I realized the usefulness of the Savvy Author's resources several years ago. I knew I would find the HOT Summer Boot Camp helpful. The lectures, the chit chat with other authors and the progress I made on my manuscript is worth the reasonable yearly fee. I recommend Savvy Authors to other writers. I'm looking forward to participating in the Writer's Convention in September.
Another fun Bootcamp! Leslie, RJ, and Dawn are awesome cheerleaders. Leslie's leaderboard tool is so user-friendly and helpful for tracking daily and cumulative stats. I also love the chat room for sprinting. Thanks Savvy Authors team for creating a fun and productive work space for writers. :)
I really enjoyed the Bootcamp. I set a really high goal this year for NaNoWriMo (85,000 words), so it was nice to have a place where I could check in daily to let people know how I was doing. Leslie was great to work with and was very attentive throughout the entire month. Again, I had a great experience. Definitely glad I upgraded my subscription to participate.
The class allowed me some accountability. But that's it. There were three, maybe four, posts. There was not much content on editing. This is worth about $25 not the $40 I paid. I suggest a) lowering the price, b) either state upfront there's not much content or provide about 2x week posts on editing, and c) work on creating community. There was no cross talk. I was glad for the accountability, but I didn't feel inspired or improved.
I enjoyed the format with different leaders each week. While I didn't hit my goal of writing every day, I nonetheless was thinking about my project daily and I thank this program for helping me develop that mindset.
It started out well, but eventually everyone else fell by the wayside and I felt like I was writing all by myself, without the challenges and encouragement I had expected to get from the course. That said, I always work better when I have a deadline so I did manage to get more work done than I might have otherwise so, in that regard, it was a success. Would suggest though that the groups be bigger next time so when some members drop out of there are still a few who make it to the finish line together.
This was my first year doing Bookcamp. I'd like to say I loved it as much as I love the classes, etc. However, even before the technical glitches, it just wasn't working well for me.
Here's some feedback for what it's worth.
1. When starting up - there were way too many threads going. It needs to be more streamlined so everyone can tell what's going on, especially those who are new to it. I really had a hard time figuring out what was going on and where.
2. Once started - there needs to be an easy way to tell where your group is. I wasted a lot of time just trying to figure this out.
3. There are still too many alternate threads once it got started. I ended up posting in the wrong spots twice which caused extra work for Lyn because she had to move them for me. There shouldn't be duplicate threads for the same thing or that look alike. And, if one is mistakenly made -- someone should delete the incorrect/extra one.
4. While I like the different aspects of the camp, it's just too much. If I had a job or small kids to take care of plus the writing -- there's no way I'd get anything else done. It was a struggle as it was. I'd prefer one place to list word counts. People can post their counts, along with comments, and questions and others can reply/encourage from there. All the extra -- if you have nothing else to do -- then that's great. But, the whole purpose of Camp NaNoWriMo is to get writing done. I struggled for a couple of weeks, mostly because everything was so confusing with so many different threads. I was interested in the camaraderie and encouragement/support to be given and received. The rest was - again - just too much clutter when it's hard enough just to get the words down daily.
Anyway - I know this has been going on for a long time before I came along and apparently others like all this. But, it just did not work for me. After I wasted a ton of time during the technical glitches, I finally gave up. I hated to let my teammates down, but I just couldn't keep trying to do things that I couldn't do.
I only gave it two stars instead of one, because of Lyn's encouragement and support. Without her, I'd have quit earlier.