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About Julia Byers

I'm a twenty-one-year-old aspiring YA author, college student, and Netflix addict. When I'm not busy being one of those things, I also run Ch1Con, intern for the Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency, blog for The Huffington Post, am an admin/writer for Teens Can Write, Too!, shelve books at a used bookshop, and drink arguably too much tea. (I mean, you can argue it. But you'll be wrong.) I completed a remote internship with another lit agent winter 2014 and studied abroad at Oxford summer 2014. I met JK Rowling and lived to tell the tale.

2017 Yule Ball Giveaways!!

Today’s the day! Welcome to the second annual Ch1Con Yule Ball: a live video panel featuring young authors answering YOUR questions about writing and publishing!

The panel is taking place today from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST. You can watch it at: www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference.

Or, we’re conveniently embedding the video in the post below:

The Yule Ball panelists are Hannah Moskowitz (Not Otherwise Specified) (and like a thousand other fantastic books), Christine L. Herman (represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Lit), Briana Morgan (Blood and Water), and Joan He (represented by John Cusick of Folio Literary Management). You can find information about all of them in the Ch1Con Yule Ball announcement post here.

Want to ask the panelists a question, or comment on what’s going on in the Yule Ball in general? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall!

ALSO we’re giving away some pretty amazing prizes throughout the event, so check those out at the Rafflecopter linked below!

Prizes include:

  • A SIGNED copy of Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • A SIGNED copy of Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • A copy of Pawn by Aimee Carter
  • A copy of The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
  • A copy of The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Enter to win signed books!

Put on your dancing shoes, because it’s time for the Ch1Con Yule Ball!

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. Curious how the giveaway will work? We’ll draw five winners and you’ll be able to choose which book you’d prefer based on the order we draw the names.

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2017 Ch1Con Yule Ball

The Ch1Con team is excited to announce the 2017 Ch1Con Yule Ball!

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The Ch1Con Yule Ball is in no way associated with the Yule Ball from the Harry Potter series, our queen J.K. Rowling, or Warner Brothers. We just really like this GIF.

The Yule Ball will be an hour-and-a-half long live video panel taking place Saturday, February 11th from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST. It’ll feature young authors, answering YOUR questions about writing and the publishing process. (Oh, and did we mention that there will be all kinds of awesome giveaways too?)

Our amazing panelists are:

Christine Lynn Herman

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Christine Lynn Herman was born in Manhattan, but grew up in Japan and Hong Kong. She came back to the United States to study at the University of Rochester, where she traded out a subtropical climate for harsh, snowy winters and an Honors English degree of questionable real-world value.

She returned to NYC post-grad to attend the Columbia Publishing Course. Currently, she works as a literary assistant at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates by day and writes YA novels by night, and is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Hannah Moskowitz

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Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA’s 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, while her novel GONE, GONE, GONE (2012) was a Stonewall Honor Recipient and TEETH (2013) earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and The Bulletin. NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the Bisexual YA Book of the Year in 2016 by the Bisexual Book Awards. She lives in Maryland.

Joan He

Joan He started out in art – the pencil-sketching, oil-painting kind of art – only to quickly discover the art of the written word. So, here she is now, love undivided. When she’s not trying to balance writing and sophomoring at the University of Pennsylvania (where she’s a Psychology Major), she over-indulges in her love for wombats, Mao Feng tea, and scary anime.

Briana Morgan

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Briana Morgan is a YA and NA writer, editor, and blogger who loves dark, suspenseful reads, angst-ridden relationships, and complicated characters. Her interest in Jay Gatsby scares her friends and family. You can find her in way too many places online, eating too much popcorn, reading in the corner, or crying about long-dead literary heroes.

Interested in asking a question? Tweet using #Ch1ConYuleBall and we’ll have the panelists answer as many questions as we have time for!

Interested in entering a giveaway? We’ll announce the giveaway prizes and post Rafflecopter raffles for you to enter throughout the Yule Ball! (And we think you’re going to be pretty excited about these prizes. So many books!)

And most importantly: interested in watching the Ch1Con Yule Ball? You’ll be able to watch the panel live on our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/chapteroneconference!

I’m also conveniently embedding the video in the post below:

So: join us Saturday, February 11 from 8:00 to 9:30 PM EST for the second annual Ch1Con Yule Ball!

(Maybe there’ll even be some awkward dancing involved.)

– The Ch1Con Team

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February Ch1Con Events

Looks like it’s Fe-brrr-uary! (Sorry. We’ll see ourselves out.) Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Saturday, February 18th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us22.chatzy.com/96615673582883.

Thursday, February 23rd at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is writing cliches. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. Keep an eye out for info on the 2017 Yule Ball and our 2017 conference speaker reveals!

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2017 Conference Registration Is Open!

We’re thrilled to announce that registration for the 2017 Chapter One Young Writers Conference is officially open!

The conference will take place Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at the SPACE by Doejo event center in downtown Chicago, IL. It will include workshops, two panels, trivia (with prizes!), and all kinds of other good stuff.

(There will also be a pizza party the night before the conference at the official conference hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Rosemont, a suburb of Chicago! Check our travel page for more info.)

Register early (now through the end of May) to get our special Early Bird Admission rate of $49.99! Registration is available at:

www.chapteroneconference.com/register

Interested in who this year’s speakers are?

Keep an eye on the blog, because we’ll be announcing the first few speakers very soon!

Spots are limited to attend the conference, so make sure to register before they’re gone!

We’re so excited for the 2017 conference (and hope you are too)!

See you in August!

— The Ch1Con Team

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January Ch1Con Events

Happy 2017! Here’s the schedule of Ch1Con online events coming your way this month.

Thursday, January 19th at 8:00 PM Eastern: Twitter Chat

The topic of our Twitter chat this month is novels vs. short stories. Join us using #Ch1Con to answer our questions and talk with other young writers!

Saturday, January 28th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM Eastern: Virtual Write-In

Join us to write (and procrastinate) at any point that you’re available during the evening. Link to the chat room: http://us20.chatzy.com/29756799120106

– The Ch1Con Team

 

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2016 Virtual Write-a-Thon Details

This Saturday is the 2016 Ch1Con Virtual Write-a-Thon!

When? Saturday, December 17th from 11 AM to 11 PM eastern time.

What’s a virtual write-a-thon? A virtual write-a-thon is an event where a bunch of people get together to write a bunch of words, talk about writing, and procrastinate–online. You don’t have to attend for the whole event (only as much as you want to) and you can write whatever you want (no need to limit yourself to novels!).

Where? The write-a-thon will take place through a private chat room on the website Chatzy. You can find the chat room at:

http://us20.chatzy.com/12577207235036

We’re so excited to hang out with you on Saturday! Chat with you then.

– The Ch1Con Team

P.S. We maaay have a special 2017 conference-related perk coming for people who attend the Virtual Write-a-Thon. Stop by to find out what it is!

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Twisted Book Giveaway

Hey there! The Ch1Con team spent this fall teaching two fantastic young writers about the publishing process in our inaugural mentorship program. The final step of this program was the release of an anthology featuring these up-and-coming young authors’ short stories (as well as some of our own). The anthology is called Twisted, because these stories all have some pretty killer plot twists (pun possibly intended).

We’re absolutely in love with this book. And we want to share it with you. So, in honor of its release, we’re giving away one paperback copy of Twisted!

Isn’t it pretty?

If you’d like to win this copy of Twisted, you can enter the giveaway at the link below:

Click here to enter the Twisted giveaway!

 

If you don’t win the giveaway and still want a copy of Twisted (which, you know, we think you should want, in our entirely unbiased opinions), the paperback edition is available now for order on Blurb.com, and the e-book is available on Blurb.com, Amazon, and iBooks. (It’ll also be available from Barnes & Noble soon.)

You can also find excerpts, interviews with the authors, and more at the other stops on our Twisted blog tour:

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

– The Ch1Con Team

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