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:

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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: First Draught’s Favorite Holiday Foods

Happy holidays! We’re right in the middle of the holiday crush which means that it’s time for a First Draught tradition: talking about all the food.

This month Elisabeth Lane, the wonderful reviewer behind Cooking Up Romance, joined us to talk about our holiday food traditions and tricks for getting through the holiday cooking rush.

Elisabeth kindly created a Pinterest board to share a bunch of her favorite holiday recipes with us.

If you’d like more First Draught, you watch all of our back episodes in our video archive. Also, don’t forget that you can get our podcast feed on iTunes or Soundcloud. Subscribe to listen to all of our shows!

Drink of the Month (December): Cranberry Kir Royale

I’m so excited about this month’s drink! It was featured in the Food Network Magazine that landed in my mailbox way back in October and I’ve been anxiously waiting to share it. Cranberry is a flavor I strongly associate with both Thanksgiving and Christmas and adding champagne (or sparkling wine) to anything makes it instantly festive. Clearly then, in my opinion, the Cranberry Kir Royale is the perfect holiday drink.

It’s what I’ll be sipping on next Tuesday (December 1, 2015) at 8:30pm EST when First Draught gets together to chat about our favorite holiday food traditions and the role food often plays in the stories we write. We are thrilled to welcome special guest, Elisabeth Lane of the popular blog Cooking Up Romance— who knows a thing or two (or 50) about food and fiction.

IMG_2211You can RSVP here to get a reminder about Tuesday’s show. If you’re not able to join us live, you’ll be able to watch the YouTube replay or catch our podcast anytime (while sipping your Cranberry Kir Royale, of course).