Yule Ball

2017 Ch1Con Yule Ball

The Ch1Con team is excited to announce the 2017 Ch1Con Yule Ball!

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The Ch1Con Yule Ball is in no way associated with the Yule Ball from the Harry Potter series, our queen J.K. Rowling, or Warner Brothers. We just really like this GIF.

The Yule Ball will be an hour-and-a-half long live video panel taking place Saturday, February 11th from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST. It’ll feature young authors, answering YOUR questions about writing and the publishing process. (Oh, and did we mention that there will be all kinds of awesome giveaways too?)

Our amazing panelists are:

Christine Lynn Herman

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Christine Lynn Herman was born in Manhattan, but grew up in Japan and Hong Kong. She came back to the United States to study at the University of Rochester, where she traded out a subtropical climate for harsh, snowy winters and an Honors English degree of questionable real-world value.

She returned to NYC post-grad to attend the Columbia Publishing Course. Currently, she works as a literary assistant at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates by day and writes YA novels by night, and is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Hannah Moskowitz

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Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA’s 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, while her novel GONE, GONE, GONE (2012) was a Stonewall Honor Recipient and TEETH (2013) earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and The Bulletin. NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the Bisexual YA Book of the Year in 2016 by the Bisexual Book Awards. She lives in Maryland.

Joan He

Joan He started out in art – the pencil-sketching, oil-painting kind of art – only to quickly discover the art of the written word. So, here she is now, love undivided. When she’s not trying to balance writing and sophomoring at the University of Pennsylvania (where she’s a Psychology Major), she over-indulges in her love for wombats, Mao Feng tea, and scary anime.

Briana Morgan

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Briana Morgan is a YA and NA writer, editor, and blogger who loves dark, suspenseful reads, angst-ridden relationships, and complicated characters. Her interest in Jay Gatsby scares her friends and family. You can find her in way too many places online, eating too much popcorn, reading in the corner, or crying about long-dead literary heroes.

Interested in asking a question? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall and we’ll have the panelists answer as many questions as we have time for!

Interested in entering a giveaway? We’ll announce the giveaway prizes and post Rafflecopter raffles for you to enter throughout the Yule Ball! (And we think you’re going to be pretty excited about these prizes. So many books!)

And most importantly: interested in watching the Ch1Con Yule Ball? You’ll be able to watch the panel live on our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference!

I’m also conveniently embedding the video in the post below:

So: join us Saturday, February 11 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST for the second annual Ch1Con Yule Ball!

(Maybe there’ll even be some awkward dancing involved.)

– The Ch1Con Team

General, Write-a-Thon

2016 Virtual Write-a-Thon Details

This Saturday is the 2016 Ch1Con Virtual Write-a-Thon!

When? Saturday, December 17th from 11 AM to 11 PM eastern time.

What’s a virtual write-a-thon? A virtual write-a-thon is an event where a bunch of people get together to write a bunch of words, talk about writing, and procrastinate–online. You don’t have to attend for the whole event (only as much as you want to) and you can write whatever you want (no need to limit yourself to novels!).

Where? The write-a-thon will take place through a private chat room on the website Chatzy. You can find the chat room at:

http://us20.chatzy.com/12577207235036

We’re so excited to hang out with you on Saturday! Chat with you then.

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. We maaay have a special 2017 conference-related perk coming for people who attend the Virtual Write-a-Thon. Stop by to find out what it is!

Mentorship Program

Twisted Book Giveaway

Hey there! The Ch1Con team spent this fall teaching two fantastic young writers about the publishing process in our inaugural mentorship program. The final step of this program was the release of an anthology featuring these up-and-coming young authors’ short stories (as well as some of our own). The anthology is called Twisted, because these stories all have some pretty killer plot twists (pun possibly intended).

We’re absolutely in love with this book. And we want to share it with you. So, in honor of its release, we’re giving away one paperback copy of Twisted!

Isn’t it pretty?

If you’d like to win this copy of Twisted, you can enter the giveaway at the link below:

Click here to enter the Twisted giveaway!

 

If you don’t win the giveaway and still want a copy of Twisted (which, you know, we think you should want, in our entirely unbiased opinions), the paperback edition is available now for order on Blurb.com, and the e-book is available on Blurb.com, Amazon, and iBooks. (It’ll also be available from Barnes & Noble soon.)

You can also find excerpts, interviews with the authors, and more at the other stops on our Twisted blog tour:

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

– The Ch1Con Team

Monthly Online Events, Write-a-Thon

December Ch1Con Events

Happy December (aka the Month of a Million Holidays)! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Thursday, December 8th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is revising. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Saturday, December 17th from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-a-Thon

It’s back! Join us for the 2016, twelve-hour, through-the-day Ch1Con Virtual Write-a-Thon!

A virtual write-a-thon is an event where a bunch of people get together to write a bunch of words, talk about writing, and procrastinate–online. You don’t have to attend for the whole event (only as much as you want to) and you can write whatever you want.

We’ll post a link to the Chatzy chatroom we’ll be hosting the virtual write-a-thon through soon.

Talk to you Thursday!

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. Keep your eye out for more 2017 conference news, coming soon!

Mentorship Program

The Ch1Con Anthology Is Here!

As you may know, the Ch1Con team has spent this fall teaching two fantastic young writers about the publishing process in our inaugural mentorship program. The final step of this program is the release of an anthology featuring these up-and-coming young authors’ short stories (as well as some of our own). The anthology is called Twisted, because these stories all have some pretty killer plot twists (pun possibly intended).

The paperback and e-book editions of Twisted are available now for order on Blurb.com, and the e-book will be available soon on Amazon and iBooks.

We’re also THRILLED to be revealing the cover of this collection of short stories today! So, without further ado, drumroll please…

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LOOK AT THE PRETTY!

We’re in love with our cover, created by a talented friend of the conference, and so excited to share the book with you!

In honor of Twisted’s release, we’re holding a mini blog tour on the mentors’ blogs. The tour will include interviews, excerpts from the anthology stories, and more. The blog tour schedule is below:

 All proceeds from the anthology go towards funding future Ch1Con activities, including our 2017 conference and mentorship program. Purchase Twisted today to help us support the dreams of the authors of tomorrow!

We had so much fun putting Twisted together and hope you enjoy reading it, as well!

– The Ch1Con Team

Mentorship Program

Ch1Con Mentorship Program

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce the first annual
Ch1Con Mentorship Anthology!

This fall, the Ch1Con team will be mentoring ten young writers (ages 11 to 23) to teach them about writing, editing, and the publishing process!

Each Ch1Con team member will select one to two young writers to individually mentor. (Think of it like a class!) (You know, except way more fun.) Through one short story by each young writer, the team members will step their mentees through everything they need to know about becoming authors: how to use editorial letters to strengthen their writing, how to utilize copy edits, how to read contracts and non-disclosure agreements, and more.

In the end, the Ch1Con team will publish all of the short stories in an anthology—available for sale online and at future Ch1Con events!

Interested in participating? You can learn more about the mentorship program and how to become a mentee at:
www.chapteroneconference.com/anthology-2016

(Deadline to enter is September 15! We can’t wait to read your short story!)

2016 Conference, Yule Ball

2016 Speaker: Jordan Villegas!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our final speaker for the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Jordan Villegas!

jordan villegasJordan is a YA writer represented by Emily Keyes of Fuse Literary. He’s a senior in high school, an alum of the Alpha Workshop, and recently was accepted to Harvard University. (Congrats!) You also might recognize him from the Ch1Con Yule Ball this past month!

Jordan will be giving a lecture on the publishing process and participating in our special “ask anything” panel at Ch1Con 2016. Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, he’s pleased today to give away a query critique!

Click the link below to enter the raffle. We’ll leave it open for one week!

ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Find Jordan Online: Website / Twitter

We’re SO EXCITED about all of our Ch1Con speakers, and hope you are too. See you in August!

– The Ch1Con Team

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Yule Ball

Ch1Con Yule Ball Giveaway

Today’s the day! Welcome to the first ever Ch1Con Yule Ball: a live video panel featuring young authors answering YOUR questions about writing and publishing!

The panel is taking place today from 4:00 to 5:30 PM EST. You can watch it at www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference–or, I’m conveniently embedding it below, so you can watch it right here:

The Yule Ball panelists are Ava Jae (BEYOND THE RED), Eilis Barrett (OASIS), Christina Li (YA author represented by Foundry Literary + Media), and Jordan Villegas (YA author represented by Fuse Literary). You can find information about all of them in the Ch1Con Yule Ball announcement post here.

Want to ask the panelists a question, or comment on what’s going on in the Yule Ball in general? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall!

ALSO we’re giving away some pretty amazing prizes throughout the event, so check those out at the Rafflecopter linked below!

Enter to Win Query Critiques and Manuscript Critiques!

Enter to win ARCs & signed books!

Put on your dancing shoes, because it’s time for the Ch1Con Yule Ball!

– The Ch1Con Team

Monthly Online Events, Yule Ball

January Ch1Con Chat

This Thursday (January 21) at 8 PM EST, we’ll be hosting our bimonthly video Ch1Con Chat, in which members of the Ch1Con team answer YOUR questions (and also goof off a lot). This month’s topic is the querying process. You can participate by asking us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con and watch the chat on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Also, I’m conveniently embedding it in the post below:

Good luck with finals if it’s that time of the year for you, and talk to you Thursday!

~Julia

PS. And don’t forget that the Ch1Con Yule Ball is this Saturday!

Yule Ball

Ch1Con Yule Ball!

The Ch1Con team is excited to announce the Ch1Con Yule Ball!

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The Ch1Con Yule Ball is in no way associated with the Yule Ball from the Harry Potter series, our queen JK Rowling, or Warner Brothers. We just really like this GIF.

The Yule Ball will be an hour-and-a-half long live video panel taking place Saturday, January 23 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM EST. It’ll feature young authors, answering YOUR questions about writing and the publishing process. (Oh, and did we mention that there will be all kinds of awesome giveaways too?)

Our amazing panelists are:

i4unlwtq_400x400Ava Jae

Ava is the debut author of YA science fiction novel Beyond the Red, which Sky Pony Press will be releasing March 1st! She’s also an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, blogs about writing and publishing at Writability (which celebrated one million hits, in 2015!), and vlogs at bookishpixie. Oh, and on top of all of that, she’s a college senior (and spoke at Ch1Con 2015!). As if she isn’t already doing enough. Her writing is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Find Ava Online: Twitter / Blog / Tumblr / Facebook / Youtube / Instagram

Ava’s Book: Barnes & Noble / Goodreads

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Eilis is the debut author of science fiction novel Oasis, which Gill + Macmillan will be releasing April 1st! Additionally, she’s the Galway NaNoWriMo co-captain and got her book deal when she was sixteen. (So basically she’s awesome.)

Find Eilis Online: Twitter

Eilis’s Book: Goodreads

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Christina Li is a YA writer represented by Jess Regel of Foundry Literary + Media. She’s also currently in high school (aaand is maybe, possibly a member of this year’s Ch1Con team!).

Find Christina Online: Blog / Twitter 

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Jordan Villegas

Jordan is a YA writer represented by Emily Keyes of Fuse Literary. He’s a senior in high school, an alum of the Alpha Workshop, and recently was accepted to Harvard University. (Congrats!)

Find Jordan Online: Website / Twitter

 

Interested in asking a question? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall and we’ll have the panelists answer as many as we have time for!

Interested in entering a giveaway? We’ll announce the giveaway prizes and post Rafflecopter raffles for you to enter throughout the Yule Ball! (And we think you’re going to be pretty excited about these prizes. You’ll have the chance to win books, lots of critiques, and maybe even a Ch1Con t-shirt or two!)

And most importantly: interested in watching the Ch1Con Yule Ball? You’ll be able to watch the panel live on our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference!

Or, we’re conveniently embedding the video in the post below, so you can watch it right here as well!

So: join us Saturday, January 23 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM EST for the first ever Ch1Con Yule Ball!

(Maybe there’ll even be some awkward dancing involved.)

– The Ch1Con Team