So You Want To Be A Writer with Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait: Australian Writers' Centre podcast (general)

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 writer Kylie Scott, find out if it's worth pitching to overseas publishers, and discover how to make an editor happy.

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep112.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm AEDT

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 discover how to use Thunderclap for your next book launch. More advice on using unobtrusive speech tags and why being a good literary citizen will help you sell more books.

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm AEDT

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 of the week: “avuncular” and how to keep up with multiple social media platforms. Our Writer in Residence is author of “The Paper House”, Anna Spargo-Ryan.

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep110.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am AEDT

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 Instagrams to build your author platform.

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep109.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm AEDT

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 Leaders”. Check out Litsy, the new social media app for book lovers, find out why you need a decent photo as an author, and more!

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep108.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm AEDT

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, author of “The Media and the Massacre”. Hear tips for juggling parenthood and earning a regular income from writing, and much more. Show notes

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:42pm AEDT

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: get anentire book on a poster, learn about the crazy proposals of theProductivity Commission and how this impacts you. Discover what a "logophile" is and how to get traction on social media. MeetNatasha Lester, author of "A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald".

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm AEDT

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 platforms differ, and much more!

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm AEDT

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 break. Our Writer in Residence is Pamela Hart, author of "The War Bride". Also: should you try and find an agent or pitch directly to publishers, and more.

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep104.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37pm AEDT

The “internet” is now officially lowercase. Beware this children’s writing competition scam and find out what disgraced journalist Stephen Glass is up to now. Our Writer in Residence is children’s author Meg McKinlay. Also: an app that blocks distracting websites, tips on how to build an author platform when you have a common name (and your ideal domain is already taken), and much more.

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Direct download: SYWTBAW_Ep103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm AEDT