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.

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

Jealousy, FOMO & Carly Findlay on memoir, activism & love trumping hate

Image: Woman with red face and short, dark curly hair.  She's smiling. In this episode the hosts discuss FOMO.  Yes, Fear of Missing Out. They also discuss it’s counterpart: Actually Missing Out (AMO?) . Kate read this article by Jane Sullivan in The Age, which said writers should aim for a hundred rejections a year.  … Continue reading Jealousy, FOMO & Carly Findlay on memoir, activism & love trumping hate

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.

An ending & Jamie Marina Lau on creativity, honesty & representation.

It's the end of Season One. Wow. Katherine's debut The Helpline has gone from manuscript to a book on the shelf (and in readers hands!) and we've spoken to seventeen different guests across sixteen full length episodes with 10 500 listens and counting! So, we get emotional, and then, more seriously, we talk about the … Continue reading An ending & Jamie Marina Lau on creativity, honesty & representation.

Publicity & Alison Manning on what goes on in writers’ heads.

This week, Katherine and Kate discuss what happens the week after your book comes out. Kate talks about her first festival gig in Byron Bay, where she spoke in front of a crowd of oh, about four hundred people and Katherine gives the low down on her television appearance (check out her three and a … Continue reading Publicity & Alison Manning on what goes on in writers’ heads.

The Launch & Mark Brandi on fate, crime & Reebok Pumps.

Finally, Katherine's launch of The Helpline! Kate remembers her own launch felt like a wedding and Katherine talks through her feels, her braids and how she ended up eating Grill'd chips at the end of the night. We promised pics, so here's a few to show you what went down at Readings in Carlton. Then, … Continue reading The Launch & Mark Brandi on fate, crime & Reebok Pumps.

Feelings & Annabel Smith & Jane Rawson on firsts, festivals and asking for help.

Uh oh. Katherine looked at Goodreads. Now she feels awful. (Although let's remember this episode was recorded BEFORE KATHERINE'S BOOK EVEN CAME OUT.) So we talk about feelings. Katherine asks Kate what feelings are normal before your book comes out and Kate replies, 'everything'. There is some groaning and sighing and also talk of Tibetan … Continue reading Feelings & Annabel Smith & Jane Rawson on firsts, festivals and asking for help.

Money & Mandy Brett on editing, talent & tingly feelings.

In this episode we talk money. And let's be frank, we are not experts on how book money works. However, we do our best and we ARE candid about advances, royalties, rights, grants and our mutual adoration of libraries (and PLR payments!). Kate gives a nod to the amazing Honor Eastly and her Starving Artist podcast … Continue reading Money & Mandy Brett on editing, talent & tingly feelings.