What We Learned at RWA (August 2017)

Every July we do a conference themed show leading up to RWA (the Romance Writers of America Conference), but it never occurred to us to do a post conference wrap up– until now!

This year we got together on the last day of the conference to record a reflection on our three days in Orlando, Florida. And by together, we mean actually together– in the same room. That’s right! This month we have a rare in-person, First Draught recording.

We’re thrilled to share our unfiltered thoughts on drip campaigns (don’t worry, we explain that), post-conference blues, waterfalls, and the vast importance of spending time with your people. Also,dance parties.

Want to pretend you’re at the RITAs with us (think the Oscars of romance writing) ? Find out what we drank while we were there, then grab your glass and join us:

 

As always, if you prefer to listen, you can find our podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud. (Just remember to picture us all in the same room this month.)

Also! A huge thank you to our sponsors– especially Laura von Holt who not only was a guest on our show last month, but also kicked-off our new Patreon page with her generous donation.

We so appreciate each and every one of you and are honored that you spend your time with us each month. If you’d like to support our podcast and help us grow, please be sure to check out our Patreon page. And know that we are grateful for it all everything from your 20 seconds to your $20.

**And if you attended RWA or any other conference recently, HBIC Nation has a great post-conference workbook to help you hang on to that great let’s get stuff done momentum. Sign up over there for a free copy.**

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Author Collaborations (May 2017)

Writing can be a really solitary endeavor — just you and your laptop and your words. Even the most introverted of writers (which lets be honest, is mostly all of us) occasionally wish we had someone to bounce that crazy story idea around with. Or someone to talk to about trends in marketing or publishing. Or someone who simply just understands how crazy/exhilarating/exhausting/thrilling this business is.

Which is where collaboration comes in! Whether it’s working on a monthly podcast, or writing an anthology. Planning a local happy hour, or hosting an online community — it can be hugely beneficial to collaborate with other authors. This month, we’re talking about all the ways in which authors are creating their own little teams of awesome and the benefits of collaboration, as well as how to set yourself up for success.

You can also listen to us on iTunes or SoundCloud, and if you’d like to share a drink, all the details are here.

This month we’re also toasting a new collaboration of our own! Julia, Alexis, and Mary Chris along with the amazing Alexandra Haughton, Lindsay Emory, and Laura von Holt just launched HBIC Nation last week. We’re thrilled to share our online community and our Dream. Do. Dominate. philosophy with you. Check out our exciting new adventure over at hbicnation.com or on the HBIC Nation Facebook group!

As always, thank you so much for watching/listening/reading! Sign up for our newsletter, and please let us know what topics you’d love to see us tackle in the future in the comments below. And if you enjoy our show we’d so appreciate you sharing it with others you think might like it.

How to Tackle Revisions (February 2017)

You’ve written the draft, sent it to beta readers or a critique partner, and now you’ve got a bunch of notes on your manuscript. What next?

In this month’s First Draught we tackle how to sort through all those suggestions, a few different ways to organize the editing process, and what to do when you think you’ve gotten some bad advice. We also debate how much whiskey is really in Alexis’ glass, and whether Julia has a future as a telemarketer with her new headset.

Grab a whiskey, wine, or beer (we have recommendations for all three) and join us:

If you prefer to listen, you can find this episode on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Huge thanks to Jess L. for suggesting this topic on Twitter. Have a topic you’d like us to take on– leave a comment here, drop us a line at firstdraughtwriters@gmail.com, or catch any of us on Twitter (@AlexisAnneBooks, @The_Julia_Kelly, @marychris_e).

Thank You from RWA

RWA 2015 is over and hopefully everyone’s safely made their way back home now. We had an incredible time at the conference, and it was made even better by all of the people who approached us about the show. Your kind words really mean the world to us (trust me, we were stunned each and every time someone said, “I watched your Surviving RWA video!”). We wanted to say thank you, so right before Mary Chris and Alexis left NYC we recorded a video on 45th and 8th (note the honking car cameo midway through).

We’ll see you in San Diego next July!

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!

Show Notes: How to Write the Best Pitches, Blurbs, and Synopses

We had a great discussion Tuesday night with Shari Slade and T.J. Kline about writing pitches, blurbs, and synopses as well as selling your book in person. If you missed it, you can check out the whole video right here or by clicking through and subscribing to our YouTube channel.

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RSVP: How to Write the Best Pitches, Blurbs, and Synopses

LogoFirst Draught is back next week to look at writing the best pitches, blurbs, and synopses for your book. It doesn’t matter where you are in your career, summing up your book and talking to people about it is tough. That’s why we’re inviting Shari Slade and T.J. Kline to share their stories and strategies.

When: Tuesday, May 5th, at 8:30 PM EST

Where: RSVP to our Google Hangouts event to watch live or check back with First Draught to watch the YouTube recording of the show. Just click here!

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Shari SladeShari Slade is the USA Today bestselling author of sexy new adult romance. A would-be academic with big dreams and very little means. When she isn’t toiling away in the non-profit sector, she’s writing gritty stories about identity and people who make terrible choices in the name of love (or lust). Somehow, it all works out in the end. If she had a patronus it would be a platypus.

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T.J. KlineT.J. Kline was bitten by the horse bug early and began training horses at fourteen as well as competing in rodeos and winning several rodeo queen competitions but has always known writing was her first love. She also writes under the name Tina Klinesmith. In her spare time, she can be found spending as much time as possible, laughing hysterically, with her husband, teens and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.

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