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.
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.
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