Friday, August 31, 2012

Sooooooooooooo close

I know, I know, I PROMISED I was going to be a better blogger--and I really am going to be!

But... well... my last edits on KEEPER 2 arrived (along with the email I'd been dreading about us needing to name it something better than KEEPER 2 *sighs* *hates titles*) so... my week kinda turned into this....


Only with less sleep.

(like a LOT less)

BUT--I will be finishing this revision this weekend (I will I will I will I will) and hopefully it will be the LAST revision (*crosses fingers and toes*) and then I will have time to blog again.

Which is good because um... I don't know if you know this, but... KEEPER COMES OUT FREAKISHLY SOON!!!!!!!!!!!

Like, barely more than a month soon.



The good news about that is: I have some SUPER EXCITING stuff planned, and awesome things to share, and cool contests and launch parties and things that make you go YAY! (The bad news is, expect a lot more panicky blog posts--it's give and take...)

But for now, I have no choice but to leave you with this rather weak, lolcat filled post and get back to my epic battle against KEEPER 2. I have almost whipped this draft into submission. Just a little bit more to go...

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy Release Day Celebration!!!! (yes, there's a giveaway!)

I don't know if you guys know this, but there are some SERIOUSLY amazing books hitting store shelves today by some seriously amazing authors. In fact, I really don't know how the universe will not implode from all this awesome:

DEFIANCE, by C.J. Redwine

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city's brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father's apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city's top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor's impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

~~*~~


EMBERS & ECHOES, by Karsten Knight

Every flame casts a shadow.

Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth.

Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But her happy family reunion isn’t all palm trees and paradise. A cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister to use in its terrifying new religion. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire.

Ash isn’t without help, however. Unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. As memories of Ash’s previous life begin to flicker into her dreams, the boundaries between ally and enemy, life and death, and love and hate all bleed together. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future.


Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.

~~*~~


THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS,
by Claire Legrand
At the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, you will definitely learn your lesson. A dark, timeless, and heartfelt novel for fans of Coraline and The Mysterious Benedict Society.

Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster—lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does too.)

But then Lawrence goes missing. And he’s not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is not what it appears to be. Kids go in but come out…different. Or they don’t’ come out at all.

If anyone can sort this out, it’s Victoria—even if it means getting a little messy.

~~*~~



IF I LIE, by Corrine Jackson

A dramatic and powerful novel that explores the gray space between truth and perception.

Cheater. Traitor. Slut.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Shunned by everyone she knows, Quinn loses her friends, her reputation, and her identity. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s a Marine who’s serving overseas, and beloved by everyone in their small, military town.

But Quinn didn’t cheat. She could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. So she stays silent, and waits for Carey to come home.

Then Carey goes MIA, and Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.


Crazily enough, this is NOT an exhaustive list of all the amazing books launching today. But these are the ones I'm most excited about, because I'm lucky enough to *know* the authors. So I wanted to celebrate their release with a contest.

One lucky winner will win a copy of one of these books--and they'll get to pick whichever one they want. To enter, just leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, September 1st (and make sure you tell me which book you'd like to win). I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, September 2nd. International entries welcome!

And.... GO!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Fantastic Links of Awesome (and some Shannon Whining!)

Ugh, I know. I'm *supposed* to be back on track with MMGM. I even had a shiny book all lined up. But then THIS happened:


That, my friends is KEEPER #2--and yes, yes it IS as ridiculously long as it looks. It's the longest book I've ever written--and the hardest, but we'll talk about that another time. For now I'm only showing it to you because well... it's the reason I fail this week. You can't see it, but those pages have the last marks from my editor on them, and the whole thing needs to be read one. more. time. and then hopefully I will finally, FINALLY be done. Well... "done" is a relative term in publishing--but done enough to move on to LET THE SKY FALL 2, which yeah... I still need to write this year. O.O

So needless to say, I have no MMGM. I'm hoping to be back on track next week, but it all depends on how much time these last edits take me. In the meantime, I did at least take time to assemble all the MMGM links, and I hope you have a chance to hop around the blogosphere and check them out. Some awesome middle grade love going on!*

- Jessica at Book Sake is back for more MMGM fun with a feature on A TALE DARK AND GRIMM. Click HERE to see what she thought!
- Michelle Isenhoff champions THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS. Click HERE to see why.  
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is cheering for GUYS READ: THE SPORTS PAGES--with an ARC GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
- Heidi Grange is mystified by THE SECRET OF THE FORTUNE WOOKIE. Click HERE to see why you should be too.  
- Gabrielle Prendergast is talking about middle grade verse novels, with a poll for the best verse novel cover. Click HERE to cast your vote!
- Dorine White is raving about ALIENS ON THE RAMPAGE. Click HERE to see why. 
- Deb Marshall is in love with THE HEALING SPELL--with a SIGNED HARDCOVER GIVEAWAY. Click HERE to enter.
- Laurisa Reyes has been struck by THE CURSE OF MAGORIA. Click HERE to see what she thought.
 - Michelle Mason is caught up in CIRCLE OF SECRETS. Click HERE to see what she thinks.  
- Barbara Watson is spreading the love for WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE. Click HERE to see her review.  
- Joanne Fritz is gushing about KEEPING SAFE THE STARS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Natalie Lorenzi is interviewing author Jeannie Mobley about her historical fiction novel Katerina's Wish. Click HERE for all the fun.   
- Danika Dinsmore is cheering for THE GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING. Click HERE to see why. 
- Julie DeGuia is highlighting SLEUTH OR DARE #1: PARTNERS IN CRIME with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for all the details.   
- Rosi Hollinbeck is back with a feature on LIAR AND SPY--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for more info. 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.   
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!

- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time

Sunday, August 26, 2012

UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE Winner

Okay--don't go into shock, but I actually remembered to draw a winner at a reasonable time!!!!!! (also, don't get used to this. I will likely go back to my forgetful ways immediately.)

Anyway, the lucky winner of the hardcover copy of UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE by the amazing Lisa McMann is...


Yay!

*tosses confetti*

If that's you, email me at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing address and I will send off your prize.  For everyone else, mark those calendars for September 4th, when you can pick up your own copy of this seriously awesome book. You DO NOT want to miss out.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Avoiding The Crazy

Believe it or not, I've actually put together a useful post for you guys today, (or TRIED to anyway) instead of my usual whining about deadlines or apologizing for not blogging or general ramblings and shenanigans. (wow, why do you guys put up with me?) And I decided to cover a topic that ALWAYS comes up when I'm at shows/conferences/conventions talking with other writers:

How hard publishing is, and how to avoid The Crazy*

*The Crazy being that angsty, tearing out your hair whilst shaking your fist at the sky and shouting, "why, WHY did I decide to be a writer????????"

I mean, let's face it--whether you're drafting, revising, querying, on submission, launching your debut, a NYT Bestseller, or anything in between, this business is tough, and littered with discouragement and frustration. That's not to say it's not also completely awesome in many, many ways. But yeah, this dream? Not easy. And pretty much everyone is struggling in some way--even the people who seem like they have it all together (sometimes especially them). Queries get rejected. Drafts don't sell. Editors switch houses. Deadlines overlap. Editorial letters arrive--and they're long. Mid-list titles get less support than they need. Major chain stores pass on stocking certain books. Sales numbers drop. And reviews. Ohhhhhhhh, reviews.

And now that I've thoroughly stressed you all out and you're all scrounging for emergency relief cupcakes (I know I am) I wanted to share five pieces of advice that have helped me get through all the ups and downs of this journey without giving into The Crazy (well... most of the time. Nothing helps copyedits...).

(and since I'm being useful here I've even arranged it into a shiny list with numbered headings. But I wouldn't get too used to this kinda organization. Odds are I'll be back to my rambling ways next week)

1. Let go of expectations.
There's a big difference between HOPE and EXPECTATION. Hope is the spark of faith that keeps you going, keeps you believing that things will turn around and go your way. Expectation is the root of every bitter feeling, telling you that you didn't get something you deserved. And maybe you DID deserve it. But in this crazy, unreliable business there WILL be times when you'll get overlooked by someone or passed over for something, and if you'd been expecting to get it ... well, your disappointment will be exponentially more painful. It's an incredibly fine line, I know, because we do need to stay positive. But trust me, the slight attitude adjustment will save your sanity time and again. Not to mention it's so much better to be pleasantly surprised when you get something you didn't expect. Makes the joy that much sweeter.

2. Don't compare.
I've talked about the importance of "eyes on your own test paper" before (HERE) but I can't emphasize it enough. No two writers EVER have the same path and no two books EVER get the same treatment, and if you try to compare them all you're going to do is find things that upset you. Seriously, no good can come from comparison. It will only make you feel bad about yourself or frustrated with what you're getting. I know it's not easy, especially since we have friends who tell us about what's going on for them--and they should. We need to be able to celebrate when good things happen to other people. But for your own sanity TRY not to let your mind take that next step and start comparing their book to your book or what they have to what you have or their journey to your journey. You will only hurt yourself.

3. Be Realistic.
We all hear the same crazy success stories about authors who have agents fighting over them, who sell their book for huge money after a massive auction, who debut on the NYT List, win a billion awards, etc., etc. It DOES happen sometimes--and it may happen to you. But generally the reason we all know those stories is because they are ridiculously rare, and therefore got a lot of attention. And they are NOT the only definition of success in this business--by any means. An author friend of mine once told me to never treat a book like THIS IS THE BIG ONE because it's impossible to predict that. Just write the best book you can and put it out there to do what it will. Some will get agents/sell to publishers/take the world by storm. Others won't. Don't put any more pressure on yourself--you have enough already. 


4. Write what you love.
Every single conference I've been to there's talk about trends. There's worrying about what's selling and what isn't. There's panicking about word count and POV and which age ranges are more popular than others. And the answer is always: write what you love. If people knew how to predict the next trend we'd all know what it is. Not to mention, if you're writing something just because you think it's what you're supposed to write, it will never have a soul. Sure, don't be oblivious when it comes to the market. But make sure you pick a story you love, that you need to tell, that tugs at your heart and your mind and won't let go until you bleed those words onto paper. Because it's just too darn much work and frustration to spend on anything lesser.

5. Avoid the noise. 
Querying authors: TRY not to stalk the blogs or twitter feeds of the agents you're querying. Authors on submission: TRY to avoid the same thing with editors who have your draft. And authors with a book out (or coming out): Stay far, far away from goodreads and other review sites. Trust me, these things will only mess with your head. I know it's hard--believe me, I know. And this doesn't mean you shouldn't also work very hard on cultivating a thick skin, because you're going to need it. But seriously there is enough to stress and worry over--don't go looking for more. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.


What I love most about all of these is that they're all things that I can control. In a business where so much is out of my hands, it's nice to have a concrete list of things that I personally have power over  and that directly affect my happiness. 

I hope they'll help any of you that are struggling, too.

And since I want to make sure this post is as useful as possible, I'll end by including one of my favorite pieces of writing advice, from the amazing (and much smarter than me) Shannon Hale. She has a wealth of wisdom on her blog, but the one I love most is titled "What I wish I'd known" and it has 9 points, my favorite of which is #7:
The more books you read and love, and the happier you are for other authors’ successes, the happier you’ll be, too. Apparently, it’s not a competition! All writers are on the same side – the side of the books, of reading, of literacy, of art, of every reader who wants to fall into a story. And if you’re really lucky, some of those writers will become your friends.

We really are all on the same side here. It's not one type of publishing vs another, nor is it agented vs un-agented or big authors vs small. ALL writers are working together, championing books and stories and loving words and characters and keeping kids and teens reading. That's what makes this business worth all the hassle and headaches.

Well, that and the fact that truly the main difference between an unpublished writer and a published author is time and perserverence. Keep at it and you WILL get there. Really. It may not happen the way you want or when you want, but it WILL happen. You just have to hang in there in the meantime and avoid The Crazy.

Oh, and eat a few cupcakes. Cupcakes make EVERYTHING better. ;)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

An EXCELLENT way to waste time (you're welcome)

Last week I rediscovered an AWESOME website I'd forgotten about--and then proceeded to spend WAY too much time playing around. So then I was like crap, I better turn this into a blog post to try and justify the time I wasted ohhh, I should share this fabulousness with my followers so they can have fun too!

And no, I'm not talking about the My Little Pony creator--though THAT is an awesome waste of time too. I'm talking about wordle! Check out the word clouds I made for my books:

This is from the text of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES:


And this is from the text of LET THE SKY FALL:
So if you can't tell, wordle takes the most commonly used words in any text you want and makes them into a cloud. Which can actually be a very useful writing tool.

It's not all that helpful when you're doing an ENTIRE BOOK like I did for these, since the only words that repeat on that level (especially with how freakishly long my books are) are usually the character names, "like" (I love me my similies--plus my characters are Californians) and a few other key elements of the book. (for instance, "wind" is in LTSF's since, well... they control the wind). 

But it can be VERY useful to make word clouds for your individual chapters--especially when you're in the early drafting stages. Not only will it help you spot writing tics like excess sighs (one time I discovered that a character liked to "chuckle" too much) but it can also help you figure out if your themes are reading through. If none of the words connected to the theme are showing up in the wordles, odds are you aren't bringing it out enough.

I could keep rambling about their usefulness but I have a feeling most of you have already clicked away to start making wordles of your own--and I can't say I blame you. They're ridiculously addictive (I will NOT be confessing how many I've made). And if you haven't hopped over there yet--what are you waiting for? Play away! 

And if you discover something cool, come back and share in the comments. WE CAN HAVE A WORDLE PARTY!!!!*

*arguably the nerdiest party that could ever exist.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE, by Lisa McMann--plus a giveaway!

YAY--I FINALLY HAVE AN MMGM FOR YOU GUYS AGAIN!!!!! (Thank you SO much for bearing with me--and huge thanks to Deb Marshall for all of her wonderful guest posts!)

I wanted to start back with a bang, so today I'm featuring a super-fabulous book coming out on September 4th (so soon--WOO HOO!!!): THE UNWANTEDS: ISLAND OF SILENCE, by the amazing Lisa McMann. Check out the gorgeous cover:


Here's how the publisher describes it:

The second book in the middle-grade dystopian fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter,” by New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann.

Following the life-altering events at the conclusion of The Unwanteds, the stark world of Quill and the magical haven of Artimé are now home to whoever wants to live there, whether they are Wanteds, Unwanteds, or Necessaries.

In Artimé, Alex Stowe and his friends continue to hone their artistic magical spells while welcoming newcomers, wondering how long this peace between Quill and Artimé will last. Alex is stunned when Mr. Today comes to him with a very special request—one Alex questions his readiness for, until circumstances offer a dramatic answer.

And back in Quill, Aaron Stowe, Alex’s twin, faces a very different path. Devastated by his loss of status after Justine’s defeat and seething with rage toward Alex, Aaron is stealthily planning his revenge and return to power.

Alex and Aaron’s separate stories proceed with suspenseful pacing, colliding in a stunning climax that elevates sibling rivalry to epic proportions and leaves the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance.


In case you don't know, this is the sequel to THE UNWANTEDS, a book I have already gushed about HERE. And as tends to happen with sequels, I totally had torn feelings going in. You know, that lovely mix of  I am so excited to read what happens next  and eep--please don't let me down!!!! Especially since one of my favorite things about THE UNWANTEDS is the world Lisa created and ... well ... let's just say that she changes it rather dramatically at the end of book 1.

So I was a little worried Book 2 wouldn't have the same feel. And it doesn't have the same feel--but trust me, that's actually a good thing! Why have a repeat of the first one when you can go to the next level of awesome???

There's still all your favorite characters and plenty of adventure to be had in Artime, but this time we also get to explore the changing climate of Quill, which was fascinating. As if that weren't cool enough, we get to discover the Island Of Silence. I don't want to spoil anything there, so all I'll say is it's delightfully creeptastic. AND THE ENDING! Dude. DUDE. I need book 3 like NOW.

It's hard to say more than that without revealing too much of the plot (or ruining book 1) so all I'll add is that if you haven't started this series yet, you need to. NOW. And if you're already a fan, have no fear, you will love this next installment and should definitely pick up a copy as soon as you can get your hands on it.

In the meantime, the lovely people at S&S have offered up an EARLY FINISHED HARDCOVER as a prize, which I'm giving away to one lucky winner.

If you would like to enter, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm pacific time on Saturday, August 25th. I'll draw one random winner and post their names on Sunday, August 26th. International entries welcome!


For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- The Lucky 13s join the MMGM fun with a special new Middle Grade feature called Meanwhile... Middle Grade. Click HERE to check it out. 
- Jessica at Book Sake is also joining the MMGM fun! (YAY) with a feature on THE ALCHEMYST: THE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL. Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- Kim Aippersbach is cheering for TWO YOUNG SHERLOCKS. Click HERE to see why.
- Julie DeGuia is highlighting CIRCLE OF SECRETS with an author interview and a giveaway of THE HEALING SPELL. Click HERE for all the details.  
- Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is caught up in THE DROVER'S QUEST. Click HERE to see his review. 
- Andrea Mack is wowed by THE MIDNIGHT TUNNEL. Click HERE to learn why she thinks its worth a read.  
- Gabrielle Prendergast has a sizzling summer GIVEAWAY! Click HERE to see what amazing books are up for grabs!
- Michelle Isenhoff is fangirling THE GIVER. Click HERE to see why. 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy have been swept away by NINTH WARD. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it.    
- Laurisa Reyes has an interview with author Royce Buckingham--plus a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details   
- Jasmine Marie is cheering for  PRINCESS ACADEMY: PALACE OF STONE. Click HERE to see why.  
- Barbara Watson is gushing about THE APOTHECARY. Click HERE to see her recview.   
 - Michelle Mason is covering SAMMY KEYS AND THE HOTEL THIEF. Click HERE to what she thinks.  
- Dorine White is singing the praises for the WONDLA books. Click HERE to see why.
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome! 
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!

- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time! 
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 


If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time

Sunday, August 19, 2012

ONCE AGAIN, I forget the winner

Sorry guys--I swear my brain will start working again someday. And hey, it's still TECHNICALLY Sunday, right? On the West Coast at least...

Anyway, the lucky winner of THE TEMPLETON TWINS HAVE AN IDEA, by Ellis Weiner is...


YAY!

*tosses sparkles*

If that's you, please email me at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com with your mailing address and I will send you your prize.

Thanks so much!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER AMAZING YEAR!

In case you somehow missed it (not sure how that would be possible!) WriteOnCon 2012 is now over--and I think it's safe to say it was another raging success.

So if you were one of our 15,000 attendees I just want to say:


Save and bookmark

WriteOnCon would be nothing without your enthusiasm and support--and you're also the reason we do it. To help writers reach their goals. 

I hope you enjoyed what we put together. And I hope you'll come back next year. It promises to be truly ... magical ...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WriteOnCon 2012 is HERE!!!

Okay, so I've been TOTALLY remiss in telling you all about the amazing things we have in store for WriteOnCon this year. Major, epic Shannonfail.

FORTUNATELY IT'S NOT TOO LATE.

The conference starts today, and there's still PLENTY of time to check out all the awesomeness we have going on. Here's the schedule:


Write On Con 2012 Schedule of Events:
*all times EDT

Tuesday, August 14:
6:00 AM: Welcome Keynote by literary agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe and the cast and crew at New Leaf Literary
7:00 AM: How to Get Started With Social Media: DON’T Do All The Things! by Soho Teen publicist Meredith Barnes
8:00 AM: Choosing the Right Critique Partners by bestselling author Leigh Bardugo
8:30 AM: Picture Book Query Critiques by bestselling author Emma Walton-Hamilton – FORUM EVENT
9:00 AM: Interview with literary agent Daniel Lazar
10:00 AM: Live pitching event with literary agent Peter Knapp – FORUM EVENT
11:00 AM: Revision Toolbox by the YA Muses
–Call for social media questions for Pam van Hylckama Vlieg’s FORUM EVENT on Wed.
12:00 PM: Corey Rosen-Schwartz and Tiffany Strelitz-Haber discuss picture book writing
–12:15 PM: LIVE FORUM EVENT: Corey and Tiffany critique PB stanzas
12:30 PM: Middle Grade Rules by author Shelley Moore Thomas
1:00 PM: Hooks and Killer First Lines by international bestselling author Lissa Price
2:00 PM: Author Denise Jaden and literary agent Michelle Humphrey talk about the agent/author relationship. LIVE EVENT
3:00 PM: Tips for Starting a New Project by bestselling author Marissa Meyer
3:30 PM: What is Voice, and How do I Get it? by author Jennifer A. Nielsen
4:00 PM: LIVE EVENT with editor Liesa Abrams and literary agent Jen Rofe
–Call for questions/twitter-style pitches for the Entangled editors in FORUM
5:00 PM: World-building in Science Fiction and Fantasy by author Mindee Arnett
5:30 PM: The Importance of Craft by editor Molly O’Neill
9:00 PM: Live Panel of Professionals – literary agents Mollie Glick, Cheryl Pientka, and Emily Keyes, and editor Sarah Barley

Wednesday, August 15:
6:00 AM: Plotting with 3×5 cards by author Kimberley Griffiths Little
7:00 AM: Knowing When Your MS is Ready to Query by literary agent Lara Perkins
8:00 AM: Authors Lenore Appelhans and Phoebe North discuss Reading like a Book Blogger
9:00 AM: Being Orphaned by author Joy Preble
9:30 AM: Building Characters into Real People by author Frank Cole
10:00 AM: All Your Publishing Questions… Answered! by editors Molly O’Neill and Martha Mihalick, and literary agent Holly Root
11:00 AM: Blogging Basics by literary agent Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
–11:15 AM LIVE FORUM EVENT: Q&A about social media/blogging
12:00 PM: He Said, She Said, Creating sexual tension through dialog by author Jessica Martinez
12:30 PM: Rhoda Belleza of Paper Lantern Lit talks Elements of Writing
1:00 PM: Gennifer Albin LIVE FORUM EVENT – critiquing previously submitted material in a Building Better Sentences Workshop
2:00 PM: Live event with literary agent Sarah Davies and author Megan Miranda
3:00 PM: Differences between YA and MG (for the Writer Who Does Both) by Claire Legrand
3:30 PM: The Inside Scoop: Get Your Query Noticed by editor Leah Hultenschmidt
4:00 PM: Stacy Abrams, Heather Howland, and Alycia Tornetta of Entangled Publishing answer questions and take twitter-style pitches - FORUM EVENT
5:00 PM: The Lucky 13s “Back to Basic” Writing Tips by various PB, MG, and YA authors debuting in 2013
9:00 PM: Live Panel of Professionals — literary agents Katie Grimm and Sarah LaPolla, and editors Sara Sargent and Alison Weiss


AMAZING, right?  Not to mention our forums will be hopping the entire conference. Post writing for critique, maybe find yourself some critique partners, and who knows? Maybe a ninja pro will comment on your work. We've had some amazing success stories in the past. You could be the next!

Hope to see you there!