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From Spark to Shelf

From Spark to Shelf

By Jenna DeVillier

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.
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Episode 5: Dawn Husted

From Spark to ShelfJun 01, 2021

S2, Episode 2: NaNoWriMo
Nov 03, 202125:52
S2, Episode 1: PitchWars
Oct 12, 202130:49
Episode 6: Morgan Hazelwood
Jun 15, 202138:57
Episode 5: Dawn Husted
Jun 01, 202132:38
Episode 4: Megan Reyes
May 18, 202131:32
Episode 3: Christopher Mannino
May 04, 202140:34
Episode 2: Amanda J. Winter

Episode 2: Amanda J. Winter

Today I have my first special guest with me, Amanda J. Winter! In this episode we discuss:

*Her writing/querying journey (2:43)

*Her current WIP and the inspiration behind it (5:49)

*Drafting vs. revising and plotting vs. pantsing (spoiler: Amanda loves revising and is a pantser! "I'm trying to be a plotter... it's not really working.")

*The way she finds inspiration through TV shows (She has an idea for an Anne of Green Gables-inspired fantasy! "This would be a cool idea, if I mixed this and this...")

*The rabbit hole of Pinterest inspiration boards (14:00)

*Her advice for querying writers (16:45)

*SEQUELS (18:00)

*Query research (18:50)

*The sad state of our Goodreads challenges (Amanda only read 8 books in 2020 x_x) (24:30)

*Fancast the characters in your WIP! (28:23)

*Draft lengths (Amanda drafts LONG, Jenna drafts short) (32:00)

*The query letter struggle bus (34:00)

*Amanda is drawing a map for her WIP... it is not going well (38:00)


*Chloe Gong, author of THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS and the upcoming OUR VIOLENT ENDS (11/16/21) and FOUL LADY FORTUNE (Fall 2022).

-Twitter/Instagram/TikTok: @thechloegong

*Erin A. Craig (GIF aesthetics), author of HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS and the upcoming SMALL FAVORS (7/27/21).

-Twitter/Instagram: @Penchant4Words

Follow Amanda J. Winter on social media:

*Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @ajwinterbooks


Follow me on social media:

*Twitter: @JennaDeVillier

*Facebook/Instagram: @jennadevillierwrites


Episode 3 will be released on May 4! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!

Apr 20, 202142:39
Episode 1: Jenna DeVillier

Episode 1: Jenna DeVillier

In this solo episode, I discuss my own querying journey, from discovering NaNoWriMo in 2011, to my current WIP! Discover the inspiration behind my space fantasy (including a weird meaning for my name?), what I'm excited about in my writing life right now, advice for other querying writers, and why I once cried in my car while dressed as Elizabeth Warren.

Follow me on social media:

Twitter: @jennadevillier

Facebook: @jennadevillierwrites

Instagram: @jennadevillierwrites

Episode 2 will be released on April 20, with my first special guest! I hope you join us. As always, stay inspired, and happy querying!

Apr 06, 202130:23


Welcome to From Spark to Shelf Podcast, a writing podcast that focuses on the journey, not the destination! Hosted by Jenna DeVillier, this bimonthly podcast will include interviews with querying writers where we discuss the dreaded Query Trenches, where authors find their inspiration, and much more. We hope you enjoy!

Mar 28, 202102:45