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!

Show Notes: RWA Three Different Ways (July 2016)

It’s July, which in Romancelandia means one thing, and one thing only– it’s time for the Romance Writers of America national conference (RWA). It’s an especially significant time of the year for us here at First Draught, because we met as first time RWA attendees back in 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Every year we dedicate our July show to offering helpful conference tips to our viewers/listeners.

This year we’re offering tips on how to get the most out of the conference whether you are attending as a full registrant, a lobby con-er, or a home observer. Watch the show on YouTube, or listen to the podcast (Soundcloud, iTunes). Even though we were drinking coffee this month, we highly recommend sipping a Bell’s Oberon while you’re watching/listening.

And no matter how you’re attending RWA this year be sure to say  “hi” if you see us in person or online.

Here are some helpful links that we mentioned (and some we didn’t):

  • The official hashtag for the conference is #RWA16. People will be tweeting about the RITA and Golden Heart awards ceremony on #RITAGH and if it’s your first time at the conference be sure to check out #RWA1st (and wear your First Timer ribbon on your name tag).
  • Stream the RITAs at rwa.org and find details about the open-to-the public Literacy Autographing here.
  • The famous Erin Knightly packing video.
  • Keynote speakers are: Beverly Jenkins, Sherry Thomas, and Dr. Valerie Young (Julia was right!)

Show Notes: Our Paths to Publishing (June 2016)

It’s First Draught story time! As we’ve mentioned before, the three of us met at the Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in July, several years ago. It was pivotal time for all of us– so we tend to get really reflective in the summer. Therefore, it seemed like a perfect time to share our journeys to publication. And guess what? None of them are the same. At all.

This is a great follow-up to last month’s show about finding your own truth amidst all the “best practices” and “must do’s”. It’s also a theme we plan to come back to in the future, inviting other authors to share their own unique paths to publication with you. Check out the podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes or watch the video below:

During the show we talked about this giant book of agents and Alexis and Mary Chris sipped on wine (details over on the Drink of the Month Page), while Julia opted for New York City tap water on account of some pre-show margaritas).

Next month we’ll be talking about how to get the most out of RWA whether you’re attending or not. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter so you never miss an episode!