An apology is in order. If you came by yesterday and was disappointed by the lack of my usual Monday post, well, I hope you didn't mind too much. Being sick is not fun. I'll just leave it at that. In fact, I have little memory of what went on yesterday. Maybe that's a good thing.
I do remember WriteOnCon, however, and man! What an awesome experience! All the social interaction of a writer's conference without the travel, lodging, and other general expenses. The only complaint I have is that it's HUGE! There were so many awesome writers there that it was virtually impossible (that's punny!) to look at even a quarter of what people posted (at least for me and my limited internet use). There's an ocean of talent and hard work out there. I commend you all!
What I took from WriteOnCon:
Read your market--as much as you can.
Make sure your MS is FINISHED before you query.
If you have no web presence, start a blog or site NOW!
Don't stress. It might take ten novels to get there.
Be careful what you post. Agents are watching ...
Never. Never. Never. Never EVER give up!
(That's right, Fievel. I said it!)
(I love that movie). Now, I'm not going to lie. My jaw dropped when I logged in. Maybe it had something to do with mingling among the awesomeness of WriteOnCon or some other cosmic force at work, but this little corner of the internet has SIXTEEN NEW MEMBERS to recognize!
Let's hear it for this weeks Shout-Outs!
Increase some traffic for these bloggers!
In case you're wondering, the answer is yes--if one more terrific blogger decides this blog is cool enough to follow, and does so, I will host an awesome 200 MEMBER GIVEAWAY (similar to my first giveaway)! Go out and spread the word. Why? Because we all like free books!
Thank you for your continuing followship and support!
Update: I fear I may not have sent out my best query for Woven. Luckily, it was a small batch and not dozens. Still, I'll never know if I blew my chance with those I received rejections from (and I'm happy with every one of them). When I finish my next WiP, I'll definitely query them again. For those of you who helped tear at my query for all it's worth at WriteOnCon, I thank you! Speaking of WiP, I started my first stab at MG over the weekend. Looking good so far, for a primer coat. I'd shed more tasty details when the time is right (hint).
Have a great week, my friends! Dream on, think on, write on! Look for a new Aspiring Advice post this Thursday (unless I get sick again--let's hope not).
I'm David, and where can I find a good menu?
*Edit* Look for a giveaway post tomorrow!
And I'm going to be a Campaigner this year, hosted by Rachael Harrie. Looking forward to meeting others! If you want to do the same, check out this campaign!