Post-Lockdown, AA on Envy & Nardi Simpson on Storytelling & Unknowing

We are now POST LOCKDOWN in Melbourne and we discuss the first things we did with our new found freedom. Katherine is on the home stretch of editing Book 2 and Kate is recovering from her Instagram takeover. (Also reminding you about our little GIVEAWAY over on our Instagram this week) Our Agony Aunt Charlotte … Continue reading Post-Lockdown, AA on Envy & Nardi Simpson on Storytelling & Unknowing

A deep dive: Kate Mildenhall’s The Mother Fault:

It seems fitting that in this our 100th (!!) episode, we do a deep dive into author and co-host Kate Mildenhall’s second novel #theMotherFault.  A warning: This one's riddles with spoilers so if you haven’t read the book yet, then a) what is wrong with you and b) I hope you don’t mind knowing Nick … Continue reading A deep dive: Kate Mildenhall’s The Mother Fault:

Housekeeping, headshots &Trent Dalton on second books & golden hearts

We catch up on what's getting us through this last little bit of lockdown. Katherine is laughing with JT Firstman on Instagram and watching The Real Housewives of Potomac. Kate is finally watching (& loving) Schitt's Creek and sobbing over My Octopus Teacher & the new David Attenborough. She's listening to a new and fabulous … Continue reading Housekeeping, headshots &Trent Dalton on second books & golden hearts

The rollercoaster & Sam Coley on perfectionism, road trips & the Richell Prize

It's three weeks since The Mother Fault came out and Kate is living the rollercoaster - the highs of reprint, the lows of Good Reads. Also lockdown. Still. Katherine wants to exchange interesting things, they discuss: David Mitchell's chapter in Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process edited by Joe FasslerJack … Continue reading The rollercoaster & Sam Coley on perfectionism, road trips & the Richell Prize

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