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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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WRITER Ep 59 The couple who is suing because their engagement photo ended up on an erotica novel without their permission, how to crowdfund a novel, famous book titles rewritten as click bait, the wonders of Textexpander and we chat to Writer in Residence and movie star Matt Nable.

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 20: Get off Auto Master manual mode in 30 minutes

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia. If you’re not yet a pro, it can be confusing to know which of your camera functions you should be choosing: aperture priority? Shutter priority? Program mode? Any of those other little icons on the dial? In this episode, Gina breaks down her approach to taking pics like a pro. It’s a simple framework that will help you got off auto and onto the manual mode of your camera – with confidence. Note from Valerie: “Gina explains this is a such a straightforward...
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WRITER Ep 58 The vocative comma, the Bundanon Trust residency, how to pitch non-fiction books, writing routines and Writer in Residence Pamela Hart.

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 The disappearance of the vocative comma, how to write blog posts when you don’t want to, Bundanon Trust residency applications now open, 10 author platform examples, the rules for non-fiction manuscripts, Writer in Residence Pamela Hart, the value in routine, 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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Mentoring in Microsoft’s #ModernBiz Technology Make-over

This month, I’ve started the exciting process of mentoring a business in Microsoft’s ModernBiz Technology Make-over. When Microsoft first approached me to get involved, it was a no-brainer. I love mentoring. I love technology. And I love helping small businesses harness the power of technology to make life easier. The business in question is Guardian Strata, a specialist strata management company based in Sydney. This is a business that’s been going for seven years and is headed by a passionate business owner Ossie Pisanu. With his team of eight full-time staff, it faces many challenges that most small businesses need...
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"Why I don't read fiction"

The other day I was at a business networking event and I heard someone say: "I don't read anything unless it's going to help me improve myself or my business. That's why I don't read fiction". I almost fell over. The person went on to say: "I'm so busy running my business that I need to ensure I have a decent ROI (return on investment) if I'm going to commit to reading a book. That's why I only read business books." Oh dear. I was actually speechless. Look, I'm a big fan of business books. I devour them. But if...
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PHOTO Ep 19: Girls on film. How to direct and pose women.

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia. When you photograph women you have the opportunity to capture an amazing image – and to make them feel like a million dollars. But not all women are supermodels who ooze with confidence. Many women come to photo shoots laden with insecurities and, even though they are beautiful, it’s these insecurities that can actually prevent you from getting a great shot. So what do you do? In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss the Golden Rules for photographing women and Gina’s 5 “go...
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WRITER Ep 57 Words that should be in the dictionary, how to save time as a writer, are you a coffee-shop writer? How to make a motza as a self-published author. And we talk to Writer in Residence Rachel Power.

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 our top 10 most downloaded interviews for 2014 (in no particular order): Graeme Simsion, Fleur McDonald, Allison Rushby, Kylie Mason, Deborah O’Brien, Liane Moriarty, Lex Marinos, Kylie Ladd, Chris Ducker and Charlotte Wood. You can listen via: iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here.
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My life in a minute: Mentoring, Lisa Vanderpump, Bob Geldof and a whirlwind tour of the US

Life has been a bit of a blur lately. I feel like I've been on trains, planes and automobiles. Okay, no trains actually - more like lots of planes and even more Uber cars. Here are the highlights. I went into a Tardis (yes, really). Actually these are the recording booths at the ABC Radio studios where I was interviewed about the weekly highlights on Twitter. Inspired by Sir Bob Geldof Business Chicks rocked a great event featuring Sir Bob Geldof. It was wonderful to share it with a table of awesome people. Yours truly with this talented crew: Catherine Rodie,...
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PHOTO Ep 18 Kerching – Everything you need to know about pricing

Every week I co-host the podcast So you want to be a photographer with acclaimed photographer Gina Milicia. Money, money, money. Every photographer is different and every job is different. So what are you supposed to charge for your work? In this episode, we cover what you need to know to determine how much you should charge and give you ideas on how to be confident with your pricing. Gina and Valerie chat about different types of pricing for different types of photography, and discuss the most common fears photographers have when quoting – and how to get over them. Listener...
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What happens when someone steals your work?

What happens when you see your work blatantly ripped off by someone else? They say that imitation is the best form of flattery. But it's hard to convince yourself of this when you read someone else's work and it resembles your writing and ideas so much that it's almost a word-for-word copy. (There are only a few changes – but just enough that you couldn't pursue it as direct plagiarism in a court of law). The first stage is disbelief. How could this happen? How could someone have so little professional pride that they have to blatantly copy your work?...
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