Episodes

Origin stories & Penni Russon on motherhood, optimism & the writing community.

This week we discuss the narratives we tell about how our books came to be. Kate worries that she made up a story of 'accidentally stumbling' into publication and talks about what she's doing differently this time around. Katherine is coming to a fast realisation how quickly the story gets ahead of you and she's … Continue reading Origin stories & Penni Russon on motherhood, optimism & the writing community.

Editing & Graeme Simsion on readers, romance and not picking favourites.

This week the hosts discuss the editing process. Kate talks about having an editor on board early on, and Katherine says that The Helpline ‘clicked’ pretty late in the piece.  The hosts reveal how many words got culled along the way, and which specific words they couldn’t stop using. Kate liked ‘little’ and Katherine had … Continue reading Editing & Graeme Simsion on readers, romance and not picking favourites.

Social media & Toni Jordan on planes, publishers & getting out of the house.

In this episode, Kate and Katherine discuss social media. Katherine is a lurker. Kate used to be but is much better at it now. That said, Kate does describe an ill-fated photo shoot featuring gum boots, a chicken shed and some small children, so the original bar may have been set quite low*. The hosts … Continue reading Social media & Toni Jordan on planes, publishers & getting out of the house.

Promotional YouTube videos & Jacinta di Mase on second chances, pitching, and what agents bring to the table

In this episode, Kate and Katherine discuss making promotional YouTube videos. Katherine asks Kate about hers and they check other authors to see who has the most views. You’ll never guess who it is. Katherine bemoans the state of her hair and the hosts wonder why their faces look so weird in the opening footage. … Continue reading Promotional YouTube videos & Jacinta di Mase on second chances, pitching, and what agents bring to the table

How to give an author talk & Melanie Cheng on short story, speeches & pressing send.

In this episode, Kate and Katherine discuss Author Talks. Katherine has to do one at the Word for Word festival at Geelong, but what is she even going to talk about? Kate explains what she does and how it changes, depending on the audience. There’s a lot to think about: Q & A versus presentation? … Continue reading How to give an author talk & Melanie Cheng on short story, speeches & pressing send.

A beginning & Claire G. Coleman on story, prizes & luck.

In this episode, Katherine and Kate explain how The First Time podcast came to be. Then in the main event, we speak to writer Claire G. Coleman about writing while travelling, being brave, the writing community and the kinds of writing awards Claire would like to see more of. https://audioboom.com/posts/6951650-a-beginning-claire-g-coleman-on-story-prizes-luck Claire G. Coleman is a Noongar … Continue reading A beginning & Claire G. Coleman on story, prizes & luck.

Meet your hosts

This week we have two tiny little tasters for you before we roll out the red carpet for the REAL guests next week. Let us introduce ourselves. You can listen here or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. https://audioboom.com/posts/6936596-all-about-kate-mildenhall For more on Kate head to her website or check her out on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. … Continue reading Meet your hosts

Guess who’s coming to The First Time?

We've got a little something to get you excited about Season One of The First Time...a taste of what we have coming up, and some snippets of wisdom from three glorious guests who feature in our early episodes. Recognise their dulcet tones? Let us know in the comments or on twitter or Instagram. You can … Continue reading Guess who’s coming to The First Time?