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.

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

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

Hosting events & Sarah Mayberry on romance, euphemisms & independent publishing

Katherine’s been invited to do an event with Graeme Simsion, which let’s face it is pretty awesome but what’s she meant to actually do? She gets advice from Kate, who is as luck would have it, a pretty awesome host. (See this episode on author talks if you want to know what it’s like being … Continue reading Hosting events & Sarah Mayberry on romance, euphemisms & independent publishing