I won’t be able to attend all/parts of the conference or one of the live events. Can I catch up later?
Yes! For this very reason, the static posts and recordings of the live events will be accessible for one week after the conference.
Why do you charge to attend the conference?
Simple answer: because we need money to keep this website functioning, maintain the forums, and to pay all of our organizers and industry professionals.Our website gets a very heavy volume of traffic, so we have to use web hosting that frankly isn’t cheap. We also believe that artists, writers, agents, and editors shouldn’t have to work solely for “exposure” or because of “passion,” but should be rewarded for their time, effort, and knowledge with something that can actually buy them groceries.
If I don’t write kidlit, am I still allowed to attend?
Of COURSE! A lot of the information applies to all writers, so the more the merrier. The critique forums are limited to kidlit categories (picture books, middle grade, young adult, and new adult) but the live events, blogs, and vlogs are open to everyone. Please, come hang with us!
I live outside the US, can I still participate?
Absolutely! Obviously we can only schedule everything based on one time zone, but we use Eastern Standard Time because it seems to be the best for everyone. Please, join us. We love our international attendees!
Will I need to install special software on my computer to attend the conference?
No. You will need to register in order to use the critique forums. Other than that, all of the tools you’ll need to participate will be available on the website.
Will you be holding another conference next year?
We sure hope so! If you have comments or suggestions, shoot us an e-mail at writeoncon (at) gmail (dot) com. The current plan is to hold an annual conference every winter; future dates will be announced on the WriteOnCon website and our social media.
I’m an agent or an editor. How can I be a part of this?
Yay — we would LOVE to have you! Check out our eligibility requirements to make sure you’re a good fit. If you are, please e-mail us at writeoncon (at) gmail (dot) com or go to our Contact page.
I’m an author. How can I be a part of this?
Yay for wanting to be involved! Check out our eligibility requirements to make sure you’re a good fit. If you are, please e-mail us at writeoncon (at) gmail (dot) com or go to our Contact page.
Will I have to pay to post my work in the critique forum?
Nope! The critique forums are completely free. Our only requirements for using the forums are to follow the posting guidelines and to critique at least five other people’s posts for every item you post yourself.
Will the forums have moderators?
Yes! Our forum rules are very, very simple. But in order to make sure everyone is playing nice and no shenanigans are afoot, we do have lots of moderators keeping an eye on things. If, however, you see something we haven’t yet caught, please PM one of the conference organizers or e-mail us at writeoncon (at) gmail (dot) com.
Part of the website isn’t loading on my computer. Who should I contact for help?
This website was tested using Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari, but sometimes, things go wrong. If you find an error in any browser (or if you think something is amiss), please e-mail us at wochelp (at) gmail (dot) com.
Do I need to have a completed manuscript to post my work in the forums?
No, the manuscript does not have to be complete, but we do recommend that you take the time to carefully edit before posting anything in the forums. Agents and editors might be trolling the threads for potential clients!
How do I stay up to date with all the WriteOnCon news and announcements?
We post all major announcements on our website, so we recommend you bookmark it and check back often. WriteOnCon also has a Twitter account and Facebook account. We recommend you follow, as news is posted regularly.Each of the organizers also posts updates on their personal blogs and various social media accounts, so it’s a good idea to follow them. You can find that info on our team page.
Does WriteOnCon have an email newsletter?
Yes! Sort of! We’re only using it for the Really Big announcements, but you can sign up here if you fancy.
Are you worried about Error 403?
Yes and no. For those who don’t know, Error 403 was our day of doom on the first day of our 2010 annual conference, when our site crashed from the unexpectedly large volume of traffic. We have since done everything in our power to ensure that it never happens again, and thanks to our fancy new hosting we’re pretty confident it won’t. But we always worry just a little. Fingers AND toes crossed.
Do you have any WriteOnCon success stories?
YES! Not only have several agents told us they requested pages from writers either from our critique forums or because WriteOnCon was mentioned in their query, but we also know of several agents who signed new writers partially thanks to WriteOnCon! We’ve also heard from writers who found critique partners through our forums or received helpful feedback for their project to guide them through their revision.Incidentally — we LOVE hearing those stories. So if you have a WriteOnCon success story, PLEASE email us at writeoncon [at] gmail [dot] com and share!
I sent you an email. How long will it take to hear back?
TOTALLY depends on the volume of e-mails. We try very hard to stay on top of the inbox, but when big things are happening it can get a little flooded. So please be patient with us; we are doing the best we can.
Are you looking for volunteers to help with conference planning or moderating?
Yes! In addition to needing volunteers to moderate the forums, we’re always looking for people to help keep things running from year to year. E-mail us and tell us a little about yourself and your skill set(s), and we’ll be in touch!
Will you be organizing a conference for adult fiction in the future?
Um…anything is possible. But probably not. Mainly because organizing WriteOnCon and all the live events is already a GIANT workload, so we really don’t have the time. Plus, all of the organizers write kidlit, so we have a lot more connections and are able to have a lot more quality control over the content. Organizing something for adult fiction would be way outside our frame of reference. Sorry.
What methods of payment do you accept?
All payments are made through Paypal or Stripe, but you don’t need to have an account in order to pay, just a credit card.
What time zone is everything in?
EST! You can use a site like Time Zone Converter to do the math. (We know, we’re not math-minded either.)
You can customize your profile (including your picture, display name, and contact info) following these directions.(Spoiler: If you don’t see your username on the top of the screen, follow this link and login. Then follow the same instructions.)
How do I change my password?
You should be able to change your password by logging in here, then going to Users -> Your profile.If you need a team member you manually reset your password, send us an email.
My login for the forums doesn’t work on the website? (And vice versa)
The website and conference run on a completely separate membership database from the critique forums. If you’re interested in signing up for the forums as well, you’ll need to register yourself there separately (the login and password you get from the website won’t work).To register on the forums, go here.To log in to the forums, go here.To access the forums, go here.
What do all the icons on the schedule mean?
We’ve tried our best to be clear with our icons, but we know that sometimes things get confusing! Here is your complete cheat-sheet to what each event icon means.Anything with a green background is a keynote event — which means it will be featured on our main blog, and is free for everyone.Anything with a light blue background is a normal conference event — which means it will be featured on our conference blog, and requires registration.Anything with a dark blue background is a live conference event — which means it will be featured on our conference and live events pages, and requires live event registration.Anything with a red background is a pitch event — which means it will be featured on our conference and live events pages, and requires live event registration.