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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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Sydney-based businesses: do you want a business makeover?

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If you're a business based in Sydney, enter this. Seriously. You have nothing to lose. Just do it.

Microsoft is running a competition and entries close midnight on Thursday 15 January 2015. Basically, it's a "Modern Biz Technology Make-over" and its website states:

  • Is your business using old, outdated computers and servers?
  • Are you stuck only being able to work from your office?
  • Do you struggle to get access to your files when you are on the road or working from home?

Sounds like your business is in desperate need of a make-over!

Microsoft and partners, Lenovo and XCentral, welcome applications from Sydney Metro based Small Businesses to participate in a reality web series called the “Microsoft ModernBiz Technology Make-Over”.

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So you want to start a business…

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So you have an idea. And you’re convinced it's going to be the Next Big Thing. You’re even seriously thinking about throwing in your day job so that you can turn this brain spurt into your very own business.

Before you resign from your secure job and start planning lazy days around the pool while your yet-to-be-hired minions are running your yet-to-be-created empire, it's worthwhile to consider a few critical factors.

1. Are you passionate about it?

Running your own business is damn hard work. While it can be romantic to think that you can work your own hours and call your own shots, the reality is that you’re often burning the midnight oil just to get it off the … Read the rest

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WRITER Ep 43 Words banned by UK Government; Online news sites thrive; Finland turns back on cursive writing; what YouTube knows about you; and Copywriter in Residence Bernadette Schwerdt.

 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 “only pizzas are delivered” – the new UK Government style guide, good news about journalism, handwriting versus typing, Seth Godin answers digital publishing questions, blogs versus podcasts versus videos, Copywriter in Residence Bernadette Schwerdt, how to manage your Christmas deadlines and more!

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Get a head start into 2015.

At this time of year, it’s natural to reflect. Take stock. And dream about the possibilities for the year ahead. We make plans, outline big goals and create vision boards that feature everything from the house we want to live in, the lifestyle we want to aspire to and the career we hope to achieve.

Look around and you’ll find countless motivational speakers popping up in your Facebook stream or inbox promising to help you achieve your goals for 2015.

We find ourselves sharing pretty quotes on Instagram with pithy messages like "The power of dreams is amazing possibilities” or “2015 is your year to shine”. Nice sentiments, sure. But it’s also important to remember that dreaming about making our dreams … Read the rest

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WRITER Ep 42 New Harry Potter stories; Novella competition; Book trailers; Create your author platform; and what kids want to read. We also talk to ghostwriter Sally Collings.

 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 best books of 2014, how authors are selling books on YouTube, the Novella competition, why sitting makes you depressed, the art of social media for writers, what kids really want to read, 12 new Harry Potter stories to come, creating your writer platform, an interactive novel, Writer in Residence Sally Collings, gifts for writers, why you should be networking and more!

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WRITER Ep 41 Is blogging dead? The art of note-taking, novels written by computers, how to transcribe effifciently, Kidspot’s Voices of 2014, and Writer in Residence Rachael Johns.

 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 business of freelancing, NaNoWriMo finishes, is blogging dead? The best book note-taking system, print highlighted passages in your kindle, novels written by computers, the Kidspot Voices of 2014, Writer in Residence Racahel Johns, easy transcription, to pseudonym or not to pseudonym and more!

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WRITER Ep 40 New word: “vape”; How to pitch to editors; the future of journalism; new magazine for teens; clickbait headline generator; and Writers in Residence The Minimalists.

 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 get your freelancing business up to scratch, the best middle fiction books of 2014, the newest word in the dictionary, 10 words invented by writers, an editor reveals what she wants to read, the future of journalism, The Hoopla launches a quarterly newspaper aimed at teens, is it plagiarism or “mixing”? Why writing businesses fail, Writers in Residence The Minimalists, the clickbait headline generator, how to find the time to read and much more!

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WRITER Ep 39 Finding your voice; the benefits of “write-ins”; most under-rated books; life advice from sponsored posts and author Charlotte Wood

 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 best Australian books you’ve never heard of, a transformative library, is ‘finding your voice’ laughable? Life advice from sponsored posts, an author reveals how she failed, the book Hades by Candice Fox, Writer in Residence Charlotte Wood, how to record phone interviews and much more!

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WRITER Ep 38 Should writers use co-working spaces? Tom Hanks’ new book inspired by typewriters; double space or single space after a full stop, AWC graduate Lisa Chaplin scores a book deal; how to do your own publicity and Writer in Residence Toby Jenkins.

 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’ book release, should you work from a co-working space?, Twitter etiquette, whether to double or single space after a full stop, DIY publicity, AWC graduate Lisa Chaplin scores a book deal, Writer in Residence Toby Jenkins, free Microsoft Word app hits the Apple charts, how to find the armpits, Storyology 2014, and should you only take stories that interest you?

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WRITER Ep 37 Having a muse, why NaNoWriMo is great for your perfectionism; self-publishers versus traditional publishers; what your handwriting says about you and how to get a website makeover. And meet Writer and Editor in Residence Bernadette Foley.

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 ‘Middle Fiction’ kids reading guide, blogging Betties, Michel Faber plans to stop writing novels, is Amazon doing the world a favor by crushing book publishers? Perfectionism is slowing your progress, what your handwriting says about you, the Rescue My Site competition, why you must write before you get your perfect writing space, the minimalists are coming to Australia, Writer in Residence Bernadette Foley, get into Google+, Storyology workshops and much more!

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iTunes, Stitcher, or find the transcript, show notes and listen via our blog here.Read the rest

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