So You Want To Be A Writer with Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait: Australian Writers' Centre podcast
By Australian Writers' Centre
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Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. Whether you love the creative inspiration of Elizabeth Gilbert, the life-hacking non-fiction of Tim Ferriss or the phenomena that is JK Rowling, you’ll find it here.
||CleanWRITER 153: Do you need an agent? Am I a real writer if I write children's books?||In this minisode: Should I get an agent if I can negotiate myself? How do I respond to friends who don't think I'm a real writer when I write children's books? Got a question for Val and Al? Ask at email@example.com | Find the...||25 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 152: How to write historical fiction. And meet David Crystal, author of ‘Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English||Breathe magazine launches and Yen mag closes. Discover some great tips on how to write historical fiction and learn a neat trick for dealing with research for multiple articles. Meet the dynamic and engaging David Crystal, author of ‘Making Sense:...||20 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 151: When you can call yourself a writer, and how to pitch your series fiction.||In this minisode: Debbi wants to know when she can call herself a writer, and Holly queries whether she should pitch her stand alone novel as part of a potential series. Got a question for Val and Al? Ask at firstname.lastname@example.org Show notes...||16 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 150: How to write dialogue. And meet author and illustrator Tania McCartney.||Discover tips for writing great dialogue, why learning about your craft is vital (even for writing veterans), and how whiteboard planning can help your creative writing. Shoutout to AWC graduate Penelope Janu who landed a two-book deal. Learn the...||13 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 149: Story timeline dilemmas and pen names.||In this minisode: Layne wants to know about how to write stories with different timelines. And Bohdi asks whether he should write under different pen names for different genres. Got a question for Val and Al? Ask at email@example.com Show...||9 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 148: How to research your genre. And meet Vanessa Carnevale, author of ‘The Florentine Bridge’.||How to research your genre (and why you should), the counter-intuitive benefits of scheduling your writing, and fortune cookie writer gets writer’s block! Discover how you could win an animal lovers’ book pack. Valerie’s word of the week is...||6 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 147: World building, rugby league and stealing someone's story.||In this minisode: Andrew wants to know how Allison approached her world building and which rugby league teams we support! And we discuss a writer’s dilemma on someone who may have stolen her story. Got a question for Val and Al? Ask at...||2 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 146: How to do a structural edit. And meet Nicole Hayes, author of ‘A Shadow’s Breath’.||Discover how to become an insanely good writer, the life-changing magic of tidying up your writing, and learn the meaning of the word "paraph". You’ll meet Nicole Hayes, author of ‘A Shadow’s Breath’, find out how to do a structural edit, and...||1 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 145: Writing under a pen name; and publishing options for a parenting book.||In this minisode: Bill wants to write and create social media platforms under a pen name. Simone asks about different publishing options for her parenting book. Got a question for Val and Al? Ask at firstname.lastname@example.org Show notes Email us:...||26 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 144: 5 things you can learn by writing every day. And meet children’s author Oliver Phommavanh.||Find out 5 things you can learn by writing every day and 7 steps to help you write your novel. You’ll meet children’s author and standup comedian Oliver Phommavanh. Plus, discover why your author newsletter is so important and much more! This...||24 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 143: Smutty fiction and bank accounts||In this minisode: Anna asks whether her smutty fiction past will help or harm her prospects. And we answer a question about whether different types of writing income (book writing and copywriting) can go into the same bank account. Got a question for...||19 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 142: The latest plagiarism scandal. And meet Jarett Kobek, author of the runaway hit “I Hate the Internet”.||Vote for your favourite Australian author, hear about the latest plagiarism scandal, and discover the worst words of last year. Get more writing done in 2017 with some useful writing tips. Find out the benefits of Facebook groups to build your author...||17 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 141: Awesome hacks that will give you more time to write. And meet Kristel Thornell, author of “On the Blue Train”.||Awesome hacks that will give you more time to write, famous typos from first editions, and discover how to set your writing goals for 2017. Meet Kristel Thornell, author of “On the Blue Train”. Also: why you need to do a social media audit and...||9 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 140: Bring your personality into your author platform. And meet Beatrice Colin, author of “To Capture What We Cannot K||Holiday packing tips for writers, top punctuation mistakes, the science behind reading print books for kids. Our word of the week is “fart”. Discover how you could win a copy of “The Girl On The Train” book and DVD pack. Why you need to bring...||8 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 139: How to use your holidays to prepare for 2017. And meet Mark Tedeschi QC, author of “Murder at Myall Creek”.||Discover how you can use your holidays to prepare for 2017. Do you have bibliophilic tendencies? We think you might! You’ll also meet Mark Tedeschi QC, author of “Murder at Myall Creek”. Plus, we reveal our favourite episodes of 2016 and much...||19 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 138: The daily writing habit you need; And meet young adult author Rachael Craw.||The daily writing habit you need and 8 steps to writing a profile story. Find great gifts for the other book lovers in your life. Discover your chance to win the epic 12 Days of Christmas book pack. Plus, meet young adult author Rachael Craw! We’ll...||13 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 137: Get this random writing prompt generator. And meet award-winning author Hannah Kent.||Get a random emoji writing prompt generator (yes, you read that correctly), and have you heard about this writing award with a difference? You’ll also get hints on how to craft a good love scene, unearth some great gifts for writers, and learn the...||5 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 136: Stop having a “romantic fantasy” about your life as a writer. And meet rural romance sensation, Karly Lane.||Discover 4 huge novels that started in NaNoWriMo and tips from famous authors to help you finally write that book. Stop having a “romantic fantasy” about your life as a writer and find out how you could win a copy of “Pilot: a diary for...||28 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 135: A new book on pronunciation; and meet Laura Greaves, author of “Incredible Dog Journeys”.||Have you been mispronouncing words? Find out with a new book on pronunciation. What are the crossroads you'll face when publishing a novel? And what no one tells you about pages proofs and blurb requests. Discover how you could win a Surface Pro 4!...||22 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 134: How to improve your dialogue. And children’s author Wendy Orr on how her book was turned into a Hollywood movie s||Discover great resources for children’s writers and seven ways to improve your dialogue. Bookworms rejoice: Kindle Unlimited launches in Australia. Learn how you could win a Surface Pro 4. And meet children’s author, Wendy Orr, who talks about how...||16 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 133: We talk to “Divergent” author Veronica Roth about her new book “Carve The Mark”.||10 tools you can use to jumpstart your NaNoWriMo novel and draw your own maps with cartography software for fantasy writers. Learn how to tame your emails! Astound your friends by casually dropping “syzygy” into conversations about the upcoming...||7 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 132: Should you review other authors’ books? And meet Duncan McNab, author of the true crime story of Roger Rogerson.||Amazon has changed its review policy and what you need to know. Should you review other authors’ books? Grammar mistakes to avoid, and how to be creative every day. Discover how you could win a Surface Pro 4! Plus, meet Duncan McNab, author of the...||31 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 131: Can you really buy book awards? And meet songwriter and novelist Holly Throsby.||Vanity book awards and why you should think twice before buying one. Mistakes made by newbie authors and things you can learn from Man Booker Prize shortlisted authors. Win a pack of books to regift for Christmas (or keep all to yourself). Meet...||24 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 130: How to say “YES” to your writing career. And meet actor, children’s book writer and illustrator Richard Roxbu||Discover famous writers who had totally unrelated day jobs. Get yourself ready for NaNoWriMo success, and how to say “YES” to your writing career. Valerie digs up the origins of the word “dinosaur”. Meet actor, children’s book writer and...||18 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 129: How did Candice Fox co-write with James Patterson? Meet Giuseppe Poli, IT guy by day, children’s book illustrator||Discover celebrities reading audiobooks, why you should write a “zero draft”, and how to sell 100 million copies of your book. Find out how Australian crime writer Candice Fox ended up co-writing with James Patterson. Meet Giuseppe Poli, IT guy by...||10 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 128: Can your short story turn into a novel? And meet Katherine Johnson, author of “The Better Son”||Discover if you can turn your short story into a novel and how to write when life is nuts. Tips for setting yourself up as a full-time writer. Your chance to win a graphic novel pack. Meet Katherine Johnson, author of “The Better Son”. Learn the...||6 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 127: How to write better dialogue, what writers really earn, and meet author Jay Kristoff.||Discover why John Green might not write another book and get tips on how to write better dialogue. Do you know what writers really earn? Also: how do you know when your writing is “good enough”? Meet author Jay Kristoff. Plus: a serialised...||27 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 126: What makes you stop reading a book? How to be interviewed as a writer. And meet memoirist Toni Tapp Coutts.||The main factors that stop readers from finishing books. Effective strategies for surviving working alone. How to avoid being sued when writing your memoir. Finding good words for body parts. Impress your friends with the word "ineffable". Meet...||19 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 125: Can you be a successful freelance writer with a pen name? And meet science writer Sarah Keenihan.||Can you be a successful freelance writer with a pen name? Submission tips from Curtis Brown agents; Discover which six of Roald Dahl’s words are now in the dictionary and find out what's happening in Allison Tait's world. Meet science writer Sarah...||13 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 124: The biggest mistake writers make when applying for jobs. And Nathan Besser, author of “Man in the Corner”.||Discover the biggest mistake writers make when applying for jobs and 5 common plotting errors. What happens when a client wants you to deliver more than what was agreed on? Moleskin have opened a Moleskine café! Win a copy of "Rebellious Daughters"...||5 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 123: How to write a memoir about a painful experience. Meet Louise Doughty, author of "Black Water".||Gawker is closing down, discover why you’ll never finish your novel and how to write a memoir about a painful experience. Meet Louise Doughty, author of “Black Water”. Plus: writing tools for authors, great content marketing examples for author...||29 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 122: You’ve written your first draft: now what? And meet AWC graduate Fleur Ferris, author of "Black".||You have written your first draft: now what? Indie magazines are flourishing and reading will help you live longer. We touch on resume writers and reasons why someone will stop reading your novel. Meet AWC graduate Fleur Ferris whose second novel...||22 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 121: What other writers can teach you about writing, and meet James Phelps, author of “Australia’s Toughest Prisons:||What other writers can teach you about writing, why no writing is wasted, Michelle Field’s plagiarism scandal, and the lost art of letter writing. Impress your friends and readers by using inchoate correctly. Meet James Phelps, author of...||14 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 120: How to write for magazines; and Alan Baxter, author of the dark, weird and fantastic.||Discover the art of translating foreign language fiction, a competition for children, how to write for magazines, and why we need teacher librarians. Our word of the week is preternatural. You’ll also meet Alan Baxter, author of the dark, weird and...||8 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 119: Smart ways to publicise your book and meet L.A. Larkin, author of the new thriller “Devour”.||Why you should submit to literary journals and how to give your writing rhythm. Smart ways to publicise your book, how to cope when your freelance writing client dumps you, and tips for surviving a structural edit. Meet L.A. Larkin, author of the new...||31 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 118: The huge self-publishing success of romance writers, and meet author John Birmingham.||Are you writing a hybrid book? Discover the people writing poetry as a service and the predictive text generator writing fan fiction. We dive into the huge self-publishing success of romance writers and share the meaning of ineluctable. Our writer in...||25 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 117: Author Nova Weetman, new doco on romance writing and 6 tips for getting more traffic on your author blog.||A new documentary on the romance writing industry, scientists discover what causes writer’s block and seven ways to make yourself a better editor. Scrivener fans rejoice: Scrivener is now on iOS. Plus: discover what editors look for on an opening...||18 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 116: Meet Kimberly McCreight, bestselling author of “The Outliers”.||A book of tweets from writers who should be working on their novels and a history of wordprocessing. Discover some commonly misused words. We ask why do romance authors get a bad rap? Meet Kimberly McCreight, bestselling author of “The Outliers”....||11 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 115: Hip hop in schools to encourage appreciation of literature. Meet journalist Jennifer Hansen, author of “Making He||Five entrepreneurial tips for authors who want to up their game and an English teacher’s hip hop curriculum is encouraging appreciation of literature. Discover the art of video game writing and and some tips on querying agents and publishers. Wow...||4 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 114: Are you afraid to listen to your own audiobook? Is cursive writing now obsolete? Meet graphic novelist Shane W Smit||Discover which author broke through after four flops and the author afraid to listen to her own audiobook. We discuss if cursive writing is now obsolete and more reasons to occasionally write by hand. Impress (or tire) your friends with the meaning of...||27 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 113: Why women are killing it in crime writing and meet author Belinda Murrell.||What was the defining moment that made you become a writer? Find out why women are killing it in crime writing and the reason essay writing services are booming. Impress your friends with the origin of the word "nicotine". Meet bestselling children's...||19 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 112: How to make an editor happy and meet romance writer Kylie Scott.||Grammar mistakes you should correct, visit a book store with no books, and Chuck Palahniuk releases a colouring book for adults. Find out which six dialogue habits are killing your story and discover the meaning of milquetoast. Also: meet romance...||14 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 111: What really goes on in an author's day. And meet Steve Lewis, co-author of "Secret City"||Find out which authors took more than five years to write their books, why Judy Blume opened a book shop at age 78, and what really goes on in an author’s day. Plus: learn the meaning of "bucolic", meet Steve Lewis, co-author of "Secret City", and...||8 6 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 110: Turn your "off" writing days into "on" days and meet author of “The Paper House” Anna Spargo-Ryan.||The worst ways to begin your novel and other advice for authors. Discover how to turn your “off” writing days into “on” days and how to refill your creative well. Plus how a “mommy blog” ruined the blogger’s life. You’ll learn our word...||30 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 109: Breaking up with your novel, what to look for in a writers’ group and meet author Sue Whiting.||Breaking up with your novel, what to look for in a writers' group, bogus writing rules you should ignore, and tax tips for writers who hate maths. Plus: discover the meaning of "stultify" and meet author Sue Whiting. Also: how to use other people's...||23 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 108: Why you should consider writing longhand and meet publishing doyenne Marina Go, author of “Break Through: 20 Succ||The benefits of writing longhand and famous writers and their first word processor (can you remember yours?). Discover what “peripatetic” means and meet publishing doyenne Marina Go, author of “Break Through: 20 Success Strategies For Female...||17 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 107: Do skinny pretty writers get more book deals? And meet Sonya Voumard, author of “The Media and the Massacre”.||Beware where you send your manuscript. Do skinny pretty writers get more book deals? Discover writing tips from bestselling YA authors, how to speed up your writing, and what “feckless” mean. Plus: a blog for teen writers and meet Sonya Voumard,...||10 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 106 Write bestselling books on your daily commute, and meet Natasha Lester, author of “A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald”.||How author of "The Girl on the Train", Paula Hawkins, took fourbooks before she really found her voice, how to read a publicationto find out what the editors are looking for, and meet the lawyerwho wrote bestselling books on his daily commute. Plus:...||3 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 105: Get into the mind of your character with Method Writing; and meet journalist turned novelist Kayte Nunn, author of||Get into the mind of your character with Method Writing, handwriting has its advantages; and meet journalist turned novelist Kayte Nunn, author of “Rose’s Vintage”. Plus: an app that spots unnecessary words, how nonfiction and fiction author...||19 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWRITER 104: The woman who plagiarised another author’s novels; win $10,000; Meet Pamela Hart, author of “The War Bride”.||An author discovers her novels were plagiarised by a stranger, common online copywriting errors, apps for writers, and $10,000 up for grabs in the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. Plus: the meaning of "foment" and getting back into blogging after a...||12 4 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Fantastic writing podcast!
This is a wonderful, informative, friendly podcast. I find this show refreshing and makes no apologies for the work required or practicalities of the writing vocation. And the app recommendations and interviews are a great inclusion in every show.
I binge-listened to all your episodes and now I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment! I also love the yarns about typewriters - I am a typonut too and have one at home!
A veritable goldmine!
This truly is a goldmine of information. It is invaluable for me as I'm doing a distance learning course and would otherwise feel isolated from classroom/industry discussion. Instead, I feel I am engaged in my topic all the time (even when I'm making dinner, doing dishes, folding laundry, pushing the pushchair etc.). There is something relevant in every episode and I have taken so many notes, discovered so many great resources and been inspired by interviewed authors and the hosts alike. Thank you ladies, please don't stop!
My current favourite podcast
I've just finished listening to the back catalogue. Al and Val keep me amused and motivated about my writing, which is awesome. But their 'writer in residence' feature has introduced me to so many new authors and loads of fantastic books. Win win - go you guys.