Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center
September 29-30, 2023
The 2023 Texas Word Wrangler Book Festival will accept author submissions until June 30.
The annual book festival celebrates Texas authors. Applications are open to:
Authors who live in Texas
Authors from Texas
Authors with a book about a Texas topic
To apply for the 2023 festival, authors must complete the online application and mail one copy of their book for consideration to the Giddings Public Library | Word Wrangler Submission | 276 N. Orange St. | Giddings, TX 78942.
Click here for a printable flier announcing festival submissions.
March through June--Committee members read and review books
July--The committee meets to analyze scores received by all books and select festival authors
Early August--All authors who submitted applications and books prior to the deadline will be notified; your notification will indicate whether or not you've been selected to participate in the 2023 festival
Mid-August--Accepted authors will receive an email with follow-up instructions
How many books can I send for consideration? Each author may submit a single book for festival consideration. The selection committee reads and reviews many books during each festival cycle; to make the review process manageable, please submit only one book.
I don't have a "new" book. Can I still apply to be a festival author? Books for festival consideration must be new to the festival (not submitted for festival consideration in the past).
How are books reviewed by the selection committee? Reviewers utilize a rubric when reviewing books. Reviewers give a numerical score based on eight criteria. After all books have been reviewed by the committee, an average score for each book is calculated. Authors who receive the highest average scores are invited to the festival.
What are the eight criteria in the book-review rubric? For each of the below categories, reviewers answer "strongly agree" (5 points); "agree" (4 points); "disagree" (3 points); or "strongly disagree" (2 points). The highest score for a single review (5 in all categories) is 40. The lowest score for a single review (2 in all categories) is 16.
Book is free of typos, errors, and editorial mistakes
Book is appropriate for its stated audience
Book is well written
Book has a professional layout and design
Book inspires thoughtful reflection or examination of the topic presented
I would read other books written by this same author
I would recommend this book to others who enjoy this genre
Fiction--Plot makes sense and is easy to follow; or Non-fiction--Book is organized and easy to understand
When will I find out if I'm selected to participate? The selection committee will review books until June. Then we'll calculate total scores and notify authors of acceptance in August.
How much does it cost to attend the festival? The festival does not charge authors to participate, nor do we keep a portion of your book sales. You're responsible for your own transportation and lodging. We provide Thursday evening supper, Friday breakfast and lunch, and a light breakfast Saturday.
Can I sell my books at the festival? Yes! Authors are encouraged to sell their books at the festival. (Only books may be sold; no other items may be sold.) You may sell your entire portfolio of books at the festival, even if you did not submit them for festival consideration. The festival does not keep a portion of book sales. Authors are responsible for all financial exchanges regarding their books. The festival will not make change, take payments for authors, offer buyer receipts, etc.
2023 Author schedule of events
Thursday, Sept. 28, 9A-3P: School visits (optional)
Authors are scheduled to visit local schools (within a 40 mile radius of the library). Authors may visit multiple classrooms throughout the day and give presentations on various book-related topics. Past topics have included the writing process, where to find story inspiration, how to outline, character development, and the importance of editing.
Thursday, Sept. 28, 10A-5P: Table set up (optional)
Authors may arrive and set up their tables early in preparation for the welcome BBQ and the book festival.
Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-8P: Welcome BBQ (optional)
Authors receive two complimentary tickets to attend the welcome BBQ. Authors who set up their tables prior to 5P may sell and sign books for the invitation-only crowd.
Friday, Sept. 29, 8A: Festival-orientation breakfast (required)
Join your fellow authors, library staff, and the festival committee for a brief orientation to prepare you for the next two days of festival fun!
Friday, Sept. 29, 9A-5P: Festival (required)
Lunch is included for participating authors. Authors will have a table inside the library for book sales and will have the opportunity to connect with members of the community.
Saturday, Sept. 30: 9A-2P: Festival (required)
Breakfast is included for participating authors. Authors will have a table inside the library for book sales and will have the opportunity to connect with members of the community.