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7th Annual SavvyAuthors WriterCon

7th Annual SavvyAuthors WriterCon

So helpful and easy to access. Thanks SavvyAuthors!
Excellent selection of agents and publishers. In depth mini workshops.
I didn't find the website for the webinar very user friendly. The one session I was able to connect with sent some very useful information. Unfortunately, there were several others I had interest in that I couldn't connect with. I hope to be more successful next year. Thank you, Savvy, so much for the conference.
This was my first time participating. While I enjoyed the information in the offered seminars and attended 2 of the live webinars, I enjoy an online conference more when the events are live videos and I don’t have to read lots of material. Still, I found it to be a good conference.
Another great WritersCon! I always look forward to September for this event. This year had a great split between creative/craft and the "business" side of writing, like queries and High Concept.

For me, a big draw is always Lori Wilde's workshops. I'd also hoped to be able to take advantage of the pitching opportunities but didn't make it this years. Next year! That's my goal.

I did miss having games/contests/giveaways this year. I think those are always a fun, quick way for people to show off some of their work and socialize a little more.

Looking forward to next year!

Thanks for another great event.
Dynamite information! The workshops were practical and relevant. The instructors were knowledgeable, helpful and generous with the lessons.
The information offered was wonderful, and helpful even though i have been writing for a number of years
This was my first online experience and the workshops were interesting. The first day, it was difficult to navigate around the website though--it kept kicking me out and I had to log in a bunch of times. I noticed that a lot of topics the moderators posted or a lot of the activities that were on there remained unused. Meaning nobody bothered to do the activities. I know that's not the website's fault, but maybe Savvy authors could make it easier to access and navigate the classes?
lesliedow
lesliedow
Thanks, Anais! I am sorry you had problems with the site. If you have any specifics you would like to share about what happened. I would love to hear it. We try to learn everything we can about how to make the site better. :)
It was ok. I did like the class about high concept. Also, the pitching was lack luster and following the agents on twitter I saw some of them posting issues about being able to use the interface. So not sure if they were busy or something wasn't working but it appears half didn't even stop in. And it's not about getting a response for me. I like to study what grabs them and see if I can tweak my own pitching. But agents who had 5 pages worth of pitches didn't even like one thing (nor mention anything on twitter) so almost feels like they didnt even stop in.
lesliedow
lesliedow
Hi Tanya. Glad you liked the classes. :) About the pitches, the agents and editors sometimes post in the comments for requests or clarifications and sometimes wait until all the pitches are in. We will publish all the requests in the SavvyAuthors Weekly News on Oct1 and also on the blog. Hope this helps!
I have never participated at Savvy authors. Calm and participated in the ditch fast and had four requests for materials for manuscripts so I'm thrilled I wouldn't change anything maybe and more agents and editors other than that I'm quite thrilled with what happened thank you for having pitchfest
I really enjoyed the conference. I only had time to take 4 of the classes. There was so much information, like a 2-week class in 3 days. It was fun to check my email every few hours and find a few more lessons. There was a great assortment of topics. You did a great job.
The generosity of the instructors is amazing. The information and feedback is helpful to everyone who reads it. Just too short.Can you add one more day?
I had a hard time finding the schedule and when I did it was too small to see. None of the workshops that I saw were of interest or help to me.
What a fun conference! I learned a ton from Lori Wilde and Beth Yarnall especially. Thanks for putting this on.
It was awesome! I spent my entire weekend exploring all the great options! Thanks so much for organizing this.
This conference was a great opportunity to workshop some of the most difficult types of writing for a novelist - high concept pitch, one paragraph pitch, queries... I loved how interactive it was. The mentors were really generous and helpful. And the format made it possible for me to participate in the midst of a busy weekend of work and family obligations. I CAN'T believe it was free!
It's great to have the opportunity to learn so much and pitch to these great agents for free!
I particularly appreciated the convenience of accessing classes at-will and appreciated the variety of topics. I particularly learned a lot in Lori's course on high concept. I didn't get a chance to view the webinars but will view them when they post later this week. It's amazing that it's free as well.

My only point for improvement might be clarification on the pitches, and it's really more for peace of mind. It would be great to know when and if we will get a response. Will only authors with requests receive a response? And does the request go to our email or to the thread we originally pitched in?
lesliedow
lesliedow
Hi Angela, sorry for the confusion around when you will hear. Each of the agents and editors has their own style for how and when they give feedback. BUT...we will have the full list of requests in two weeks, that would be for the October 1 newsletter. And thanks for reminding me , I will post this.
I have enjoyed the 7th WriterCon. Unfortunately it was not good timing to participate "live," but I'm still reading through the posts (after it's ended). My only complaint is that finding the flow can be difficult in this site. I find myself re-reading the same things, and it's easy to get lost with a wrong click. I've focused on the High Concept (Lori Wilde). Great workshop!
The forums were great. I was able to get some notes that will help me with my current WIP and future books.