An ending & Jamie Marina Lau on creativity, honesty & representation.

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.

Our super profitable side business & Irma Gold on putting your heart into the world.

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.

The Launch & Mark Brandi on fate, crime & Reebok Pumps.

Finally, Katherine's launch of The Helpline! Kate remembers her own launch felt like a wedding and Katherine talks through her feels, her braids and how she ended up eating Grill'd chips at the end of the night. We promised pics, so here's a few to show you what went down at Readings in Carlton. Then, … Continue reading The Launch & Mark Brandi on fate, crime & Reebok Pumps.

Money & Mandy Brett on editing, talent & tingly feelings.

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.

How we write & Danielle Binks on fan fic, #LoveOzYA & transferrable skills.

In this episode we talk about how we write. Or, to be specific, how we wrote our first books, because as we explain, things have changed. Kate liked writing on trains, NaNoWriMo, writing retreats (Varuna, Bundanon and a regular one with our writing group) and admits to being a 'binge writer' (as per Cheryl Strayed). Katherine … Continue reading How we write & Danielle Binks on fan fic, #LoveOzYA & transferrable skills.

Book covers & Karen Viggers on French audiences, re-writes and grappling with the human condition.

In this episode, the hosts talk covers. Kate did not want a lighthouse on hers! Oh dear. So what did she have in mind? Maybe Lucy Treloar’s Salt Creek or Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things. Speaking of floral covers! There’s a real thing about them… Katherine talks about The Helpline cover, and how when … Continue reading Book covers & Karen Viggers on French audiences, re-writes and grappling with the human condition.

Book Launch Planning & Jack Heath on writing to impress girls, sequels and the best way to approach promotions.

In this episode, Kate and Katherine discuss planning your book launch. Kate likes book launches a lot. So much so, she had two! Katherine enjoyed Kate’s launch and can still quote lines from Kate’s speech, which is frightening impressive. Katherine also asks Kate a pretty big question. It feels like a wedding! It’s the nicest … Continue reading Book Launch Planning & Jack Heath on writing to impress girls, sequels and the best way to approach promotions.

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.

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.