2) I'm never on holiday when these conferences do happen.
3) There's a bloody annoying ocean in the way.
It's the same in the UK with the rare writing conferences that do happen. I'm at work and I have fixed holidays. So when I heard about WriteOnCon I only soaked in the following:
1) It all happens over the internet so you can attend from home and easily catch up if you miss something.
2) It's free.
3) It's specifically for children's literature from PB to YA.
I signed up, even though I didn't really have a polished and finished WiP but I was interested in the events that were happening and I thought this is a chance to get some insight into querying and look for tips. Maybe agents would be on and talk about what they're looking for next in YA. (Please be horror! Please be horror! Please be horror!)
In the end I did end up submitting stuff. I worked on my first 100 words of Beast Inside to see if I would get a sentence critique by author Gennifer Albin. It looked like a fantastic opportunity to learn about openings and get a good idea of what will hook a reader in. I didn't end up getting picked but I took that first step into kicking fears and nerves away by submitting something for people to see and critique.
That and testing out a query for Beast Inside helped me get through those first steps of submitting stuff on a public forum. It's such a vulnerable feeling but people were lovely. I got some great feedback (shout out to Colin and Miss Cole!) that really helped and improved my query. In the end it wasn't too scary and I'm challenging myself to go for it properly next year. Bring it on!
My favourite events?
I still wish that the UK had a big writing conference. But I'm glad that there's WriteOnCon because I got to see all my blogging friends (Cole, Colin, Elodie, Jaime, Emma and Juliana!) taking part as well and I had a chance to take part in something with other YA authors and writers.
There is something I would have liked to see. I don't think there were any UK agents attending unless I missed something in the excitement of WriteOnCon. But if there weren't any UK agents or publishing companies I would have loved to see that just so I can get an idea of who to turn to when I'm ready to query officially.
Did you attend WriteOnCon this year? :)
I won't be here next Monday because Pete found a trip deal from August 27th to the 30th so we'll be staying down south next week and having day trips to London, Windsor, and Oxford. Photo time! But for the Monday after (3rd September) I'm getting that post on 2.8 hours later up! I was tempted to wait for October but I have tons of ideas for that month to begin with and a blogoversary to prepare for!