Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Learning from WriteOnCon 2012 - Part 1

I've been hanging out at WriteOnCon and it's amazing! This is the first time I've had a chance to browse the forums and attend live events while the conference is actually running (though one of the great things about WriteOnCon is that all the transcripts remain up so you can visit them anytime).

My writing notebook is bursting with great tips that I can hardly wait to try out in my own writing. Here are a few things I've picked up from Tuesday's session:

It's great to have a blog because it can be a hub for all your social media. From Meredith Barnes in How to Get Started With Social Media: DON’T Do All The Things! by Publicist Meredith Barnes.

Characters are what makes a novel stand out. From Daniel Lazar in Literary Agent Daniel Lazar Talks All Things Publishing.

Strong friendships are important in middle grade fiction and it might be a good idea to make it clear that your main character has an ally in your query letter. From Peter Knapp in a Live Pitching Event with Literary Agent Peter Knapp.

For more tidbits from WriteOnCon, see Learning from WriteOnCon 2012 - Part 2.


  1. Ditto from me on Write On Con! It is great being able to be there in real time. And the tips have my head bursting with ideas and insight, too. Including the suggestion to plot with index cards as a revision tool.

  2. I totally agree! I haven't looked at everything yet, but what I've read so far from WriteOnCon is great. The feedback I've gotten from the few items I've posted as been very helpful too.

  3. Thanks for these specific links. :) I'm going to try and participate in some live events, but I love that the transcripts area always available for catching up later.

  4. I've been lurking's very interesting!

  5. I've still got lots of writeoncon catching up to do, but I did catch those events - great great tips!


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