The Fundraising Campaign is Open!
Update: WE MADE IT!
We’ve reached our first goal of $8000, and we cannot thank you guys enough! You are awesome!
But that’s not the end of this campaign! Not by a loooong shot.
This year, we’ve got several great stretch goals set up (and some additional ideas, should things go even crazier than expected). Up next, we’ve collected a bundle of coupons to share with you all. These are for Etsy shops, artists to commission, book boxes, and more!
We can’t wait to share this with you! Any in the meantime, we still have so many amazing perks on offer. Tell your friends!
Last year we launched a campaign on Indiegogo to bring you exclusive access to over 40 critiques from publishing professionals, ranging from query feedback to full manuscript reads.
Now the campaign is back again, this time on our very own website and with over 100 perks. What? 100!? Yes, that’s right. Take a moment to rub your eyes in disbelief and read that again. We’ve got a bountiful selection of query critiques, story consultations, and manuscript reads from an amazing group of agents, authors, and editors.
And that’s not all! Here’s what else you can expect from WriteOnCon 2018:
- A raffle where you could win a free query critique, book ARC, or phone call with an agent
- Over 30 live events, including vlogs, Q&A sessions, and more
- A brilliant line up of fresh new podcasts and blogs with tips, advice, and words of wisdom for all things kidlit
Why the Fundraising Campaign?
We know how expensive in-person conferences can be, having attended a few ourselves. You’re not just paying the conference fee, but also for the hotel room, meals out, plane fare or gas money, lost wages from your day job, etc. An online conference eliminates these concerns.
Unfortunately, the donation system used from 2010-2014 made WriteOnCon unsustainable for the long-term. But we believe that knowledge and community should be available to all, so we’re asking for a simple and affordable contribution of $1.
The keynote speeches and critique forums are free and open to all, but for a mere dollar, you’ll also have access to the conference’s blogs and vlogs. Five dollars gets you all of that, plus access to the live events. And the perks only go up from there!
All contributors at the $5 amount or more are automatically entered into our raffle to win items such as a query critique from an industry professional, and there will be multiple winners.
How Do I Attend?
Any one of the perks included in our campaign will give you admission to the conference events. You can use either PayPal or a credit card in order to purchase one of our perks.
The conference will be hosted through our website: writeoncon.org. All backers of perks will be provided with instructions for entrance into the conference as we near the conference dates.
How Will the Money Be Spent?
In addition to covering the expenses associated with hosting and maintaining the WriteOnCon website and forums, along with the advanced plug-ins required to keep our site happy (i.e. not crashing), we also hope to compensate all of our organizers and speakers, even if it’s just a small honorarium. We believe that artists, writers, and industry professionals shouldn’t have to work solely for “exposure” or because of “passion,” but should be rewarded for their time, effort, and knowledge with something that can actually buy them groceries.
Those providing critiques will receive nearly all of the funds paid for their critiques; only a small portion will be retained for WriteOnCon, PayPal, and credit card transaction expenses.
I’m Excited! When Is This Taking Place?
This campaign will run for one month, from November 1st through December 7th, 2017.
WriteOnCon itself will be live from February 9th-11th, 2018, and the forums will remain open for a while afterwards.
Is the Campaign My Only Chance to Join WriteOnCon?
You will still be able to sign up for the conference even after the campaign is over, but the cost will be a little higher and we will only be offering the general, full, and extended access admission levels. The critiques and consultations are all campaign perk exclusives, so we recommend signing up ASAP!