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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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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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!

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!

Don’t forget that you can also check out our brand new podcast feed on iTunes or Soundcloud. Subscribe to listen to our entire audio archive!

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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