Emerging Writer Application 2017
The AJC Decatur Book Festival presents an Opportunity for Emerging Writers
If you are a self-published or small press writer who would like to sell your
book(s) at the DBF, there is a way to save money and get more out of your
weekend with us. Rather than pay a full booth fee and manage it all weekend,
save money by joining our Emerging Writers tent!
We can display your book(s) in a reserved, secure space and handle sales for
you. No need to worry about credit card payments or maintain a cash box
— you don’t have to guard your stock all weekend, and you don’t have to
miss all of the wonderful speakers and events at the festival. We’ll even
schedule a book signing and a brief speaking opportunity, if you wish.
- Registration Deadline: July 31, 2017.
- A $25 late fee will be applied after July 31, 2017.
- Regular Registration (includes first-come, first-served Speaking and/or
Signing Time): $185
- Sell Only (no speaking or signing time): $135
- Registrations include up to two titles. Additional titles are $50
- The AJC Decatur Book Festival Street Fair will be held September
2–3, 2017, on and around the historic Decatur square, just minutes
from downtown Atlanta.
- The DBF will be held rain or shine, and refunds are not issued for
- Full payment is due with the completed application form — no
- Reservations are made first-come, first-served. Emerging Writers will
receive registration confirmation upon acceptance.
- Emails will follow with set-up instructions, locations, map, lodging,
- The DBF reserves the right to reject any applications deemed unsuitable
or inappropriate for our event.
What is the set-up for the Emerging Writers Tent?
The tent is 90’x20’ and will hold approximately 2,700 authors’ books. There is a speaking area on one end of the tent and sales area at the other. Eight-foot tables are set up with the books on top — the books are separated by general genres. There is a separate area adjacent to the tent for book signings.
If I can’t stay with my books, what is the point of coming to the festival?
The main purpose of the Emerging Writers Tent is to give you exposure to the literary community by being part of the DBF. We also put your picture and short bio on the AJC Decatur Book Festival website. It is a chance to network with other Emerging Writers to learn how they market their books and to speak with Independent Book Sellers who are vendors. The best part is it gives you an opportunity to enjoy the rest of the DBF.
Is there a ‘stage’?
There is an area set aside with podium, microphone and chairs for audience members. An Emcee will introduce you and monitor your speaking time.
When do we pick up our books?
You are in charge of picking up any unsold books. Books need to be picked up no later than 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, 2017 in the Emerging Writers Tent.
Do I take my books home on Saturday night?
There is 24-hour police patrol of the grounds so your books are safe to be there overnight. The sides of the tent are closed on Saturday night at the close of the DBF.
What happens if it rains during the festival? Can I get my money back?
The DBF is held regardless of the weather. Once you submit your application along with payment, there are no refunds.
REMINDER: Authors are not to stay with their books in the Emerging Writers Tent. We want customers inside the tent not authors. Also it’s not fair to the other authors if you are looming over your books trying to make sales; it blocks customers from trying to find books to purchase. And it’s unfair to the authors who purchased a booth in order be with their books and sell them.
Questions? Contact Cindy Elsberry at 678.310.5056 or