The Coffee Tree Writers and the Ardent Writer Press Attend the 2015 Alabama Book Festival

The Alabama Book Festival was held in Montgomery on Saturday, April 11, in Old Town and the Coffee Tree Writers Group and The Ardent Writer Press were in attendance. The weather was perfect. The crowd was enthusiastic and the vendors’ food was tantalizing and seriously good, especially the ribs.

Steve Gierhart and Ardent author Charles Farley attended along with Steve’s friend, John Sims Jeter (And the Angels Sang). Charles was selected as a festival author and conducted a presentation in the Moulton House in the afternoon about his latest novel, The Hotel Monte Sano, while Steve participated in the publishers’ forum along with Suzanne La Rosa and Randall Williams (NewSouth Books), Fran Norris and April Jones (River City Publishing), and Ed and Anita Garner (Mindbridge Press). Linda Spalla, Huntsville author (Catch Your Breath), advised the publishers’ forum crowd inside the Loeb Center auditorium about the pitfalls and rewards of self-publishing. Also at the Moulton House fellow Alabama Writers Forum board member, Philip Shirley, was on hand to discuss his new well-reviewed crime thriller,The White Lie. Philip was a featured author at the festival.

It was a long but satisfying day when we all broke for the day. Thank you to the festival managers and directors, especially Gail Waller and Kirk Curnutt and sponsor, The Alabama Writers Forum.  Below are some photos from the days’ events.

 

John Sims Jeter (And the Angels Sang), Charles Farley (Hotel Monte Sano) and Steve Gierhart, Ardent Writer Press at the Coffee Tree Writers booth

John Sims Jeter (And the Angels Sang), Charles Farley (Hotel Monte Sano) and Steve Gierhart, Ardent Writer Press, at the Coffee Tree Writers booth

Jeanie Thompson, Executive Director, Alabama Writers Forum, gets a hug from Alabama Writers Hall of Fame inductee Rick Bragg

Jeanie Thompson, Executive Director, Alabama Writers Forum, gets a hug from Alabama Writers Hall of Fame inductee Rick Bragg

Audience listens to discussion during the publishers forum in the Loeb Center

Audience listens to discussion during the publishers forum in the Loeb Center

Steve Gierhart, Ardent Writer Press, addresses a question from the audience during the publishers' forum

Steve Gierhart, Ardent Writer Press, addresses a question from the audience during the publishers’ forum

Linda Spalla (Catch Your Breath) talks with friends at her booth at the Festival

Linda Spalla (Catch Your Breath) talks with friends at her booth at the Festival

Charles Farley talks with Rick Bragg at the 2015 Alabama Book Festival

Charles Farley talks with Rick Bragg at the 2015 Alabama Book Festival

John Sims Jeter and Charles Farley man the booth setup for the Coffee Tree Writers Group of Huntsville

John Sims Jeter and Charles Farley man the booth setup for the Coffee Tree Writers Group of Huntsville

Festival attendees look over the quilts and books located at the Alabama Folklife Association's tent

Festival attendees look over the quilts and books located at the Alabama Folklife Association’s tent

Kirk Curnutt, a director of the festival, presents an award to celebrated author Pat Conroy

Kirk Curnutt, a director of the festival, presents an award to celebrated author Pat Conroy

Nancy Hutcheson of the Alabama Writers Forum talks to the crowd

Nancy Hutcheson of the Alabama Writers Forum talks to the crowd

Alabama Book Festival 2015 street sign

The crowd awaits high-profile writer Pat Conroy at the Alabama Book Festival

The crowd awaits high-profile writer Pat Conroy at the Alabama Book Festival

 

Do’s and Dont’s

DOs and DON'Ts

DON'T send a complete manuscript until we ask to see it.

DON'T send a mailed copy of your query or your manuscript. The Ardent Writer Press uses email. We DON'T return unsolicited manuscripts. If we elect to review your complete manuscript, we will ask for it.

DON'T send even a query email if your novel/novella/book is UNFINISHED. A finished product includes a quality edit of your own work.

DON'T send multiple manuscripts or queries. You may have five potential best sellers at home, but we want to review only one at a time.

IF we decide to evaluate your complete manuscript, we expect you to inform us if other publishers are reviewing your work. However, until such time that The Ardent Writer Press elects to spend time evaluating your work in depth, it is completely acceptable that the author query several literary agencies and/or publishers simultaneously.

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.