Before I delve into highlights from WriteOnCon, I wanted to let you know that I'm guest blogging on Misha's My First Book blog this friday. Hope you can check it out!
I know I touted the benefits of attending Write On Con in my last post. And it's true, attending barefoot in pjs is definitely a bonus. But I didn't really believe, in my greedy little heart, that it would be as robust as attending a conference in person.
Wrong. My head is spinning from all the information. I feel that same running-to-stand-still feeling I felt at my first (in person) con. It's blink and you'll miss it, chock FULL of info. Those Write On Con ladies are GENIUSES! Send them some love.
Here are my fave parts of day 1:
1) Live chat with Sara Megibow on Author Platform building.
Sara not only talked about what an unpublished author should do and when (answer: NOW!
), she also gave examples of sites that work, whether it's a simple author site, a blog or both. Great advice and lots of sites to bookmark.
2) Don't Give Up by Beth Revis.
This vlog was sweet and to the point. Beth got a whole lot of rejection before she got Across the Universe published (and I love that book). What was even more interesting was how much revision she did on the soon to be released sequel, A Million Suns. Three (or more) revisions with only about 20% from the original making it to the final. If that doesn't make you take heart, I don't know what will.
3) Live Forum Event with Agent Jessica Sinsheimer
I will admit I didn't love the format, I found forums difficult to manage for a live chat BUT! This chat was awesome. First, Jessica started answering questions, out of the goodness of her heart, 24 hours before the live event. Second, among the pearls of wisdom (lots of them, believe me) she talked about eating and snacking. Can I say how much I appreciate snackiness and general food love in an agent? Won't say it's a deal breaker, but it would make for a friendlier relationship if we could include food.