Supporting other writers & Charlotte Wood on rejection, writing craft and bodies of work

How do you support your writing tribe? We chat about shout outs, buying books, ways to participate in the industry and Katherine's upcoming debate for Radio National at The State Library. We shout out to some of our fave local bookstores including Eltham Bookshop, Pickwick & Sprout in Hurstbridge and Readings, Carlton and we implore our … Continue reading Supporting other writers & Charlotte Wood on rejection, writing craft and bodies of work

Live event: Cassie Hamer, Ashley Kalagian Blunt & John Purcell at Glee Books

We catch up on editing progress and being on retreat. Then Kate gushes about the fabulous time she had in Sydney meeting First Time fans, running a podcast workshop and hanging out at Glee Books with three fabulous authors, Cassie Hamer, Ashley Kalagian Blunt and John Purcell in First Time Feels, our first recorded live … Continue reading Live event: Cassie Hamer, Ashley Kalagian Blunt & John Purcell at Glee Books

Professionalism & John Purcell on pseudonyms, writing sex & what sells books

We put on our most professional outfits to discuss professionalism. We discuss: email signatures the difference between gravity sewer and pressure sewer (you really do have to listen) websites (Kate's new website will be live soon, and if you like the look, she used Jin & Co) Nina Kenwood (who we interviewed recently) and her … Continue reading Professionalism & John Purcell on pseudonyms, writing sex & what sells books

Listener feedback & Jannali Jones on NanoWriMo, persistence & cultural identity

Someone gave us a two star review. Katherine got a bit worried. We talk about the (mostly) fabulous feedback we get from our amazing listeners and we do a completely transparent request for your lovely reviews on iTunes, if you are so inclined. We also attempt to answer a question from one listener who wanted us … Continue reading Listener feedback & Jannali Jones on NanoWriMo, persistence & cultural identity

Confidence & Alice Bishop on reading, writing trauma & quietness.

TW: This episode contains discussion of the experience of living with an eating disorder, and also discussion of the Black Saturday bushfires. Confidence. How do you foster it? Kate went to see Madeline Dore interview with Zoe Foster Blake at the Melbourne Writers Festival and they chat about why this was a lightbulb moment in terms … Continue reading Confidence & Alice Bishop on reading, writing trauma & quietness.

Travels & Ben Hobson on book tours, soundtracks & second books

Katherine's been gallivanting in NY and London. So was it all champagne soaked publisher lunches? Katherine's adventures were partly for new book research and she had the wonderful help of The Neilma Sidney Travel Fund. Check it out! Fabulous opportunity from Writers Victoria and it's open RIGHT NOW! And just how much candour is too much? … Continue reading Travels & Ben Hobson on book tours, soundtracks & second books

Audiobooks & Angela Savage on switching genres, PhDs & writing community.

Audiobooks. Do you listen? How? Where? And what are your faves? If you're a published author, have you listened to your own? Kate and Katherine struggled to listen to theirs, but bring you a snippet of both The Helpline audiobook and Skylarking. Among other things, they discuss the delights of listening to (anything with) Stephen Fry … Continue reading Audiobooks & Angela Savage on switching genres, PhDs & writing community.

Writers Groups & Mark Smith on confidence, school visits & writing trilogies.

We are BACK from hiatus, and while we have to wait just a little longer to share some exciting news, we've got this brand-spanking-new episode where we talk about writers groups; being in them and how we found our own tribes. We also try to answer a listener question about when it might be time … Continue reading Writers Groups & Mark Smith on confidence, school visits & writing trilogies.

Listener Q’s & Adut Wol Akec & Khalid Warsame on Growing Up African in Australia.

This week we answer your questions!! What steps did we take to get our manuscripts ready to submit? Were we spurned by mates who didn't turn up to our launches (and will we name and shame them if we were)? And how are you supposed to deal with reviews on social media? Do you respond? … Continue reading Listener Q’s & Adut Wol Akec & Khalid Warsame on Growing Up African in Australia.

Mentors & Kelly Gardiner on pirates, Twitter & getting the writing done.

Kate and Katherine talk mentors. Kate sings the praises of informal mentors such as this week's guest, Kelly Gardiner, and also her formal mentorship with writer Charlotte Wood. Katherine laments a work mentorship gone wrong. What about mentoring others? And what's the difference between mentoring and being a member of a good writing community? Kate … Continue reading Mentors & Kelly Gardiner on pirates, Twitter & getting the writing done.