Ep 29 Tom Hanks wants you to use a typewriter, how to steal time, how to blog like a journalist and Writer in Residence Owen Beddall

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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 Tom Hanks releases a writing app, disappointing book covers, do your thing – even if in stolen time, welcoming magazine readers, how to submit your writing to literary magazines, blog like a journalist, Writer in Residence Owen Beddall, typing shortcuts, the ethics of changing a quote and much more!

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Day 8 of #vidtember: My fave new toy

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I’ve been slightly obsessed with my favourite new toy. $49 – and hours of fun. It travels with me wherever I go.

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Day 7 of #vidtember: Building a personal connection with your customers and community

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This “no make-up” video was filmed over breakfast from some accommodation I found on a service that’s like airbnb for boutique accommodation (Luxico.com.au). The extra touches they provided inspired this video on how to build connection with your customers and community.

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Day 6 of #vidtember: My dirty big shed, an FX Holden and what to declutter from your business

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Today’s video comes to you from my big old dirty shed, it has a cameo from a 1951 FX Holden you might want and I talk about what to declutter from your business.

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Day 5 of #vidtember: How to unplug from work on the weekend (well, not really)

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This is filmed in the Yarra Valley (wine country) in Victoria. It’s my (some might say failed) attempt at sharing my tips on how to unplug from work on the weekend. (And I talk about the awesome book I’m devouring right now).

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Day 4 of #vidtember: My top 3 speaking tips (and what NOT to do with a really hot iron)

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Today’s video is coming at you from Brisbane where I’m about to speak to about 600 entrepreneurs at the Brisbane Convention Centre. I share my top 3 speaking tips including what you should definitely not do with a really hot iron.

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Day 3 of #vidtember: From Melbourne Airport and my top 3 (slightly unusual) business travel tips

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So this video has been filmed in the carpark at Melbourne Airport, uploaded in the Qantas Club lounge and will probably be winging its way to you as I get on my flight to BrizVegas. It’s my top 3 business travel tips.

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Day 2 of #vidtember: The one where I drive 800kms in one day with three dogs and two cats

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This comes to you from windy Gundagai filmed in front of the famous “Dog on the Tuckerbox” as I drive from Sydney to Melbourne with my five pets in tow.

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Day 1 of #vidtember: High heels and storytelling masterclasses on the Gold Coast

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I’ve decided to take the plunge and take part in Chris Ducker’s #vidtember challenge. That’s 30 videos in 30 days. And believe it or not that’s really pushing me out of my comfort zone. Goodness knows if I will last but there is only one way to find out So here is Day 1 broadcast to you from the Gold Coast.

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Ep 28 Stunning writing studios, a ridiculously priced comic book, extreme reading and we talk to doctor turned bestselling author Nick Earls.

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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 a beautiful poem of the same name, stunning writing studios, the most valuable comic of all time, the extreme reading experiment, the book ‘From Unknown to Expert’ by Catriona Pollard, Writer in Residence Nick Earls, chromecast, how to manage your ideas and more!

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Ep 27 Famous writers’ rules on writing, best blog post length, can you make a living as a writer? And actor/director Lex Marinos on his new book.

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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 how long should your blog post be? The rules of writing, why you should write love letters, finding your ‘discomfort threshold’, the secrets for blogging your way to a six-figure income, Writer in Residence Lex Marinos, the best (free) app for scriptwriting, making a living as a freelance writer and more!

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Ep 26 Bizarre niche blogs, self publishing sensation Unbroken, how fan fiction can land you a book deal, and the future is bright for bookshops. We also talk to crime author Michael Robotham.

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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 inspired by Jane Austen, how fan fiction can land you a book deal, find freelance writing jobs on twitter, bizarre niche blogs, good news for Australian bookshops, The aitch Factor by Sue Butler, nine apps bloggers need, Writer in Residence Michael Robotham, what to do when your case studies fall through and more!

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Ep 25 Write for your goals, become a productive freelance writer, agents behaving badly and New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty.

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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 why it’s important to write for your goals, the best suggestion I ever got from my editor, the difference between editing features and editing fiction, how to become a productive freelance writer, the book No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty, agents behaving badly, Writer in Residence and New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty, a new social networking app for authors, should you advise editors if your pitch is accepted elsewhere, and more!

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If you love Offspring, creativity and entrepreneurship…

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I’m aware that I’m possibly the only woman in Australia who doesn’t watch Offspring. When I browse my social media stream while the show is on, I can confirm this to be true. Everyone in the world seems to be getting their Nina Proudman fix.

But that’s ok. There is still time. I can get the DVD. I’m on to it.

So why am I talking about Offspring? Well, one of the show’s characters has been played by muso Clare Bowditch, who is not only a singer and actress. She has also parlayed her talents into speaking about creativity in business. And Clare is just one of the many wonderful speakers at Small Business Festival Victoria.

I wanted to highlight this awesome festival because:
(a) I think it’s fantastic that the State Government in Victoria is behind this event
(b) I want to highlight that the short-sighted New South Wales government has canned its equivalent event, which used to be called Small Business September. The NSW state government scrapped several significant small business programs in 2012 including Small Business September, MicroBiz Week, the Young Entrepreneurs program and the Women in Business mentoring program.… Read more ...

How to find a consultant who will help transform your business

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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 and filled with danger. Some consultants can truly transform your business. Yet some consultants can charge you a tonne of money but you end up with little to show for it.

So how do you determine of a consultant is right for you?

Well, if I had a magic formula that could give us all the answer for this, I would already be retired and sipping pina coladas on a tropical island.

Nevertheless, over the years, I’ve learnt a few things – often, the hard way.… Read more ...

Ep 24 Contact your fave author, how to find time to write, show don’t tell, and blogging sensation Nikki Parkinson’s new book

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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 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!

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Ep 23 Do cliched books covers sell? Writers talking money, and Joanna Rakoff – author of My Salinger Year

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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 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!

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Behind the scenes at Zappos

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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 creating T-shirts to celebrate milestones.

In fact, slightly obsessed with T-shirts for any reason.

There are kitchenettes everywhere featuring snacks, coffee and fruit.

And if you want to have a nap, this is what they did to an unused internal walkway. Zappos is housed in the former city council building. They didn’t know what to do with this dead space so they held a competition among staff and the best idea was implemented.

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Ep 22 Creating character names, libraries in pubs, and why Newsmodo is a service set to disrupt journalism

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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 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.

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Ep 21 Ghostwriting, Crime writing, tips from HarperCollins editors and should you ditch your agent? And we chat to best-selling author Kate Forsyth.

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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 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!

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