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Crit Matches Crit Match - November 22, 2021

Happy Monday! :coffee::coffee::coffee:

Below you will find your crit match partner for the next two weeks. If you look to the right of your computer screen on this page you will see a box labeled CRIT PARTNER MATCHING PROGRAM. There you will find all the rules and tools to get you through this crit-matching experience. If you have a question, and you can't find your answer in the FAQ or other links, email us at [email protected] and we'll get you squared away.

Remember...If you fail to respond to your assigned partner we will remove you from our matching pool. This is to ensure everyone who gets paired gets a HEA. :)

It's up to you to contact your crit partner. Just click on their name and send them a message! Please be courteous and respond within a day or so. Thank you so much!

The next Crit match will take place on December 6th.

UsernameMatched usernameWhat genre do you write in?
Andy Stanton@BoekwurmWomen's Fiction
Boekwurm@Andy StantonWomen's Fiction
Ane Ryan Walker@LoriafjParanormal Romance
Loriafj@Ane Ryan WalkerParanormal Romance
ClarE Cartagena@KristenHRomantic Suspense
KristenH@ClarE CartagenaRomantic Suspense
Elizabeth ''Liz'' Cole@Pam M-KFantasy
Pam M-K@Elizabeth ''Liz'' ColeFantasy
Dawn Chandler@Latin LadyHistorical Romance
Latin Lady@Dawn ChandlerHistorical Romance
Jennifer Mack@Apsara RodrigoHistorical Romance
Apsara Rodrigo@Jennifer MackHistorical Romance
Lauren Watson@Jodene WeberMystery
Jodene Weber@Lauren WatsonMystery
Marika Weber@Nancy SwallowYoung Adult
Nancy Swallow@Marika WeberYoung Adult
Janyce Hill@AmberELMFantasy
AmberELM@Janyce HillFantasy
tsaxby@stephlouiseContemporary Romance Sexy
stephlouise@tsaxbyContemporary Romance Sexy
Pat Hauldren@AralynneFantasy
Aralynne@Pat HauldrenFantasy
marilynkay@AhaymanMystery
Ahayman@marilynkayMystery
SMarreeK@TraceyBlissFantiniYoung Adult
TraceyBlissFantini@SMarreeKYoung Adult
JenniferW@SherrelLeeParanormal Romance
SherrelLee@JenniferWParanormal Romance
WolfO@cassyphoenixYoung Adult
cassyphoenix@WolfOYoung Adult
Ginevra Navazio@Desiree KendrickRomance (other subgenre)
Desiree Kendrick@Ginevra NavazioRomance (other subgenre)
EmilyK150@HNLeonardUrban Fantasy
HNLeonard@EmilyK150Urban Fantasy
chellypike@pintadogHorror
pintadog@chellypikeHorror
eviebennet@melissawritesYoung Adult
melissawrites@eviebennetYoung Adult
benbrockway@Elizabeth DiBenedettoFantasy
Elizabeth DiBenedetto@benbrockwayFantasy
Grace Lawler@SarabladeFantasy
Sarablade@Grace LawlerFantasy
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Crit Matches November 8, 2021

Happy Monday! :coffee::coffee::coffee:

Below you will find your crit match partner for the next two weeks. If you look to the right of your computer screen on this page you will see a box labeled CRIT PARTNER MATCHING PROGRAM. There you will find all the rules and tools to get you through this crit-matching experience. If you have a question, and you can't find your answer in the FAQ or other links, email us at [email protected] and we'll get you squared away.

Remember...If you fail to respond to your assigned partner we will remove you from our matching pool. This is to ensure everyone who gets paired gets a HEA. :)

It's up to you to contact your crit partner. Just click on their name and send them a message! Please be courteous and respond within a day or so. Thank you so much!

The next Crit match will take place on November 22nd.

UsernameMatched usernameWhat genre do you write in?
Megan Applegate@tsaxbyContemporary Romance Sexy
tsaxby@Megan ApplegateContemporary Romance Sexy
Andy Stanton@A.L.PaddenWomen's Fiction
A.L.Padden@Andy StantonWomen's Fiction
Ane Ryan Walker@Donna ShieldsParanormal Romance
Donna Shields@Ane Ryan WalkerParanormal Romance
BarbLucas@SherrelLeeParanormal Romance
SherrelLee@BarbLucasParanormal Romance
Elizabeth ''Liz'' Cole@DaisoniaFantasy
Daisonia@Elizabeth ''Liz'' ColeFantasy
Dawn Chandler@celiastgelaisHistorical Romance
celiastgelais@Dawn ChandlerHistorical Romance
Marika Weber@melissawritesYoung Adult
melissawrites@Marika WeberYoung Adult
Janyce Hill@benbrockwayFantasy
benbrockway@Janyce HillFantasy
Pam M-K@SarabladeFantasy
Sarablade@Pam M-KFantasy
Latin Lady@Apsara RodrigoHistorical Romance
Apsara Rodrigo@Latin LadyHistorical Romance
Pat Hauldren@Elizabeth DiBenedettoFantasy
Elizabeth DiBenedetto@Pat HauldrenFantasy
marilynkay@SburdorfMystery
Sburdorf@marilynkayMystery
SMarreeK@cassyphoenixYoung Adult
cassyphoenix@SMarreeKYoung Adult
Aralynne@AmberELMFantasy
AmberELM@AralynneFantasy
WolfO@eviebennetYoung Adult
eviebennet@WolfOYoung Adult
AuthorAmyCraig@pljwriterRomantic Suspense
pljwriter@AuthorAmyCraigRomantic Suspense
EBuckner@chellypikeHorror
chellypike@EBucknerHorror
vickiewrites@Desiree KendrickRomance (other subgenre)
Desiree Kendrick@vickiewritesRomance (other subgenre)
Daryl Jay@TraceyBlissFantiniYoung Adult
TraceyBlissFantini@Daryl JayYoung Adult
EmilyK150@Jodene WeberMystery
Jodene Weber@EmilyK150Mystery
mirandanicholewrites@CskreedUrban Fantasy
Cskreed@mirandanicholewritesUrban Fantasy
Fonty@emilydurantPicture Books
emilydurant@FontyPicture Books
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Sprint! In the Chatroom!

In the chatroom starting sprints for the day! The bootcamp has its own room. Come on and join me!

TIP: The font is big. Once inside the chatroom simply click outside of the chat box window (minimize the whole chatroom). You will then see it at the bottom of your page. Click it again and the font will appear normal. Little glitch in the software.
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Lecture Who are you and what do you hope to accomplish with NaNo BootCamp?

Hello!

Welcome to our NaNo Bootcamp. Please start by telling us about yourself. :)
  • Who you are:
  • Where you're from:
  • Where you are in your writing career:
  • What you hope to get out of Boot camp:
  • Have you participated in a Boot camp before:
  • What are things that hold you back:
  • How are you planning to push back against the things that hold you back:
  • Are you interested in sprinting:
  • What time zone or times are you available for sprinting:
And anything else you'd like to share. :)

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Challenge! Are you ready???

Have you participated in NaNo Bootcamp before?

  • Yes! I have and won.

    Votes: 5 45.5%
  • Yes! I have, but NaNo won.

    Votes: 2 18.2%
  • No. This is my first time.

    Votes: 4 36.4%
  • What the heck is NaNo Bootcamp?

    Votes: 0 0.0%

Hello!

Happy November 1st, and happy NaNo Bootcamp!

Find your sweet spot in your chair, get those fingers limbered up, and tell your family you'll see them at the end of the month. (Yes, microwaveable foods are perfectly acceptable!) We are ready to help you get that book from your head and onto your screen (or notebook).

Each week there will be a new SavvyAuthors boot camp leader to help you reach your writing goals for the month.

The SavvyCrew
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Navigating the SavvyAuthors Classrooms:

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Crit Matches Crit Match - October 26, 2021

Happy Tuesday! :coffee::coffee::coffee:
(Sorry for the delay!)

Below you will find your crit match partner for the next two weeks. If you look to the right of your computer screen on this page you will see a box labeled CRIT PARTNER MATCHING PROGRAM. There you will find all the rules and tools to get you through this crit-matching experience. If you have a question, and you can't find your answer in the FAQ or other links, email us at [email protected] and we'll get you squared away.

There's a new rule with this match - If you fail to respond to your assigned partner we will remove you from our matching pool. This is to ensure everyone who gets paired gets a HEA. :)

It's up to you to contact your crit partner. Just click on their name and send them a message! Please be courteous and respond within a day or so. Thank you so much!

The next Crit match will take place on November 8th.

UsernameMatched usernameWhat genre do you write in?
Andy Stanton@Rhonda HallWomen's Fiction
Rhonda Hall@Andy StantonWomen's Fiction
Ane Ryan Walker@SherrelLeeParanormal Romance
SherrelLee@Ane Ryan WalkerParanormal Romance
BarbLucas@JenniferWParanormal Romance
JenniferW@BarbLucasParanormal Romance
Elizabeth ''Liz'' Cole@Grace LawlerFantasy
Grace Lawler@Elizabeth ''Liz'' ColeFantasy
Dawn Chandler@Kel O'ConnorHistorical Romance
Kel O'Connor@Dawn ChandlerHistorical Romance
Marika Weber@RhondaYoung Adult
Rhonda@Marika WeberYoung Adult
Donna Shields@KC FreemanParanormal Romance
KC Freeman@Donna ShieldsParanormal Romance
Janyce Hill@Pat HauldrenFantasy
Pat Hauldren@Janyce HillFantasy
tsaxby@Miss HeyerContemporary Romance Sexy
Miss Heyer@tsaxbyContemporary Romance Sexy
Sunny Irene Roth@FontyPicture Books
Fonty@Sunny Irene RothPicture Books
Judi L.@MeganMystery
Megan@Judi L.Mystery
Kristie Wolf@AuthorAmyCraigRomantic Suspense
AuthorAmyCraig@Kristie WolfRomantic Suspense
SMarreeK@LutherYoung Adult
Luther@SMarreeKYoung Adult
Sevannah Storm@vickiewritesRomance (other subgenre)
vickiewrites@Sevannah StormRomance (other subgenre)
Aralynne@benbrockwayFantasy
benbrockway@AralynneFantasy
Desiree Kendrick@pljwriterWomen's Fiction
pljwriter@Desiree KendrickWomen's Fiction
Daryl Jay@cassyphoenixYoung Adult
cassyphoenix@Daryl JayYoung Adult
EmilyK150@ELJohnsonMystery
ELJohnson@EmilyK150Mystery
chellypike@M_reardonHorror
M_reardon@chellypikeHorror
stephlouise@eviebennetContemporary Romance Sexy
eviebennet@stephlouiseContemporary Romance Sexy
melissawrites@Nancy SwallowYoung Adult
Nancy Swallow@melissawritesYoung Adult
pocketfullofstories@NSkepticSci Fi
NSkeptic@pocketfullofstoriesSci Fi
Elizabeth DiBenedetto@SarabladeFantasy
Sarablade@Elizabeth DiBenedettoFantasy
Cskreed@HNLeonardUrban Fantasy
HNLeonard@CskreedUrban Fantasy
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From the Admins... Automatic Email Subscription

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Going on RIGHT NOW For those taking Brenda's Build-A-Book course

I just wanted to let everyone know what we'll be covering...

  • Week 1—Learning about the markets, doing the research for targeting publishers, or tips for self-publishing.
  • Week 2 – Revised Beat Sheet – Act One. Introduce storyboarding
  • Week 3 – Act 2-A
  • Week 4 – Act 2 B
  • Week 5 – Act 3
  • Week 6 – Next steps, self-editing
Authors will have assignments, and will be given individual feedback after Weeks 1 and 6. Hope to see you there.
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Lecture Build-A-Book Lesson 1

Build-A-Book

Lesson 1



Welcome, everyone, to my latest online class.

As my bio says, I’ve been in the business a long time, and working with new authors, and seeing them succeed, is one of the best things about my job. And hopefully, all of you will be next.

So, let’s get started. You’ve got an idea for a book. What do you next?

First, you have to decide…

Is your story something you need to write? Is it keeping you awake at night? Is it screaming at you to get it down on paper?

And secondly, do you want to sell it?

Unfortunately, these two things don’t always mesh. However, if you have a story you desperately want to write – WRITE IT. First of all, it will probably be very original…and those sometimes sell like mad. Look at Harry Potter! But more importantly, it will prove that YOU CAN FINISH A BOOK! But don’t necessarily count on selling it. Yes, some authors have sold the book of their heart. But most don’t. After all, publishing is a business. You might as well start off thinking of it that way if you want to have a career in it.

But to be an author, you need to know you can finish a book. A lot of people have great ideas, but few have what it takes to do something with them. Actually, the number of people who can actually write a whole book is pretty small. And that’s any book. Imagine how much more goes into writing a good one. Completing a manuscript, then revising it--sometimes more than once--takes dedication, determination and a hell of a lot of work. A thick skin doesn’t hurt either. Not everyone can do it. I sure couldn’t. But I get to hang out with a lot of cool people who can. J

However, if you know you can write a book, and you want to start a career as a published author—either traditionally published or self-published--here are a few things you need to think about before you start…

First of all, you need to decide what kind of book you’re writing. Is it horror, memoir, Young Adult, New Adult, romance, women’s fiction?

There is a slew of genres out there. Each one has its own audience and that audience has expectations. It’s your job to meet those expectations…and add your own unique twist to the mix. Readers get really upset when expectations aren’t met.

Anybody here remember the movie Sommersby, with Jodie Foster and Richard Gere? If not, there’s a reason for it. For 85% of the story, it was a romance—a fantastic romance! And then…it wasn’t. The story ended in a way that tore the hearts out many romance fans I know. And I bet none of them watched it again.

Every genre has reader expectations. Did you know that there’s even an order that characters are killed off in a horror film?

There is, and watchers know to expect it.

Once you know what you’re writing, you need to look at the market. Are there a lot of books similar to the one you’re writing? For example, if you’re thinking of writing a YA Dystopian story (The Hunger Games, Divergent), you’re going to have to make your story markedly different, just because there’s already so much out there. After all, if you’ve seen a lot of a certain kind of story, chances are the publishers have seen even more.

If you’ve decided to go the traditional route, this is the point where you need to decide which publisher to query. There are a lot of publishers out there now—big traditional houses, boutique publishers, small presses. And one of the first things you’ll want to do is find out which house will be the best fit for you. Big houses are harder to get into, and books take longer to get out. Smaller presses can turn things around quickly, but don’t always have a lot of distribution channels.

This is where you need to do your homework. And a good place to start is the library. In the reference section you’ll find…

  • The Literary Marketplace
  • The Writer’s Market
Both books list every North American publisher, what they publish and how to go about submitting.

But that’s just the first step. What other things should you be doing?

Check out that publisher’s website. What kind of books do they specialize in? What formats? Do they have guidelines? Then go online and see what people are saying about them. Have they been in any sort of financial trouble (an important thing to know these days)? Has there been any other issues (i.e. race concerns, again particularly relevant now)? Remember that when you go with a publisher, they’re yours…but you’re theirs, too. You don’t want to go with a publisher that doesn’t line up with your values.

Right now, possibly more than ever, a publisher’s reputation is important. Some houses might want you to pay them to publish your book. Don’t. Some will expect to keep your rights indefinitely. Don’t fall for that, either. Be careful about giving up rights—in this day and age, anything is possible. I have an author who is very glad she kept her gaming rights to a certain book when an App-based publisher approached her.

This is a crucial time in your career. Be very careful that you’re not so anxious to sell that you’ll do anything your editor asks. Publishers count on this.

Once you find the publisher you think is right for your story, get the names of the editors, and Google them to see what they’re looking for, what they’ve done in their careers, and if you think you’d enjoy working with them. Just FYI - editors don’t want to work with authors who are difficult. Authors shouldn’t have to put up with an editor who is, either.

Just FYI, this also works for agents. If an agent doesn’t love your work, they’ll have a harder time selling it. And if you don’t trust their judgment, what are you paying them for?

Finding a perfect match in this business—either author/editor or author/agent-- can be tough, but when it works, it’s a beautiful thing. Finding the right partners (editor, agent, critique partner) in this business can make or break your career. No pressure.

Once you figure out what genre you’re writing, you might want to consider joining a writer’s organization. In the Romance field, there’s the Romance Writers of America. In their meetings, they teach their members about the craft of writing, as well as give updates on publishing trends as well as market updates – which editors have moved, what publishers are doing things they shouldn’t, etc. At their conferences and special events, they often bring in professionals--editors and agents so you can learn first-hand what’s selling and have a chance to pitch your book, or experts (i.e. firearm experts, cops, firemen) to help with research. You might even meet someone who becomes the perfect critique partner. Although the RWA is going through difficult times right now, I’m hoping, post-Covid, that they’ll figure things out. While there were definitely issues, RWA did a lot of good over the years.

And there are organizations for every kind of writing—mystery, crime, horror, science fiction, western, etc. As in life, networking is everything. Joining a writing organization can be a smart first step, regardless of what genre you’re writing. But again, do your homework. Make sure that the group you’re thinking about joining actually offers what you need.


Okay, so you’ve written your book. You think it’s saleable and you’ve found a reputable publisher, complete with editor name and proper title (this is important).

Now what?

It’s always best to be prepared. It’s almost impossible for an editor to buy a book that doesn’t fit anywhere. And no matter what you’re writing, it has to have a hook. After all, everything people sell has a hook – the laundry detergent that gets your clothes as bright as the sun (Sunlight), the car that’s good for the environment (Toyota Prius), the cereal that snaps, crackles and pops (Rice Krispies). These are ways marketers convince you to buy their product. And as a writer hoping to sell their work, you have to learn how to appeal to people who’d like to read it…and to the editor you want to buy it.

So…before sending your story anywhere, you need to figure out your hook--and practice getting it across in as few words as possible.

When will you use this?

  • At conferences – in elevators, in the bar, in pitch sessions.
  • In your query letter. Knowing how to get to the point is crucial
  • In on-line pitches.
  • Promotion – there’s no sense in spending money on promotion if you don’t use your most valuable tool. Building a marketing campaign around your hook makes a lot sense. It will also make it clear where you should be marketing your story, by nailing down who your readership will be.

Hooks or loglines? Basically, they’re the same thing, and serve the same purpose. And tropes are pretty similar, too.

Essentially, a hook is something in the story that will grab a potential reader’s attention, something that makes them curious.

A logline is making the most of that hook by putting it in a sentence that will draw in a reader.

A trope is a familiar storyline that has wide appeal. The trick with these is to find a way to make it different, to make it your own. For example, the secret baby trope has been in romance for years. And for years, it worked really well. But now, it’s so well known that nobody’s really interested anymore. So, what do you do? Give it a unique spin.

And sometimes, that spin can mean the difference between making it or not. If we look at some huge successes in the past few years, you’ll see that the storyline hook/trope is not unusual…but something else about it, is.

For example, remember Twilight? Now, romance readers were no strangers to vampires, and honestly, they were on their way out. But then Stephanie Meyer decided to write YA vampires—hitting an audience that knew nothing about them, really, (how else would she get away with making vampires sparkle? ) and it took off.

Another example is the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Yes, the books were really sexy, bordering on raw. But as the Senior Editor of Harlequin Blaze for almost ten years, I can tell you that E.L. James didn’t come up with anything my authors hadn’t already. But she did a number of things very right.

She looked to non-romance readers, and readers of fan fiction, and targeted them. Then, she created a titillating story that pushed the boundaries…and kept raising the stakes (the perfect strategy for a serial). And finally, she didn’t call it a romance. Early readers weren’t sure if Ana and Christian were going to fall in love…or if he was going to kill her. Since it wasn’t ‘a romance’, all kinds of people picked it up and started talking about it, creating a tidal wave of buzz.

Dystopian books weren’t anything new either when The Hunger Games trilogy, or the Divergent series came out. And there were already lots of YA dystopian books out there at the time (The Maze Runner series, The Giver). But what Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth did differently was to make the main protagonist a female, at a time when ‘girl power’ was particularly relevant. And both authors included a romantic element, something that was again, largely missing, in the books that preceded them.

So, sometimes, all you need is a new spin, a new audience, a new element. Sometimes, something as simple as giving the protagonist an attitude or an agenda is enough to spin the story (something I used a lot when I worked with Harlequin Blaze. For example—cowboys and reunion romance are common, and well-loved hooks/tropes. A story with those elements could fit into any romance novel. But if you give the heroine an agenda—she comes back to her first love’s ranch (and he’s a cowboy, of course), determined to get him out of her system so she can move on? It suddenly became perfect for Blaze. Get it?

Every kind of story has its own set of hooks. But they all serve the same purpose—to grab a reader’s attention, and keep it. In fact, editors count on those hooks to write compelling back cover copy. I always used to tell my authors that if I couldn’t blurb a book, I couldn’t sell it. And selling it is the end goal, after all. Yes, it might be the book of your heart, and it might be beautifully written…but what’s the point, if nobody ever reads it?


So, when you think about your story, you need to find a succinct way of saying just what your story is, but in a way that generates interest. What makes it compelling? People in Hollywood (and some agents) use the ‘compare treatment’. For example: Pretty Woman – a modern day Cinderella. Or The Flintstones - a prehistoric Honeymooners. Or Alien - Jaws in Space.

But it’s best to expand a bit more. Here are a few examples…

A businessman falls in love with a hooker he hires to be his date for the weekend. – Pretty Woman

A newly married couple must spend Christmas Day with each of their divorced parents. – Four Christmases

A young man and woman from different social classes fall in love aboard an ill-fated voyage at sea. - Titanic

In a post-apocalyptic world, a young woman sacrifices herself to save her sister and ends up igniting a rebellion that saves her whole world. - The Hunger Games

After hitting rock bottom, a woman decides the only place to go is up—the whole Pacific Coast trail—by herself. - Wild

Man is forced to relive one day over and over. - Groundhog Day

Robot is sent back in time to kill the savior of mankind before he is born. - The Terminator

In ancient China, a girl masquerades as a man to join the army and save her father. Little does she guess she’ll end up saving her country as well. - Mulan

Those of us who have been around for a while have heard the term ‘high concept’ over and over again, when it comes to hooks. Publishers and agents are only considering projects that are ‘high concept’. But what does that mean?

High concept stories…

- Have mass market appeal
- Have a hook guaranteed to attract most audiences
- Are original
- Are easy to visualize
- Have emotional focus
- Usually contain a unique element (i.e. Harry Potter’s Wizarding World)

So…the first thing you need to do? Figure out your hook. You really can’t start writing your story without it.


If you’ve decided to go the traditional publishing route, you’re going to want to put together a query letter. Even if you’re attaching your full manuscript in the initial query, you’ll want to give the editor an introduction to your work, and to you. It’s the professional way to go.


So, what do you need to get across in a query letter…?

  • That you’re professional
  • That you’re adaptable
  • That you’re knowledgeable about the publishing house and the marketplace
  • That you’ve got a great hook that fits in--yet stands out--from what that publisher is already publishing
  • That you’re dedicated. Mention any organizations you belong to, awards you’ve won, etc.
  • Include a short (around 2 page) synopsis.
  • Work hard to get your voice across – in letter and in synopsis. Voice is the first thing an editor looks for…
Once you’re at this stage, you get to enjoy the worst part of writing – the waiting. Query letters should be responded to within a month at most places, although if you’ve included your manuscript as well, it’ll likely take longer. It’s not unheard of for submissions to take up to a year, depending on the house.

So what should you do? It’s fair to inquire after a decent amount of time. If you’ve sent your manuscript in, it wouldn’t hurt to ask about it in about three month or so.

But in the meantime, keep writing. Don’t wait around for a response. In order to make it in this business, you need to do at least 3 books a year. You might as well use the time you have.

And really, if you’re a true writer, then you have to write anyway, right?

So, that’s traditional publishing. Now let’s talk a bit about self-publishing.



A few of the pros of going indie…

  • Probably the main benefit of self-publishing is the ability to retain full control over your book. Traditional publishing is full of gatekeepers who decide on the story, the cover, the title and the way your book is marketed. Basically, your career is in someone else’s hands. So, for people who want total autonomy in their career, going indie works.
  • Higher royalty rates: In traditional publishing, royalty rates are somewhere between 7 and 25 percent. But for indie authors, that number is closer to 70.
  • Less waiting: Once you’ve finished your book, you can get it out right away…and your readers can get their hands on it quicker, too. And right now, instant gratification is a big deal. Traditional publishers can only pull it off by waiting—getting a number of books lined up before putting them out, usually leaving a huge window of time when the author has nothing new on the shelves. But when you do it yourself, it’s not unheard of to put a book out just a month or so after you finish it.
  • You get to take all the credit if your book takes off. If you’re a first-time author, it’s unlikely a publisher will put a lot of promotion behind your story. After all, they have a lot of authors, writing all kinds of stories. But in indie publishing, your only focus is you. And if your story is good enough, with the right hook to attract large audiences, the sky’s the limit.


A few of the cons of going indie…

  • Less visibility: One big advantage for publishing traditionally is that those publishers get a higher author platform for their writers. And there’s a certain amount of validation and prestige that comes from being associated with a major publisher. As well, big publishers have distribution channels in place that get their books in places people buy them—major stores, airports, etc.
  • Higher costs: Traditional publishing services pay for editing, design, printing, and marketing costs for print books. With self-publishing, those upfront costs all rest on the author’s shoulders. Plus, publishing deals usually come with monetary advances. There’s no advance money for self-published authors. You have to pay everything up front, and hope you make more than you spend.
  • No support system: One of the biggest differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing is that traditional publishers come with an arsenal of staff and resources who can help support your book. This means access to proofreaders, publicists, professional editing services. They can help turn your manuscripts into audiobooks or provide a detailed marketing strategy. There’s a whole team at your disposal, depending on your needs. With self-publishing, this is all work that falls to the author—or the freelancers they hire to handle things for them.
  • Harder to get print distribution: Traditional publishers make their money by printing books and selling them to bookstores. Bookstores often have exclusive deals with major publishers, and it can be hard to penetrate major bookstores as a self-published author. If your definition of publishing success is to see your book in a major bookstore, that will be difficult to achieve through self-publishing.

If you want to self-publish, you’ll need to…

  • Finish your book to your satisfaction.
  • Arrange for a developmental edit, then go back and incorporate the editor’s changes you agree with.
  • Find someone to do a line-edit, or a copyedit, or both.
  • Arrange for at least one proofreader to take that final look
  • Send the book into a formatter
  • Find a designer to create the cover you want. Remember, your cover is probably your biggest selling tool.
  • Arrange for a copywriter to develop your back cover copy (your second biggest selling tool). You might also want to take a look at your title, just to make sure you’re giving readers the same message. Cover art, title and back cover blurb all need to work together to sell your book. Make sure your hook is there in all of them.
  • Add copyright language (You can claim copyright by stating it explicitly in a prominent location) or submit your work to the copyright office.
  • Get an ISBN number. You will need an ISBN for each format your book will appear in (i.e. .prc (kindle) .epub (Kobo and others)


One of the easiest ways to self-publish is to do it through a website



Advantages to publishing through a website:

  • Very little overhead. The costs that go into writing and editing the book are the same costs that go into publishing it. Making an e-book isn’t much more.
  • If you hit it big, it’s all yours. E-book publishers such as Kindle Direct Publishing let the author keep 70% of the total revenue of the book, meaning that if your book does well and you price it competitively, you could make a lot of money.
  • You keep all of your rights. You don't have to give them up to a publisher who may not be focused on your success.
Disadvantages of publishing through a website:

  • You're responsible for all the marketing and advertising yourself. So, unless you’re a marketing expert—and have a lot of time-- you’ll probably have to hire someone to do your promotion.
  • Pricing. E-book prices are competitive, so when prices are low, you’ll have to sell a lot of books in order to make any money.
Just a note - Online publishers such as Smashwords, Kindle Direct Publishing, PubIt (Barnes & Noble), or Kobo's Writing Life will let you self publish your book for free in e-book format.



Some self-publishing websites.



1: MindStir Media Publishing

2. Kindle direct publishing (KDP)

3. Smashwords

4. Lulu Publishing

5. Rakuten Kobo Publishing

6. Barnes and Noble

7. Blurb.

8. Scribd.

9. Apple Books. iBooks

10. BookBaby Publishing

11. Createspace Paperback Publishing

12. IngramSpark

13. iUniverse


A few words of advice if you’re going the self-publishing route…


From me…


  • Readers love linked stories, but they don’t want to wait. So, if you’re working on a trilogy, or a series, try to put several out at the same time (or within a few weeks of each other) so your readers can get their fix, and will keep your books top of mind. If a reader has to wait too long for the next book, they often lose interest.
  • Hire a marketing specialist. Some writers are natural marketers, but I’ve discovered that most aren’t. And any time an author takes trying to market their book is time taken away from writing. My best word of advice? Hire the professionals you need to hire (editor, copywriters, formatters, marketers) and let them do what they do best. This will allow you to do what you do best—write incredible stories. (And I’m not just saying this because I’m one of those professionals. )
I asked NYT bestselling author Carly Phillips--one of my former Harlequin authors, and someone who has killed it in the self-publishing arena!!!—for a few insider tips for those of you who are thinking of taking this route.

Carly’s advice…

1) Put your best foot forward - you only get one opportunity to grab a reader’s attention. Make sure your finished product is the best it can be from content (editing) to the cover.

2. Treat your writing like a business. Respect your time and the people you work with.

3. Don’t get so lost in marketing and social media you forget to write your next book! Your best piece of marketing is your work.

4. Remember that this business is cyclical. Just because you do extremely well one year or with one book, that doesn’t mean you’re finished. Every day is work. Learn the ever-changing market and keep up with trends and information but remember to write to your voice and don’t chase trends.


So…that’s it for this week. And now, it’s time for your homework.


Since knowing your hook/logline/trope is so important, I’d like you each to come up with one for your story. It shouldn’t be long—no more than 3 or 4 sentences, and should hit the heart of what your story is. Please send them in to me, by next Friday, at [email protected] (not the community boards) and I’ll give you feedback. If I get them in on time, I should be able to respond before the next class on Monday, so you’ll have your hook top of mind as you learn just what you else you need to do to make your story the best it can be.

Thanks for joining me on this online class adventure. If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to get you answers as soon as I can.
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Crit Matches Crit Match - October 11, 2021

Happy Monday! :coffee::coffee::coffee:

Below you will find your crit match partner for the next two weeks. If you look to the right of your computer screen on this page you will see a box labeled CRIT PARTNER MATCHING PROGRAM. There you will find all the rules and tools to get you through this crit-matching experience. If you have a question, and you can't find your answer in the FAQ or other links, email us at [email protected] and we'll get you squared away.

There's a new rule with this match - If you fail to respond to your assigned partner we will remove you from our matching pool. This is to ensure everyone who gets paired gets a HEA. :)

It's up to you to contact your crit partner. Just click on their name and send them a message! Please be courteous and respond within a day or so. Thank you so much!

The next Crit match will take place on October 15th.

UsernameMatched usernameWhat genre do you write in?
Ane Ryan Walker@BarbLucasParanormal Romance
BarbLucas@Ane Ryan WalkerParanormal Romance
Elizabeth ''Liz'' Cole@KatmelkjorFantasy
Katmelkjor@Elizabeth ''Liz'' ColeFantasy
Jennifer Mack@LRShimerHistorical Romance
LRShimer@Jennifer MackHistorical Romance
Rhonda@Janet JamesYoung Adult
Janet James@RhondaYoung Adult
Donna Shields@JenniferWParanormal Romance
JenniferW@Donna ShieldsParanormal Romance
Sarena Straus@pocketfullofstoriesSci Fi
pocketfullofstories@Sarena StrausSci Fi
Janyce Hill@SarabladeFantasy
Sarablade@Janyce HillFantasy
Pam M-K@Grace LawlerFantasy
Grace Lawler@Pam M-KFantasy
KC Freeman@SherrelLeeParanormal Romance
SherrelLee@KC FreemanParanormal Romance
Kristie Wolf@Jinny Kirby BaxterRomantic Suspense
Jinny Kirby Baxter@Kristie WolfRomantic Suspense
mperezpal1115@AuthorAmyCraigRomantic Suspense
AuthorAmyCraig@mperezpal1115Romantic Suspense
Luther@cassyphoenixYoung Adult
cassyphoenix@LutherYoung Adult
WolfO@Nancy SwallowYoung Adult
Nancy Swallow@WolfOYoung Adult
Miss Heyer@stephlouiseContemporary Romance Sexy
stephlouise@Miss HeyerContemporary Romance Sexy
Ginevra Navazio@vickiewritesRomance (other subgenre)
vickiewrites@Ginevra NavazioRomance (other subgenre)
EmilyK150@MeganMystery
Megan@EmilyK150Mystery
Themewriter21@NSkepticSci Fi
NSkeptic@Themewriter21Sci Fi
celiastgelais@Kel O'ConnorHistorical Romance
Kel O'Connor@celiastgelaisHistorical Romance
Daisonia@benbrockwayFantasy
benbrockway@DaisoniaFantasy
mirandanicholewrites@HNLeonardUrban Fantasy
HNLeonard@mirandanicholewritesUrban Fantasy
melissawrites@katewaverlyYoung Adult
katewaverly@melissawritesYoung Adult
pintadog@M_reardonHorror
M_reardon@pintadogHorror
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Announcement Agent Requests from 2021 Autumn Pitchfest

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2021 Autumn Pitchfest and in particular thanks to the Agents who reviewed the 1527 stories and books pitched! Wow!

Read on for the full list of requests received. Thanks for participating and don't forget to register for the 2022 Sweetheart Pitchfest!


Dawn Dowdle – Blue Ridge Agency

Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and put "SavvyAuthors Pitchfest" for who referred you.

  • Desire in Dairyland by Michelle Caffrey
  • Pirates under the Bed
  • I Don’t Want a Haircut! By Lea Schizas
  • Go to Bed Stinkbug! By Stephanie Maksymiw
  • The Secret of Eucalyptus Cove by Scott Rhoades
  • Falling for Buffalo Ridge by Addey Vaters
  • Poka Paka’s Winter Surprise by Stephanie Cotela
  • Weirdwolf by Searra Simpson
  • At the Cliff’s Edge by Susan Burdorf
  • Murder on Bacon Street by Susan Burdorf
  • Magic in Grandma’s Kitchen by Debra Daugherty
  • Best Laid by Mary Rose Luksha
  • Soup Day! By Sarah Yahr Tucker
  • Marked by Magic by Annmarie SanSevero
  • Anything for an ‘A’ by Vivienne Frist
  • Ellie the Eggspert by Danielle Sharkan
  • The Mystery at Apple Tree Orchard by Summer Hemingway
  • Murder on Lake Nebo by Ruben D. Gonzales
  • Punkerella by Stacey Miller
  • Violet and Duck by Katie Walsh
  • Phoebe Fixes Everyting by Cady Bielecki
  • Chef Goaton Ramsey’s World-Famous Food Truck by Brian Burak
  • Buds and Bees by Russell Wolff
  • Raising the Bar by Vanessa Edwards
  • Cooking in the Musical Kitchen by Lori Copperman Evans
  • The Murder Blog by Sandra Gardner
  • The Brooklyn North Murders by Erica Obey
  • Family Recipe by Karen Keesling
  • Planets Play by Candace Spizzirri
  • Her Ladyship and the Fall Star by Melanie Adkins
  • A Dark Death by Alice Fitzpatrick
  • Secret in the Attic with Tara Manderino


Jordy Albert, Booker Albert Literary Agency
Please ask the authors to use this link to submit at querymanager: Query Submission

  • The Bracebridge Courier
  • HALF TREE
  • Checkered Flag
  • Wild Music
  • Crown of Fangs and Feathers
  • fair game
  • humbly yours, Juliet
  • unlamped
  • Dreams of a dragon girl
  • frenzied
  • shoot straight stay center
  • project chrysalis
  • managing the mogul



Karly Dizon – Fuse Literary Agency

Please email the first 25 pages, or if it’s a PB, please send the full manuscript to [email protected]

  • A NIGHT AT THE LIGHTHOUSE
  • A CURRY CURE
  • OLD MCDONALD MOVES TO SPAIN



Jennifer Herrington – Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

Please submit pitch, query, synopsis, and first three chapters of your manuscript. If this is a picture book or graphic novel request, please submit the full manuscript.
QueryManager.com/JenniferHerrington/SavvyAuthors2021

  • Trolly by Laura Jordan - YA Comedic Portal Fantasy
  • To the Dark Side and Back by Deborah Foster – PB Fiction
  • Tin Can Harmonica Man by Lori D. Housley – PB Bio
  • Those Boots by Reed Hilton-Eddy – PB
  • Gus Would Rather by Paige Classey Przybylski – PB
  • Go to Bed Stinkbug by Stephanie Maksyniw – PB
  • This Book will Blast Off in 10 Seconds by Kara Sibilia – PB
  • The World is a Sniff by Mindy Hardwick – MG
  • Poka Paka’s Winter Surprise by Stephanie Cotela – PB
  • The Ninja Squirrels of the Hundred Acre Wood by Mike Hayes – MG Fantasy Hybrid GN
  • Jack of all Spades by Amy Leskowski – PB
  • Caffeine Kindergarten by Amy Leskowski – PB
  • Humbly Yours, Juliet by Brieanna Wilkoff – Contemporary YA
  • Layton Clark & the Geocached Ghost Town by Abbi Lee – MG
  • Ghost Dust by Carol Teed – MG Fantasy/Horror
  • Almost Sundown by Kassie Lamro – MG Fantasy
  • A Night at the Lighthouse by Lynn Grace Wong – MG Horror
  • A Curry Cure by Rozana Rajkumari – PB
  • The Trouble with Bubbles by Michelle Steinberg – PB
  • A Ghoul’s Guide to Illegal Alchemy by Allison Latzko – YA UF ???
  • I Am Nobody by Marco Santomenna – MG GN SF
  • Ziti’s Garden by Alvina Leder – PB
  • The Shape Shake Up by Jenn Shetsen Wierda – PB
  • Pink Ribbon Perfection by Regina Morris – RomCom
  • Andromeda & the Missing Arm by Anna Vosburgh – MG Contemporary
  • The Truth About Chickens by Amy G Coombs – MG Contemporary
  • Glitter, Ghosts, and Gold Dust by Elizabeth Janczyk – Early MG PN
  • Saturday on the Bay by Amanda Wastrom – PB Lyrical
  • If Found This is Not Liam Lawson’s Diary by Andi Anders – YA CR/GN
  • Canyon Home by Gayleen Rabakukk – MG
  • Take by My Hand by Anne Lambert - PB




Hannah VanVels – Belcastro Agency
I’d love to see queries from the list below. They can fill out this form: QueryManager.com/HannahVanVels/SavvyAuthors

  • HALF TREE by Bex Drate
  • The Missing Memories of Cordy O’Reilly by Tonya Preece
  • Black Belly: Flesh and Blood by Ely Azure
  • THIS BOOK NEEDS A PASSWORD by Callie Dean
  • SANTA MUERTE by Chelly Pike
  • The Ghosts of Hawkthorn by Stephanie Cotela
  • WEIRDWOLF by Searra Simpson
  • A GHOST’S CHANCE by Susan Burdorf
  • SAY THE RIGHT THING by Genevieve A.
  • The Botany Project by Hailey Leonard
  • Showmance by Reem Khaleel
  • Styx by Michelle Kulwicki


Kortney Price – Ravelquill Literary Agency
Requested PB's can send the full manuscript. Novels can send the first 30 pages. Here's a link to the request page on my QM QueryManager.com/KortneyPrice/PitchEvent I'm currently closed to queries, but I am accepting requested materials through this link specifically.

  • Callie Dean - This Book Needs a Password
  • Kara Sibilia - This Book will Blast off in 10 Seconds
  • Erika Romero - A Very Special Day
  • Noelle Strader - Pros & Cons of Dating Grey
  • Susan Leigh Needham - Cameron Skye and the Nowhere Graves
  • Lynn Grace Wong - A Night at the Light House
  • Hailey Leonard - The Botany Project
  • Reem Khaleel - Showmance
  • Shelly Jasperson - The Mummy's Missing Toe
  • Elizabeth Janczyk - How Does a Garden Grow
  • Karen Keesling - Kai's Canoe
  • Olivia Oh - Beyond the Mirror
  • Aimee Lauren - I'm the Bad Guy



Lynnette Novak – The Seymour Agency

Please paste your pitch and query in the body of the email and attach the first three chapters as a docx. Put your title and Autumn Pitchfest in the subject line and send to: querylynnette (at) theseymouragency (dot) com. #ExcitedToRead

  • Weightless by Liz Peterson Crane
  • Say the Right Thing by Genevieve A.
  • The Pros and Cons of Dating Grey by Noelle Strader
  • The Last True Fortune of Bunny Bapst by Amanda Mulholland
  • Canyon Home by Gayleen Rabakukk


Analieze Cervantes – Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
Please have the following authors submit their query, synopsis, and first 15 pages here: QueryManager.com/AnaliezeCervantes/SavyAuthorsPitch

  • HALF TREE—Box Drate
  • BLACK BELLY: FRESH & BLOOD—Ely Azure
  • IF I SEE YOU FIRST—Susan Burdorf
  • THE REMNANTS OF SECRETS—Nina Parks
  • SHOWMANCE—Reem Khaleel
  • THE MURDER BLOG—Sandra Gardner
  • GRAPPLE—Christopher JP Brouse
  • LEGACY UNLEASHED—Monica Cox

Announcement Editor Requests from 2021 Autumn Pitchfest

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2021 Autumn Pitchfest and in particular thanks to the Editors and Publishers who reviewed the 513 stories and books pitched! Wow!

Read on for the list of requests received so far. We are waiting for updates from one Editor and this post will be updated when we get that.
Thanks for participating and don't forget to register for the 2022 Sweetheart Pitchfest!



Cassiel Knight – Champagne Book Group

Please review send your material via our online submission form: Query Submission. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your work!

FULL MANUSCRIPTS:
  • Princess of Sweetwater by Tess DeGroot
  • Blood Promotion by M.J. Rose
  • The Prince Charming School of Romance by Kim Findlay
PARTIAL MANUSCRIPTS:
  • Reusable by Kaitlin Greco
  • Gold: Heart of A Warrior by Eden Robins
  • Magic in the Air by Adrianna Schuh
  • A Motel by the Ocean by Susan Burdorf
  • All Manor of Love by Susan Burdorf
  • Maplewood Resort by Keri Bednar
  • The Garden Plot by Andra Stanton
  • One Man's Treasure by Eva Fox Mate
  • Once Upon a Griffin by Carde Jean
  • The Companion's Comeuppance by Adrianne Karasek
  • Cupboard Love and Biscuit Crumbs by Susan Payne
  • First Impressions by Elizabeth Donne
  • Obviously Unrequited by Eilene Spear
  • Worth the Risk by Carolyn Rae (Williamson)
  • Second Chances by Tricia Saxby
  • A Secret to Forgive by Tricia Saxby
  • Say It With Flowers by Hannah Langdon


Tule Publishing

Please refer to our submissions page (Submissions) for information on how to submit, what to include, etc.

Tule would like to request these pitches to be submitted:
  • Magic in the Air by Adrianna Schuh
  • A Time for Love by Jennifer Wilck
  • All Manor of Love by Susan Burdorf
  • Whiskey on our Shoes by Tonya Preece
  • The Murder Blog by Sandra Gardner


Lydia Sharp – Entangled Publishing

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention.
Entangled Publishing - Amara
Blood Promotion by M.J. Rose

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Sideways
The Weight of Silence by Dawn Miller’

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Entangled TEEN
A Crown of Fangs and Feathers

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Sideways
The Marsh House by HM Thomas

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Amara
Maplewood Resort by Keri Bednar

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Entangled TEEN
The Quiet Boy by Samantha Van Dine

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Entangled TEEN
The Pros and Cons of Dating Grey by Noelle Strader

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Amara
The Graveyard Keeper by Robin Jeffrey

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Entangled TEEN
The Rest of Our Story by Eden Robins

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Amara
A Spell of Dance and Silence by Lena Gibson

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Amara
In the Cards by Kat Turner

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Amara
First Impressions by Elizabeth Donne

Please submit a query, synopsis, and full manuscript to my attention here:
Entangled Publishing - Entangled TEEN
Back to Us by Natalie Duleba


Deb Werksman – Sourcebooks Casablanca
Please send full proposal (manuscript, synopsis, pitch) to [email protected]

  • Blood Promotion by M.J. Rose
  • Promises by Linda Vick
  • The Marsh House by HM Thomas
  • The Girl Who Fled the Picture by Jane Anderson
  • Detective Sergeant Mermaid by Stephanie Spann
  • Eye of the Storm by Kelly Harper
  • Sukidayo, Honey-Sensei! by BM Valedez
  • The Garden Plot by Andra Stanton
  • Rumble by RL Merrill and Sera Taino
  • Heart of a Warrior by Eden Robins
  • Pink Ribbon Perfection by Regina Morris
  • Bless Your Heart and Other Southern Curses by Heather Leonard
  • Compassion Fatigue by Viktoria Dahill
  • A Stocking for Rudolph by Megan Besing
  • A Werewolf in Wisconsin by Kay Phoenix



Totally Entwined Group:

We would very much like to see for review the full manuscripts for the above books. Our submission guidelines can be found here Submission Guidelines - Totally Entwined Group for reference.

The list of full manuscripts we would like to see is as follows – divided into each publishing house;

Finch Books – YA
  • A Crown of Fangs and Feathers – Sandy Butchers
  • The Soul Keeper – Loraine Bowman
  • A Walk in Your Shoes – Regina Brownell
  • Humbly Yours, Juliet – Brieanna Wilkoff
  • Fire From Blood – Mary Rose Luksha
  • See Me As I Am – Cheryl D Wanner
  • Shoot Straight, Stay Center – Shannon J Curtin
  • The Unraveling of James Hayward – Krista Barrett
  • Song of Wave and Shadow – Vanessa Barger

Totally Bound Publishing
  • Blood Promotion – MJ Rose
  • Reuseable – Kaitlin Greco
  • In the Cards – Kat Turner
  • Collision - The Kings of Haunted Rebellion 1 – Stella Blanche
  • Second Chances – Tricia Saxby

Pride Publishing
  • Devotion – Madelyn Denisch
  • Back to Us – Natalie Duleba



Changeling Press
Please refer to our submission guidelines at changelingpress.com/submissions.php for a list of what to include with your cover letter. Send all requested information and the complete manuscripts to [email protected]

  • Blood Promotion by M.J. Rose
  • The Shikari by Sevannah Storm
  • 10,000 Hours by Anna Denisch
  • THE BREEDING GAME by Robert D. Marshall, Jr.
  • The Many Squandered Thing by Noel Stevenson
  • BORROWED TIME by Robert D. Marshall, Jr.
  • Just an Ordinary Love Stories by Juliette's Journals
  • Sukidayo, Honey-Sensei! by B. M. Valdez
  • Gold: Heart of A Warrior by Eden Robins
  • Under the Tree of Life by Ruben D. Gonzales
  • Run the Table: The Tease by John Lusher writing as Darin TaDream.

  • Warrior of Eden by Fenley Grant
  • Crunching her Numbers by Sylvana Farraday
  • A Late Awakening by Noel Stevenson
  • Murder on Lake Nebo by Ruben D. Gonzales
  • The Spy & The Necromancer: A love story by Eliza Fyre
  • BLU KITTY by Shannon Slique



Yelena Casale - City Owl Press
Please submit the queries and the first 3 chapters to my email ([email protected]) with the Subject of SavvyAuthors PitchFest + name of manuscript
  • Title: Falling for Buffalo Ridge; Author: Addey Vaters
  • Title: Title: SECOND CHANCE COWBOY; Author: Kristy Anne
  • Title: Crunching her Numbers; Author: Sylvana Farraday
  • Title: Obviously Unrequited; Author: Eilene Spear
  • Title: Sushi and Sea Lions; Author: Author: Rachel Corsini
  • Title: A MOTEL BY THE OCEAN; Author: Author: Susan Burdorf
  • Title: Learning to Surf; Author: HM Thomas
  • Title: Whiskey on Our Shoes; Author: Tonya Preece
  • Title: Best Laid; Author: Mary Rose Luksha
  • Title: One Man's Treasure (Book 1 of the Hughes Brothers Trilogy); Author: Eva Fox Mate
  • Title: Play it Again; Author: Kim Findlay
  • Title: Would the Real Soulmate Please Stand Up; Author: Kim Findlay

Melinda Collins – Owl City Press
Please send your query and synopsis to me via Query Manager (Query Submission)
  • Blood Promotion by MJ Rose
  • The Orb Chronicles by Alexander Robins
  • Once Upon a Griffin by Carde Jean
  • Gold: Heart of a Warrior by Eden Robins
  • The Spy & The Necromancer: A love story by Eliza Fyre

Theresa Cole – Owl City Press
Please submit your query at QueryManager.com/TCole.
  • The Shikari by Sevennah Storm
  • The Quiet Boy by Samantha Van Dine
  • Once Upon a Griffin by Carde Jean
  • eHumanity: Bootstrap by Nicole Sallak Anderson
  • When in Rome by Jenna Bigelow
  • Daywalker by Fenley Grant
  • A Hunger for the Finer Things by Susan Burdorf


Sword and Silk Books

We would ask authors to follow directions through our submissions page and note in their submission that it’s a SavvyAuthor request

Submissions | Sword and Silk

We would like to request the following:

Sukidayo, Honey-Sensei! by B. M. Valdez
ETHEREAL by Abigail Glenn
Blood Promotion by M.J. Rose
Pink Ribbon Perfection by Regina Morris
First Impressions by Elizabeth Donne
The Spy & The Necromancer: A love story by Eliza Fyre



Stacy Abrams with Entangled Publishing – requests to come
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Can anyone explain the different descriptions that are found in our profiles? I know we start off as scribblers. I noticed that I recently became an "ink-slinger", but I don't know why. And I've seen titles like "resident dreamer" as well. I'd like to know what all the hierarchy of titles are and how/when they are awarded.
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Crit Matches Crit Match - September 27, 2021

Happy Monday! :coffee::coffee::coffee:

Below you will find your crit match partner for the next two weeks. If you look to the right of your computer screen on this page you will see a box labeled CRIT PARTNER MATCHING PROGRAM. There you will find all the rules and tools to get you through this crit-matching experience. If you have a question, and you can't find your answer in the FAQ or other links, email us at [email protected] and we'll get you squared away.

There's a new rule with this match - If you fail to respond to your assigned partner we will remove you from our matching pool. This is to ensure everyone who gets paired gets a HEA. :)

It's up to you to contact your crit partner. Just click on their name and send them a message! Please be courteous and respond within a day or so. Thank you so much!

The next Crit match will take place on October 11th.

UsernameMatched usernameWhat genre do you write in?
Megan Applegate@stephlouiseContemporary Romance Sexy
stephlouise@Megan ApplegateContemporary Romance Sexy
Catherine Lawrence@pstgeorgeWomen's Fiction
pstgeorge@Catherine LawrenceWomen's Fiction
Elizabeth ''Liz'' Cole@Kel O'ConnorHistorical Romance
Kel O'Connor@Elizabeth ''Liz'' ColeHistorical Romance
henyad-gmail.com@MeganMystery
Megan@henyad-gmail.comMystery
Donna Shields@SherrelLeeParanormal Romance
SherrelLee@Donna ShieldsParanormal Romance
Sarena Straus@Themewriter21Sci Fi
Themewriter21@Sarena StrausSci Fi
Janyce Hill@Grace LawlerFantasy
Grace Lawler@Janyce HillFantasy
Pam M-K@KatmelkjorFantasy
Katmelkjor@Pam M-KFantasy
Loriafj@JenniferWParanormal Romance
JenniferW@LoriafjParanormal Romance
SMarreeK@LRWeltmannYoung Adult
LRWeltmann@SMarreeKYoung Adult
WolfO@Janet JamesYoung Adult
Janet James@WolfOYoung Adult
AuthorAmyCraig@Jinny Kirby BaxterRomantic Suspense
Jinny Kirby Baxter@AuthorAmyCraigRomantic Suspense
Sburdorf@EmilyK150Mystery
EmilyK150@SburdorfMystery
EBuckner@M_reardonHorror
M_reardon@EBucknerHorror
Daryl Jay@katewaverlyYoung Adult
katewaverly@Daryl JayYoung Adult
celiastgelais@LRShimerHistorical Romance
LRShimer@celiastgelaisHistorical Romance

Pitch to: Kortney Price, Ravenquill Literary Agency

Pitch to Kortney Price, Ravenquill Literary Agency​




Pitch Rules:
  1. Please review the Pitch FAQ and Information Page for details
  2. Most agents and editors will request a Three-line pitch
  3. Your pitch must be:
    1. Three lines (sentences)
    2. Less than 100 words
    3. Be aligned with what the agent or editor requests.
We reserve the right to remove any pitches that do not comply with our rules.



Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM
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Pitch to: Analieze Cervantes, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

Pitch to Analieze Cervantes, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency​



Pitch Rules:
  1. Please review the Pitch FAQ and Information Page for details
  2. Most agents and editors will request a Three-line pitch
  3. Your pitch must be:
    1. Three lines (sentences)
    2. Less than 100 words
    3. Be aligned with what the agent or editor requests.
We reserve the right to remove any pitches that do not comply with our rules.



Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM

Pitch to: Jennifer Herrington, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency

Pitch to Jennifer Herrington, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency​




Pitch Rules:
  1. Please review the Pitch FAQ and Information Page for details
  2. Most agents and editors will request a Three-line pitch
  3. Your pitch must be:
    1. Three lines (sentences)
    2. Less than 100 words
    3. Be aligned with what the agent or editor requests.
We reserve the right to remove any pitches that do not comply with our rules.



Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM
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Pitch to: Dawn Dowdle, Owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Pitch to Dawn Dowdle, Owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency​




Pitch Rules:
  1. Please review the Pitch FAQ and Information Page for details
  2. Most agents and editors will request a Three-line pitch
  3. Your pitch must be:
    1. Three lines (sentences)
    2. Less than 100 words
    3. Be aligned with what the agent or editor requests.
We reserve the right to remove any pitches that do not comply with our rules.



Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM

Pitch to: Hannah VanVels, Belcastro Agency

Pitch to Hannah VanVels, Belcastro Agency​




Pitch Rules:
  1. Please review the Pitch FAQ and Information Page for details
  2. Most agents and editors will request a Three-line pitch
  3. Your pitch must be:
    1. Three lines (sentences)
    2. Less than 100 words
    3. Be aligned with what the agent or editor requests.
We reserve the right to remove any pitches that do not comply with our rules.



Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM
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Pitch to: Karly Dizon, Associate Literary Agent at Fuse Literary

Pitch to Karly Dizon, Associate Literary Agent at Fuse Literary​




Pitch Rules:
  1. Please review the Pitch FAQ and Information Page for details
  2. Most agents and editors will request a Three-line pitch
  3. Your pitch must be:
    1. Three lines (sentences)
    2. Less than 100 words
    3. Be aligned with what the agent or editor requests.
We reserve the right to remove any pitches that do not comply with our rules.



Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM
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Pitch to: Lynnette Novak, Literary Agent at The Seymour Agency

Pitch to Lynnette Novak, Literary Agent at The Seymour Agency​




Pitch Rules:
  1. Please review the Pitch FAQ and Information Page for details
  2. Most agents and editors will request a Three-line pitch
  3. Your pitch must be:
    1. Three lines (sentences)
    2. Less than 100 words
    3. Be aligned with what the agent or editor requests.
We reserve the right to remove any pitches that do not comply with our rules.



Pitch here by REPLYING TO THIS POST from September 29 at 9AM EST to October 1 at 11:59PM
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