#dothework & Chris Flynn on speaking with mammoths, criticism & famous friends

As the world focusses on the #Blacklivesmatter movement and here in Australia we are reminded, again, of our terrible legacy of Black deaths in custody - we are sharing some books, resources and news sources from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and activists that you can explore if you haven't already. This is a … Continue reading #dothework & Chris Flynn on speaking with mammoths, criticism & famous friends

Pitching essays & Krissy Kneen on literary mafia, online events & erotica

It's that time in the 'publication journey' where Kate has to start pitching some loosely book related articles to help with promo. She's determined to do it better this time around and asks Katherine for help. They chat about some excellent recent examples including this one from Mcsweeneys and the excellent Debut in the Age … Continue reading Pitching essays & Krissy Kneen on literary mafia, online events & erotica

Reader engagement & Anita Heiss on storytelling, schedules & social media

How do you engage with readers? What's the etiquette when replying to messages and tags on social media? Do famous authors really reply to all their fan mail? And what are the most memorable messages authors have received from readers? We discuss what works and what feels weird and Kate outlines her (very short) plan … Continue reading Reader engagement & Anita Heiss on storytelling, schedules & social media

Research & Mirandi Riwoe on plotting, outrage and writing historical fiction

This week we talk research. Katherine's entertaining the idea of setting her next book in the past and Kate is frothing with excitement at the thought. They talk about research styles, pitfalls, procrastination holes and why the process is different for each book. They mention: Toni Jordan's research process (we interviewed her way back in … Continue reading Research & Mirandi Riwoe on plotting, outrage and writing historical fiction

Authors online & Sarah Bailey on routines, fast drafts & plotting crimes

Who even knows what week of #socialisolation it is, but we check in and see what's working and what's not. We chat about all the incredible ways authors have been taking their work online including but definitely not limited to: online launches and events including Zoom events with Avid Reader and Facebook launches like that … Continue reading Authors online & Sarah Bailey on routines, fast drafts & plotting crimes

Conversations with Friends #1: Thuy On & Nick Gadd

We are thrilled to present the very first episode of our Conversations with Friends series. An idea we've had for awhile, brought forward to combat some of the difficulties our entire book + publishing industry is facing during this pandemic crisis. This episode features two Melbourne writers: Thuy On and Nick Gadd talking about their … Continue reading Conversations with Friends #1: Thuy On & Nick Gadd

How to write, now & Alice Robinson on writing the anthropocene, motherhood & finding joy

How to write, right now? Kate and Katherine take two different approaches at this moment, which may of course change! Katherine is taking solace from a delightful listener email and an anecdote about Eleanor Dark, who apparently didn't write for the entire duration of WWII. So give yourself permission NOT to write at this time. … Continue reading How to write, now & Alice Robinson on writing the anthropocene, motherhood & finding joy

New Year, New Routines & Emily Clements on memoir, commas and riding the rollercoaster

Until Tuesday 31st March, 2020, we'd love for you to pitch us for our brand new series Conversations with Friends. All you need is a writer mate, some talking points and a way to record yourselves. We've got space for up to 10 episodes and we want to fit in as many fabulous authors as … Continue reading New Year, New Routines & Emily Clements on memoir, commas and riding the rollercoaster

Want to be on our podcast?

Dearests. We all need something to get us through these strange and sometimes scary days. We are (obviously) great believers in a good chat, and we are also keen on spreading the love right now, so we've come up with something we think you are going to like. We want to hear from you and … Continue reading Want to be on our podcast?

Second Book vs First Book & Mandy Beaumont on confidence & writing rage

Dearests, a quick note to let you know the next few eps are all pre-recorded and as such are blissfully pandemic free. Okay, so you all know we are deep in second book land. At the start of this new season we touch base on exactly how Book Two looks compared to Book One, in … Continue reading Second Book vs First Book & Mandy Beaumont on confidence & writing rage