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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Show Notes: Surviving RWA

RWA15The women behind First Draught are thrilled that RWA Nationals is almost here! We had a fantastic time talking to Katie Dunneback (@younglibrarian) talking about what first timers can expect when they head to the big conference. We covered common questions, planning workshops, hitting signings, social life, and also staying healthy throughout a really busy few days.

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And in case you’re looking for a few other RWA prep resources, check out these links:

Erin Knightley’s famous conference packing video

Julia’s recommendations for bars around the conference hotel

How do I get to the conference hotel?

Gail Carriger’s 10 conference commandments

Alexis’s Packing List from RWA 2014

Alexis and Mary Chris and our sometimes guest Anne L. Parks will be hosting the Surviving Self-Publishing When the Success Is Slow to Come workshop at RWA on Saturday from 3:15-4:15 PM. They’d love to see you there! Here’s a quick description of the workshop.

You did what you were supposed to: you wrote a novel, had it edited, polished it to a shiny gleam, added a fabulous cover, and hit publish. But the readers and money didn’t come. Three indie authors talk about managing your expectations and persevering to write the next book. Get strategies for staying positive and celebrating little wins in a publishing landscape where there is no magic formula for success.

Alexis and Julia both have serials releasing this month. You can click on the cover images to learn more about these books!

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