Author Collaborations (May 2017)

Writing can be a really solitary endeavor — just you and your laptop and your words. Even the most introverted of writers (which lets be honest, is mostly all of us) occasionally wish we had someone to bounce that crazy story idea around with. Or someone to talk to about trends in marketing or publishing. Or someone who simply just understands how crazy/exhilarating/exhausting/thrilling this business is.

Which is where collaboration comes in! Whether it’s working on a monthly podcast, or writing an anthology. Planning a local happy hour, or hosting an online community — it can be hugely beneficial to collaborate with other authors. This month, we’re talking about all the ways in which authors are creating their own little teams of awesome and the benefits of collaboration, as well as how to set yourself up for success.

You can also listen to us on iTunes or SoundCloud, and if you’d like to share a drink, all the details are here.

This month we’re also toasting a new collaboration of our own! Julia, Alexis, and Mary Chris along with the amazing Alexandra Haughton, Lindsay Emory, and Laura von Holt just launched HBIC Nation last week. We’re thrilled to share our online community and our Dream. Do. Dominate. philosophy with you. Check out our exciting new adventure over at hbicnation.com or on the HBIC Nation Facebook group!

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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:

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: Finding Your Own Truth in the World of Publishing (May 2016)

There are a lot of messages out there about what you need to do to insure your success in publishing. You must have 793 followers, post at least a photo an hour on Instagram, and NEVER, ever, EVER design your own covers… you get the point. This month we’re offering our tips on how to wade through all this advice and figure out what is best for you and your career. Sometimes this includes breaking all the “rules”.

The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud.

Here’s the awesome article that Alexis references in the show: Self-Publishing Myths– Busted. (Umm.. does that title make anyone else sing “tin roof– rusted” in their head, No, just me?). And here’s another one Mary-Chris likes a lot about one author’s publishing journey (see especially her “takeaways” and comment about fairy dust near the end).

And what was First Draught drinking, this month? Alexis and Mary-Chris opted for beer and Julia made herself a Negroni. Check out all the details on the Drink of the Month Page.

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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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