Most of you know that Write2Ignite is a conference to equip adult and teen writers of Christian-worldview literature for children and young adults. But what else does W2I provide?[spacer height=”20px”]
Some conferences charge to schedule a one-on-one session with a faculty member. As a participant in Write2Ignite, you are entitled to two FREE consultations with the faculty member of your choice. This is a great opportunity to pitch your story, share your illustrations, or simply ask your burning questions!
Sign-ups for the 15 minute appointments with authors, agents, and publishers will begin at 5 PM on Friday, following the panel presentations. That gives you the opportunity to attend bonus and warm-up sessions and decide which professionals you want to talk to. Brenda Covert will be available in the bookstore from 5-5:30 for those with questions about signing up. With the link to be announced on this website and W2I social media, you’ll be able to sign up on the electronic device of your choice (phone, tablet, laptop).
To sign up for an appointment, click on the link and scroll down the page until you see the (1–2) names of people you want to consult. (If you don’t have a way to do that, we’ll have staff available to help you.) Then check the available times, and type your name into an open space. Be sure to show up at the right time and place! Participating authors, editors, and agents will need to check the schedule for appointments!
If editors, presenters, or agents you prefer don’t have appointment slots available, you can still speak to them at the informal reception after Friday evening’s Session A workshops or visit with them during meal times. (The reception is scheduled for 8:45 – 9:30 pm in Hayes Ministry Center.) So don’t be shy!
How many writing conferences have you attended where you had the opportunity to receive 4 to 6 professionally taken headshots suitable for business cards, book jackets, and social media at the nominal cost of $35.00? This is a great bonus for all W2I attendees.[spacer height=”20px”]
Contact Cathy Biggerstaff at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Check the workshop schedule before making your appointment to avoid missing part of a workshop you really wanted to take in. You’ll be able to sign up at the conference, but signing up ahead of time secures your time.[spacer height=”20px”]
A Silent Auction will be set up in Hayes Ministry Center. Items and services have been donated by supporters of Write2Ignite, with the proceeds to help provide conference programming. Stop by often to place your bids and check competing bids. Bid sheets will be taken up before the conference ends on Saturday and the items will be awarded during the final session giving you time to pay for and collect your treasures before you leave.
Auction items include writing critiques and writing books; a basket of home made soaps; a gift basket with Sentsy items; a pillow that a writer will love; and a gift certificate for a free painting opportunity with Truth Be Told Art. Rumor has it that Tony Snipes is donating a mystery prize! [spacer height=”20px”]
Editors’ Choice Award
Another feature at W2I 2019 is the Editors’ Choice award. Editors, agents, or authors meeting in conferences with attendees can nominate a manuscript they deem worthy of publication. W2I Team or a designated third party will either select or draw names from eligible nominees. The manuscript must be for a children’s or YA publication and must reflect Christian worldview values.
The nominee selected will win a certificate for Christian Book Proposals that provides a winning author with free use of the proposal service ($98 value). Christian Book Proposals, formerly Christian Manuscript Submissions, is a service of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). [spacer height=”20px”]
Writers, this is a great time to work on polishing your best manuscript as you look forward to individual appointments with two presenters!