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Podcast: So you want to be a writer

Get your weekly dose of news in the world of writing, publishing and blogging. Join Valerie Khoo and co-host Allison Tait as they give you insider gossip and ideas on how to make it as a successful writer.
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Podcast: So you want to be a Photographer

Get your weekly dose of news in the world of photography, publishing and blogging. Join Valerie Khoo and co-host Gina Milicia as they give you insider gossip and ideas on how to make it as a successful photogrpher.
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How to find a consultant who will help transform your business

You've been there. Your business is growing and you just can't do everything. It's time to call in the experts – consultants who can help take you to the next stage of your business. This is be hard for control freaks. But if you want your business to grow it's important to accept that there are only 24 hours in a day and you can't actually be an expert in SEO, sales, operations, admin, customer service, accounting, strategy and human resources. Well, you can try – but you'll go crazy! Handing over the reins to consultants can be both liberating...
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WRITER Ep 24 Contact your fave author, how to find time to write, show don’t tell, and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson’s new book

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 Kurt Vonnegut’s beautiful letter, how to find the time to write, why writing no longer buys a champagne lifestyle (or does it?), how to get ‘show, don’t tell’ right, Writer in Residence and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson, why you need name dice, what to do when you hear nothing from an editor and much more! You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here.
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WRITER Ep 23 Do cliched books covers sell? Writers talking money, and Joanna Rakoff – author of My Salinger Year

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 book cover cliches – do they sell? Why writers are opening up about finances, 37 books every creative person should read, how to become a prolific writer while holding down a day job, Writer in Residence Joanna Rakoff (and a giveaway!), the Qwerkywriter, author trademarks and more! You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here.
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Behind the scenes at Zappos

Ever since I read Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh (CEO of online store Zappos) in one sitting, I've wanted to visit their offices in Las Vegas. So on my recent trip, I did just that. Here's a quick tour. Apparently, it's a tie-free zone at Zappos. Anyone who wears a tie has it promptly cut off and this practice is proudly displayed at the front desk. Tours of Zappos are free. Just book in – they even send a shuttle bus to pick you up from you hotel and can also drive you to the airport. They're really big on...
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WRITER Ep 22 Creating character names, libraries in pubs, and why Newsmodo is a service set to disrupt journalism

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 what not to say when you’re a writer, stop using character names as a crutch, the future of libraries, the book Port Out, Starboard Home by Michael Quinion, why we write, Writer in Residence and founder of Newsmodo Rakhal Ebeli, unique story prompts, how many pitches you should send to a writer at once and more. You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here.
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WRITER Ep 21 Ghostwriting, Crime writing, tips from HarperCollins editors and should you ditch your agent? And we chat to best-selling author Kate Forsyth.

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 chat about ghostwriting: what it’s like to be a writer for hire, crime writing, 10 writing tips from HarperCollins editors, Stephen King’s tips for all writers, should you break up with your agent? 10 tips on blogging from Darren Rowse, bestselling author Kate Forsyth, why you should write 750 words per day, why you need to shift your thinking on pitching and more! You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes...
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Do you want to grow your business and raise your profile?

If you want to grow your business and become a leader in your industry, then it goes without saying that you need to raise your profile. I'm passionate about helping people do just that. There's nothing I love more than seeing a business owner thrive because they are being recognised as leaders in their fields. The reality is that you're probably already an expert in what you do. You just need to ensure that people – specifically your potential customers – know about it so that you become their number one choice when they finally decide to buy. That doesn't...
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WRITER Ep 20 Cashing in on Stephen King, writing to pen pals, how to kickstart your creativity and we chat to daddy blogger Reservoir Dad.

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 chat about the writer spending Stephen King’s money, how you can make 50k a year without hitting the bestseller list, writing letters to strangers is making a comeback, Fiona McFarlane writes about her journey to being published, how to revive your creativity, Writer in Residence and daddy blogger Reservoir Dad, tracking your writing expenses, what you should charge for content marketing and more! You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show...
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WRITER Ep 19 Is the book industry living or dying? Why journalists are less trusted than lawyers and author behind the Marika Hartmann series, Greg Barron.

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 chat about why Valerie makes people cry, is the book industry living or dying? Why journalists are less trusted than lawyers, how to become a wildlife journalist, should you consider a career in technical writing? Books That Changed the World by Andrew Taylor, blog naming woes, why bloggers need to do more than just trademark their name, Writer in Residence and author behind the Marika Hartmann series Greg Barron, writing on a green screen,...
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WRITER Ep 18 Typewriter obsessions, book recommendations, what it REALLY feels like to write the first draft of a novel and freelance fiction editor Nicola O’Shea.

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 chat about why Valerie can’t go past a good typewriter, author-approved writing implements, student successes, Cory Doctorow’s novel pulled from school reading programme, where to find book recommendations, the eight stages of writing a first draft, Writer in Residence freelance fiction editor Nicola O’Shea, the questions you must ask your editor or proofreader, how to check for plagiarism and more! You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen...
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