2017 Panelist: Brent Taylor!

The Ch1Con team is thrilled to announce our next speaker of the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference: Brent Taylor!

brent-taylorBrent Taylor is an associate literary agent at Triada US, Inc. in Sewickley, PA. He represents upmarket fiction (novels that are well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience) across a broad range of categories: picture books, middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, women’s fiction, crime fiction, and literary fiction. Some of his recent and forthcoming client books include YOU’RE WELCOME, UNIVERSE by Whitney Gardner (Knopf), PERFECT TEN by L. Philips (Viking), ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD by Eric Bell (Katherine Tegen Books), and KIRANMALA AND THE KINGDOM OF SERPENTS (Scholastic). You can find him on Twitter @btaylorbooks.

Brent will be participating in a panel of young publishing professionals, talking all about the publishing process! Plus: in honor of speaking at the conference, Brent is pleased today to give away a query critique!

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

Enter the giveaway here!

And, if you guess our keynote speaker (enter the giveaway here) you can win a prize pack of signed books by Susan Dennard, Adam Silvera, and Corey Ann Haydu! Third and final hint of who our 2017 keynote speaker is: she wrote her first book at seventeen!

Find Brent online: Twitter

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the reveal of our keynote speaker!

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– The Ch1Con Team

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July Ch1Con Events

Hey there! We have several great online events coming your way this month as we go into final preparations for our, ya know, main event: Ch1Con 2016! Check ’em out below.

Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 PM Eastern: YouTube Chat

Join us on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference) where members of the Ch1Con team will discuss something writing-related, and ask us questions on Twitter using #Ch1Con.

What exactly will we discuss? That’s up to you. Vote for the July Ch1Con Chat topic below.

Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our (usual) Twitter chat this month is strong female characters. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Thursday, July 28 at 8:00 PM Eastern: Extra-Special, Conference

Want to know something about the conference itself? We’ll be hosting a special Ch1Con Chat on Twitter the week before Ch1Con 2016 to answer any sorts of questions you might have concerning the conference. Tweet using #Ch1Con to participate. (Can’t make the chat? Feel free to email your questions to chapteroneconference@aol.com and we’ll answer them there instead!)

Talk to you next week!

~Julia

Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 31

Hey, guys! 

Thinking of attending the 2016 Chapter One Young Writers Conference? Make sure to register by 11:59 PM EDT tomorrow (Tuesday, May 31) to take advantage of our special early bird registration rate! After that, we have to move to our regular registration rate of $99.99. Don’t miss out! 

Ch1Con 2016 will take place Saturday, August 6 in St. Charles, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. Speakers will include New York Times bestselling YA fantasy author Susan Dennard (Truthwitch and the Something Strange and Deadly series) and acclaimed YA contemporary author Francesca Zappia (Made You Up). We’ll also have lots of fun giveaways throughout the day for you, including signed books and some of this summer’s hottest ARCs!

You can find more information on how to register to attend the conference on the page titled Register!

We hope to see you in August!

– The Ch1Con Team

Ch1Con T-Shirt Giveaway!

Hey wonderful people,

We’re SO EXCITED to finally get to share the 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference with you next month! If you haven’t registered yet and still want to attend the conference, you have until the end of July to snag a spot for $49.99.

Unfortunately, August 1st we have to increase the registration fee to a late rate of $74.99. And because seriously no one wants to pay that much, we’re hoping to fill the last two available spots to attend the conference before the end of July.

Know someone who might want to come? Want to register for the conference yourself? We figured we’d give you a little added incentive.

From now until the end of July, share info about the conference, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, register to join us for the best writing-filled day ever, etc., etc.–and enter to win a free Ch1Con 2015 t-shirt!

The t-shirts are white with our signature tomato logo, the name of the conference, and “Chicago, 2015” on them. They come in unisex and Bella (fitted) styles, sizes small through extra-large. And we’d love to give one to you.

Follow the link below to check out the giveaway:

Click here to enter!

See you August 8th?

Love,

The Ch1Con Team

Ch1Con 2015 Blog Tour

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Hi guys! Online admin Kira Budge here to bring you exciting news! Just like last year, we’ve put together a blog tour to promote Ch1Con and this year it’s even BIGGER and BETTER than last time. We’re running it from April 13th through May 23rd with a special concluding post later on and have a bunch of great blogs on board. You can follow the tour to see original content and interviews from the Ch1Con team and to enter awesome giveaways of books and critiques!

Check out the schedule below:


Mon April 13 Inklined, Special Post and Giveaway

Wed April 15Ariel Kalati, Writer, Interview with the Ch1Con Team

Mon April 20 Writability, Guest Post by Kira Budge and Giveaway

Sat April 25 Go Teen Writers, Blog Post

Mon April 27 Teens Can Write, Too!, Interview with Kira Budge and Ariel Kalati plus Giveaway

Wed April 29 Chapter One Young Writers Conference, Hosting the TCWT May Blog Chain

Fri May 1 Louise Fury, Blog Post and Mini-Interview with Ava Jae

Mon May 4 Pub(lishing) Crawl, Guest Post by Julia Byers and Giveaway

Wed May 6Charlotte Gerber, Guest Q+A by Kira Budge

Sat May 9 Kira Budge: Author, Blog Post

Mon May 11 A Writer’s Tales, Guest Post by Kira Budge

Wed May 13 Newbie Writers, Guest Post by Julia Byers

Sat May 16 — Writers Write, Right?, Blog Post and Giveaway

Tues May 19 Yvonne Ventresca, Interview with Julia Byers and Giveaway

Thurs May 21 Allison the Writer, Interview with the Ch1Con Team (also see here)

Sat May 23 Julia the Writer Girl, Interview with Ava Jae and Giveaway


We’ve still got space for you! If you’d like to participate in the blog tour, contact me at kirabauthor@gmail.com and I’ll let you know what you can do. Pingbacks and reblogs and sharing are all very welcome as well.

Thanks so much, you guys! We’re so excited to be able to bring Ch1Con 2015 to you this summer.

Ch1Con 2015: August 8th!

It’s official! The 2015 Chapter One Young Writers Conference will take place Saturday, August 8th at the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South hotel, just outside Chicago.

Mark your calendars, because we are SO EXCITED to bring the 2015 conference to you! Stay tuned for lots more announcements, coming sooner than you can read the A Song of Fire and Ice series. (Okay, maybe a lot sooner than that.)

Talk to you soon!

~Julia