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Upcoming 2018 Conferences & Festivals

My post about upcoming conferences over at Writer’s Block Party + my vlog about how to pitch agents at conferences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFHpHoiRBIc

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Hi all! At WBP we love Writing Conferences and Book Festivals! So we thought we’d give an overview of 2018 Conferences and Festivals to see if any are a good fit for you! I’m going to break it into Writing Conferences (Good for networking, working on craft, and agent pitching) and Book Festivals (Fan events, meeting your favorite authors, great panels)

Writing Conferences

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Where: Online

When: Feb 9 -11, 2018

WriteOnCon is a three-day online children’s book conference for writers and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, young adult, and even new adult. It was founded in 2010 and is now run by a new team of writers who are eager to hearken back to the awesomeness that they remember so fondly from being attendees over the years, while also bringing exciting new elements to the mix.

WriteOnCon features blogs, vlogs, pitch sessions, Q&As, critique forums…

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End of the Year Wrap Up

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I can’t believe a year went by so fast. *Cue the Rent soundtrack* For real though, it feels like just yesterday I was writing Our New Year’s Resolutions and already, we’re taking a look back at what we’ve accomplished.

All of us at Writer’s Block Party are immensely grateful for everyone who has followed us on our first year. Now it’s time to look back on what we’ve done since we first met you all!

Washington on Your Side
Given how the 2016 election turned out, everyone was encouraged to step it up a notch in 2017 when it comes to political advocacy. Collectively, we were more politically active than we’ve ever been before by calling reps, spreading more awareness on issues close to us way more often, and making recurring donations to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the IRC, to name a few. We made some progress in 2017…

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Conference Report: Boston Teen Author Festival 2017 (BTAF)

Late on reposting this. But I wrote a conference report for BTAF 2017! It was so fun!

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The WBP team was super lucky to be go to the Boston Teen Author Festival this year! It was a one day festival that focused on bringing amazing Young Adult novels to fans in the Boston area and beyond.

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We were in attendance 13+ deep including our other critique partners. Two of our amazing WBP contributors, Akshaya and Maddy, and honorary WBP member, Janella, were board members!

When Axie and Foody were asked to be on panels, we knew we had to go en masse to cheer everyone on! THEN, Meg and Kat (and honorary WBP member, Erin Bay) were asked to moderate panels with some superstar panelists. So, suffice it to say, we were super excited for BTAF.

There were amazing authors like Leigh Bardugo, Jason Reynolds, Susan Dennard, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Cinda Williams Chima, and Cindy Pon, and so many more I can’t even list them all. So…

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Release Day: Rebel Seoul

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FINALLY, the day has come! It is release day for WBP’s own Axie Oh and her debut YA Sci-fi REBEL SEOUL

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Here is a quick blurb of this amazing Science Fiction novel:

After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot…

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Conference Report: ALA Annual 2017 & ARC GIVEAWAY

My recap of 2017 ALA Annual is up over at Writer’s Block Party Blog!

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A bunch of the WBP contributors went to ALA Annual conference this year in Chicago and we have an amazing time! Partly because we were able to see Amanda Foody on her first panel and Axie Oh had her first signing for her debut REBEL SEOUL!

Also, scroll to the bottom for a giveaway of books from BookExpo/ALA!

IMG_20170624_120942To start out the weekend on Friday there were some signings (including one by our own Amanda Foody!) and kick-off parties. WBP was lucky to attend some gatherings and we were totally star struck when we met Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance! He was there promoting DOOM PATROL VOL 1: BRICK BY BRICK.

IMG_20170623_213312 The first night we went to some amazing get-togethers and got to meet Gerard Way (who was at ALA Annual for his new comic book)

Saturday was Day 2 and the first full day of the…

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