Announcement Agents and Editors for Pitchfest are now posted!

Pitchfest is coming!

Pitches open at 9AM EST, Wednesday September 29 and close at 11:59 PM EST, Friday October 1​


See the full list of Agents and Editors!​

And if you need help with your pitch...we have Editors from Entangled lined up to help YOU! This starts Monday!

Entangled Publishing's Robin Haseltine

Entangled Publishing's Amy Acosta

Entangled Publishing's Heather Howland

Entangled Publishing's Alethea Spiridon

Crit Matches Crit Match - September 13, 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 September 27th.

UsernameMatched usernameWhat genre do you write in?
Megan Applegate@AuthorAmyCraigContemporary Romance Sexy
AuthorAmyCraig@Megan ApplegateContemporary Romance Sexy
Catherine Lawrence@Elizabeth ''Liz'' ColeHistorical Romance
Elizabeth ''Liz'' Cole@Catherine LawrenceHistorical Romance
farrah jean@JenniferWParanormal Romance
JenniferW@farrah jeanParanormal Romance
Lauren Watson@MeganMystery
Megan@Lauren WatsonMystery
Tom Grady@SherrelLeeParanormal Romance
SherrelLee@Tom GradyParanormal Romance
Janyce Hill@KatmelkjorFantasy
Katmelkjor@Janyce HillFantasy
KristenH@Jinny Kirby BaxterRomantic Suspense
Jinny Kirby Baxter@KristenHRomantic Suspense
Kristie Wolf@mperezpal1115Romantic Suspense
mperezpal1115@Kristie WolfRomantic Suspense
Wendy@melissawritesYoung Adult
melissawrites@WendyYoung Adult
SMarreeK@katewaverlyYoung Adult
katewaverly@SMarreeKYoung Adult
Ginevra Navazio@NishaJTRomance (other subgenre)
NishaJT@Ginevra NavazioRomance (other subgenre)
Silviya Radkova@EmilyK150Mystery
EmilyK150@Silviya RadkovaMystery
Grace Lawler@Elizabeth DiBenedettoFantasy
Elizabeth DiBenedetto@Grace LawlerFantasy
LRShimer@Kel O'ConnorHistorical Romance
Kel O'Connor@LRShimerHistorical Romance

How To... SavvyWriterCon

Hello!

We just wanted to clarify what each of our SavvyWriterCon events are.

Intensive - this is a text-based workshop where the presenter will post a lesson. You can access this anytime. You do NOT need to be online at a specific time to access.

Video class - these are pre-recorded videos that are accessible any time. You do NOT need to be online at a specific time to access.

Webinars - these are live webinars and you will be able to access the access link on the Live Webinar Access tab of the event registration page. These will be recorded and made available in their private forum for a specified amount of time.

If you have any questions, please do NOT reply to this thread and instead email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thanks!

The SavvyCrew
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All things writing Writing tools

If you would like an easy and quick way to create your story, Wordy Writer Organizers are a great way to do so. You’ll know for sure if your story idea is strong enough to get to your resolution aka THE END. If you want to know more, sign up for our free class here on Savvy Authors!

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How To... How to use Styles in MS Word to track areas you want to edit

ED: So this came up in another thread but I thought it might be better given its own. This is how you can use MS Word's Style feature to tag areas in your mss that you want to revisit later for possible rewrites.


Sure! So in Word you can create a specific style, for example, maybe I want one that I call Problematic Passages. I go to Word's Format:Style:New Style and that brings up the following modal dialog.
I change the style to be whatever I want:

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Then when i am writing and I come across a problem passage, I select it and apply my custome style above. Since I added it to my Template and Quick Style list it comes up in that panel.
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This works in a similar manner in Scrivener.

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All things writing this is a test post

this is my test post. there are many like it, but this one is mine. with me, my test post is useless. without my test post, I am useless.

I don't remember the quote past there, and I'm not trying to emulate that movie much, so there goes that.

anyway. let's hope this, my 456th (or something) message board, is as UI-friendly as others have been. once upon a time, I had 10K posts on another message board. That was some kind of experience.

[a lesson about verbs because let's just be real about my brand here. I'm the kind of person who would post a lesson on coordinating conjunctions as an april fools' day joke.]

Crit Matches Crit Match - August 30, 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 September 13th.

UsernameMatched usernameWhat genre do you write in?
Elizabeth ''Liz'' Cole@LRShimerHistorical Romance
LRShimer@Elizabeth ''Liz'' ColeHistorical Romance
Jennifer Mack@Kel O'ConnorHistorical Romance
Kel O'Connor@Jennifer MackHistorical Romance
moniquedevere@stephlouiseContemporary Romance Sexy
stephlouise@moniquedevereContemporary Romance Sexy
Pam M-K@DaisoniaFantasy
Daisonia@Pam M-KFantasy
KristenH@Kristie WolfRomantic Suspense
Kristie Wolf@KristenHRomantic Suspense
Wendy@ashleychalmersYoung Adult
ashleychalmers@WendyYoung Adult
samsamiamam@katewaverlyYoung Adult
katewaverly@samsamiamamYoung Adult
mperezpal1115@Jinny Kirby BaxterRomantic Suspense
Jinny Kirby Baxter@mperezpal1115Romantic Suspense
Sevannah Storm@NishaJTRomance (other subgenre)
NishaJT@Sevannah StormRomance (other subgenre)
Aralynne@Grace LawlerFantasy
Grace Lawler@AralynneFantasy
CA Masterson@WolfOYoung Adult
WolfO@CA MastersonYoung Adult
Daryl Jay@melissawritesYoung Adult
melissawrites@Daryl JayYoung Adult
Katmelkjor@Elizabeth DiBenedettoFantasy
Elizabeth DiBenedetto@KatmelkjorFantasy
Megan@AhaymanMystery
Ahayman@MeganMystery

Accountability Anyone heard of Atomic Habits?

I wandered into the Business Books section of Audible last week and grabbed this book: Atomic Habits by James Clear.

TLDR: to make sustainable change in your life, you have to change your systems not focus on goals. He proposes doing this by adding, removing, and stacking atomic habits (very small habits), and attach a time and place to all new habits you want to start. For example, if I want to write more often during the day, and I already read social media on the couch for a few minutes in the morning, I could add a habit:

where I write for 5 min on the couch in the morning after I check social media for 5 minutes.

His examples are things like he wanted to exercise more so he stacked 10 burpees onto his morning computer break:
I will do 10 burpees after I break from work in the morning but before I go to the kitchen to get a morning snack.

He makes other points as well, but one that stuck with me was that you have to see yourself as the person you want to be or as someone who already does what you want. Not, I want to quit smoking, but that I am a nonsmoker. Not that I want to be a writer, but that I am a writer.

It's making me rethink some ideas I have had about goals and think more about the systems (habits) in my life.

Cheers!
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Intros & Newbies Fairly New Yet Old Member

Hi Everyone! Believe it or not, I've been a member for over five years and the formatting here has changed a lot! Back then, I didn't say much and was just taking a class or two. Now, I want to get involved. I'm even thinking about becoming an instructor here. As a former English professor, writing full time as an indie publisher, and someone who has started a few critique groups (one at a Barnes & Noble that ran for several years), I'm excited to get to know you!
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How To... How to write the perfect first line...or not!

So why can't I write the first sentence? You know the one that takes you to the second sentence? For some reason I can write the next 3 thousand sentences but the first one sucks. What should I do? I want an amazing sentence so the reader will continue reading my almost done book.
Thanks.

Crit Matches Crit Match - August 16, 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!

The next Crit match will take place on August 30th.

UsernameMatched usernameWhat genre do you write in?
henyad-gmail.com@Judi L.Mystery
Judi L.@henyad-gmail.comMystery
Janyce Hill@Pam M-KFantasy
Pam M-K@Janyce HillFantasy
Tess DeGroot@celiastgelaisHistorical Romance
celiastgelais@Tess DeGrootHistorical Romance
Wendy@Daryl JayYoung Adult
Daryl Jay@WendyYoung Adult
SMarreeK@ashleychalmersYoung Adult
ashleychalmers@SMarreeKYoung Adult
Aralynne@Elizabeth DiBenedettoFantasy
Elizabeth DiBenedetto@AralynneFantasy
WolfO@melissawritesYoung Adult
melissawrites@WolfOYoung Adult
Kim D Cory@EBRivnakYoung Adult
EBRivnak@Kim D CoryYoung Adult
Megan@ELJohnsonMystery
ELJohnson@MeganMystery
mirandanicholewrites@katewaverlyYoung Adult
katewaverly@mirandanicholewritesYoung Adult

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