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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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PHOTO Ep 25: Strut your stuff: How to become more confident as a photographer

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia. No matter how experienced we are as photographers, there are times when we can all do with a big shot of confidence. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss proven techniques (some will surprise you!) that will boost your confidence and, in turn, help you take awesome photos. Listen via: iTunes, Stitcher or over on Gina's website.
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WRITER Ep 63 Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, the murky economics of content marketing, famous authors that were all rejected by publishers, a cool “book map”, everything you wanted to know about blogging as a career, the book “Who said that first? The curious origins of common words and phrases” by Max Cryer, and Writer in Residence Lindsey Kelk.

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 Australian writers on #WhereIWrite, the ethics of branded content marketing, famous authors who were rejected by publishers, the superpower all published writers have (and you can have too!), Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner on art, a street map made up of book titles, everything you wanted to know about blogging as a career, the book “Who said that first? The curious origins of common words and phrases” by Max Cryer, Writer in Residence Lindsey Kelk,...
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PHOTO Ep 24: Planes, trains and automobiles, baby: How to take great travel shots

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia. Many people think that you need to go to a exotic locations to take a great travel shots. And many photographers end up with countless vistas of landscapes. However, if you want awesome travel shots, the devil is in the detail – and knowing exactly what time of day is going to capture THAT magic moment. In this episode, Gina and Valerie talk about what you need to do to prepare for your trip, your must-dos when you’re on the ground and how...
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WRITER Ep 62 We discuss the most borrowed books from libraries in Australia, the death of the paragraph, new freelancer website, crime fiction inspired by Bruce Springsteen. And we talk to children’s book publisher Suzanne O’Sullivan

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 Sydney Writers’ Festival wrap up, the most borrowed books from Australian libraries, how much (or little) publications pay freelance writers, the rise and demise of the paragraph, crime short stories inspired by Bruce Springsteen songs, the book ‘How I Became a Famous Novelist’ by Steve Hely, an interview with children’s book publisher Suzanne O’Sullivan, Spotify music streaming service, how to stop editing and get on with writing, and more! You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher,...
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WRITER Ep 61 In this week’s podcast, we discuss how to balance the loneliness of writing, the late William Zinsser’s writing advice, 5 websites to visit instead of writing, and where you can get free pictures. Also meet Writer in Residence Pip Lincolne, author of Craft for the Soul

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 long lost sisters meet in a writing class, healthy habits to deal with the loneliness of being a writer, the late William Zinsser’s advice, five websites to visit instead of writing, where you can get fab free pictures for your blog, Writer in Residence Pip Lincolne, how to manage passwords without losing your mind, approaching interviewees for article pitches, and more! You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen...
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PHOTO Ep 23: When the caca hit the fan: How to survive a photography epic fail with your files and dignity intact

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia. Caca happens. Much as you don’t want it to, sometimes the caca just hits the fan. Your gear fails, you accidentally delete your memory card or your client hates your shots with passion. So what do you do when disaster strikes? Gina and Valerie have a warts ’n’ all discussion of the mistakes you might make (because she’s made them!) and how to recover with your dignity intact. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “black and white” Listen via: iTunes, Stitcher or over...
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How to makeover your email and skyrocket your productivity

As business mentor, I often see people drown in a sea of emails. I'm currently mentoring Renee Freedman from Guardian Strata as part of Microsoft’s ModernBiz Technology Make-over. And when I caught up with Renee recently, she told me that she walked into work that day to find more than 700 messages in her inbox, all demanding urgent attention. Renee is a strata manager – so you can probably imagine that kind of emails she receives! Facing a mountain of 700 emails on a regular basis is enough to make anyone feel sick. And they are all genuine messages from...
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PHOTO Ep 22: Flashdance: How to shape and control flash to replicate natural light

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia. You want to use flash. But it’s not just a matter of using the right setting. With the right light shapers, you can make your flash do EXACTLY what you want. In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss light shapers. Discover what they are, when to use them, and how to get them cheap. Light shapers will transform your shooting and help you use flash the right way, even in daylight. Whether it’s scrims, softboxes or umbrellas, this episode is all you need...
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WRITER Ep 60 What you need to know about getting an agent, how Twitter can work for you, have you mourned the death of a character and how to organise a book tour yourself. Should you write a blog series, get more corporate writing work and we chat to Writer in Residence Nicole Hayes, author of One True Thing

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 Alan Cumming in Sydney, book-inspired jewellery, self publishing vs traditional publishing, new online property publication, how five writers got started on their first novels, should you start a blog, Writer in Residence Sylvia Day, the Ulysses app, how not to get bogged down in the plot, and more! You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here.
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PHOTO Ep 21: The ultimate portrait checklist

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia. Want a foolproof framework so that your portraits look amazing? There are so many moving parts when it come to shooting portraits – lighting, gear, people, you name it. In this episode, Gina and Valerie walk through everything you need to know to ensure that you are shooting awesome portraits just like a pro. And go to the show notes for a full checklist. This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “the essential portrait”. Listen via: iTunes, Stitcher or over on Gina’s website.
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