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Show Notes: The Making of Book Covers — Indie Vs. Traditional Publishing (April 2016)

First Draught is back from spring break, and happy to be diving right into talking about everything writing!

This month Alexis did a big rebrand of her The Storm Inside books and Julia got covers from her publisher for her Governess series. We thought that was the perfect chance to talk about book covers and the differences between indie and traditional publishing. We sipped on some John J. Bowman Single Batch whiskey and a little Kung Fu Girl Riesling while doing so (see the Drink of the Month page for details).

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We talked a lot about the look of book covers in the show. Here’s Alexis’ brand-new covers for The Storm Inside series including her not yet released Never Let Go:

And here’s a peek at Julia’s Governess series which will be coming out this fall:

Julia also held up a bunch of books during the video recording of the podcast which isn’t really helpful when you’re listening to audio (sorry about that, guys). Here’s what those books look like in order they’re mentioned:

We didn’t mention this in the podcast, but if you’re looking to build your own covers give this blog post by Courtney Milan a look. She talks about typography—mostly really bad typography—and how it can make a huge difference to the look of your book cover.

Also, you might have noticed that this show is a little shorter than our previous hour-long episodes. We want to give our listeners and viewers as much bang for their buck as possible, so we’ve decided to trim topics down to a half hour.

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Thanks for reading! To return to the FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP on Julie Valerie’s website, click here: http://www.julievalerie.com/fiction-writers-blog-hop-july-2016

Show Notes: Books That Have Inspired Us

We had a fantastic, thoughtful discussion with Laura von Holt Tuesday about the books that have inspired us from novels to non-fiction.

It’s a long First Draught, but well worth it because there’s some great advice in there from Laura who’s currently leading a free series in New York City about how to get creatively unstuck.

Now that the show has wrapped, we want to know what books have inspired you over the years (and continue to inspire you)! You can leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Show Notes: First Draught’s Favorite Holiday Foods

Happy holidays! We’re right in the middle of the holiday crush which means that it’s time for a First Draught tradition: talking about all the food.

This month Elisabeth Lane, the wonderful reviewer behind Cooking Up Romance, joined us to talk about our holiday food traditions and tricks for getting through the holiday cooking rush.

Elisabeth kindly created a Pinterest board to share a bunch of her favorite holiday recipes with us.

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RSVP: Serials

This month First Draught is grabbing a six pack of pumpkin beer and settling in to talk about serials. Alexis is very well-versed in launching and following through with serials, and Julia tried her hand at one this past summer under the pen name Vivienne Thorne. Now we’re ready to pool all of our knowledge and try to give you a crash course in what’s involved with serializing a novel.

You can RSVP to the Google Hangout which will air at 8:30 PM EST on Tuesday, October 6th.

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Show Notes: Decoding Social Media

Technology is an imperfect science, and we’ve often found that sometimes it loves us and sometimes it really hates us.

We ran into some technological difficulties with our audio this week on First Draught, but we still think that the conversation about social media was fantastic, in particular Julie Valerie’s incredible social calendar chock-full of reminders.

Alexis was able to edit the podcast so you should be good to go if you’re listening instead. That podcast feed is on iTunes or Soundcloud. And don’t forget to subscribe to listen to our entire audio archive!

We want to once again thank our guests Molly O’Keefe, Codi Gary, and Julie Valerie!

We’ll see you again on the first Tuesday of October!

RSVP: Decoding Social Media

First DraughtIt’s back to school for the kids, and it’s back to the writing classroom for First Draught this September! This month we’re tackling a big topic: social media.

We’re always looking for new strategies to use social media in our writing lives, so we thought we’d talk to three people we think are particularly social media savvy. This month, Molly O’Keefe, Codi Gary, and Julie Valerie are joining us to share their strategies, tips, and tricks for tackling Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and more.

The show hits the air at 8:30 PM EST on Tuesday, September 1st. You can RSVP on Google Hangouts and then check back to watch it live with your favorite drink!

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Get It Together Blog Hop BannerAlso, we strongly recommend checking out the Get It Together Blog Hop going on August 31-September 4. It’s five days of organization tips, tricks, and advice to get your writing routine in shape for the fall. Plus there are plenty of prizes! Alexis, Mary Chris, and Julia will all be participating in the hop. You can find the full hop schedule at Alexandra Haughton or Lindsay Emory‘s blogs. You can also follow #GetItTogetherBlogHop