Jill Williamson’s Blog

My Eowyn/Duchess Amal Gown… So Far

Posted by on Sep 14th, 2011 in Book 3: From Darkness Won | 2 comments

I’ve been sewing a gown to wear for the upcoming filming of the From Darkness Won book trailer. I get to play a small part in this trailer as Duchess Amal, Vrell’s mom. So I needed a dress. I had already planned to try and make Eowyn’s green dress from the Two Towers movie. I had very limited options when I bought fabric, so I ended up with a crushed velour and a print jersey knit. Not ideal.

It took me a while to figure out the pattern, especially the neckline, underskirt pieces, and flap. I guessed on how the back looked and later discovered some pictures only that showed the back. And mine is different that the real one. It doesn’t really matter. It’s all in good fun.

Here is a picture of my dress so far. I still need to add the sleeves, and I need to find some kind of belt… But it’s not turning out too badly. I might add some Swarovski crystals to that print to dress it up some. We’ll see.

The next picture I’ll post will be a finished product. :-)

BY DARKNESS HID- EPISODE 16

Posted by on Sep 9th, 2011 in Book 1: By Darkness Hid | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to download By Darkness Hid-Episode 16

Vrell begins training with Macoun Hadar and discovers some mysterious things about him.

Pitching my novel: What I should have done

Posted by on Sep 7th, 2011 in Publishing Process, Replication: The Jason Experiment, Where adventure comes to life videos | 2 comments

Many writers stink at the novel pitch. I am one of them.

I practice and practice, but when I sit/stand in front of an editor, I babble, I ad lib, my mind blanks and I say things I never meant to say!

It’s so frustrating!

In September of 2010, I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. I pitched my new idea to an editor there. I started out rambling about my plot, the whole while thinking to myself, “Danger, Jill Williamson! You have deviated from the plan and are heading into shark-infested waters!” I finally shut up and let her read the one sheet in silence. When she finished, she said some nice things about the idea, then asked me if I was published.

I said, “Oh, yes. Ha-ha-ha-ha. I wrote this.” I handed her a bookmark for my fantasy novel By Darkness Hid. “It won a Christy Award this year,” I said.

She looked at me, raised an eyebrow, and said, “You should really open with that.”

And so when I got home from that conference, I made this video to send to the editors who requested the proposal, in hopes that it might help them pitch my story to the other editors and the pub board in the way I failed to pitch to them.

It was really hard to get through this without stuttering, you can see my eyes darting back and forth as I read my lines, and there are several places where I spoke in a ridiculous tone that I never meant to use–totally embarrassing! But it did the trick. Jason Farms, now titled Replication: The Jason Experiment, comes out January 2012 from Zondervan.

Here is the video:

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If you are headed to a writer’s conference, you don’t have to make a video. But you could plan to do three simple things:

1. BRIEFLY say how you came up with the idea
2. Give a BRIEF synopsis of the plot
3. Tell them a bit about yourself (And don’t forget to include things like whether you are published and have won a major award.)

I’m just sayin’.

Fun to Look at Old Emails

Posted by on Sep 6th, 2011 in Book 1: By Darkness Hid, Replication: The Jason Experiment | 0 comments

As I was searching for something in my email archives, I found this old message that I had written to my critique group. It was dated Monday, December 17, 2007. In this email I had just started to write Bloodvoices, which became By Darkness Hid. And to do so, I had put aside writing Jason Farms, my 2007 NaNoWriMo project, which is now known as Replication: The Jason Experiment.

I find it fun to look back and remember my journey. I started writing in 2004. Over three years later, I had just begun to start working on the stories that would become published.

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Thanks for all your help on the article! I sent the assignment off. Yay! It was for a correspondance writing course I’ve been taking for over a year now. Only one assignment left and the course will be complete. I’m really excited about the last assignment, too. It’s two parts. One- write a book proposal for a fiction novel. Two- Write the first three chapters. (Which I kind of already did.) I’m doing a medieval fantasy story, although there are no typical medieval beasts such as dragons, elves, and trolls. I did invent a fire breathing bear called a cham, which is Hebrew for bear. I have some giants, but they’re only like nine to ten feet tall. LOL. I’m very excited about this new project. Poor, poor Jason Farms (my Nano book) will have to wait. Tee hee!

Must. Sleep. Now.

Jill

Oregon Christian Writers and Vacation!

Posted by on Aug 28th, 2011 in Jill's Speaking Adventures, Writer's Events | 0 comments

The Goonies House

I have been gone, adventuring, hanging out with authors, playing. It was a nice time away. First I went to the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference. I attend this conference every year. I sold my first book there, met my agent there, taught my first writer’s workshop, and sold my newest book to Zonderkidz there too. It’s a great conference, and I wouldn’t miss it.

I got to room with two wonderful women. One was a critique partner I’ve known for years, and the other was a teen writer. I had so much fun with both of them. I can’t believe we never took a picture of the three of us!

Mitchell Bonds and Randy Ingermanson

I took Jim Rubart‘s morning class on marketing and learned a lot. Jim is a lot of fun to listen to, and he’ll be keynoting next summer’s conference. (Bonus!) Mindy Starns Clark and Susan May Warren keynoted the evening services. They were both wonderful speakers, who shared a lot of wisdom. I also got to meet Marcher Lord Press author Mitchell Bonds–hysterical. Mitch is a creative, funny guy. Now, go read his books. :-)

Me, Caleb Breakey, and Kayla Ousley

I also got to hang out with Jeff Gerke and Randy Ingermanson–always a treat. I saw many friends and made many new ones, like Caleb and Brittany Breakey and Kayla Ousley.

Then it was over… wah! And I headed off to Vancouver for a vacation with my family. We hung out with my inlaws for a few days, then packed up my father-in-law’s Mustang convertible and drove to the coast for a few days. We went as far south as Tillamook and as far north as Long Beach. We ate Tillamook cheese, saw Jake the Alligator Man, the Goonies House and Jail, Fort Columbia, Clatsop, Stevens, and Canby, Astoria Tower, two lighthouses, a shipwreck, and many different beaches. It’s a fun place to explore.

And now we are back home. School starts tomorrow for my kids, which means that I’m back to work!

 

Just Found Replication: The Jason Experiment for PreOrder!

Posted by on Aug 6th, 2011 in Replication: The Jason Experiment | 0 comments

Replication: The Jason Experiment is now for sale! Pre-order, that is. But if you want to preorder a copy, you can save some $$. The book is going to be $15.99, hardcover. Here’s where you can pre-order the book:

BarnesandNoble.com: Sale price $10.79

ChristianBook.com: Sale price $11.99

Amazon.com: Sale price $10.87

The NextGen Writer’s Conference Starts Tomorrow

Posted by on Aug 1st, 2011 in Writer's Events | 0 comments

And it’s not too late to register!

How much does it cost? The NextGen Writer’s Conference is free.

When is it? August 2 – 3, 2011

Who can participate? The NextGen Writer’s Conference is for writers age 20 and under.

What do I have to do to register? Registration opens June 15, 2011. Simply give your name, email, and age at this link:http://nextgenwriters.com/registration/. If you are under 18, you will also need to provide a parent or guardian’s email address.

What kinds of classes will there be and how will I participate? The classes are listed on the website. Here is the link:http://nextgenwriters.com/2011/07/14/conference-schedule/

Each class will have a lesson posted on the scheduled day. Attendees may comment with questions or statements, and the presenter will answer via comments.

Hope to see all you 20-year-old (and younger) writers there!

NextGen Online Writer’s Conference- FREE!

Posted by on Jul 14th, 2011 in Jill's Speaking Adventures, Writer's Events | 0 comments

What is it? This is an online writer’s conference for writers 20 years old and younger.

How much does it cost? The NextGen Writer’s Conference is free.

When is it? August 2 – 3, 2011

Who can participate? The NextGen Writer’s Conference is for writers age 20 and under.

What do I have to do to register? Registration opens June 15, 2011. Simply give your name, email, and age at this link:http://nextgenwriters.com/registration/. If you are under 18, you will also need to provide a parent or guardian’s email address.

What kinds of classes will there be and how will I participate? The classes are listed on the website. Here is the link:http://nextgenwriters.com/2011/07/14/conference-schedule/

Each class will have a lesson posted on the scheduled day. Attendees may comment with questions or statements, and the presenter will answer via comments.

Are you (Jill Williamson) teaching a class? Yes I am! My class is on building a fantasy or science fiction storyworld. And I want each of you to come with a map of your land.

What other classes are being offered?
Stephanie Morrill is teaching a class on secondary characters.
Roseanna White is teaching a research class.
Caleb Breakey is going to talk about the attitude of the writer.
Melanie Dickerson will be discussing your first five pages.
Nicole O’Dell is teaching a class on point of view.
Patti Shene is going to be talking about getting published as a teen.
MaryLu Tyndall will be talking about adding inspiration to your writing.
Max Elliot Anderson will be teaching about how to crush writer’s block.
And Shellie Neumeier will discuss creating outside the box.

I hope to see you all there!

Got My “Replication: The Jason Experiment” Cover Art!

Posted by on Jun 18th, 2011 in Replication: The Jason Experiment | 18 comments

I got the cover for my new young adult novel! This is the book I had called Jason Farms. It’s now called Replication: The Jason Experiment, and it releases from Zonderkidz in December 2011. What do you guys think of the cover? I hope it doesn’t scare girl readers away. I’ve had many teen girls read this already and like it.

Here is a little info about the story:
When Abby Goyer discovers her father is working in an underground cloning lab, she begins to have a serious moral dilemma … especially when one of the clones escapes and invades her world.

Martyr spent his entire life waiting for the day he would expire—his death the only way to save mankind. But when he escapes from The Farm and befriends a beautiful redhead named Abby, Martyr begins to understand that his life has a different purpose.

Abby and Martyr embark on a twisting adventure as they try to outwit the scientists, solve the mystery of a missing high school teacher, and free the other Jasons before it’s too late.

Family Fiction Magazine 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards

Posted by on May 3rd, 2011 in Awards, Book 2: To Darkness Fled | 7 comments

Family Fiction Magazine announced the results of their 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards in their May-June 2011 issue. There are some wonderful authors, books, and movies in this years results. Congrats to everyone who made the list.

To my delight, the To Darkness Fled book trailer took fifth place as a favorite book trailer, and I was voted fourth as a favorite speculative fiction author! Thank you very much for voting for me in this contest. I’m honored. And a big thanks to Leighton, Adele, Chris, Ness, Jacob, Jon, Robert, and the others involved in making the To Darkness Fled book trailer. You guys are awesome!

If you haven’t looked into Family Fiction Magazine, I highly recommend it. It’s totally free and is a great source for fiction for the whole family. Check out their website: http://www.familyfiction.com/magazines/