Shock, Happiness and a Huge Thank You

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For those of you who didn’t know… a few friends and I hosted a little writer’s conference this week.

Three months ago, I got an email asking me if I wanted to help build a free online conference for kidlit writers.

I figured–Why the heck not? It sounds like fun.

Elana Johnson, Casey McCormick, Lisa and Laura Roecker, Shannon Messenger, and I set up our meeting in a virtual chat room… because most of us haven’t met one another in person. We brought on Jen Stayrook later for her awesome technical skills and MAD web design abilities.

Let me say that again–I have never met any of these ladies in real life. We hosted this entire thing via the internet.

There were hundreds thousands of emails exchanged back and forth, several late night chats– and then there was a writer’s conference.

When we emailed the first editors and agents, we didn’t even have a website. But, they trusted us to do something awesome and signed on, adding their name to our product on good faith. To them, I have to say a huge thank you for their trust, support and amazing generosity.

And, to all the people we reached! (All 11,000 of you!)… to the over 360,000 unique page views! To everyone for putting up with the 403, and just being awesome– THANK YOU!

And now, I give you the final #writeoncon video for the 2010 conference:

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  1. Thank you SO much for everything! WriteOnCon rocked and you totally are the bomb!!!


  2. I don’t know how the writing community can thank you ladies for all your hard work! I learned things that are so beneficial to my process, I don’t know how I made it without them.

  3. I am blown away by the generosity of the YA community from the time you put into organizing the event to the agents who gave and gave and to the writers who participated. This truly was epic.

  4. Thank you, Jamie, and the others for all the hard work you put into bringing us this conference. All we had to do was attend!

  5. I’m still shaking my head in amazement. It was incredible, and I so appreciate all your hard work and your humor and graciousness! So wonderful to get to know you a bit!

    1. @Carolyn V, you are SO welcome! We couldn’t have been such a big success without all you guys spreading the words of awesomeness!

      1. @Jamie Harrington, Great time 🙂 🙂 You guys were like wizards behind the curtain making it all happen.

  6. Okay, your post was MUCH more eloquent than mine, and it’s such a brilliant reminder of how amazing WriteOnCon really was. That something like this could be done, by 7 people who really didn’t know what they were doing, and in so short of time. Well…wow. Just wow.

    Can’t wait to keep going with all the awesome we have in store. 🙂

    1. @Shannon Messenger, ahhh but you know– I only blogged this one time all week, I had to make it good, right?!? 🙂

  7. Wow! 11,000! I had no idea that many people were watching/reading/attending! I was still going by the ~2,000 registered on the forum.

    You girls did an AMAZING job. I was completely blown away by all the work that you put into this conference and all the amazing industry pros you wrangled into attending. Thank you so much for everything!

  8. Holy crap. I just got chills reading this. When you put it like that — that we’ve never met, and that we didn’t have a website or anything, well, it sounds like it’s something that shouldn’t have been done. But we did it!


    Thanks, Jamie!!

  9. Thank you! I really have run out of ways to say thanks to you guys for this amazing conference. I never imagined it would be so comprehensive, fun and enlightening. Really. It was all that and more.

    1. @Patricia J. O’Brien, haha we only imagined it in our WILDEST DREAMS– and then it did nothing but exceed expectations! You’re WELCOME–because it was the most fun EVER for us!

  10. Jamie, if it hadn’t been for your blog, I’d have never seen the live chats the first day! Thank you so much for all of your hard work.

    Write On Con Rocked!


    1. @storyqueen, I am so glad we were able to put the content elsewhere! And, I am so GLAD it only crashed the once 🙂

  11. Jamie, thank you so much!!!!! It was simply fantastic 🙂

    And I have to tell you that I LOVE your haircut! I have no idea how new it is, but it is adorable! No, make that, hot.

    Thanks again!

    1. @Katie Anderson, aw thanks! I want to grow it out all long style now… because that’s what I do–cut it off SUPER short, and then GROW 🙂