Happy Friday! I’m a bit exhausted from staying up WAY past my usual 9:30/10:00 bedtime, thanks to the awesome Forums at WriteOnCon, so let’s just dive into today’s info.
Mandy Hubbard Pitch Contest- Hosted by We Do Write, this contest ends at midnight tonight (August 19), so head on over and post your Twitter-sized pitch if you write Middle Grade or Young Adult.
Vickie Motter Pitch Contest- Hosted by Monica BW at Love YA, this is open to YA and adult fiction (fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopian, and post-apocalyptic). No Middle Grade. Opens at 10:00 AM (EST) on August 22 and closes at 50 entries.
Holly Root of Waxman Agency (click Holly's name to go to her Literary Ramble's page) is relocating to the West coast and will be taking a query break from August 22- September 30, so if you are dying to query her and can’t wait until October, now’s the time.
Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary Management tweeted that she’s closing to queries for a hiatus on September 1st, so you’ve got about a week left to query her.
Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (click and scroll down for her bio) was part of an awesome panel discussion (see link below), and she announced that if you attended WriteOnCon, you can query her (include that you were an attendee in your letter). This is AWESOME, because she’s a mega-cool agent who usually only takes queries from referral or conferences. Awesome.
My Highlights from WriteOnCon
There were so many incredible sessions at this year’s WriteOnCon and I’m so impressed by the ladies who put it together (*virtual round of applause*). The best part is that you can still access everything, even if you didn’t get to attend things this week. Below are just a few of the highlights according to Jess:
Vlog from Lindsay Leavitt on “The Debut Year”- Very honest and informative. Good background/realistic info for anyone who dreams of being published.
Vlog from Shelley Moore Thomas—She's hilarious and has Roald Dahl and JK Rowling as guest stars (Yoda too!). Shelley’s awesome and this vlog illustrates perfectly why she’s the Storyqueen. She talks about making the transition to different writing categories (PB to Middle Grade, etc.). Visit her blog HERE.
Moments that Matter, Matt Myklusch— This one was very special to me. It’s about finding a way to insert moments for your readers and really develop characters so that the reader cares… not just using characters as a vehicle to get through the plot. Plus, he used an audio clip from A Few Good Men.
Beth Revis Vlog- This down-to-Earth and sweet NYT Bestseller actually shows you her stack of drafts and explains why and how you can succeed as a writer. Truly inspiring.
Live Chat with Barbara Poelle and Holly Root- Without a doubt, this was the most entertaining Live Chat of the conference. Read the transcript—it’s hilarious and informative!
Live Chat: Michael Bourret, Marietta Zacker, Ammi-Joan Paquette: This was another chat that stuck out to me in terms of some really good questions and great answers.
There are so many more I’d love to mention, but you can peruse the whole event list at writeoncon.com
Have a great weekend!