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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Amazing Conference!

WriteOnCon is just amazing! We managed to crash the server, so it's down for the moment, but I've been smiling all day while reading/watching lectures, meeting people and doing and receiving critiques. I may have possibly found a second person to critique my manuscript, and I'm going to badger a third, too. I'm also taking notes, although the content will probably be up after the conference, but I like having my own notes. There are all sorts of professionals taking part in this, agents, editors, illustrators, published authors. There's a new lecture every hour, and in between I have fun critiquing.

And best of all? It's free! And I can wear my pajamas, although I'm not wearing them now since I had to go out earlier, but I could! If online conferences are this cool, I can't imagine what the real thing is like. 

This is the first time this is held, but they're going to do it every year. It's amazing what a few aspiring authors can do when they get together. And I love how the industry people are eager to participate - they can't be getting paid for it since the girls hosting the conference aren't charging. The contest awards are amazing, and I'm getting great critiques on my stuff. Who knows, maybe some professional will critique as well.

Sorry for the gushing, I swear I'm not getting anything free out of it, it's just me being excited. I just didn't realize this was going to be so much fun. I even got my husband to take the kids out after kindergarten so that I can focus on this.


  1. I wondered what was going on when I tried to log on and it said I was prohibited. I'm just getting around here in Colorado. I can't wait to get on an see what's happening, but I don't think I'm going to be able to do much today because we're going to the "alpine slide" at Breckenridge with the kids. I'll be out most of the day.

  2. Sounds exciting. For those who can't be at their computers today (and all days, really), the lectures will be hosted on the site throughout, and longer, I think. So you'll be able to catch up when you have the time :)

  3. Hey Tessa! THis is so great... I'd never heard of WriteonCon before but I love that I can go learn about writing and meet other authors without having to travel/find childcare/get out of my pajamas. Thank you. And TWINS?! Girl, you must be BUSY!

  4. Oh I'm busy all right! But I'm taking time off from work, well, actually, I'm quitting my job and Uni starts at the end of the month. I don't care what I thought years ago, work is more draining than school (remind me I said that when I come whining).

  5. Hi Tessa- Thanks for coming by my blog. And, yes, work is WAY more draining than school. No summer break!! How's your quest for an agent going?

  6. Not very well, but I'm putting more queries on hold for now. I got a critique partner and also a shiny new query to send the remaining agents when I'm comfortable with the manuscript again.