I can't believe it's been almost 2 years since I first started querying SHADOW OF THE NECROPOLIS! It doesn't feel like it's been that long, but it does at the same time. I'm a somewhat sporadic querier, so I probably would have exhausted my list of agents long before now if I had gone through… Continue reading A Tale of Two Manuscripts: Some Statistics
It's been 13 days since the PitchWars submission window first opened and, if you're anything like me, you're feeling the anticipation. Many writers are already getting discouraged because they haven't received a request (even though mentors have said they'll be requesting right up until picks are announced October 12). I'm not allowed to publicly discuss… Continue reading the long wait
It's Monday, August 27, which can only mean one thing in writer-land... THE PITCHWARS SUB WINDOW IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!! I submitted my materials last night and promptly shut off my light and went to sleep. Do I think I'll be chosen this year?... I mean, never say never, right? This is my fourth year entering… Continue reading the moment has come!
I've finally made it to the halfway point in my revision on Shadow of the Necropolis! It's still very slow going, but I really need to finish it, since classes start up again on Wednesday. Not to mention, the PitchWars sub window opens on the 27th, in 2 weeks! Stats: Chapters revised - 15 of… Continue reading the halfway point
I've gone back and forth on it over the past few weeks, but I think I've finally decided to participate in PitchWars again this year! If nothing else, I love the feeling of community pitching writers create as we wait for picks to be announced 🙂 About My WIP: Shadow of the Necropolis has gone… Continue reading #PitchWars 2018: #BoostMyBio
I was struggling for an idea for this week's blog post that didn't have to do with my EXTREMELY slow revision on the now-titled Shadow of the Necropolis. Work is still underway on the final draft, but I've been dragging my feet since I decided to insert a couple of all-new chapters in this draft. Which… Continue reading my drafting style
Good morning, friends! I forgot to write a blog post over the weekend, so this is a bit of a late update. I'm really trying to get back to weekly posts. Revision work is still going pretty slowly. Yes, I'm still procrastinating. Other things just seem to be more interesting! ...Like scrolling through Twitter for… Continue reading chugging along
I started thinking about this weekly blog post a couple of days ago, wondering what I was going to write about. My original plan was to trade off every week between a book review and a writing update, but I decided I didn't want to keep my focus that narrow (and I haven't been working… Continue reading Tools for Success: My Favorite Writing Craft Books
Wow, so I guess I really am doing this! Consider this blog post my statement of intent: I, Jenna DeVillier, promise to have my latest round of revision finished by 17 August, and will be entering it into Pitch Wars the following day. [Edit: I actually submitted on Friday, 15 August! Because I'm a rebel,… Continue reading Pitch Wars Mentee Bio!
Afternoon, readers! Today I'm going to discuss rewriting, that ancient curse upon all writers... It's inevitable. At some point, we all have to rewrite SOMETHING. If you can get through novel edits just revising and editing, then good for you. Also, I hate you.This month has taught me a lot about writing. I already knew… Continue reading The Home Stretch: Rewriting, Reconfiguring, and Generally Tearing My Hair Out