About Valerie Khoo

Valerie Khoo is founder and national director of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country's leading centre for writing courses. She is a journalist, blogger and author. Her latest book is "Power Stories: The 8 stories you MUST tell to build an epic business" (Wiley). Valerie is a keynote speaker, small business commentator, and investor and mentor to startups and businesses in Australia.

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Ep 15 Ask questions to writers, what writers really earn, why you need Canva, and meet split personality author Kim Wilkins/Kimberley Freeman.

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about take a break to write, Goodreads launches ‘ask the author’ section, old writer’s notebooks, author earnings: established vs debut, Amazon and Hachette to decide future of book publishing and what this means for you, the comprehensive book blogger list, Writer in Residence Dr. Kim Wilkins (aka Kimberley Freeman), why you need Canva in your life and those famous last words: “I’ll write when…”

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Ep 14 Interviewing your heroes, how write to get a house, and should you use Scrivener? And meet author/columnist Mark Dapin.

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about we ask is the Internet an enemy of writers’ creativity? Huffington Post and Techcrunch establish a presence in Australia, how to make story time count with your kids, free homes to dedicated writers, the book ‘Everyone can write’ by Howard Gelman, build your following before your book deal, Writer in Residence Mark Dapin, is Scrivener right for you? And why you need to treat your writing as a business.

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Join me for a Tweetchat: Thursday 29 May 12 noon

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I love Twitter. So when Suzi Dafnis from the wonderful Australian Businesswomen’s Network asked me if I wanted to be involved in a Tweetchat, of course I said yes!

This is a chance for anyone to ask me questions in real time (via Twitter) about writing your own book. You’ll have to be succinct – because your question will need to fit in 140 characters.

If you’re interested in participating:

Date: 29 May 2014
Time: 12.00pm – 12.30pm
Price: Free
The details
If you’ve always wanted to write your own book and haven’t known where to begin, join us on 29 May at 12.00pm LIVE on Twitter at @suzidafnis and get your questions answered in real-time from author and founder of the Australian Writers’ Centre, Valerie Khoo.

How to take part:
Tune in to @suzidafnis at 12.00pm on 29 May. Valerie will be our guest on a 30-minute live chat facilitated by the Australian Businesswomen’s Network’s Suzi Dafnis. Valerie will answer your questions live.

Ask Your Questions:
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Honoured to be featured in Foundr magazine

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I was recently interviewed by Nathan Chan from Foundr magazine. As someone who is usually asking the questions (I’m constantly interviewing people in my role as a journalist), it’s different being on the other side of the fence. Being interviewed but someone who has truly thought through their questions – as Nathan did – and who isn’t afraid to dig deeper, is refreshing. The process makes you think and helps crystallise your stance on various issues.
If you’re interested, you can get the magazine on your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch/ Android Device using the following links: www.foundrmag.com/itunes or www.foundrmag.com/androidRead more ...

Ep 13 Authors who’ve disowned their books, Scarlett Johansson’s bizarre law suit, advice from book publicists, and Writer in Residence Kristen Hammond

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about great authors who’ve disowned their books, why is Scarlett Johansson suing an author? Australian Gourmet Traveller and Harvey Norman announce the Gourmet Institute, advice from a former book publicist, grow your blog one reader at a time, Writer in Residence and senior commissioning editor at John Wiley & Sons Kristen Hammond, our Web Pick, our Working Writer’s Tip and more!

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Ep 12 Secret libraries; ‘The Novelist’ computer game; how to stay published; and interview with author Fiona McFarlane

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about we ask are journalists miserable, over educated and underpaid? The Best Australian blogs are announced, the secret libraries of New York city, write a novel… in a game, how Reading Australia are making a difference to Australian schools and universities, the importance of staying published, Writer in Residence Fiona McFarlane, our Working Writer’s Tip, our Web Pick and more!
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Ep 11 Tablet magazines, fake Twitter followers, awesome writing blogs, the difference between goals and dreams and author Alexa Moses

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about we ask if you are reading tablet magazines, we discuss the periodic table of storytelling, fake twitter followers, the difference between goals and dreams, the top 10 blogs for writers, how to write a blog post in 15 minutes or less, Writer in Residence tween author Alexa Moses, our Working Writer’s Tip, our Web Pick and more!

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Sticky beak: Infusionsoft offices in Phoenix, Arizona

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Last week, I trekked over to Arizona in the US for a conference for about 3000 small business owners, boldly coined #ICON14. Run by US-based software company Infusionsoft, the company invited the Aussie contingent to tour its offices in Phoenix. So I thought I’d give you a sneak peek as well.

Infusionsoft is a classic startup success story. It was founded in 2001 by Scott and Eric Martineau and Clate Mask and now has over 500 employees in a Google-type building. While there are no slippery slides or sleep pods, there are lots of brights colours, quirky touches and countless proclamations like “We help small businesses succeed” plastered all over the walls.

I first explored Infusionsoft back in 2008 and decided it definitely wasn’t for me. But it appears that a lot has changed in six years. I decided to give it another go earlier this year and have been happy with the results so far. So it was great to be able to go behind the scenes to check it out. So here is my visit in pictures …


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Ep 10 Editing nightmares, JuNoWriMo, travel writing boo-boos, author Gabrielle Tozer on ‘The Intern’

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about we ask should you dump your agent and focus on self publishing? The Best Australian Blogs finalists are announced, JuNoWriMo is here (are you in?), the Australian Financial Review apologies for ‘World is Fukt’ front page, the most hated travel writing cliches, the book Youtility by Jay Baer, Writer in Residence Gabrielle Tozer chats about The Intern, our Web Pick, our Working Writer’s Tip and more!

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Ep 9 Work here! Shaming publishers to pay you, Pulitzer Prize, should authors have websites? Writer in Residence Jennifer Smart and more!

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Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a writer with fellow journalist and author Allison Tait.

This week we talk about an ex-writer creates an app to redefine the way you read fiction, we ask should you name and shame publishers to get paid? Donna Tartt wins Pulitzer, when Doris Lessing rescued Jenni Diski, would you watch someone write a book?, The Writing Book by Kate Grenville, Writer in Residence Jennifer Smart our Web picks, the Working Writer’s Tip and more!

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