I Wish That I Knew What I Know Now … (March 2017)

We’ve been at this writing and publishing game for a few years now; which means we’re far enough in to have learned some big lessons, and close enough to the beginning to remember what it felt like to be new to the arena. This month we’re sharing some of the things we wish we’d known when we started: everything from setting our own pace and owning our identity as writers (even if we didn’t quite believe it yet), to navigating the often sticky terrain of etiquette among writers. Grab a drink, and join us:

Or if you prefer take our chat on the go, you can find this episode on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Special thanks to Katie DunnebackZoe York, Dana Volney, and Karen Booth, for commenting on Alexis’ Facebook page and on Twitter so we could pass along their sage wisdom. (And to Heather Gardner whose post we ran out of time before getting to, but who also offered excellent insight.)

As always, thank you for your support of First Draught. Got an idea for a future show? Please don’t hesitate to let us know about it in the comments below.

And finally, we offer the below, with apologies in advance for the earworm:

How to Tackle Revisions (February 2017)

You’ve written the draft, sent it to beta readers or a critique partner, and now you’ve got a bunch of notes on your manuscript. What next?

In this month’s First Draught we tackle how to sort through all those suggestions, a few different ways to organize the editing process, and what to do when you think you’ve gotten some bad advice. We also debate how much whiskey is really in Alexis’ glass, and whether Julia has a future as a telemarketer with her new headset.

Grab a whiskey, wine, or beer (we have recommendations for all three) and join us:

If you prefer to listen, you can find this episode on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Huge thanks to Jess L. for suggesting this topic on Twitter. Have a topic you’d like us to take on– leave a comment here, drop us a line at firstdraughtwriters@gmail.com, or catch any of us on Twitter (@AlexisAnneBooks, @The_Julia_Kelly, @marychris_e).

Show Notes: Planning Your Writing Year (January 2017)

Happy new year!! This month our episode is all about how we plan for the new year and what’s great about it is that we are covering ALL ends of the spectrum on this topic. Julia’s got quarterly goals, Alexis has broad overarching goals for the year, and Mary Chris is setting some intentions and running some experiments. But we’re all on the same page about “doing the work,” taking care of yourself, and staying flexible and open to the magic of the journey no matter what your plans are. Wherever you are with this topic– there’s something for you in this show:

Prefer to listen in? Find us on Soundcloud or iTunes and if you want to drink along, find out picks for the month here.

Here are links to the book and planning tool we mentioned on the show:

How are you planning your 2017? Leave us a note in the comments.

Show Notes: Our Favorite Books of 2016 (December 2016)

We missed you last month! Sincere apologies for the radio silence. Our regular recording schedule was derailed by germ-y fall crud and then by, well… November. Hope those of you that were celebrating Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday. One of the biggest things on all our gratitude lists is YOU! Thank you so much for going on this journey with us.

We’re all healthy, (mostly) rested, and back this month talking about some of the best things we read in 2016. We could have gone on for hours on this one, because is there really anything better than talking with friends about that amazing book you just read? Grab a beverage of choice (see ours here) and enjoy this month’s episode (which is not actually hours long). Then when you’re done watching/listening, join in the conversation by sharing some of your 2016 favorites in the comments!

(Just want to listen? Check out iTunes or Soundcloud.)

And to save you the trouble of frantically jotting down titles while you’re listening here are our lists:

Alexis’ List:

Mary Chris’ List:

Julia’s List:

Again, we’d love to hear about your favorite books of 2016 in the comments, as well as any suggestions you have for topics you’d like to see us cover in 2017.

Cheers! And happiest of holidays!

Show Notes: Avoiding the Dreaded Info Dump (October 2016)

We had a lovely e-mail from a listener a couple of weeks ago (hi, Ellen!) asking a question about one of our craft-related topics from a previous show, and it reminded us just how much we enjoy talking about that stuff. Since we hadn’t done a show focused on craft in a while, we capitalized on this good energy and decided to dive into the mechanics of writing.

This month, we tackle how to tell the “story behind the story” without just dumping it all on the page (aka, The Info. Dump). When you delve too deeply into back story you run the risk of losing your reader, so we’re giving you tips on how not to do that. And also taking cookie analogies way too far… you don’t want to miss this.

Watch the show here:

Or listen on Soundcloud or iTunes.

While you’re watching/listening, we’d suggest you sip on an Oktoberfest, some hot chocolate, or– if you’ve just run 8 miles or aren’t feeling so great– some good ‘ole fashioned water (but, in a fun mug).

And finally, here are a couple things we mentioned on the show:

  • Sarah MacLean’s Rule of Scoundrels series
  • The example of “weaving in back story” or “leaving breadcrumbs/cookie crumbs” that we mentioned from Alexis Anne’s The Storm Inside (breadcrumbs in bold):

    Jake nipped my earlobe at the exact same moment he flexed his hips into mine, and I forgot everything I was thinking. Everything but him. I didn’t think about the ten years he’d been gone or how much I hated him. All I could feel was his hard body pressed up against mine, his rough hands as they desperately roamed over my skin, and the intensity in his kiss. We’d always made an explosive combination; that clearly hadn’t changed.

Thanks so much for watching/listening and please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know what topics you’d love to see on future shows. Cheers!

 

 

Show Notes: Publishing Journeys / Julia Kelly (September 2016)

In our June episode we introduced the idea of interviewing authors about their journeys to publication. What better way to kick off this series than with our own Julia Kelly, whose book The Governess was Wicked comes out this month (next week, in fact, on September 12). This first book will be quickly followed by the other two books in the series, The Governess was Wanton in October, and the Governess was Wild in November.

Julia talks about getting “the call” from her agent about an editor wanting to buy her books, what it is like to turn around a three book series on a tight deadline, and how she thinks her decision to indie publish while waiting for a traditional deal has helped prepare her for the launch of the Governess Series. She also shares exciting news about her next project. Watch the video below or listen to the podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes.

And while you’re watching/listening– we suggest you enjoy our Drink of the Month: Irish Coffee. Inspired by a scene in Alexis’ latest book 5 Dirty Sins.

Want to follow along with Julia’s exciting book launch? Here are all the ways:

As always, thanks for watching/listening! If you love our show, we’d be so happy if you’d give it a thumbs up on YouTube or leave a short review on iTunes– this helps other awesome writers like you find us!

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Cheers!

Show Notes: #ReadWritePlan (August 2016)

It’s hard to believe, but school is almost back in session and many of us are scrambling to get a hold on the last half of the year. Luckily there’s a whole community of writers and readers out there who are happy to share their tips and tricks for getting their lives organized!

Special guests Lindsay Emory and Alexandra Haughton join First Draught this month to talk about their fantastic Instagram challenge #ReadWritePlan, what they do to get organized, and areas where they’re looking to steal a few pointers from fellow challenge participants.

The podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud or you can watch the YouTube video below:

Here are links to other awesome things mentioned on the show:

Thanks for watching/listening and stopping by our site. Hope to see you around #ReadWritePlan this month!