Emerging Writers Application 2018

The AJC Decatur Book Festival presents an Opportunity for Emerging Writers

Self-published and small press writers are invited to sell your book(s) at the AJC Decatur Book Festival (DBF). Benefits of participating in DBF via the Emerging Writers Pavilion include:

  • Gain exposure to 80,000 booklovers at the heart of the festival.
  • Author name will be listed on the DBF website and in the DBF Program Guide with 350,000 copies distributed.
  • DBF displays your book(s) in a reserved, secure space and handles sales for you.
  • Participation in the Emerging Writers Pavilion is a lower investment than purchasing an exhibit space.

Limited book signing sessions and brief speaking opportunities are also available.

Registration Information

  • Registration Deadline: July 31, 2018.
  • A $25 late fee will be applied after July 31, 2018.
  • Regular Registration (includes first-come, first–served Speaking and/or Signing Time): $190
  • Sell Only (no speaking or signing time): $140
  • Registrations include up to two titles. Additional titles are $50 each.

DBF Facts

  • The AJC Decatur Book Festival Street Fair will be held September 1–2, 2018, 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 inclement weather.
  • Full payment is due with the completed application form — no refunds.
  • 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, information, etc.
  • The DBF reserves the right to reject any applications deemed unsuitable or inappropriate for our event.


The pavilion is a 90’x20’ tent and will hold approximately 2,700 authors’ books. There is a speaking area on one end of the pavilion and sales area are at the other end. 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 pavilion for book signings.
No. There is not room for each author to remain with their books. If you would rather stay with your books, you may want to purchase a booth. If so, contact mike@decaturbookfestival.com as he is in charge of selling exhibitor booths.
Bring 20 books of each title. If you sell out, then you may bring more copies as long as you check the books in with Cindy Elsberry (Manager) or one of her staff.
The main purpose of the Emerging Writers Pavilion 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 DBF 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.
The Emerging Writers staff handles all book sales. The DBF keeps 10% for processing.
You will receive payment (via check in the mail) about two weeks after the close of the DBF.
You have 3-5 minutes to speak and a 10-minute book signing.
No. You are assigned a speaking/book signing time on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only 80 spaces available for speaking/signing so sign up early!
There is an area set aside with podium, microphone and chairs for audience members. An Emcee will introduce you and monitor your speaking time.
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 Pavilion.
The DBF will not ship leftover books back to you.
There is 24-hour police patrol of the grounds so your books are safe to be there overnight. The sides of the pavilion are closed on Saturday night at the close of the DBF.
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 Pavilion. We want customers inside the pavilion 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 cindy@decaturbookfestival.com