A Much-Needed Public Apology

This year at ARGfest, someone pointed out to me a glaring omission from the Further Resources section of A Creator's Guide: ARGfest itself. There's a Conferences subhead, to be sure, but ARGfest is notably absent from that listing.

When this was first came to light, I was appalled. An editing mistake, I thought. Surely some accident, perhaps on the copy-editing side. I've since checked my manuscript, and the fault here is nobody's but mine. I remember writing the blurb for ARGfest, but it's plainly not there in my submitted draft. I can only speculate it was the victim of a cut-and-paste error when I rearranged the listings. It was by no means an intentional omission.

But none of that matters. What matters is: ARGfest belongs in that list as much as, even more than any other conference. It is egregious and terrible that I left it off, and I owe everyone who works to make it a great conference a tremendous apology. I'm sorry that I made this mistake; I'm sorry if I for a second made you feel terrible or like I hold you in anything but the highest esteem; I'm sorry that I failed you in this moment when I could have boosted your signal just that little bit more.

To those of you who are not familiar: ARGfest has introduced me to people who became clients, colleagues, good friends. ARGfest was one of the earliest places to give me a chance to speak. I've landed work because of ARGfest, something I cannot conclusively say for most events I attend. I've learned about craft and about business. I've expanded my horizons. There is no question that without this extraordinary, warm, and well-rounded conference, my career would not be where it is today.

I'm not sure what I can do to make up for this any time before a second printing, but I am determined to make it right. ARGfest 2013, if there is anything I can do to make you better or bigger or bolder or louder, let me know. It's the least I can do.

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