PubCrawl Podcast: Interview with Beth Revis

This week JJ talks with New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis about her publishing journey, revision, how she learned to revise and critique, and what she’s reading and enjoying!

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Beth SquareBETH REVIS is the New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe trilogy, as well as The Body Electric, Paper Hearts, and the forthcoming A World Without You. She lives in the Appalachian mountains with her boys: one husband, one son, and two very large dogs. You can find out more on FacebookTwitter, or online. If you never want to miss a thing and also get exclusive insider opportunities, sign up for her newsletter here.

Show Notes

  • Our previous podcast episode about revision, as well as all the articles we’ve ever written about Revision on PubCrawl!
  • The podcast episode where we discuss the vagaries of The New York Times bestselling lists
  • Learn to revise by editing! Beth learned to revise by practice, and by critique other people’s work. JJ learned to revise by editing other people’s manuscripts.
  • Creation vs. Discovery writers, or rethinking the Plotter vs. Pantser dynamic by JJ

Beth’s method of revision

  • Approach your booze of choice.
  • Make up a list of all the changes that need to be made.
  • Take out all the compliments.
  • Work chronologically through the manuscript.
  • Beth uses the split screen function on Scrivener, with the old version on top and new on bottom.
  • Go through the list of changes and work page by page.

What We’re Working On

Just to let you guys know, both JJ and Kelly will be doing an AMA at the /r/YAwriters subreddit on MONDAY, JANUARY 25TH. Come and ask us questions about publishing, revision, and whatever else might cross your mind!

What We’re Reading

Off Menu Recommendations

  • Jessica Jones (TV show)
  • Daredevil (TV show)
  • Bojack Horseman (TV show)
  • We Bare Bears (TV show)
  • Steven Universe (TV show)
  • Adventure Time (TV show)

Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice

Paper HeartsYour enemy is the blank page. When it comes to writing, there’s no wrong way to get words on paper. But it’s not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won’t make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:

  • How to Develop Character, Plot, and World
  • What Common Advice You Should Ignore
  • What Advice Actually Helps
  • How to Develop a Novel
  • The Basics of Grammar, Style, and Tone
  • Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure
  • How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel
  • How to Deal with Failure
  • And much more!

Enter for a giveaway of PAPER HEARTS: Some Writing Advice! Beth has generously donated a signed copy!

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That’s all for this week! Next week we return to our regularly scheduled PubCrawl podcast posts and discuss X MEETS Y, or THE HIGH CONCEPT IDEA.



10 Responses to PubCrawl Podcast: Interview with Beth Revis

  1. Nikhita Jan 21 2016 at 7:57 am #

    Ooh, I’m excited to listen to this! I swear, Thursdays are my podcast days. I hope this happens forever!

    • JJ Jan 22 2016 at 7:36 am #

      Glad you’re enjoying! If you could, at some point, leave a rating or review on iTunes, that would help others find the podcast to learn from and enjoy! Thanks. 🙂

  2. Stephanie Jan 21 2016 at 8:30 am #

    I am always looking for good writing advice!

  3. Steven Mann Jan 21 2016 at 9:12 am #

    Fiction writers writing about their experience and what methods they used/discovered to push their projects to publication, I like.

  4. Sarah R Jan 21 2016 at 10:42 am #

    I remember emailing Beth for writing advice when I was in high school! Her advice was brilliant! Would love a copy of Paper Hearts! <3

  5. Dana Jan 21 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    How awesome is Beth Revis to give away a signed copy of Paper Hearts?!

  6. Marina Jan 22 2016 at 2:14 am #

    Now I just have to find the time to listen to this… can’t wait!

  7. Fabienne Jan 22 2016 at 5:56 am #

    I loved reading what I could of PAPER HEARTS on wattpad, and that Beth made an actual book of it is really exciting. I’m trying to read more books on the art of writing (though it’s really hard to pick out the good ones from the bad).

    I adore your podcasts and always look forward to them. You’re doing an amazing job. Thank you so much for the insights and knowledge you share with us!

  8. Samantha Jan 23 2016 at 2:27 am #

    Thank you for sharing all your revision tips, Beth! I had big writerly-plans to attend the book-signing/workshop of Paper Hearts you were doing this weekend, but the snow has derailed my plans. Hope I get to attend a writer workshop with you in the future.
    Thanks for the valuable podcasts, JJ and PubCrawl peeps!

  9. Dan Koboldt Jan 26 2016 at 11:26 am #

    JJ and Kelly, I’m enjoying the podcast and hope you keep up the good work. Thanks for having Beth on!

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