Episodes

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.

International rights, a short hiatus and publicist Jane Watkins on… publicity

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

Writing Process and Lee Kofman on writers groups, writers block and writing communities

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

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.

Professional learning and Rajith Savanadasa on documentary theatre, hot desks and the QWC/Hachette manuscript development program

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

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.

The worst things to ask authors and Bram Presser on documentary fiction, hommus and Jewish punk rock

First up, we have a newsletter! Sign up here. Katherine googles the most annoying questions you can ask authors. Here’s the list.  The hosts go through each question, rating how irritating they find it.  One of the most contentious is money and sales... No surprises there.  (For more info on money, sales and other awkward … Continue reading The worst things to ask authors and Bram Presser on documentary fiction, hommus and Jewish punk rock