Ego Boost

Here’s where I tell you how amazing I am.

Steve Davis, curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection at The Wittliff Collections in San Marcos, has called me “one of the most talented emerging writers in Texas.

Beloved authors Stephen Harrigan and Joe R. Lansdale both praised my first book, Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine.

“The Sabine River has been like an artery to my heart for many years,” Lansdale said, “and I felt I knew it, but Wes Ferguson’s new book, which compares favorably to John Graves’s Goodbye to a River, is a shining example of travelogue, history, and a fine piece of Americana, and it taught me I know far less about the Sabine than I thought. I adored this book. It’s a good clean picture of a long, brown snake of a river. I heartily recommend it.”

In my year as editor of the Hays Free Press, a weekly newspaper in the Austin suburbs, our staff won numerous awards from the Texas Press Association, including first place for general excellence among the state’s medium-large weeklies. To my knowledge we had never won this award before. Our staff also took sweepstakes for the second time this century. On the circulation end, average single-copy print sales increased 23.2 percent, and subscriptions held steady after years of declines. Our web traffic also doubled.

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National Newspaper Association, 2014

Texas Press Association winners’ circle, 2012:

  • Feature writing, first place (with Sean Kimmons)
  • News writing, third place (also with Sean Kimmons)

National Electric Cooperative Statewide Editors Association, 2011:

  • News feature, first place, for a story in Texas Co-op Power Magazine

Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awards, 2010:

Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awards, 2005:

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From a Nieman Storyboard interview with Ben Montgomery, the guy behind Gangrey:

From the 2010 Star Reporter nomination, written by my beloved former editor:

“Wes Ferguson’s abilities as a storyteller are seen throughout his Star Reporter entries. From a local baseball player trying to work his way back to the Majors to a night spent with some of the city’s homeless population, Ferguson tackles each story with a reporter’s edge and a novelist’s sense of pacing.

“His keen eye for description and his sly sense of humor are throughout his entries, as is his ability to know when to get out of the way and let his subjects set the scene and talk about themselves and their situations.”

From Jake Shaw, the managing editor of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football:

Padding the resume with 2004-05 student awards

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence, Region 8

Associated Collegiate Press


  1. Toni Moore
    July 22, 2010 @ 1:36 am


    I love your website! This page is a hoot. And I can’t wait for your book to come out.

    Take care.



  2. Lila Knight
    February 10, 2011 @ 4:03 am

    Hey Wes – I’m your neighbor who lives at the far end of your driveway.

    Just read your story on the auctioning of storage units. Very nice. It reminded me of a piece I read a while back in the NYT Magazine. So I looked it up and re-read it. Has some nice insights – like your article.

    I’ve got a pdf of it and would be glad to share it with you. Just need an email address.

    And you and Brad should come over some night for a glass of wine. Might have an old can of beer in the fridge if that is your preference. Just don’t use the front door. All my friends come to the side (or back) door where all the cars are parked.


  3. Mooney
    August 4, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    Interesting stuff here. Where can I read more?


  4. Tim Perttula
    July 31, 2013 @ 2:19 am

    Wes: I very much look forward to seeing your book on the Sabine River. Recently, my colleagues and I have been documenting extensive collections of ancestral Caddo archeological materials (at the Gregg County Historical Museum) from sites in the Sabine River basin in Rusk, Gregg, and Harrison counties. There are some stories to tell about the Caddo peoples that lived along the Sabine and tributaries.

    Timothy K. Perttula


  5. Kelly Free
    November 24, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Hi Wes,

    I am looking forward to your book on the Sabine River. I now live in Frisco, Tx with my family and employed as a software sales executive. I grew up in Orange, Tx and our family had a camp house at West Bluff where I spent most of my days as a young boy. I remember trot lining with my grandfather, fishing for dinner, squirrel camp in the backwoods, knee boarding behind a john boat, jumping off the train trestle, swimming at the sand bar, house boats on pontoons and so many interesting people.

    Where can I find a copy of your book?

    Thanks again,

    Kelly Free


  6. Wes
    November 24, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    Hi Kelly, thanks for the comment! I wonder if I met any of your old neighbors when boating by there. The book should be available in bookstores, definitely on Amazon and as early as March next year.


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