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A podcast about the first time you...publish a book.
One part reality show, one part writers’ master class. Debut novelists Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall get practical advice from Australian writers on all the firsts: agents, editors, social media, reviews and if you need to get your nails done to match your book cover. And Kate makes Katherine spill the beans on all her feels in the lead up to the September launch of Katherine’s debut novel, The Helpline.
The First Time podcast is supported by partners RMIT University, Writers Victoria and ACT Writers Centre.
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After learning Tony Abbott only has one Word document on his computer and everything he’s ever written is in it, the hosts discuss their own writing processes.  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 work in progress is MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND words.   Then Katherine talks to Russian-born, Israeli-Australian novelist, short story writer, essayist, memoirist and former academic Lee Kofman.   Lee is the author of three fiction books (published in Israel in Hebrew).  She has edited two anthologies of personal essays by prominent Australian writers.  Lee’s most recent book, Imperfect is a work of creative non-fiction.   Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod.Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Two via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks for joining us!
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)? And how are you supposed to deal with reviews on social media?Then Kate speaks with writers Adut Wol Acek & Khalid Warsame about being contributors to the Growing Up African in Australia anthology and their writing lives. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod.Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Two via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks for joining us!
This week the hosts do not talk about Kate's waiting.  This does not get mentioned.  Instead, they discuss professional development.  Then Katherine talks to Melbourne-based author Rajith Savanadasa about documentary theatre, hot desks and the Hachette/QWC manuscript development program.  Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Two via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks for joining us!
This time with everything!This week Kate and Katherine discuss mentors.  Kate sings the praises of both formal and informal mentors and Katherine laments a work mentorship that never got off the ground.Then Kate speaks to writer of historical fiction for children, teens and adults (and mentor!), Kelly Gardiner. They cover everything from pirates to residencies to 'golden hours'.  BYO notebook.Check out the shownotes for this episode on our website: thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram at @thefirsttimepod
Katherine is confused about what to charge for a library gig. Also book clubs. As an author, do you go? Do you stay for dinner? And do you sign library books???Then Kate speaks to award winning writer & critic, James Bradley, about how he copes with writing climate change, writing through broken books and depression, and his advice for those dreaming of a creative career. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Two via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks for joining us!
Katherine googles the most annoying questions you can ask authors and she and Kate go through each question, rating how irritating they find it.  One of the most contentious is money and sales…  No surprises there.  Then Katherine talks Bram Presser, author of The Book of Dirt about documentary fiction, hommus and Jewish punk rock. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Two via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks so much.
Katherine debriefs on how her hosting duties went (verdict: good, maybe not great?) and Kate checks in on her rejection tally so far this year and wonders what to do while waiting to hear back on submissions. Then Kate speaks to award winning children's author, editor and publisher, Davina Bell. They talk about how Kate went in her pitch (eek!), what publishers are looking for and the secret to being a writer (hint: you already know this one).Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Two via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks so much.
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. Then the hosts chat to award winning romance author, Sarah Mayberry. They talk about writing romance, euphemisms and independent publishing. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Two via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks so much.
What do you do when you're happy for your writer friends, but also feel maybe a teeny tiny bit 'weird' about their success? In this episode, Kate and Katherine discuss jealousy, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and the little known, AMO (Actually Missing Out). Then the hosts chat to award winning writer, speaker and appearance activist, Carly Findlay. They talk about memoir, activism and love triumphing hate. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod. Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Two via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks so much.
Kate and Katherine are thrilled to be back in the studio and catching up over their summer reads (and listens) and their goals for the year as they embark on getting their second books out in the world.The S2 interview guest list kicks off with J.P Pomare, debut author of the hugely anticipated psychological thriller CALL ME EVIE. They talk getting a foot in the door, writing for the marker and how far is too far with your literary agent.Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter or Instagram @thefirsttimepod and let us know your literary goals for the year. Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Two via our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/user/overview?u=14470635! Thanks so much.
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