Show Notes: Decoding Social Media

Technology is an imperfect science, and we’ve often found that sometimes it loves us and sometimes it really hates us.

We ran into some technological difficulties with our audio this week on First Draught, but we still think that the conversation about social media was fantastic, in particular Julie Valerie’s incredible social calendar chock-full of reminders.

Alexis was able to edit the podcast so you should be good to go if you’re listening instead. That podcast feed is on iTunes or Soundcloud. And don’t forget to subscribe to listen to our entire audio archive!

We want to once again thank our guests Molly O’Keefe, Codi Gary, and Julie Valerie!

We’ll see you again on the first Tuesday of October!

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RSVP: Decoding Social Media

First DraughtIt’s back to school for the kids, and it’s back to the writing classroom for First Draught this September! This month we’re tackling a big topic: social media.

We’re always looking for new strategies to use social media in our writing lives, so we thought we’d talk to three people we think are particularly social media savvy. This month, Molly O’Keefe, Codi Gary, and Julie Valerie are joining us to share their strategies, tips, and tricks for tackling Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and more.

The show hits the air at 8:30 PM EST on Tuesday, September 1st. 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!

Get It Together Blog Hop BannerAlso, we strongly recommend checking out the Get It Together Blog Hop going on August 31-September 4. It’s five days of organization tips, tricks, and advice to get your writing routine in shape for the fall. Plus there are plenty of prizes! Alexis, Mary Chris, and Julia will all be participating in the hop. You can find the full hop schedule at Alexandra Haughton or Lindsay Emory‘s blogs. You can also follow #GetItTogetherBlogHop

Drink of the Month (September): It’s Bitter, Baby

I’ve decided that when the drink of the month is a beer, I’ll choose a style of beer instead of one specific beer. Craft beer can be pretty regional and I would hate the thought of sending a west coast reader running around trying to find some fabulous ale that is only available on the east coast.

That being said– this month’s style is an IPA, but not just any ‘ole IPA. No, for September you’ll want to find the most hoppy IPA you can possibly find. The one where you put your nose over the glass and all you smell is deep citrus-y bitterness. The one that is going to sting the back of your tongue just a little bit (in all the best ways).

First Draught this month is all about social media, and let’s be honest– it can be a bitter pill to swallow at times. All you want to do is write and yet today’s publishing culture demands that you have an online presence. We’ll be chatting about how to figure out which sites are the best for you, how to use them to make genuine connections with readers, and how not to let it suck away all your writing time.

Just like that super-hopped IPA that seems like it’s going to be WAY too much, but has a sweet-ness to the finish, social media can be your new favorite thing. (Okay… maybe I’m getting a little carried away there, but we’ll at least help you make it drink-able.)

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To find a super hoppy IPA, look for styles with high IBUs (International Bitterness Units – yep, that’s actually a thing). Here are a few suggestions to get you started: Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute, Foothills Brewing’s Hoppyum, Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo, and Ballast Point’s Sculpin.

Cheers! And we’ll see you next Tuesday, September 1 at 8:30pm EST for First Draught!

Show Notes: How to Build Your Author Brand (Even When You Don’t Have a Book Out)

We had a fantastic conversation with Laura von Holt and Amy Jo Cousins last Tuesday about the ins and outs of building your author brand. We touched on the tangibles like fonts, covers, and websites, but we also discussed making sure that your voice on social media and other platforms is authentic.

There’s a lot of great stuff in here!

We wanted to be sure to highlight a few things we mentioned during the show.

Canva (the amazing graphics program we gushed about)

Shari Slade (Amy Jo’s brilliant confident and fellow author who just went through a site rebranding herself)

Book Beautiful (the author design service site that Amy Jo name dropped)

Lucas Stoffel (Laura’s fantastic website designer)

Font Fabric (The font resource Alexis Anne uses to find unique new fonts)

And here’s a closer look at our contributors:

Amy Jo Cousins

Off Campus

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Laura von Holt

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Alexis Anne

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Mary Chris Escobar

How to Fall

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Julia Kelly

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