We’re revisiting our roots this month and getting back into the craft of writing with the start of a series on character development. Being romance and women’s fiction authors, we feel strongly that characters are the most important part of your story. The decisions they make drive plot and, when they’re written well, they can feel so real that readers form deep connections to them. We’ve all read that book where we desperately wanted to have a beer with the main character– that’s the feeling you want to create as an author!
In our February episode, Alexis and Julia kicked off the conversation with a discussion about building characters. Both of them talk about the different techniques they use to before and during the writing process, as well as some tricks to help them continue to strengthen those characters through the editing process. Check it out here:
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Thank you so much for listening/watching! We’ll see you in March with more fun craft of writing talk (which is seriously one of our favorite things, ever!).
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We’re wrapping up our three-part series on book marketing this month with a discussion about paid options like Book Bub, Book Funnel, and Instafreebie, as well as some other no-cost options for helping readers discover your beautiful book.
If you’re curious about those ever-elusive Book Bub ads, listen in as Julia and Alexis share their recent experiences with the service (hint: all that exclusivity is a good thing).
We’ll also explain exactly what book funneling services do, why you might want to think about posting a video to Facebook, and how collaboration makes all of this more fun. Plus, we admit that sometimes we feel a little squidgy about trying out new marketing tricks and talk about strategies we use to move forward anyway.
Grab your pumpkin beer and join us:
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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).
As always, thank you so much for watching/listening. Got a topic you’d like us to tackle? Leave us a note in the comments below. Love the show? Please take a second to leave us a quick review on iTunes (or your podcast delivery system of choice) or a thumbs up on YouTube– both help other writers find us. We couldn’t be more grateful for your time, thank you!
We realized that we mention Scrivener a lot on First Draught, so it seemed like a good idea to devote a show to what it is, what we love about it, and how we use it in our daily writing lives. One of the number one takeaways from our conversation is that there is no one right way to use this software– we each use it differently. Our hope is that by sharing our experiences, we’ll give you some direction to start playing on your own and figure out what works best for you. (And when you do, drop us an e-mail or leave a comment here, we’d love to hear about it!)
We’ve included a couple screen shots at the bottom of this post that highlight Julia’s method of using Scrivener for a series bible and how Alexis uses it to organize promotion for her books. As an added bonus, Julia will be making a Scrivener series bible template, and would be happy to send you a copy when it’s ready. Just drop by her website and send her a message (you might as well sign up for amazing newsletter while you’re there, too– just saying.)
And of course you can also listen on iTunes or SoundCloud and drink along with us (details here).
Julia’s series bible (note the folders on the left, to see how she is organizing and writing her whole series in this one file):
How Alexis uses Scrivener to organize promotion:
Details about Scrivener
Details about Vellum
And finally, you didn’t think we’d forget to show off these two beautiful covers we talked about, did you?
Thanks so much for watching/listening and reading! See you next month!
Note: This show was not sponsored by Scrivener/Literature & Latte. We just like their product and wanted to share.
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:
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Thanks for watching/listening and stopping by our site. Hope to see you around #ReadWritePlan this month!