Monday, June 14, 2010

WriteOnCon: The Mother Of All Pay It Forward Events

Dude, you guys. It's time for the next Pay It Forward event. And this time, we've pulled out all the stops.

That's right. I said we. And when I say "we" I mean me, Casey McCormick, Lisa and Laura Roecker, Shannon Messenger and Jamie Harrington. If you're not avidly following all of these people, you so should be. So go follow them. I'll wait. (And they all have giveaways too...)

Back? Okay. Are you ready for the Awesome to the Epic?

It's a...well, I could bore you to death with a written explanation, but luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it) we put together a vlog.

Just watch:



But that's not all. I can't just let June go by without a giveaway. (There will be one in July too!) This month's giveaway is also an opportunity for YOU to pay it forward. Instead of giving you extra entries for tweeting, facebooking, blogging, etc., I'd like you to do that of your own free will and desire to pay it forward. Do whatever you want to spread the word about WriteOnCon. I'd be forever grateful.


So everyone will get one entry to win THE DARK DAYS OF HAMBURGER HALPIN by Josh Berk (who'll "be" at the conference!!).





Someone else will win SCONES AND SENSIBILITY by Lindsay Eland (also a conference presenter).





And yet a third person will win PRINCESS FOR HIRE by Lindsey Leavitt (yup -- she'll be there too!).

You'll need to do a couple of things to enter this giveaway:
1. Watch the vlog.
2. Tell me the last spoken word in the vlog. ENTER IT IN THE FORM BELOW -- if you put it in a comment, you'll be like, killed 'til you're dead. Enter it in the form.



That's it. Decide how you want to pay it forward to spread the word. See that new countdown widget? Click on "Get Widget" and you can put it on your blog or website. Click on it to go to our awesomesauce WriteOnCon website, designed by equally amazing Jen Stayrook. And feel free to post our embarrassing epic vlog on your site as well.








I hope to "see" you at the conference!!!

Oh, and I'm going to be off the blogosphere this week until Friday. We're running a contest on The League blog this week, so go check that out.

78 comments:

paulgreci said...

Great idea!!!

Donna Hole said...

Awesome video; great idea.

Don't do kid lit. But I'll promote it on my blog for you anyway.

..........dhole

Tabitha Bird said...

Holy Cow batman that is very cool. I am in :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'll check out Write On's site!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I was tired thinking of starting the work week. Now I'm bouncing off the walls with excitement. It is so awesome what you guys are doing. I'll post it on Facebook & the Michigan SCBWI e-mail list for now. Maybe you've inspired me to get my blog up before then.

Oh and yeah, I did catch you with a piece of beloved, unhealthy bacon. Ha! Have a great week.

lynnrush said...

Wow, that was way cool!
Nice work.

Theresa Milstein said...

Elana, I agree with you, awesomesauce idea! I watched the video in order of the post, without reading the part underneath so I didn't pay attention to the last word. And now I have to go to work!!!!!! I'll have to come back later.

Melissa said...

What an awesomely amazing idea! I'm so exciting!!!

Christina Lee said...

wowee- well knock me over with a feather! This IS bigger than big, HUGER than huge! It's made of awesome sauce!

Jai Joshi said...

I won't be able to participate (no time!) but this looks like tons of fun. Great stuff!

Jai

Janet Johnson said...

Just when I think you can't top your last idea. So cool!

Alison Stevens said...

This is awesome, I'm definitely in. Thanks for organizing it!

Christina Farley said...

I can't WAIT. It's going to be rocking awesome!

Christine Fonseca said...

Great vlog, geat idea!!! You guys are amazing.

Jonathon Arntson said...

That's what you made us wait for all this time...?

WELL WORTH THE WAIT!

You guys did so well on the video, nice job. And E, you are going to be blogging more frequently now, right?

Candyland said...

Just when I think I couldn't love you more, I hear your voice and the angels sing. Can't WAIT for this! Such a brilliant idea!

Amie McCracken said...

You guys are so awesome.

Lydia Kang said...

That is so great! I could hardly hear the vlog though because I'm in a cafe, but...Elana, your voice is a lot higher than I hear it in my head when I read your posts!

Kristi Helvig said...

How cool-I'm there! :)

salarsenッ said...

You so read my mind. I talk to my husband about this subject yesterday; how sad I am that I can't get to these conferences. YAY!! You all RAWK!

Thank you.

Jaydee Morgan said...

Woo hoo - this sounds so great!! Thanks :)

Heather said...

Great idea! I love conferences!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You gals are filled with AWESOME!!! I'll be there. :D

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, you are right... Best vlog ever!!!

Meredith said...

So excited! And yes, epic vlog. :)

VR Barkowski said...

Fab vlog. I don't do kidlit, but I'll definitely help promote. What a great idea and awesome use of the internet!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Brilliant! I'm SO there! (Since I've been crying about not being able to go to SCBWI LA in August.)

B.J. Anderson said...

That. Is. Awesome.

JustineDell said...

Awesome contest, but oh man! A free online writers conference?? The best idea ever! Is it really just for MC under 18? Bummer.

~JD

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good luck with that undertaking!

Christine Danek said...

Soooooo awesome! I will be back to sign up. You guys rock!

lbdiamond said...

Ha! I just saw this over at Zoe's blog--dude, you totally do sooooo much...I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!

Sounds like a lot of fun!!!! *rushes off to prepare blog post linking back to this awesomeness*

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Super idea! But I can't seem to get beyond Casey calling you on the phone! The video keeps locking up on me :( I'll try again later. But will you be posting the details anywhere if I can't get the video up?

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Dudes, that was awesome (and now I need some Twizzlers. Sigh.), even if the last bit of music sounded a little "bow-chicka-bow-BOW!" lol. Can't WAIT for the conference!!

Abby Stevens said...

This is such a great idea! I will be there! (I mean, you know... from my home office)

Adding the widget to my blog.

lotusgirl said...

Sounds like a great idea. I'll mark my calendar.

Krispy said...

How are you so epically awesome?! (I need new adjectives!) This is so, so cool!!!

Jamie Grey said...

You guys totally rock! I am so there! Thank you for pulling this together. I'm going to start calling you guys the Spectacular Six!!!

Melissa said...

You guys rock! Thanks for putting this together:)

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, you guys. We are all children's writers, and most of the classes will be for YA, MG and picture books. But that doesn't mean you won't learn something about characterization. Or that the publishing panels we have planned won't be beneficial. So I say if you're a writer at all -- children's or adult -- you'd probably benefit. Like, yeah. You'd benefit. And it's free, so what have you got to lose?

Sign up (starting July 1) and see what topics you can benefit from. Right? Right.

And Lydia, if you knew how many emails were exchanged about the pitch of my voice, you would die! *hangs head in high-pitched voice shame*

Heather said...

This is the most awesome idea evah!!! I'm off to spread the word right now! You all rock!

Margo Gremmler said...

Awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome!
"See" you there.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Such an amazing conference! I already downloaded the widget from Casey's site and it's on my blog :)

Ruth Donnelly said...

Such a great idea--and your vlog is adorable! I'm posting the widget and video on my blog.

Sandy Shin said...

This is such an amazing, amazing thing. Thank you all! :)

Sara B. Larson said...

What a great idea! Very cool. Nice vlog too ;)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

You guys are so awesome. Looking forward to the online conference.:)

Tara McClendon said...

Wow, wow, wowza!!!! You all rock. Really. Truly. You do! Only one question, can I arm wrestle, too? :]

Taffy said...

You ladies are AWESOMESAUCE!

RaShelle said...

Cool beans!!!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Sounds great! I put it on my blog!

Kimberly Franklin said...

You guys are awesome!

lbdiamond said...

This is a great thing!!! :D

Jemi Fraser said...

This is fabulous news! I can't wait for the conference - I'm off to check out all the good stuff now :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

I'm going to have to relisten to the vlog because I didn't pay attention to the last word. Would love to win a book. Maybe I can figure out the widget to paste onto my blog.

kathrynjankowski said...

Just checked out the website and signed up for the blog feed. Looks fabulous!
;-)

Lola Sharp said...

Should be fun! Even though I don't write YA (I may later), Shannon assured me I could still come play with y'all.
I'm looking forward to hanging with my homies.

Have a yummy week!
Love,
Lola

Yat-Yee said...

What an excellent idea! And great job for putting it together. You guys rock. If I even have a *tenth* of your creative energy, I'd be over the moon. Steven Malk, Mark McVeigh etc, etc? Dude!!!!!!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

This sounds like fun! You're an inspiration. Really! Seriously! :0)

Kelly said...

Awesome vlog! Awesome idea! Awesome SAUCE!
I'm so in!
THANKS to you all for all the hard work you are putting into this!

Stephanie Thornton said...

This is fabulous- it makes me sad I don't write kidlit!

WritingNut said...

Wow, this is great! I'm so excited!

Katie said...

Oh my goodness... You are made of so much win that I just had to put on my sunglasses due to the blinding fabulosity of you guys!!!!!!

What an incredible idea?! I can.not.wait!!!!!

Katie said...

Oh! And you look absolutely adorable :) So fresh and cute!!! Bacon and all :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I honestly LOVE this idea! You ladies are truly amazing, Elana. I appreciate you and all of the hard work you do on behalf of the rest of us! :-)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Great idea, girls. Can't wait!

Jo Schaffer said...

Brilliant. Genius. Rogue.
Thanks for your coolness.

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

HOLY COOL! And the last word is...HA...just kidding. I wouldn't dare.

Christine said...

So genius!!!!

Shallee said...

Um...you rock.

End of story.

:)

Suze said...

You guys rock.. and doubly so because you used Jamiroquai ;-) I love that - and I love you guys - you're the best. I'm going into full PR mode now!

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MBW aka Olleymae said...

great stuff great stuff!!!!!

i can't wait!!!!

And yes, the widget is on my blog now. yipee!

Claire Dawn said...

I love you for saying AWESOMESAUCE!

Jen Chandler said...

Without a doubt, one of THE best ideas EVAH!!! I'm off to check the website now :)

Awesome sauce...hehehe...

lisanowak said...

The conference sounds awesome!

prashant said...

Don't do kid lit. But I'll promote it on my blog for you anyway.
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Suzette Saxton said...

Woo hoo! Can't wait!!!

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