Monday, June 14, 2010

WriteOnCon: The Vlog

As most of you know, we've been working on a top secret project with some writer-friends. Well today is the big reveal! So sit down, grab some Twizzlers and enjoy the show...


So, just to sum things up...

Conferences are expensive. Writers are poor. Now you have no excuse not to join Elana Johnson, Jamie Harrington, Shannon Messenger, Casey McCormick, and us (along with Jennifer Stayrook—our incredible web designer) for a FREE online kidlit writer’s conference!


Who? Any and all writers of YA
What? WriteOnCon, FREE Online Writer's Conference
When? August 10th-12th, 2010

Why? Because Steven Malk, Catherine Drayton, Michelle Andelman, Suzie Townsend, Mark McVeigh, Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Kathleen Ortiz, Lindsay Eland, Dan Ehrehaft, Mandy Hubbard, Lindsey Leavitt, Josh Berk, Anica Rissi, Jodi Meadows and many, many more will be joining you.

To celebrate the conference launch and help spread the word, we've put together another contest. We're giving away your choice of a Query Letter Critique or a First Chapter Critique.

How to enter:

Follow our blog and fill out the contest form below by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, June 19th

For Extra Entries:

+2 for tweeting about this contest

+3 for posting or linking this contest on your blog/website/facebook

+5 for posting the conference Countdown Widget on your blog or website

+1 for each of my co-organizer’s blogs or websites that you follow

CLICK HERE to enter!

We'll see you all on August 10th-12th. Brace yourselves...it's going to be EPIC!

62 comments:

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

So huge! I am so impressed by what you guys have put together! Can't wait :)

Marissa

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I'm in!
Unless I'm in Disney those days. Family vacation is still in flux.

Even if I'm on vacay, I can still ignore my family in the evenings with my laptop -- just like at home!

Creepy Query Girl said...

Holy Crap! This is fan-flippin-tastic!

Christina Lee said...

TOTALLY.HUGE.EPIC.

And I never would have guessed this one!

Janet Johnson said...

So awesome! Can't wait. :)

Jamie Grey said...

I'm so excited! Can't wait till August now :)

Laura Pauling said...

Pure awesomeness!

Lola Sharp said...

I would SOOOO participate in a BIG WAY, but my MC's are usually in their 20's. (sometimes even age throughout a novel into their early 30's! *Gasp*)

Wahhhhh!! *pouts and whines and stomps foot*

Should I start a YA book TODAY, just so I can be part of the fun?

I totally will if I have to.

Damn that arm wrestle!

Jen said...

How frickin fantastic!!! Looking forward to it!!! Woo-hoo I'm so glad I write YA!

Christina Farley said...

I am soooo in! I'll have to do all the promoting after I move because I'm OVERWHELMED right now. But wanted to stop by and say WOW. Totally awesome.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Nice job,ladies. This event is sure to be epic!

Amie McCracken said...

You are all so awesome. And hilarious.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

WOW. I'm in, for sure, and will be back to do the numbers thingie. You guys are awesome. (Must get out the Thesaurus and look up more synonyms for fabulous, super, frickin' unbelievable)

Corey Schwartz said...

Just what I need to support my new conference addiction! BTW, best vlog ever!

Hardygirl said...

Okay, so I facebooked, tweeted, and I will put the countdown on PlotThis as soon as Katie tells me how to do it.

And, I'm going right now to be sure that I'm following everyone's blog.

This is so AWESOME!!!

sf

Erica Chapman said...

So cool! Thanks for sharing ;o) Off to tweet all about it!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

LOL. I was so excited when I read the announcement, I put the widget up before visiting your blog. :D

I can't wait!!!

Now to follow the only blog I wasn't already following. Plus I'll tweet about it and your contest.

Meredith said...

So awesome! Loved the arm wrestling, too :) I can't wait!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

PS love the new look to your blog. I was so excited about the news, I forgot to comment on the cool design. :D

Hardygirl said...

Alrighty, so I've tweeted, facebooked, will put up the widget on PlotThis as soon as Katie tells me how to do it, and I'm following everybody.

This is AWESOME!!

sf

Jill Wheeler said...

I don't need the critique, but this conference sounds soooo awesome!

Wendy Swore said...

I've tweeted,
Facebooked
Added the Widget
Posted the link on my blog,
I follow everyone

...and I'm thankful for this opportunity! Us poor writers thank you.

Debhowls@gmail.com said...

This is going to be _so_ great, lol! We can even wear pj's.

And, I want you to know I have a _serious_ craving for twizzlers. Say, they could be the official snack.

Thanks so much for doing this!

Christine Danek said...

I'm so there and will be posting about this. You guys rock!!!!

Zoe C. Courtman said...

This is such a great idea. Thanks so much, you guys!

Lisa Desrochers said...

This is totally amazing. Elana is the is like this organizational goddess. And I'm thrilled that my truly fabulous agent is participating! Now you know why I call her that =)

Renae said...

This is a fantastic idea! You guys are the best!

Krispy said...

What a totally BRILLIANT idea! You're all way too awesome.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Have I mentioned lately how AWESOME you are?? Can't wait to attend. Best of luck to your contest entrants!

Cheri Williams said...

I! Can't! Wait!

Tahereh said...

this is SO exciting and all kinds of awesome!! can't wait!!

Simon C. Larter said...

HAHAHAHAAA!!!!1!1!1!

Okay, er... first of all, why have you restricted it to under-18 MCs only? I'm thinking that was a personal slight. You were all thinking of me when you said that. Apparently Lisa is my only friend in the world. Plus, since she was totally rocking the indoor-sunglasses look (which, y'know, I do all the time so it's kind of a fellow-feeling thing going on now), I'm inclined to shun Laura, despite her superior arm-wrestling skillz.

And second of all... uh... hang on. I don't think I have a second. Yeah. I'm just grumpy that y'all shut me out.

Wait. I have an IDEA! What if I rewrote one of my stories so that the characters were 18 or under? Okay, that's it. I'm rewriting my bar fight story so that the MC is 17-1/2. But an old-looking 17-1/2 living somewhere in the boonies where the bouncers don't check IDs, like western PA or Cincinnati. Will that get me in on the conference?

*patiently awaits an answer*

Jessica said...

This sounds like fun!

Larissa said...

SO EPIC! You are completely awesomesauce.

Solvang Sherrie said...

What an amazing conference you guys have put together! Very cool :)

Tara McClendon said...

You rock. You really rock. And I wanna arm wrestle for Twizzlers. *Checks arms.* Never mind, I'll go buy my own bag.

Marina said...

Twizzlers leave me weak at the kneecaps, so I'm in! Great idea, too.

Julie Musil said...

I'm in! My next project will be a YA, and I have so many questions. I'll be joining your conference for sure. This is very generous of you! I tweeted, and will mention it in tomorrow's post. Thanks!

RaShelle said...

So much fun!

Kimberly Franklin said...

What a great idea! You all are so awesome!

lbdiamond said...

This is wonderful!!! Can't wait!

Jemi Fraser said...

You're all so amazing!! This is such a fabulous idea :) Thank you so much!

JESSJORDAN said...

You guys rock. And I see Lisa's gone all diva. Laura, keep her in check.

Now, off to think about how I'm going to participate in the conference and work at once ...

Mary Aalgaard said...

I'm interested to see how this works. I watched the vlog on Elana's blog. Cool connections!

Kristi Helvig said...

You two crack me up!

Steph said...

Crap, I LOVED the cat in the tree! Can't wait! :)

Linda said...

Yes, it was the cat that convinced me. That and the Twizzler- munching-wine-drinking-arm-wrestlers.

Erica Chapman said...

Awesome! I can't get the widget for some reason... seems to be thinking for a long time! Will add it when I can ;o) Love the vlog ;o)

Elana Johnson said...

My favorite part, "Get your hands off my drink." I love that.

melissa said...

I really like your blog! I'm a new author and have enjoyed this new experience. I find that it's the most difficult and most rewarding. I'm also a graphic designer and love having that creative outlet as well.
Thanks for your post! I will be back for more updates. :-)

Melissa Nielsen
frommysomewhatseriousmind.blogspot.com www.printhis.biz

Christie Wright Wild said...

I've been waiting for an online conference like this. And to top it all off, it's FREE!

Chantee Hale said...

Sooo excited! Sharing like crazy because I know I'd have been dissapointed if I hadn't heard about it!

SWK said...

This is amazing. Blogging about your awesomeness tomorrow!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

I just had to rewatch this purely for your scene--you guys seriously need to vlog everyday. I just about died when Laura goes, "Homecoming Queen 99." AWESOME!!!!

ninidee said...

Fabulous. I have tweeted, I follow everyone. I will write a blog on this AMAZING contest and conference and I will attempt to add the widget to my site(sometimes I lack talent when it comes to widgets).
Thanks,

Maribeth

Samantha said...

So, sadly, I'm a big fat liar. I filled out the form fully intending to post the countdown widget on my blog only to have it not work! Dang. While I still would like to be in the contest, you will have to deduct points for lying and general bad behavior. Great contest idea though - thanks! :)

Jennifer said...

So excited about this. It sounds awesome!!

I've tweeted about it, follow you all and have put this on my FB. Can't wait!!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm so excited. I put it on Facebook & posted it on the Michigan SCBWI e-mail list. Boy was that interesting. But I did make some new friends from it.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

This falls on my wedding anniversary and the weekend of our family reunion. But I will try very hard to be involved in this because you are awesome.

P.S. I love you.

Jenna Wood said...

I'm a follower, thanks for the chance!
six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Annette Lyon said...

The sisterly love in the vlog just warms my heart . . . sniff . . . :D

Nishant said...

I am so impressed by what you guys have put together! Can't wait :)
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