Conferences. It's one of the first bits of advice you'll get as an aspiring author. Go to conferences.
Did any of you know I live pretty much in the middle of no where? Well, not really, totally. But kind of. In Wyoming. That's usually far from the conferences. I don't get a lot of opportunities. But that's the place where you get to meet agents and pitch your work. Pitching is WAY better than querying. The agent gets to meet you and ask questions about your work. That equals better chances of getting requests for material, which we all know is a GREAT thing.
So you're like me? It's hard to get to conferences? That's why WriteOnCon is so fabulous. It's online. It's free.
What the heck is stopping you?!?
Oh, you write adult fiction. Ooops. Sorry. Okay, so anyway. For those of you who write for kids (YA, MG, childrens, etc.) Go. GO NOW! Sign up. (It's SO easy.) Get query critiques, first 250 word crits, Five page crits ... and REAL LIVE AGENTS will be lurking. There's live events with agents, editors, authors, YOU NAME IT.
You will not regret it. :)
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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.