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.

What to charge & James Bradley on climate change, criticism & fixing broken books.

Katherine received an invite to appear at a regional library. She didn't know what to charge (and Kate didn't answer her emails). How do you charge for events? Different rates for different things? Freebies? They discuss using the ASA rates of pay as a guideline. Then there are book clubs. Kate's only done one for her folks, … Continue reading What to charge & James Bradley on climate change, criticism & fixing broken books.

Waiting, worries & Davina Bell on writing for children

Katherine needs to debrief on her first ever hosting duties. She's been ruminating a little, and thinks there are some things she'll change when she does her next one... Kate is waiting. Just...waiting. Which she thinks is unbearable. The Twitter world suggested Netflix, whiskey, and more importantly, starting something new. Questions have started to trickle … Continue reading Waiting, worries & Davina Bell on writing for children

Summer reads & J.P Pomare on pragmatism, self doubt & tattoos.

After what seemed like an ENDLESS summer apart, Katherine and Kate catch up on what they read and listened to. Without planning, both read Sarah Krasnostein's The Trauma Cleaner as their first of the year, and both were stupendously impressed. Among Kate's highlights were Chloe Hooper's The Arsonist, Kristina Olssen's Shell and the audiobook of … Continue reading Summer reads & J.P Pomare on pragmatism, self doubt & tattoos.