Writing When Life Gets Crazy (June 2017)

The only thing constant is change. Super cliché, but super true. This month we’re talking about the special kind of flexible it takes to thrive in the world of publishing– those scheduling gymnastics we do to keep our careers afloat.

We share practical tips on how to work backwards from your deadline to create a writing and publishing schedule, the importance of giving yourself a grace period within that schedule, and how to cope with life’s little (or not so little) unexpected changes. We also chat about knowing when to be extra kind to yourself and take a step back for reflection.

Check out the video of our conversation here:

Or listen in on iTunes or SoundCloud. And if you want to sip along as well, all the details on what we’re drinking are here.

Our conversation started with much enthusiasm for beer and bourbon related travel (as all good conversations should, naturally). If that piqued your interest, check out the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and all the amazing that is Asheville, North Carolina (including Green Man Brewery).

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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!

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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