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The First Time

The First Time Podcast

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.


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Latest Episodes

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7 days ago

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14 days ago

In this episode Kate speaks with best-selling Australian author, Liane Moriarty, in a wide ranging conversation about her career, writing process and dealing with Hollywood. more

21 days ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 101 ratings
  • Inspiring and informative

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

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia2 months ago
  • 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

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia7 months ago
  • 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.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australiaa year ago
  • How good is this !

    I discovered your podcast recently and have just listened to The Episode with Sam Coley. I loved listening to you banter at the start I felt I was with you and sharing the conversation. The tone was warm, open and friendly. Great idea to have the Q & A segment; I am now forewarned about publishing asking writers to seek out authors for blurbs. I could not do that as a debut author. You have a new listener. 🌸

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia2 years ago
  • Loving this podcast

    Great chat, interesting insights for writers and aspiring writers, and brilliant guests. It’s fun, real and useful!

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia2 years ago

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Chart Positions

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#13 Australia/Arts/Books
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#57 Australia/Arts
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#216 New Zealand/Arts/Books

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