Posted in My books, The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh

A Book Birthday

 

THERE’S MY BOOK!

Welp, it’s official. I went and had my first book birthday.  The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh is in the world. Now, I’m left with feelings.

Birthdays are fun! They’re full of cake, ice cream, and friends.  But I also remember being a kid and every year someone would ask, “How does it feel to be ____?”

Well, I don’t know, Karen. 

Even back then, I didn’t know what to say because mostly it felt exactly the same as it did the day before. I had a hard time verbalizing how very little had changed, while something monumental (like orbiting around the sun) had come to pass.

Latin can handle it though: Sic vita fluit, dum stare videtur.

That’s how I felt yesterday too. Don’t get me wrong, now. I am totally overjoyed that the way I arranged 86,000 words will be something that another person might hold in their heart. Yet,  most of my day-to-day remained static, which wasn’t very exciting. 

Here’s the reality of it, I think. Just like any birthday, book or otherwise, one day can’t encompass all that change. I spent countless hours chipping away at making Jeremy’s story what it became. The whole process was a gradual, slow build. And really it’s all the more reason to celebrate milestones throughout the journey. Big ones and little ones. 

So, how do I feel now that Jeremy’s story is done?

Well, I didn’t cry about it until my dad told me he was proud of me. 

 

From: Dad

 

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Posted in My books, The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh, Writer-ish

Cover Reveal!

Welp, *dusts off jeans* that’s it. The final proofs for The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh went out a bit ago, and my hands are officially out of the thing. The book will be in the world in another week or so. But for now, I can share the official blurb and cover art with you.

~Jess

Jeremy Warsh has been in off-mode ever since his grandpa’s death a couple years ago. He set aside their shared passion, comic art, and hasn’t looked back. As an introvert from the other side of town, he fully expects to spend his boring life bagging groceries until, maybe one day, he’s promoted to store manager.

Yet, his two best friends, Kasey and Stuart, are different. They’re not afraid to demand more out of everyone. When Kasey comes out, Jeremy’s inspired. He picks up his colored pencils and starts drawing comics again, creating a no-nonsense, truth-talking character named Penny Kind. Who speaks to him. Literally.

The friend group sets in motion Stuart’s plans for a huge Homecoming prank, and if they can get Penny’s comic trending, they might be able to pull it off. Could this be a stepping-stone to a future Jeremy’s only dreamed of? And after he kisses a boy at a college party, will Jeremy finally face what he’s been hiding from?

TEOJW-f

 

 

Posted in My books, The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh

Stuart’s Superpunk Power Theory Comp

From The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh due out 11/23, meet Stuart, one of Jeremy’s best friends and all-around fun guy. He’s a lot of things Jeremy’s not, but the two of them have formed their own little bubble to endure small-town existence. And in general, he’s lovable as hell.

Stuart

Stuart’s super musical, and a bonus to working at the local record store is an enviable vinyl collection. In the following excerpt, Jeremy contemplates Stu’s latest compilation theory regarding two punk demigods.

“I picked out Stu’s latest comp, willing myself to get pumped. Stu was intrigued by an idea he’d concocted concerning the lead singer of Jawbreaker being a perfect match for the lead singer from The Muffs. He was slightly obsessed over the what-ifs. Like, if the two ever hooked up, it could create this musical master power, and their forces would combine for the greater good or some shit. This tape was nothing more than a back-and-forth between the two bands, one song from 24 Hour Revenge Therapy followed by one from Blonde and Blonder. It actually kicked ass and gave some credence to Stu’s superpunk power theory.”

The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh

By Me (Squee!)

 If you wanna check out how kick ass Stuart’s comp really is, follow the link below.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5SFOU2kg7PjmlG03G1Cg5m

Posted in Writer-ish

#PitchanIntern

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I’m excited to announce that throughout the month of September and most of October, Filles Vertes Publishing will be hosting their first annual #PitchanIntern event. Our interns interested in acquisitions will be accepting Twitter pitches for previously unpublished completed manuscripts on October 24th. A heart from one of our interns is considered a green light for submission. And here’s where things get really interesting, from that batch of queries we will be requesting full manuscripts and choosing one (through a scoring process) to pitch to the editorial team. Out of those, one manuscript will be offered a publishing contract by December! What?! That’s right, you read me correctly. You could be looking at a publishing contract before the end of 2018.

If small press publication is the path for you, check out this link to our rules, terms and conditions, and manuscript wish lists. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter and look out for weekly Twitter chats at #pitchaninternchat running Saturdays at 5-5:30 p.m. (PDT) throughout the duration of the contest.

Happy pitching season, everyone!

https://www.fillesvertespublishing.com/pitchanintern/

 

Posted in Randoms

Resurrecting my TBR

Honestly, most of the books I read come from the library. But from time to time, and especially when I worked in a book store, I buy books that end up just sitting on my shelves. Idk why! I have every intention of getting to them. Well, you read the title, this post is meant to dust off some of these poor things that keep getting shoved aside and make them next up on my reading list.

IMG_20180827_120834.jpgI bought There There by Tommy Orange in the airport this summer right after it came out, which also means I spent a hot load of money on it. I haven’t forgotten this book. In fact, it sits face-out on my shelf reminding me every time I walk by that I need to read it. That I desperately want to read it! Est. time on shelf = 2 months

Next came Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. I devoured the Red Rising trilogy right before this came out and my book store boss set this copy aside for me. I decided I needed a break from the space opera genre for a minute and haven’t made my way back to it yet. Plus, someone told me this wasn’t as great as the trilogy. Although, generally, I like to make up my own mind on that kind of thing. Est time on shelf = 4 months

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Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick was giving to me as a gift, possibly a mother’s day present from a friend. I can’t remember exactly. This would be such a short, fun read. The only thing I can think of why it’s gone unread for so long is that the spine’s so thin, it gets lost among the others. *shrugs* Est time on shelf = 15 monthsIMG_20180827_120939.jpg

Okay, so I bought a used copy of Shiver along with the first of The Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys by the same author, Maggie Stiefvator. The Raven Boys came highly recommended, but I didn’t love it. I know, I know I should have. Anyway, I think that’s what’s kept me from cracking this one. Est time on shelf = 42 months.

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Oof, and finally, Frannie and Zoey by J.D. Salinger. I have no idea when or why I bought this book. Est time on shelf = ????? IMG_20180827_120450.jpg

So, I’m keeping these five off the shelves and making them my next five reads. They’ll stay on my nightstand until I’ve finished them.

Have you read any of these? Or do you have any books that have sat on your TBR list for too long?

 

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Quick Note

I’m here! Just finished a week of monster edits for, The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh. I hadn’t looked at that book since February and had totally forgotten how much I love Jeremy and his friends. Their adventures, their jokes…le sigh.

Before the initial edits came in, I realized I needed to get a new purse. My old one that I ordered off a thrift store site 3-4 years ago, was well-loved but shedding. The straps were so worn they were leaving little white flakes on my shoulders. :/ So, I researched a ton and ordered a new one. Well, it came in the mail while I was working through the editing stage and I decided I wasn’t going to open it until I met my deadline. Which I did!

 

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Gift to Self

My other big news is that I’m a Junior Editor now! Whaaaat?! Yep, I made the team. (Maybe my first ever, if you don’t count high school drama. But I would, so never mind!) My editorial internship with Filles Vertes Publishing turned into more than I could’ve ever dreamed!

All in all, it’s been a couple of good weeks around here. I hope the same can be said for you too.

~Jess

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Author Origin Tag

I caught this cute author origin tag, created by Evie Driver, on Lenn Woolston’s booktube channel two weeks ago. My main character, Jeremy, is way into comics. Now, I don’t have a YouTube channel presently. I’m not sure if that’s something I can keep up with. But still, I wanted to participate since the subject matter was so fitting, so I’ma just take my turn in a blog.

Author Origin Tag

 

Backstory: When and why did you start writing? How old were you? What genres did you begin writing?

I started my memoirs at age ten on an old typewriter in my bedroom. I don’t think I got much beyond a title page, but I had big plans! As an adult, I wrote a couple drafts for picture books. My first completed novel was a fantasy story following two sister witches searching for their mother’s whereabouts. I somehow found the guts to query it, and got some bites. That manuscript has extensive issues though. I wrote my second novel while querying the first. It’s completely different in nearly every way.

Protaganist: What was your first main character like? How has your tastes/muses changed since then?

I write sassy introverts.

Antagonist: What’s the worst writing advice or feedback you ever received? What was your first rejection or confidence-breaking moment like?

Gosh…there’s a lot to choose from here. I lost count on form rejections for my first manuscript. So, I learned to celebrate small stuff. Anything that looked different than a form rejection, I saved.

When I started querying my debut, I got some quick form rejections too, like within the same day. One in particular pinpointed a list of reasons why they wouldn’t publish my work. This one hit hard because I felt this manuscript was much stronger than my first, but maybe I had it all wrong. I contacted a couple writer friends, begged them to take a look, and started rewrites again. I got the email seeking to publish, in its original state, a few weeks later.

Superpower: What part of writing or the writing process do you feel is your greatest strength?

My greatest strengths in writing are perseverance.

Kryptonite: What part of writing or the writing process do you feel is your weakest?

I can get stuck in my head, not really present when I need to be.

Training Montage: What strengths or weaknesses changed over the years? Additionally, what have you done to better your craft?

My first plot I threw everything I could possibly think of into it. It’s like the stone soup of manuscripts. I’ve learned to be more deliberate with my choices and plan a bit more, which isn’t something that comes naturally to me. To better my craft, I read a lot, attend conferences when time/$ allows, and follow some experts online.

Weapon of Choice: What programs have you used over the years? What’s your preference right now?

I started that first MS on a google doc because that’s all I had. I type everything. Writing long hand, while drafting, is too slow of a pace for me.

Trusted Sidekick: Every Batman has a Robin. What is you favorite companion while writing? Has this changed over the years? From day to night?

Coffee in the morning. Water in between. Tea in the afternoon. I don’t usually write anything new at night. I am able to edit during that time though.

Zero to Hero: When you first began this journey, what level of success did you imagine for yourself? Is where you’re at heading toward that original destination? If not, how has your dream evolved over the years?

I only ever wanted to finish writing a book, so I’m ahead of my original destination. Everything from here feels like bonus material.

Remember my name: What authors helped you realize your interest or passion for writing? What books helped shape your writing style or genre or choice?

There’s an interview of Diana Gabaldon where she talks about starting Outlander. I was about the same age as her when she decided to write it, and I decided it was time for me to start stringing some of my scenes together to see what was there. On a whim, I joined a critique group and that turned into a huge motivator for me. Every two weeks, other writers were gonna sit down with my work, I tried not to embarrass myself.

Marvel/DC: Comparison is dangerous. How has comparing your author journey to others dismantled or helped yours? Any advice to overcome this. 

I don’t have any advice except to expect those feelings will come. Feel them, then congratulate your peers, and get back to your own beeswax.

The obligatory love interest: Looking back on your early work, what genres have you grown to love or hate to write?

It’s not that I hate to write it, but world building has proved extra halting for me. I have 20K of a sci-fi written. But, I’m all, oh, here are my characters eating lunch. Wait, where did the food come from and what kind of societal hierarchy exists in order to provide that sweet potato?

Archnemisis: What are the most common excuses you’ve given, or what outside forces have you overcome, that prevented you from writing?

Time and sleep, dudes. My work hours are usually the bookends of a day. I get the most done in the a.m. before my family is awake. Less at night, because my brain is wiped creativity-wise. Like I said earlier, reading and editing usually happen during that time.

Superhero Name: When you began, did you consider a pen name? If you’re using one, why? If you decided against one, why?

I did consider one, but ultimately didn’t find it necessary.

Avengers Assemble: Tag a few of your favorite people! 

You! Yes, you. Have at this.

Just make sure you give credit where credit is due. This tag was created by Evie Driver. Here’s a link to the original blog post.

https://www.eviedriver.com/the-author-origin-story-tag-original/.

And here’s a link to Lenn Woolston’s booktube channel. She shares a lot of great writing tips.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ845MOBi3mbvszAU6bi0RQ/featured