Ep 34 Rebecca James on high expectations, print books are still winning, take criticism the right way, how to be a successful poet 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 print books are still selling better than ebooks, how to write paragraphs, how do you take criticism? Top 10 tips for being a successful poet, what winning the Man Booker prize means, the reason why some blogs succeed, creating your writer platform, find your blogging community, 4 things authors can do to promote their work, Writer in Residence Rebecca James, purr your way to productivity, the best place to do an interview and more!

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Ep 33 Helen Garner’s typewriter obsession, Amazon goes head to head with Wattpad, and uber-blogger-turned author Chris Ducker’s book marketing secrets. How to manage workload when you go on holidays and a cool tool for your website.

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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 typewriters captivate authors, Amazon gets in on the crowd-writing game, the one big reason why blogs succeed, first class train travel for 24 lucky writers, the book ‘Blog It! The author’s guide to building a successful online brand’ by Molly Greene, Writer in Residence and blogger-turned-blogger Chris Ducker, peek into the mind of your website users, how to organise time off as a freelancer, and much more!

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Ep 32 Sleep in your favourite literary home, bringing back typewriters, blogging and the law and author Kylie Ladd.

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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 sleep in your favourite literary home, the Times to bring back typewriters…kind of, the business of digital life and death, we are the last generation to remember life without the internet, Moleskine embraces technology in their notebooks, blogging and the law, the one reason blogs succeed, we interview author Kylie Ladd, how to get typography right and we tell you how to find a mentor.]

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Final day of #vidtember: Top 3 things I’ve learnt from this challenge

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So #vidtember is over and I’ve learnt a lot. Here are the top 3 things I’ve learn from the experience.

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Ep 31 HarperCollins accepting unsolicited manuscripts, it’s never too late to get published and New York Times bestseller Joanna Penn.

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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 HarperCollins accepting unsolicited manuscripts, Cleo’s man of the year, it’s never too late to be published, Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir reveals truth behind Little House on the Prairie, how to use the Fairfax Media Style Guide, the Beer Bloggers Conference, Writer in Residence Joanna Penn, how to collaborate on writing projects, when to disclose your relationship with your case studies and much more!

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Day 21 of #vidtember: Are you using your past as an excuse NOT to have an amazing future?

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Are you using the past as an excuse NOT to have an amazing future? We’ve all got issues from the past. But what can you do to put them behind you and focus on creating an awesome future? Here are my tips.

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Day 20 of #vidtember: 3 tips on how to stop feeling like a fraud.

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So you feel like a fraud? Suffering from “Imposter Syndrome”. Here are my top 3 tips on how to get over it. This video is coming to you from inside my apartment in Sydney.

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Day 19 of #vidtember: My top 3 rules to achieve your goals faster

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Here are my top 3 rules to achieve your goals faster. Winging its way to you from the balcony of my apartment in Sydney.

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Day 18 of #vidtember: My top 3 productivity tips to get stuff done

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How to get more done than you think possible. Here are my top 3 productivity tips.

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Day 17 of #vidtember: Top 4 tools to work and collaborate remotely.

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I work with team members all over Australia and the world. Here are my top 4 tools to work and collaborate remotely.

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Day 16 of #vidtember: My top 3 rules on the people you choose to hang out with.

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The people you spend most time with can have a huge impact on your life and business. Here are my top 3 rules on the people you choose to hang out with. Filmed on our back deck in the Yarra Valley.

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Ep 30 Books flooding Amazon, an innovative book launch, Ritz-Carlton’s six word memoirs and we talk to business author Steve Sammartino on how he got his book deal.

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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 book is published every five minutes, the newbie writers’ podcast, the book with the world’s biggest twist (and how you can benefit), 6 word wows, meet up with @melbreaders for a quiet read, the 10 must-read books on blogging, what to put on your business card, Writer in Residence Steve Sammartino, accessing multiple gmail accounts at the same time, how to extract your kindle highlights in a usable form and much more!

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Day 15 of #vidtember: The 3 elements of a powerful customer testimonial

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What kind of customer testimonials will help grow your business? I talk about the 3 elements of a truly powerful customer testimonial that will help convince your prospects.

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Day 14 of #vidtember Day 14: Dumbing yourself down to make your spouse/partner feel better in business?

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Today’s video comes to you from my hotel room in Melbourne. I talk about whether you should dumb yourself down to make your spouse/partner feel better in business? Are you guilty of this? Is it compassionate – or just stupid?

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Day 13 of #vidtember: How to reach a bigger audience on OTHER people’s podcasts

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Do you want to reach a wider audience? Have you thought of ways you can spread your message beyond your immediate community? Well, today’s video was filmed after I appeared on the Beers, Blokes & Business podcast with Sean Callanan, Scott Kilmartin and Steve Sammartino. I talk about how you can take advantage of the current renaissance in podcasting and reach a wide audience by appearing in other people’s podcasts!

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Day 12 of #vidtember: So you want to write a business book?

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I often meet entrepreneurs who want to write a business book. Here are my top tips if you’re thinking about showcasing your expertise in a book. Filmed in my hotel room in Melbourne.

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Day 11 of #vidtember: Top 3 tips on your “About” page

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Winging its way to you from in my hotel room in Brisbane just after running a workshop on “How to raise your profile”, this video is on the top 3 tips for your “About” page.

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Day 10 of #vidtember: Afternoon tea with Arianna Huffington

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Filmed while driving after afternoon tea with Arianna Huffington. I chat about Arianna’s key message. Yes I know, in the video I say “Day 9″ but I mean “Day 10″ (I’m losing track!)

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Day 9 of #vidtember: Lunch with the inspiring Seth Godin

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This video was filmed after a wonderful lunch with Seth Godin (at an event organised by Business Chicks) – and includes my tips of what to do when you host a table of like-minded guests in order to facilitate some awesome connections.

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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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