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Happening in February around SavvyAuthors by Leslie Dow

Are you cuddled up with a good book

Or even better… are you writing one?

It’s nearly the end of January, and many of you are still under a blanket of snow, even if you are in Texas! It’s already shaping up to be a crazy winter but never fear spring is right around the corner! Here at Savvy, we’re nose down into getting all the special events organized and posted. And of course getting ready for our February Sweetheart Pitchfest! To be clear, this is not just for Romance authors. We just love those little candies and can’t miss an opportunity to brand a February event with them. Pitchfest is open to all genres, and we have agents and editors looking for many different types and lengths of books. There’s more information on Pitchfest below.

**And one teensy errata: In the SavvyWeekly News last week, I wrote February Sweetheart Pitchfest was from the 12-14, it’s ACTUALLY from the 14-16 and this is what happens when Leslie writes before coffee. Bad Leslie, no cookie!**

Fantastic news from us and you!

  • Congratulations go out to… Karen Wiesner. She’s just released the 8th (!!!) book in her An Adventures in Amethyst Series, which takes place in the small summer resort town of Amethyst, Wi. For Auld Lang Syne. tells the story of two of the locals, Clay and Harper, and how they find love and come home to Amethyst.

See your book on our front page & share your great news!

We LOVE to hear about your new releases! Did you know as a SavvyAuthors premium member you can showcase your new release on our front page? Shoot us an email with your username and your book information and we will add your to the front page for two weeks. Need more information? Email support @ SavvyAuthors.com

Do you have something amazing to share? Sold a book? Landed an agent? Got a new release? I’m going to shoot out these emails twice a month to you our incredible and talented SavvyAuthors members. I would ADORE being able to talk about your incredible achievements! Shoot me a line at News at SavvyAuthors.Com, and I’ll send you a shout-out in one of our next updates!

And a reminder, you can save $5 if you register at least one week before the start of the class.

A couple of tidbits from the SavvyBlog:

We all know that newsletters can be a valuable part of any author’s promo strategy. But how do you keep those subscribers interested once you snag them? Check out these great tips from Lisa Siefert!

How to reduce email unsubscribes by Lisa Siefert

Keep your subscribers happy
Keep your subscribers happy Lindsay has some interesting musings about the nature of great villains and why they can make or break a pitch. Recent trends in heroes can confound how you write your villains but remember, your hero is only as strong as the villain he or she vanquishes!

Villains, Reboots, and the Problem with Pitches by Lindsay Schopfer

And now….PitchFest Deets!

We’ve revamped our PitchPrep event and have the amazing and talented Kerri Nelson as PitchPrep instructor and head PitchWrangler. Kerri will help you get that pitch in shape and ready to pitch!

Keep your subscribers happy

We offer a one week, directed mini-workshop to help you polish that pitch.

Polish your Sweetheart Pitch with Kerri Nelson!

You will receive feedback from your peers and SavvyAuthors’ staff and our own SavvyAuthors Pitch Production Guidelines for you to use to polish ANY pitch! This year we are working with Kerri Nelson to make Pitch Prep even more amazing!

Are you ready for PITCHFEST?

Sweetheart Pitchfest! Feb 14-16

We have a great selection of agents and editors who are looking for books just like yours!

How this whole Sweetheart Pitch thing works…

    • You post your three-line pitch as a comment on our blog
    • Nope, no registration is required.
    • Nope, you do not have to be a SavvyAuthors member. (But it is free and if you sign up for a free account we’ll update you as Pitch time approaches!)

Check out the list of agents and editors, we are adding more every day!

Keep your subscribers happy

And of course, we have classes!

Starting the Week of February 5

Starting the Week of February 12

Starting the Week of February 19

Starting the Week of February 26

Thanks for reading and see you around the site!

Happy Writing!


Leslie Dow, SavvyAuthors’ Site Director

Follow Leslie on Twitter @lesliedow, Facebook lesliedow, and LinkedIn lesliedow.


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Leslie DowLeslie is:

  1. The site director and owner of SavvyAuthors.com where she sits behind the curtain most days turning interweb knobs and twisting network dials.
  2. A complete and total slacker-writer who, if she does not get off her laurels and WRITE, is going to be flayed by the very talented writers who keep SavvyAuthors going.
  3. A rabid hiker who, when not on the trail, pours over the REI catalog, Sierra Trading Post website, and tries to justify buying more gear to shave another 1/2 ounce off her base pack weight.
  4. A medical device consultant who, when not hiking or thinking about hiking, occasionally works helping companies bring exceptionally cool and useful medical devices to market.
  5. A biology and chemistry Adjunct Professor at SouthMountain Community College. GO COUGARS!
  6. An enthusiastic grandmother of the two cutest babies on the planet!!!!

OK, I’m out..time to sort the latest crisis is to afflict SavvyAuthors  ;-).

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