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Aspiring children's book writers and illustrators with gather around their laptops and computers Aug. 16-18 for the second annual WriteOnCon, a free online conference that drew more than 11,000 participants in 2010.
Keeping up with the ever-changing publishing industry encourages us to be Internet-savvy, but at some point, our addiction to seeking out new information can damage our ability to focus. In case our digital distractions aren't enough, each day we add our quest for writing time to a to-do list full of our other errands and responsibilities. It's no wonder we're having trouble focusing!
"Do you guys see this tube of toothpaste?" Eleven girls sit in a circle on the gym floor and watch as one of their coaches uncaps the miniature tube in her hand. It's after school hours, but Loyal Heights Elementary School is still buzzing with students attending sports practices and club meetings. Most of the hubbub has moved outside for the moment, and the girls on the gym floor are focused on their coach.
Whether you are finishing your first YA manuscript, searching for your dream agent, or surviving waves of revisions, you're looking to grow your readership. Since 93 percent of teens are accessing the Internet, getting the word out online is key to obtaining bestselling readership numbers.