Book Selection Criteria

The Allatoona Book Festival  celebrates books and reading and the art of writing. We invite writers who have published books within the last two years to talk about their work, either individually or on a panel, and we ask that presenting authors also be available after their presentations to sign books.


Janisse Ray

2016 Allatoona Book Fest Keynote Speaker


Like all aspects of the Allatoona Book Festival, book selection will be handled by a committee of volunteers. Criteria are not rigid, but a few common attributes of selected books are considered

  • Typically, the committee looks for an Georgia connection, either through the author, the subject of the book, or the location of the publisher, although a connection is not a requirement.
  • The genres of books we do consider are wide ranging and include poetry, fiction, narrative nonfiction (essays, history, memoirs and biographies, travel, the arts), cook books and food-related narrative, and children's and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Because we're promoting literature and reading, we do not consider self-help, medical, how-to, or books whose primary focus is technical, academic, religious or political.
  • We also consider self-published books in most of the same genres as for traditionally published authors. Self-published books are published by the author or through joint-venture, vanity, or subsidy publishers or print-on-demand services. However, we do not consider self-published poetry collections. Authors of self-published books must agree to make their books available to the festival bookseller under terms compatible with those of commercially published books.

 Finally, the committee looks at the festival as a whole and selects  books that represent a wide variety of genres, subjects, and styles to appeal to readers interested in many different kinds of topics and types of writing.  While the committee issues invitations to specific writers, the Allatoona Book Fest welcomes new author submissions from the writers community.  Submissions are now open!

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