181 episodes

A podcast about the first time you...publish a book.

One part reality show, one part writers’ master class. Debut novelists Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall get practical advice from Australian writers on all the firsts: agents, editors, social media, reviews and if you need to get your nails done to match your book cover. And Kate makes Katherine spill the beans on all her feels in the lead up to the September launch of Katherine’s debut novel, The Helpline.

The First Time podcast is supported by partners RMIT University, Writers Victoria and ACT Writers Centre.

The First Time The First Time Podcast

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 98 Ratings

A podcast about the first time you...publish a book.

One part reality show, one part writers’ master class. Debut novelists Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall get practical advice from Australian writers on all the firsts: agents, editors, social media, reviews and if you need to get your nails done to match your book cover. And Kate makes Katherine spill the beans on all her feels in the lead up to the September launch of Katherine’s debut novel, The Helpline.

The First Time podcast is supported by partners RMIT University, Writers Victoria and ACT Writers Centre.

    Masters Series: Margo Lanagan

    Masters Series: Margo Lanagan

    In this episode Kate speaks with internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan about her writing career in which she has written a formidable number of award winning titles spanning children's lit, YA, fantasy, realism and speculative fiction and including the short story collection Black Juice, the novel Tender Morsels and the NYT bestselling Zeroes trilogy with Scott Westerfeld and Deborah Biancotti.

    Margo has been a judge of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the Australian–Vogel’s Literary Award. She served on the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts for three years. She has been an instructor at six residential Clarion workshops, in Brisbane, Seattle and (with Maureen F. McHugh) San Diego. She has also conducted numerous creative writing workshops both for school groups and for adult writers.

    In this conversation Lanagan discusses playing with language, the hierarchy of lit stripes, scrapbooking, what to do when a novel falls apart in your hands and so much more.

    Check out the full transcript of the interview and show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirsttimepod) or Instagram (@thefirsttimepod).

    Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Five via our Patreon page. Thanks for joining us!

    • 52 min
    Kate and Katherine Catch Up + Featured Book Cut by Susan White

    Kate and Katherine Catch Up + Featured Book Cut by Susan White

    Kate and Katherine Catch Up PLUS Featured Book CUT by Susan White

    Kate has been gadding about at Melbourne Writers Festival, Katherine is still waiting to hear back re her MG novel and they have an epic number of reading and listening recommendations. Diaries, upcoming events, a desperate plea to get a contact for the Duffer Brothers...it's a full ep.

    This episode's featured book segment is brought to you by AFFIRM PRESS and we talk to Susan White about her new novel (and first for adults) CUT, how her time as a doctor in hospitals informed the exploration of misogyny and sexism in her novel and the writing advice she loves most.

    Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirsttimepod) or Instagram (@thefirsttimepod).

    Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Five via our Patreon page. Thanks for joining us!

    • 54 min
    Masters Series: Sophie Cunningham

    Masters Series: Sophie Cunningham

    In this episode Kate speaks with Australian author, editor and climate activist, Sophie Cunningham, about her career spanning editing, publishing, industry advocacy and the writing of novels, essays and other non-fiction works. 

    Cunningham's latest novel is This Devastating Fever, published in 2022 by Ultimo Press and she discusses its long road from genesis to finished product. The conversation also covers how and why Cunningham writers about the climate crisis, her love of walking and drawing (especially trees) and why she loves debut novels.

    Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirsttimepod) or Instagram (@thefirsttimepod).

    Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Five via our Patreon page. Thanks for joining us!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Kylie Maslen + Featured Book MARSHMALLOW by Victoria Hannan

    Kylie Maslen + Featured Book MARSHMALLOW by Victoria Hannan

    Our main interview this episode is with writer and critic Kylie Maslen. We talk about what writing looks like from a disabled perspective, balancing being vulnerable with inflicting further trauma on yourself, and of course memes!

    Kylie's work has appeared in The Guardian, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Adelaide Review, Crikey and Junkee, among other outlets. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Kill Your Darlings New Critics Award, and her essay ‘I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Not Okay’ was longlisted for the Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fiction Lab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction. Kylie’s first book, ‘Show me Where it Hurts’ was shortlisted for the Victorian Premiers Non Fiction award in 2021. She contributed to the recently released MELBOURNE ON FILM collection with Black Inc. Kylie lives in Adelaide on Kaurna Country.


    This episode's featured book is Marshmallow, the second novel from Victoria Hannan. This segment is brought to you by Hachette.

    Victoria Hannan is a writer and photographer. Her first novel, Kokomo was the 2019 winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and her second novel Marshmallow is out now. We spoke to Victoria in Season 4 and you can find out more about her initial path to publication in that convo (https://thefirsttimepodcast.com/2021/05/04/victoria-hannan-on-the-highs-and-lows/)

    Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirsttimepod) or Instagram (@thefirsttimepod).

    Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Five via our Patreon page. Thanks for joining us!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Masters Series: Kim Scott

    Masters Series: Kim Scott

    In this episode, Katherine speaks to multi-award winning author Kim Scott about history, identity, culture and language, particularly of his ancestors the Noongar people.

    Kim Scott grew up on the south coast of Western Australia. As a descendant of those who first created human society along that edge of ocean, he is proud to be one among those who call themselves Noongar.
    His second novel, Benang: From the Heart, won the 1999 Western Australian Premier's Book Award, the 2000 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2001 Kate Challis RAKA Award. His third novel, That Deadman Dance, also won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2011, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. His latest book, published in 2017 is Taboo.
    Kim lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, and is currently Professor of Writing at the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, Curtin University.

    Check out show notes for this episode on our website or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirsttimepod) or Instagram (@thefirsttimepod).

    Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Five via our Patreon page. Thanks for joining us!

    • 38 min
    Kate and Katherine Catch Up + Featured Book DENIZEN by James Mckenzie Watson

    Kate and Katherine Catch Up + Featured Book DENIZEN by James Mckenzie Watson

    In this episode Katherine has pressed send on her MG novel, Kate is visiting an abattoir, they both wax lyrical about Jane McGonigal and encourage you to get your submissions in for the National Cultural Policy. We are also asking YOU, our listeners, to let us know who you want to hear from in Season SIX next year!!

    This episode's featured book segment is brought to you by Penguin and we are talk to James Mckenzie Watson about his debut novel DENIZEN, writing rural mental health and how he was helped by his fabulous podcast James and Ashley Stay Home.

    Check out show notes for this episode on our website www.thefirsttimepodcast.com or get in touch via Twitter (@thefirsttimepod) or Instagram (@thefirsttimepod).

    Don't forget you can support us and the making of Season Five via our Patreon page. Thanks for joining us!

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

nlship ,

Inspiring and informative

An inspiring and informative podcast about how authors got their start in the publishing world.

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Brendan Cowell

Everything this man touches is gold. PLUM is brilliant - really hope it makes its way to film/tv/series. Thanks Brendan for being such a shining light for Australian Arts

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Keeping me sane on my path to publication!

The first time can be a bit painful. This poddy is a nice smelling balm to all your anxieties, doubts and woes. Good for established and soon-to-be published authors alike.

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