So you know that feeling where you are acquainted with some really cool people, all of whom are friends, and they're always doing cool things, and you would like to do those cool things too, but you are decidedly not cool and entirely certain that if you showed up to do those things, they would immediately spot you as the poser you are...or worse, take out a restraining order?
If you followed that entire sentence, you deserve a cookie.
Anyway, that's kind of how I've always felt about the people at WriteOnCon. They are uber cool, and I've always loved the whole idea of hosting an online convention to give back to other writers. After all, we were all newbies once, right? It takes some big brass clangers to leap out into publishing knowing the odds, and that's the kind of thing I think deserves some serious respect. Also, the phrase "big brass clangers" has always made me laugh.
Let me tell you, when Elana Johnson of WOC fame emailed me to discuss this idea for a midwinter WOC PitchFest, I had a hysterical fit. GUYS, THAT MEANS I AM COOL BY ASSOCIATION. I HAVE NEVER BEFORE BEEN COOL. THIS IS THE KIND OF SITUATION THAT DESERVES A COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT. I DO NOT HAVE A COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT, SO INSTEAD I AM WEARING ONE THAT SAYS "NERD." IRONIC, RIGHT? WHY AM I STILL SHOUTING?
The point of this whole rambling thing is that the WriteOnCon PitchFest opens today! It starts with a pitch workshop--the perfect time to refine your book description and wow the commemorative t-shirts off everyone who reads it. Then, during the PitchFest itself, your work will be read by agents...and published authors...and bloggers...and readers. All of these people will vote and advocate for the pitches they want to see published. That pitch could be yours.
Obviously, if you aren't an aspiring writer but ARE an agent, published author, book blogger, or reader of things that are not this blog, this is an opportunity for you to become involved in the process! Cast your vote, make a stand, shout your love of that book about the wombat-vampire-pirate love triangle! Then when it hits the shelves, you can say, "Yeah, that's kind of my fault."
What are you waiting for? Checketh outeth WriteOnConeth NOW. ETH.
As for me, I'm going to be running around like this all day:
Sorry. It's seasickness distilled on video, but it's FUNNY seasickness!