1. In the Myths and Misconceptions vlog with Agent Holly Root and Editors Molly O’neil and Martha Mihalick, Holly talked about confidence. Really, the whole vlog was worth watching.
Confidence doesn’t mean your work or writing doesn’t need strengthening. It’s okay to wait for publication.
Take away: I need to be confident in whatever stage I’m at. (Really this topic could be a whole blog post.)
2. Jay Asher’s post on Author Collaboration. But his topic wasn’t what made this stick out to me. He intended to write humorous MG and then went out of his comfort zone to write his bestselling novel, Thirteen Reasons Why.
Take away: Be willing to go out of my comfort zone! (That means you too!)
3. Beth Revis’s incredibly inspiring vlog: Never Give Up. Watch it and be encouraged!
Takeaway: Treat each manuscript as if it’s the one, even if it’s not.
4. Live chat with Michelle Andelman, Emily Meehan, Annette Pollert, and Jim McCarthy. Annette touched briefly on revisions. I scribbled this down in my note book.
Why are you telling me this? (relevance)
Why are you telling me this now? (placement)
Yeah, I know. Heavy. Let it sink in and think about it for a while.
Takeaway: Ask these questions every scene, every paragraph, every line.
Be intentional with your opening.
Start with a moment of significance.
Take away: Never open my story in any old spot even if it’s hilarious or brilliant prose.
There were so many brilliants posts. The live chats and Questions and Answer times were all helpful.
And one more since I’ve covered the self publishing topic this summer.
Agent Sara Megibow answered questions about self publishing. Check it out!
Thanks to the founders, agents, editors and participants for an incredible conference!
If you followed the conference, what was one of your highlights?