Book Bub, Book Funnel, & More (November 2017)

We’re wrapping up our three-part series on book marketing this month with a discussion about paid options like Book Bub, Book Funnel, and Instafreebie, as well as some other no-cost options for helping readers discover your beautiful book.

If you’re curious about those ever-elusive Book Bub ads, listen in as Julia and Alexis share their recent experiences with the service (hint: all that exclusivity is a good thing).

We’ll also explain exactly what book funneling services do, why you might want to think about posting a video to Facebook, and how collaboration makes all of this more fun. Plus, we admit that sometimes we feel a little squidgy about trying out new marketing tricks and talk about strategies we use to move forward anyway.

Grab your pumpkin beer and join us:

You can also find us on iTunes and Soundcloud (and you can also drink something other than pumpkin beer, should you prefer).

Thank you so much for your support of First Draught– we’re grateful that you chose to spend a little bit of your month with us! Don’t forget to check out the cool stuff we’re offering over on our Patreon page and we’ll see you in November.

Cheers!

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Drink of the Month (October): The Great Pumpkin

When I started the First Draught Drink of the Month feature, I had every intent to alternate between beer and cocktails each month (fair coverage for all). Except now it’s October, and per the rotation it’s time to feature a cocktail, except, what about all those pumpkin beers …

I know, I know, there’s pumpkin everything these days and it can be a bit much. But I’ve always been a huge fan of a nicely spiced pumpkin beer. A phenomenon that well pre-dates pumpkin flavored Milano cookies, pumpkin hand soap, pumpkin potato chips and yes, even the hallowed Pumpkin Spice Latte.

So this month, while Alexis Anne and Julia Kelly (as her alter ego Vivienne Thorne) share all their¬†amazing knowledge about writing serials, I’ll be sitting back, sipping a lovely fall brew. Serials are sort of trendy right now, just like all things pumpkin, but to stand the test of time you’ve got to create a well-crafted story meant to be delivered in small “sips”. And just like a good pumpkin ale, Alexis’ and Vivienne’s serials are perfectly spiced!

IMG_0648Here are some of my favorite pumpkin ales: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Farmhouse Pumpkin (my local favorite); Rogue, Pumpkin Patch Ale; Dogfish Head,¬†Punkin Ale; Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Pumpkin Hunter; and Sam Adams, Fat Jack.

See you this Tuesday, October 6, at 8:30 PM EST to chat serials and sip pumpkin beer!