Have you ever wanted to attend a writer’s conference but didn’t have the money, time…? Or Maybe you have attended a writer’s conference but want to attend another one. Well, on May 28th some very exciting news was announced…WriteOnCon 2013 IS GOING TO BE FROM AUGUST 13-14TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yipeeeeeeeee!!!!
Only the coolest online conference.
Online Conference???…idk how I feel about that
Don’t worry, I had my doubts when I attended last year, one big one was how would I actually connect with agents, authors and fellow writers? Well, it’s easier than you think:
At WriteOnCon these wonderful agents are invited (see the list from last year) as Ninja Agents to prowl the conference, where you’ll post your complete manuscript, and if they like it and want to request a partial or full…they’ll let you know. In addition it’s a great way to get feedback on your completed MS or WIP from other writers, agents and many other industry peeps.
There’s also tons of contests and giveaways for an agent to critique the first page of you manuscript or to win a copy of a newly released YA debut, just to name a few of the ones I participated in last year.
Many of the writers I met during WriteOnCon have continued to be valuable writer buddies to me, it gave me an opportunity to connect with some many people, especially as someone who had just completed her first manuscript and wasn’t sure how all of this worked yet. I got so much amazing advice, I got my query torn to shreds (a good thing, I promise, it wasn’t too good), and I was able to get my first “behind the scenes” glance at what it really takes to be a writer.
What about workshops and panels that are typically found at other conferences?
WriteOnCon has those too! There are tons of blog posts (that stay up forever!!!) with words of wisdom from authors, editors, and agents on querying, writing, revising, characterization…you name it WriteOnCon will probably have it. Also there’s these live chats where a group of editors and agents, for example, might get together and answer you questions about various topics. So, so, so, so, so helpful!
So stop your worrying, get to polishing that manuscript (who knows, maybe this will be the motivation you need to finish it), and sign up for the WriteOnCon mailing list so you can stay up to date on the shenanigans 😉 Also while you’re waiting, why don’t you go digging through the archives…I promise it’ll be fun 🙂
–FYI, although WriteOnCon is mostly for MG & YA authors, it definitely has useful information pertaining to all writers–
To get you started, here are a couple of my favorite posts/events I blogged about from WriteOnCon 2012. Can’t wait to see you there!
WriteOnCon! – A post with the schedule of events from WriteOnCon 2012 as well as a list of the wonderful agents who were disguised as ninjas!!!
How do you know when your MS is ready to query? Lara Perkins from the Andrea Brown Literary talks about the mystical query(ing process & when to know if it’s time for you to start)
If you attended last year’s event (or a previous one) what was your favorite part???