Comfort zones and Sarah Hopkins on utopia, dystopia and real life as inspiration

This week, the hosts talk comfort zones and what’s pushed them this year.  For Katherine is was The Book Show's literary debate literary debate (LISTEN HERE), with authors Robert Lukins , Jock Serong, Angela Savage, Melanie Cheng and Wayne Macauley Check out Angela Savage's post on what it was like.   Kate’s done a bunch of … Continue reading Comfort zones and Sarah Hopkins on utopia, dystopia and real life as inspiration

Lazy Thursday nights and Gerii Pleitez on creativity, writing and Kara Sevda Press

Kate and Katherine catch up on events they've been doing. Katherine hosted a live podcast recording at the launch of Darebin Council's n-SCRIBE literary magazine.  Check it out here. Meanwhile, Kate, has been working with Trentham Primary School, helping students write their very own picture books and launching them into the world.  They're all award … Continue reading Lazy Thursday nights and Gerii Pleitez on creativity, writing and Kara Sevda Press

Tax and Will Kostakis on doing school visits and not doing school visits. Controversy!

  This week we talk tax!  Isn't there an app that could do it for us? Should you have a business account?  Can you just use a shoe box for receipts?  Whatever you do, don't take our advice, we are not professionals. Mentioned:  RAIZ app for automating investments ABC article about income averaging Kate and … Continue reading Tax and Will Kostakis on doing school visits and not doing school visits. Controversy!

Puff quotes and RWR McDonald on Faber Academy, trilogies and writing on public transport

Puff quotes!  What exactly are they?  Kate had about a million on Skylarking.  She's now navigating the awkward world of asking other authors to endorse her second novel.  Meanwhile, Katherine got asked to do a puff quote.  Um... Where do you even begin? Then Katherine talks to RWR McDonald. https://audioboom.com/posts/7369515-puff-quotes-and-rwr-mcdonald-on-faber-academy-trilogies-and-writing-on-public-transport RWR McDonald is a Kiwi … Continue reading Puff quotes and RWR McDonald on Faber Academy, trilogies and writing on public transport

A catch up and Nina Kenwood on prizes, babies and writing in secret

And weeeeeeee're back! After a few weeks apart, the hosts catch up.  The big news is...well, we still can't tell you. But we promise to fill you in VERY SOON! Then there's a lot of talk about reading and listening and the following get gold star reviews: Lanny, Max Porter Spring, Ali Smith Audio books … Continue reading A catch up and Nina Kenwood on prizes, babies and writing in secret

International rights, a short hiatus and publicist Jane Watkins on… publicity

This episode, the hosts talk about international rights deals and how theirs came to be. Listeners get to hear who did the negotiations, what it was like for the authors and things to look out for. We also learn some of the countries that Robert Hillman’s book sold into. There's also an announcement: The podcast … Continue reading International rights, a short hiatus and publicist Jane Watkins on… publicity

Writing Process and Lee Kofman on writers groups, writers block and writing communities

After learning Tony Abbott only has one Word document and everything he’s ever written is in it, the hosts discuss what’s open on their computer when they write. Katherine is all about Scrivener, spreadsheets and Om Writer whereas Kate’s approach is less technological. No surprises there. Kate also journals a lot… The document for her … Continue reading Writing Process and Lee Kofman on writers groups, writers block and writing communities

Professional learning and Rajith Savanadasa on documentary theatre, hot desks and the QWC/Hachette manuscript development program

This episode Kate and Katherine do not talk about the fact Kate is still waiting. Instead, they discuss professional learning. The following gets a mention: Antoni Jach’s Masterclass. Shoot us an email if you want the secret password (/one of his flyers) A number of courses run through Writers Victoria including: Toni Jordan’s novel writing … Continue reading Professional learning and Rajith Savanadasa on documentary theatre, hot desks and the QWC/Hachette manuscript development program

The worst things to ask authors and Bram Presser on documentary fiction, hommus and Jewish punk rock

First up, we have a newsletter! Sign up here. Katherine googles the most annoying questions you can ask authors. Here’s the list.  The hosts go through each question, rating how irritating they find it.  One of the most contentious is money and sales... No surprises there.  (For more info on money, sales and other awkward … Continue reading The worst things to ask authors and Bram Presser on documentary fiction, hommus and Jewish punk rock