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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Show Notes: Surviving RWA

RWA15The women behind First Draught are thrilled that RWA Nationals is almost here! We had a fantastic time talking to Katie Dunneback (@younglibrarian) talking about what first timers can expect when they head to the big conference. We covered common questions, planning workshops, hitting signings, social life, and also staying healthy throughout a really busy few days.

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!

And in case you’re looking for a few other RWA prep resources, check out these links:

Erin Knightley’s famous conference packing video

Julia’s recommendations for bars around the conference hotel

How do I get to the conference hotel?

Gail Carriger’s 10 conference commandments

Alexis’s Packing List from RWA 2014

Alexis and Mary Chris and our sometimes guest Anne L. Parks will be hosting the Surviving Self-Publishing When the Success Is Slow to Come workshop at RWA on Saturday from 3:15-4:15 PM. They’d love to see you there! Here’s a quick description of the workshop.

You did what you were supposed to: you wrote a novel, had it edited, polished it to a shiny gleam, added a fabulous cover, and hit publish. But the readers and money didn’t come. Three indie authors talk about managing your expectations and persevering to write the next book. Get strategies for staying positive and celebrating little wins in a publishing landscape where there is no magic formula for success.

Alexis and Julia both have serials releasing this month. You can click on the cover images to learn more about these books!

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