Friday, August 13, 2010

Writeoncon Aftermath

Whew.  I can't believe how drained I am after Writeoncon.  It makes me even more amazed at the energy and dedication of the organizers.

I made some great connections with new friends, read a ton of fabulous YA queries and first pages, watched a couple wicked cool live chats by agents Natalie Fischer and Jennifer Laughran.  And read a bunch of great advice from industry professionals. 

I'm still surfing over to the forums page to read! 

Things I  learned:
1. I'm not the only one writing a sporty-girl book (yeah for sporty girls!)
2. After participating in a query critique offered by Natalie, I'm rewriting my query to focus more on my protagonists journey rather than "getting the boy ". (Thanks Natalie--it's going to be much better!) 
3. I really like the writerly community--and I'm proud to be a part of it.

Thanks to the organizers, the participants, the agents and editors, and the behind the scenes crew who made it all happen.

6 comments:

~Jamie said...

I am so glad you enjoyed yourself!

I, too, had a FREAKIN' BLAST!!

Theresa Milstein said...

I participated in everything Wednesday and I was tired too. I'm sure the organizers were wiped out!

The journey vs. the boy is an important distinction. I think too many YA books miss that. I learned to put platform in perspective.

Good luck on your WIP.

Heather Kelly said...

I'm exhausted too! But in an awesome way. And the internet seems a little less right now.

Catherine A. Winn said...

I loved the conference! Learned so much and keep going back to revisit things. I'm so glad they are keeping things up for awhile.

Kris said...

Jamie--Thanks for all your hard work!

Theresa--the boy is part of the journey, but not the only part. :)

Heather--yeah!

Catherine--I'm revisiting too. I hope it stays archived, I have a feeling it's going to be hard to absorb it all!

Julie Musil said...

I realized I've missed something called the journey vs. the boy!

I had to miss day 2, plus the later half of day 3. I have so much to catch up on!

I really was awesome, and so generous!