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!

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RSVP: Surviving RWA

It’s July and in the romance industry that can only mean one thing: RWA Nationals is almost here! This month Alexis, Julia, and Mary Chris are breaking down everything you need to know about heading to your first conference including picking workshops, going to signings, and socializing (we promise, you don’t have to eat dinner alone). We’ll be joined by Katie Dunneback (@younglibrian) who has been running the fantastic #RWA1st Twitter chats for first timers to ask questions and get answers about heading to New York City.

The show hits the air at 8:30 PM EST on Tuesday, July 7th.

So click here to RSVP on Google Hangouts and get ready to kick back with your favorite drink!

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!