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:


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!