Episodes

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

Waiting, worries & Davina Bell on writing for children

Katherine needs to debrief on her first ever hosting duties. She's been ruminating a little, and thinks there are some things she'll change when she does her next one... Kate is waiting. Just...waiting. Which she thinks is unbearable. The Twitter world suggested Netflix, whiskey, and more importantly, starting something new. Questions have started to trickle … Continue reading Waiting, worries & Davina Bell on writing for children

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.