Australian outback)
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.
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.
Thanks for doing the story Jill!
Thanks for the heads-up on this. I just made the correction to our 2000 archives. - Jill Thomas
I think this book is called "Swimming Sweet Arrow." At least that's what it says on the cover.
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! debstover.com
woohoo! go mandabach! jawsh wuz here ----->o
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!
Hutch in China
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.
Deb Stover's books deserve their Award Winning category. I also know she's an amazing lady. Thanks for putting her in the spotlight.
Deb Stover is a perfect example of a woman who has chosen a hard road and travelled it successfuly. Bless her and her children
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