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.
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. 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! 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
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
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.
This episode, the hosts talk about international rights deals and how theirs came to be. Listeners get to hear who did the negotiations, what it was like for the authors and things to look out for. We also learn some of the countries that Robert Hillman’s book sold into. There's also an announcement: The podcast … Continue reading International rights, a short hiatus and publicist Jane Watkins on… publicity
After learning Tony Abbott only has one Word document and everything he’s ever written is in it, the hosts discuss what’s open on their computer when they write. Katherine is all about Scrivener, spreadsheets and Om Writer whereas Kate’s approach is less technological. No surprises there. Kate also journals a lot… The document for her … Continue reading Writing Process and Lee Kofman on writers groups, writers block and writing communities
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.
This episode Kate and Katherine do not talk about the fact Kate is still waiting. Instead, they discuss professional learning. The following gets a mention: Antoni Jach’s Masterclass. Shoot us an email if you want the secret password (/one of his flyers) A number of courses run through Writers Victoria including: Toni Jordan’s novel writing … Continue reading Professional learning and Rajith Savanadasa on documentary theatre, hot desks and the QWC/Hachette manuscript development program