Show Notes: Our Favorite Books of 2016 (December 2016)

We missed you last month! Sincere apologies for the radio silence. Our regular recording schedule was derailed by germ-y fall crud and then by, well… November. Hope those of you that were celebrating Thanksgiving had a wonderful holiday. One of the biggest things on all our gratitude lists is YOU! Thank you so much for going on this journey with us.

We’re all healthy, (mostly) rested, and back this month talking about some of the best things we read in 2016. We could have gone on for hours on this one, because is there really anything better than talking with friends about that amazing book you just read? Grab a beverage of choice (see ours here) and enjoy this month’s episode (which is not actually hours long). Then when you’re done watching/listening, join in the conversation by sharing some of your 2016 favorites in the comments!

(Just want to listen? Check out iTunes or Soundcloud.)

And to save you the trouble of frantically jotting down titles while you’re listening here are our lists:

Alexis’ List:

Mary Chris’ List:

Julia’s List:

Again, we’d love to hear about your favorite books of 2016 in the comments, as well as any suggestions you have for topics you’d like to see us cover in 2017.

Cheers! And happiest of holidays!

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Show Notes: #ReadWritePlan (August 2016)

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:

Here are links to other awesome things mentioned on the show:

Thanks for watching/listening and stopping by our site. Hope to see you around #ReadWritePlan this month!

Show Notes: Hooking Readers with Gripping First Chapters

We had a fantastic First Draught yesterday night talking about hooking readers with gripping first chapters. Alyssa Cole and Lindsay Emory shared their techniques and thoughts about emotional impact, tone, and characterization. We also broke down the beginnings of their books Radio Silence and Sisterhood is Deadly, respectively.

Here’s the full video of the show:

About midway through, we mentioned the Tom Hiddleston, Cookie Monster, delayed gratification video while giggling a lot. If you’re curious, here it is in all its glory:

(Confession: Julia actually had to stop and rewatch this as she was writing up these show notes)

The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud. Please take a moment and leave us a rating or review on the podcast as it helps other writers find us!

Curious about some of the books we mentioned during the show? You can click on the covers below to find out more details.

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RSVP: Hooking Readers with Gripping First Chapters

We are back from RWA and (mostly) recovered. We had an incredible time meeting a bunch of you who watched the show to prep for the big conference, and we wanted to say again how thankful we were for all of your kind words!

We’ve been talking a lot about career-related topics in the last few months, so we thought we’d switch it up for August. This month, we’re tacking how to write first chapters that hook readers.

Alyssa Cole will be joining us. She’s written some beautiful books, but we thought of her for this month’s topic in particular because of her novella “Be Not Afraid” in the anthology For Love & Liberty. It features the only “the main characters met over a dead body” meet cute in a historical romance that Julia can think of off the top of her head. If you have a chance to give “Be Not Afraid” a read before the show, we highly recommend it.

And Lindsay Emory is coming back to First Draught to talk about the beginning of her fantastic cozy mystery Sisterhood is Deadly. We also recommend reading the first chapter of this one before the show (you’ll understand why when you do).

The show hits the air at 8:30 PM EST on Tuesday, August 4th. You can RSVP on Google Hangouts and then check back to watch it live with your favorite drink!

If you can’t make it to the live broadcast, you can 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 our entire audio archive!

RSVP: Size Does Matter- Serials, Series, Novellas, and Novels

First DraughtWhat’s the difference between a series and a serial? When should you consider a novella instead of a novel? Is there one right answer for everyone? (Hint: there almost never is.) Join us on Tuesday, June 2 at 8:30 EDT to tackle the tricky subject of length and get closer to figuring out what might be best for your next project.

We’re thrilled to be joined by our friend Lindsay Emory on this show! Click here to get to know her a bit here before you tune in.

Then, grab your favorite drink and click here to join us on Google Hangouts! Can’t make it to the live broadcast? Check back here for the recording the day after the show. Also, don’t forget that you can get our podcast feed on iTunes or Soundcloud. Subscribe to listen to our entire audio archive!