Thursday, August 16, 2012

Learning from WriteOnCon 2012 - Part 2

After Day 2 of WriteOnCon, I feel as though I've learned as much as I would at an in person conference.

There was lots of great info for writers of middle grade books in the Industry Pro Panel with Agents Katie Grimm & Sarah LaPolla, & Editors Sara Sargent & Allison Weiss. A couple of tidbits:

From Sarah Sargent, Editor: Writing Girl MG is harder than writing boy MG.

From Katie Grimm, Literary Agent: There's a huge difference between elementary school (ages 9-11) and middle school (ages 12-14).

And from all the panelists: They see a lot of stories about dogs, baking and kids sent to live with oddball aunts.

Another great presentation for writers of middle grade was Differences Between YA and MG (for the Writer Who Does Both) by author Claire Legrand. Here's a sampling:

From Claire Legrand: Make sure middle grade characters aren’t too perceptive or aware of what they’re feeling, because it makes them seem too mature for their age.

There's lots more, but the transcripts are all there, so when you have a chance, you should check it out!

For my take on Day 1 of WriteOnCon 2012, see Learning From WriteOnCon 2012 - Part 1.


  1. Some great summarized stuff there, Andrea.

  2. Thanks so much for the helpful review. I wish I had been able to participate but the timing just didn't work over this way :-) But I'm looking forward to checking out the transcripts now...

  3. Great summary, thanks! I'm still going over some of the live panels and posts I missed. The vlogs are harder for me to find time for, so I'm having to watch them in snippets.

  4. Thanks for the summary. I couldn't go to much because I had company so I really appreciate it.

    1. Thanks, Natalie. The good thing is, those transcripts are there so you can review them when you have time!

  5. i'm still trying to read all the write on con posts i missed! so much info to take in. thank for sharing the ones you learned from!!


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