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A writing podcast that focuses on the journey, not the destination. Bimonthly discussions about writing and publishing topics that aims to provide hope to writers that, if you keep at it, you'll reach your dreams. Hosted by Jenna DeVillier. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fromsparktoshelf/support

From Spark to Shelf Jenna DeVillier

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

A writing podcast that focuses on the journey, not the destination. Bimonthly discussions about writing and publishing topics that aims to provide hope to writers that, if you keep at it, you'll reach your dreams. Hosted by Jenna DeVillier. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/fromsparktoshelf/support

    S2, Episode 2: NaNoWriMo

    S2, Episode 2: NaNoWriMo

    Today I talk about every writer's favorite (or most dreaded?) month of the year: National Novel Writing Month! Formed by Chris Baty in 1999, National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) "is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page." So much more than just 50,000 words in a month!



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    *Jenna DeVillier – YA Fantasy Writer

    Episode 3 will be released on November 16! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!


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    • 25 min
    S2, Episode 1: PitchWars

    S2, Episode 1: PitchWars

    Today I talk about the annual writing mentorship contest PitchWars! PitchWars was launched by Brenda Drake in 2012 (boy, was I off with my guess of 2014 in the episode!), and has since grown into the biggest writing contest around. And now that we're in the midst of the waiting period for those who submitted this year, I thought I would talk about what PitchWars is, how to stay sane during the wait, and why, even if you don't get a single request, it's not because you're a bad writer (honest!).



    Mentions:

    *Pitch Wars

    *Xiran Jay Zhao/IRON WIDOW

    *Rosiee Thor/TARNISHED ARE THE STARS

    *Basic Pitches Podcast



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    *Jenna DeVillier – YA Fantasy Writer



    Episode 2 will be released on October 26! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!


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    • 30 min
    Episode 6: Morgan Hazelwood

    Episode 6: Morgan Hazelwood

    Today I talk to querying fantasy writer Morgan Hazelwood! Morgan is known, especially in the YA community, for her community building through the PitchWars hopefuls Facebook groups. In this episode we discuss:

    *How she came to be an admin for the PitchWars groups on Facebook ("I like helping people")

    *Her love of writing fantasy across all age categories

    *Using fantasy to explore what it means to be human

    *The importance of taking intentional breaks!

    *#PITCHWARRIORS | Facebook || Pitch Wars YA Subgroup | Facebook



    Follow Morgan on social media:

    Twitter: morganHazelwood (@MorganHzlwood) / Twitter

    Instagram: Morgan Hazelwood (@morganhazelwood) • Instagram photos and videos

    Facebook: Morgan Hazelwood: Author Page | Facebook

    Podcast: Writing Tips and Writerly Musings (fireside.fm)

    Youtube: Morgan Hazelwood - YouTube

    Morgan Hazelwood: Writer In Progress – Sharing Writing Tips & Writerly Musings



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    *Instagram: Jenna DeVillier (@jennadevillierwrites) • Instagram photos and videos

    *Jenna DeVillier – YA Fantasy Writer



    Episode 7 will be released on June 29! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!


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    • 38 min
    Episode 5: Dawn Husted

    Episode 5: Dawn Husted

    Today I talk to hybrid YA author Dawn Husted! Dawn is represented by Tabatha Pope of SBR Media, and recently went on submission for the first time! In this episode we discuss:

    *Her experience as a hybrid author (self-published and now agented and seeking traditional publication)

    *The wide range of genres she writes in and her love for darker stories

    *Her non-traditional querying story

    *The YA alien romance she's on submission with... YES PLEASE

    *The Emotion Thesaurus



    Follow Dawn on social media:

    Twitter: Dawn Husted ♎️ (@TheDawnHusted) / Twitter

    Instagram: Dawn Husted 🌞🌥🌬's (@thedawnhusted) profile on Instagram

    Facebook: Dawn Husted - Home | Facebook

    Tiktok: Dawn Husted, YA Author (@thedawnhusted) TikTok

    Dawn Husted - Home



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    *Jenna DeVillier – YA Fantasy Writer



    Episode 6 will be released on June 15! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!


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    • 32 min
    Episode 4: Megan Reyes

    Episode 4: Megan Reyes

    Today I talk to middle grade author Megan Reyes! Megan is represented by Joanna Volpe of New Leaf Literary, and recently announced her first book deal! Megan's debut middle grade, HEROES OF HAVENSONG, will be released by Labyrinth Road (PRH) in Fall 2022. In this episode we discuss:

    *Our mutual respect for the age categories we write (MG for Megan, YA for Jenna)

    *Her 300 query rejections over 5 manuscripts

    *How she ended up signing with her amazing agent Joanna!

    *Her submission story (she went on submission in March 2020.. uh oh) + book deal

    *How she connected with her editor Liesa Abrams

    *Our Twitter DM support group

    *What inspired HEROES OF HAVENSONG



    Follow Megan on social media:

    Twitter: Megan Reyes (@MReyesWrites) / Twitter

    Instagram: Megan Reyes (@mreyeswrites) • Instagram photos and videos

    Home (meganreyes.com)



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    *Jenna DeVillier – YA Fantasy Writer



    Episode 5 will be released on June 1! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!


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    • 31 min
    Episode 3: Christopher Mannino

    Episode 3: Christopher Mannino

    Today I talk to my first agented author, Christopher Mannino! Chris is represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, and has two books on submission. In this episode we discuss:

    *How getting lost in Cornwall and spending time at Oxford (filming location for the Harry Potter movies) inspired his first YA novel, THE SCYTHE WIELDER'S SECRET

    *Writing in different age categories

    *How your Dream Book can be hard to let go of, but why it's important to pivot when it isn't working

    *Why contradictory feedback from agents can actually mean you're getting close!

    *Juggling multiple projects at one time to stay inspired and motivated



    Follow Christopher Mannino on social media:

    *Facebook: Christopher Mannino | Facebook

    *Goodreads: Christopher Mannino (Author of School of Deaths) (goodreads.com)

    *Amazon: Amazon.com: Christopher Mannino: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

    *Christopher Mannino - Home - ChristopherMannino.com



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    *Twitter: Jenna DeVillier ✨ (@JennaDevillier) / Twitter

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    *Instagram: Jenna DeVillier (@jennadevillierwrites) • Instagram photos and videos

    *Jenna DeVillier – YA Fantasy Writer



    Episode 4 will be released on May 18! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!


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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

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Great podcast! I love the dynamic of the interviews, and the audio is done well too. ❤️