Here’s what I learned.
1. Go next year. It was awesome. Well worth the price and time.
2. Next year, go as soon as the forums open, and put up your query letter and opening pages. Other attendees critique each other before the ninja agents come through. This will give you time to make your writing sparkle and shine. I put mine up late, and did get some great feedback, but I think I could’ve gotten more if I had been early (my query letter did get ninja’d (critiqued by an agent) which was awesome even if no further materials were requested. Maybe next year).
6. Continuing the query letter theme, here is some new advice (at least it is new to me) on how to write a great query letter. The gist of it is that the query letter should answer these questions.
-Who is the protagonist? What does he/she/it want physically and emotionally?
-Who is the antagonist? What does he/she/it want?
-How does the protagonist plan to get what he/she/it wants?
-How does the antagonist plan to stop the protagonist?
7. New Adult (college age protagonists) is finally a hot new genre. I’ve always thought that a lot of YA would work better with college age protagonists, and isn’t being on your own for the first time just ripe with conflict? I’ve never read any book labeled New Adult, but I think I might write it. I guess I better start reading it. For more info on New Adult link here and here.
8. Here are a few other interesting articles/sessions that I enjoyed: Should writers worry about trends and marketing, Diversity in writing, and Adding emotion to your writing. You can find all the talks/articles of WriteOnCon here.
Well, that was what I got from WriteOnCon 2013. For those of you who attended, what did you learn from the experience, and for those of you who did not attend, I hope to see you there next year.