Classes & WorkshopsEvents & ClassesHappening around SavvyAuthorsPitchesSavvyBlogSpecial Events and WebinarsTraditional PublishingWriting Life

Keep cool this summer! by Leslie Dow

Hi all and hope everyone is staying cool!

Down here in AZ we go from AC to pool back to AC, or like the kid in the picture we just stay in the pool! 😀

A few amazing things have happened lately so read on to learn more. We published the full list of requests from the Hot Summer’s Pitchfest! Check. It. Out! And congratulations everyone on the list. Definitely let us know if you landed an agent sold a book! We love to brag about what our members are achieving!


If you are not to the pitching stage in your career yet you should check out our newest event which started today. It’s our new Speed Dating for Crit Partners, where we match you with potential pitch partners, a new one each week, for 6 weeks while we provide you with great lectures and best practices around critiquing! We started today but registration is open all week! Don’t miss it!


Fantastic news from us and you!

  • Congratulations to  Kristie Wolf who was offered a contract with Soulmate Publishing from her pitch during our Sweetheart Pitchfest!  She also signed with Spencerhill Literary Agency so double congratulations are in order!


If you have dropped by the SavvyAuthors site in the last week you’ll have noticed something new.

OK, a bunch of somethings. :). We’ve upgraded our site for a number of reasons: we need to stay up to date to give you the most secure site possible, we also love to roll out new features, and we want to support all the recent privacy regulations like GDPR. 

I want to talk a minute about the new privacy features we have deployed. We are now fully compliant with all GDPR regulations. This means you now have full transparency about what we do with your data. Our Terms of Service has always stated that anything you post on SavvyAuthors belongs to you. That is the foundation for any author’s work, of course. But now you can get a complete export of all your data. There is more of course and we have a new Privacy Policy that outlines all the features and ways we use your data.  Take a look! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me leslie @ savvyauthors dot com.


Anyone going to the RWA conference this month?

We’re delighted to be a sponsor of the conference this year! Both Dawn McClure and I will be attending along with many of the Savvy Mods. We’re also having a booth so you can meet us and let us know what things you would like to see for SavvyAuthors. We’re also giving away a SavvyAuthors Plotting Board complete with sticky note plot points to the first 200 people who visit! It’s really cool! I just got the proofs on Friday and I am so thrilled! I know you will find it both fun and useful as you plot your next best-seller.

And of course, we have classes!

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


Starting the Week of July 2


Starting the Week of July 9


Starting the Week of July 16


Starting the Week of July 23


Starting the Week of July 30


See your book on our front page.

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 @

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!

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.

Pink Owl

[box type=”bio”]

Leslie DowLeslie is:

  1. The site director and owner of 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  ;-).

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


PAMELA JAYE SMITH is a mythologist, author, international consultant-speaker, and award-winning writer-producer-director with 30+ years in features, TV, music videos, commercials, documentaries, web series, corporate and military films. As a story consultant she works with writers of novels, screenplays, short stories, memoirs, and narrative non-fiction. Besides her own works she writes for others, coaches writers and actors, and helps individuals discover and use their personal archetypes and myths. Her script The Cuban Circuit was a winner at the 2015 Bahamas International Film Festival; with co-writer Monty Hayes McMillan she attended the Screenwriters Residency Program. Smith is the author of THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE, INNER DRIVES, SYMBOLS IMAGES CODES, SHOW ME THE LOVE! and BEYOND THE HERO’S JOURNEY and ROMANTIC COMEDIES. She appears as a myth expert for Fox’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, Microsoft’s “Age of Mythology” and the “American Jedi” documentary.
  • D
    Dawn McClure
  • July 1, 2018
Love the new look of the site! Can't wait to meet everyone at RWA 2018! :)
    So excited! Just getting our new business cards ordered! Denver here we COME!!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.