Last year I was a passive, though thoroughly enthralled, voyeur in all the awesomeness that is WriteOnCon. This year I was persuaded to actually participate. This basically means, after reading and revising your query and your pages a billion times, you hold your breath and hit that upload button.
For those of you that don’t know. WriteOnCon is a fantastic writing conference that is held completely online. It has several advantages over traditional writing conferences, in that you can attend in your pajamas if you are so inclined. And, if your pocketbook is stretched, vis a vis travel funds, you don’t have to shell out a dime. (Though donations to support the conference are welcome.) For those of us who are chained to a desk, slaving at our work-a-day jobs, WriteOnCon is a godsend. (You can picture their logo surrounded by halos of blinding light and accompanied with the sound of trumpets if you like.)
I am so glad that I not only attended this year, but decided to participate as well. I learned so much, both from the live events and the interviews. I loved the Twitter pitch session featuring the ladies at Entangled Publishing! What a great way to get a front row seat and see how editors look at pitches in real time. The event with publicist Meredith Barnes on Social Media was fantastic! (Even though she said I need to blog more often. Well, not just me….but still.) I also really enjoyed the live pitching even with agent Peter Knapp. Again, getting a first -hand look at the inner workings of an agent’s brain is invaluable for those of us on the other side of the query process.
I had so much fun, that I am eagerly looking forward to next year’s event already. Too bad the “countdown to WriteOnCon 2013” widget isn’t available already, because if it were, I would post it NOW. (And on the topic of counters, am I the only one that gets nervous about clocks that count down to zero? I keep feeling like I need to take cover.)
If you missed out this year, don’t fret, you can still check out all the archived events HERE.
So tell me, if you were at WriteOnCon, what was your favorite part? And if you missed it, what conferences are you looking forward to this year?