Positivity and Agony Aunt Charlotte Wood

This episode Kate and Katherine are feeling slightly more positive about life and lockdown.  Maybe it's because of award winning author and creative powerhouse Charlotte Wood is the podcast's new agony aunt!  Squee! https://audioboom.com/posts/7659168-positivity-and-agony-aunt-charlotte-wood This week's question is from Little Fish on what to expect from your agent. If you have questions you want answered, … Continue reading Positivity and Agony Aunt Charlotte Wood

Lockdown 2.0 & Kate Grenville on rejection, generosity & rules for editing

Oh, Melbourne, here we are again in Lockdown 2.0. We try and look on the bright side and discuss what we enjoyed about our first lockdown and what, if anything we're going to do differently second time around. Kate is heading into The Word Cave with Sarah Sentilles this coming week in an attempt to … Continue reading Lockdown 2.0 & Kate Grenville on rejection, generosity & rules for editing

Motherhood & Anna Downes on anxiety, agent-hunting & international auctions

We received am email from listener Elizabeth Passmore asking us how to find time to write while in the trenches of early motherhood. Some things we mention you might like to check out: The Motherhood ed Jamila RivziMotherhood and Creativity ed Rachel PowerRufi Thorpe's essay Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid Then we speak to debut author, … Continue reading Motherhood & Anna Downes on anxiety, agent-hunting & international auctions

Listening recommendations and Laura McPhee-Browne on short form fiction, covers and the power of a good bio

In this episode Kate and Katherine give listening recommendations! https://audioboom.com/posts/7612980-listening-recommendations-and-laura-mcphee-browne-on-short-form-fiction-covers-and-the-power-of The following get mentioned: Chernobyl podcast Debutante: Race, Resistance and Girl Power, via Audible Slow Burn, second season on Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton The New York Times Rabbit Hole This episode of Good One with Hannah Gadsby Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (technically … Continue reading Listening recommendations and Laura McPhee-Browne on short form fiction, covers and the power of a good bio

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

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