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Yule Ball 2019!

Greetings fellow writers (sunglasses emoji) (sunglasses emoji) (finger guns emoji),

Welcome to 2019! We hope that the new year has been treating you well, but let’s be honest– no matter how well it’s treated you, none of us are ready to face the reality of Real Life ™. But, despite the crushing nature of our lives, there is a silver lining! That’s right folks, it’s time for…

*drum roll please*

The fourth-annual Ch1Con Yule Ball!

For those of you *LOSERS* who don’t know, the Yule Ball is an hour-and-a-half long live video panel. This year, it will be held on Thursday, January 24th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Central Time (8:00 PM to 9:30 PM Eastern Time).

Basically, it’s a mini, free, online Ch1Con! It features young authors answering YOUR questions about writing and publishing.

Interested in asking a question? You better be! Because all tweets using #Ch1ConYuleBall will have the opportunity to be answered by our panelists! We will answer as many as we have time for!

Interested in bidding on cool, bookish perks? We’ll be hosting a silent auction along with our online events where you can bid on critiques, books, and awesome gift boxes! All the proceeds will go towards funding the free programming Chapter One Events provides, as well as our yearly conferences.

Interested in watching the Ch1Con Yule Ball? You’ll be able to watch the panel live on our YouTube channel!

We’ll be announcing the speaker line up and posting the official link next Friday, so stay tuned!

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Yule Ball 2018 Speaker Announcement

Hello writers!

Today is the day we get to announce the 2018 Yule Ball speakers!

For those of you who do not know, the Ch1Con Yule Ball is an hour-and-a-half long live video panel.

This year, it will be held on Friday, January 26th from 7PM-8:30 PM Central Time.

Just follow THIS LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTX4lhaICTo

Basically, Yule Ball is a mini, free, and online Ch1Con, and we hope to see you all there!

So, without further ado, here are the young authors who will be answering your questions…

Morgan York

 

(@morganyorkwrite

Morgan is a YA fantasy writer living in New York City. In a former life, she was an actress who appeared in films such as Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pacifier. She enjoys reading, video games, traveling, and drinking all kinds of tea. On her blog, she discusses books, writing, social issues, and more at morganyork.com and tweets as @morganyorkwrite.

Sierra Elmore

(@SierraWritesYA)

Sierra Elmore is a young adult contemporary writer who studies sociology at Arcadia University. She created the Diverse Book Bridge project for underrepresented teens and edits YA Pride’s Teen Voices column. Her novels focus on teenage girls fighting trauma while wreaking havoc. When not writing, she enjoys Pilates, chasing after her cat, and working at her school’s career center.

Rachel Stevenson

(@whatshewrote)

Rachel Stevenson is a YA and MG author and reader seeking traditional publishing. She is the creator and host of #YayYA. It is her current goal to  read and review all of the Newbery Medal winners. Rachel, though from Philadelphia, hails from Oklahoma and attends college near Pittsburgh, PA, but most of her books are set in made-up places based on Ireland or Russia.

Feel free to get to know our amazing speakers on twitter before you see them LIVE at #Ch1ConYuleBall.

See you this Friday!

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2017 Yule Ball Giveaways!!

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

The panel is taking place today from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST. You can watch it at: www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Or, we’re conveniently embedding the video in the post below:

The Yule Ball panelists are Hannah Moskowitz (Not Otherwise Specified) (and like a thousand other fantastic books), Christine L. Herman (represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Lit), Briana Morgan (Blood and Water), and Joan He (represented by John Cusick of Folio Literary Management). 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!

Prizes include:

  • A SIGNED copy of Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • A SIGNED copy of Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • A copy of Pawn by Aimee Carter
  • A copy of The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • A copy of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Enter to win signed books!

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

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. Curious how the giveaway will work? We’ll draw five winners and you’ll be able to choose which book you’d prefer based on the order we draw the names.

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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

Briana Morgan

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

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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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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

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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!