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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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This episode, Kate and Katherine catch up on events they've been doing. Then Katherine speaks with Gerii Pleitez, author of On the Sunday, She Created God and founder of Kara Sevda Press.Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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!Update Description (https://audioboom.com/posts/7425066-supporting-other-writers-charlotte-wood-on-rejection-writing-craft-and-bodies-of-work/edit)
How do you support other writers and the writing community? We talk about what we do and what we love when others do for us.Then Kate speaks with writer and mentor Charlotte Wood, an interview she's been looking forward to since the podcast began! They talk rejection, the writing craft and what looks different when you are eight books into a writing career.Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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!
A super special live panel event at Glee Books in Sydney! Kate speaks with writers Cassie Hamer, Ashley Kalagian Blunt and John Purcell about their first time feels.Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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!Update Description (https://audioboom.com/posts/7413234-professionalism-john-purcell-on-pseudonyms-writing-sex-what-sells-books/edit)
This week we work out how to get professional. Like, what do you put in an email signature and exactly how important is a website?Then Kate heads to Sydney to chat with author and bookseller, John Purcell, about how he's gone through the debut experience TWICE, how to write good sex and what really sells books.Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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 tax!  Isn't there an app that could do it for us? Should you have a business account?  Can you just use a shoe box for receipts?  Whatever you do, don't take our advice, we are not professionals.Then Katherine speaks with author Will Kostakis. There's a lot about schools: getting published when you're still going to one, visiting as an author, having visits cancel your visits for appalling reasons. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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 indulge in sharing some fab listener feedback (after we console each other on our one and only two star review!). We also respond to a listener question about the specifics of the editing process.Then Kate speaks with author and Gunai woman Jannali Jones at the Blak & Bright Festival. They discuss her #LoveOzYA debut MY FATHER'S SHADOW, how she juggles her career in law with her writing and her exploration of cultural identity. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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!
TW: In this episode we discuss eating disorders and also discuss the Black Saturday bushfires. This week we talk confidence. How do you foster it? And if you don't have it, how can you write like you do?Then Kate speaks with writer Alice Bishop about her debut collection A CONSTANT HUM, writing through trauma and the writers who inspire her.Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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's been in London and NY and Kate wants to know all the details. But is it wise to reveal all? They talk candidly about being...too candid.Then Kate speaks with Brisbane writer Ben Hobson all about his second novel, why he's got a soundtrack to go with it and the highlights of his self-drive book tour.Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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!
What's your relationship with audiobooks? This week we discuss our faves, our habits and why we couldn't handle listening to our own (but you should!). We also FINALLY discuss Kate's Big Book News!Then we speak to author and Director of Writers Victoria, Angela Savage about writing her fourth novel, switching genres and being a great member of a writing community.Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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!
Puff quotes!  What exactly are they?  Kate had about a million for Skylarking.  She's now navigating the awkward world of asking other authors to endorse her second novel.  Meanwhile, Katherine got asked to do one herself.  What did she learn?Then we speak to author RWR McDonald about Faber Writing Academy, trilogies and writing on public transport. Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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!
After a few weeks apart, the hosts catch up.  Kate's big news is...well, we still can't tell you. But we promise to fill you in VERY SOON! But we can tell you what we've been reading and listening to and what Katherine has planned for her US and UK visits.Then we speak to debut author Nina Kenwood about winning the Text prize, and what it's been like to bring her brand new book and brand new human into the world simultaneously (almost).Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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!
We are FINALLY back from our break and while we have news to share....we can't. Not yet, anyway. In lieu of that, we bring you a brand new deep dive on writers groups: how they work and how you might find yourself one. Then Kate speaks with Surf Coast #LoveOZYA writer, Mark Smith about how a short story turned into a trilogy, his top tips for school visits, and how to get your very own book banner.Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com (http://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!
The hosts talk about international rights deals and how theirs came to be.  Listeners get to hear who did the negotiations, what it was like for the authors and things to look out for.   Then an announcement: The podcast is taking a short hiatus.  Normal programming will resume in August.  Katherine talks to Jane Watkins, who is not only a publicist at Text Publishing, but Katherine’s publicist.  Listen in to hear about clammy hand holding, fee donations (IS ANYONE KEEPING A TRACK OF THIS?) and other insider insights!   Check out show notes for this episode on our website http://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!
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.
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