Sophie Cunningham is a non-fiction writer, novelist, editor and climate activist; every day she posts an image of a tree on her Instagram @sophtreeofday. Author of seven books (and more to come) Cunningham is a Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to literature, was a co-founder of The Stella Prize, former editor … Continue reading Masters Series: Sophie Cunningham
Until Tuesday 31st March, 2020, we'd love for you to pitch us for our brand new series Conversations with Friends. All you need is a writer mate, some talking points and a way to record yourselves. We've got space for up to 10 episodes and we want to fit in as many fabulous authors as … Continue reading New Year, New Routines & Emily Clements on memoir, commas and riding the rollercoaster
Someone gave us a two star review. Katherine got a bit worried. We talk about the (mostly) fabulous feedback we get from our amazing listeners and we do a completely transparent request for your lovely reviews on iTunes, if you are so inclined. We also attempt to answer a question from one listener who wanted us … Continue reading Listener feedback & Jannali Jones on NanoWriMo, persistence & cultural identity
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
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.
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.
In this episode, Katherine and Kate provide an update on their super profitable side business. Which, it turns out, is a Patreon page. I know, right? Innovative. Here's the video that explains all. If you want to contribute, check it out here. Proceeds go towards paying our technical team to do the editing and production work … Continue reading Our super profitable side business & Irma Gold on putting your heart into the world.
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.
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.
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.