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So do you "pare" it back or "pair" it back?
Find out here: http://bit.ly/1rq3KNy
This newsletter is winging its way to you from Cebu in the Philippines. I'm here speaking at a couple of conferences. One session is to a group of Australian business owners on "How to grow your business through the way you write". The other is to a group of English-speaking Filipinos on "Quick ...
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How to win a $100 Australian Writers' Centre voucher. And the difference between imminent and eminent. Because you've always wanted to know. http://bit.ly/1ph0gfn
I've been growing a lot as a person lately. No, really. I planted a herb garden. (That's my kitty Rex above, hanging out in it.) Now, I'm not exactly a green-thumbed individual. (My thumbs have more of a reddish tinge from keyboard spacebar bashing.) I'm more at home with newspaper cuttings than ...
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The latest episode of my podcast , co-hosted with the awesome +Gina Milicia is out. This week, it's all about street photography. Hope you enjoy it!  https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/so-you-want-to-be-photographer/id957592464?mt=2
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It's the 10th birthday of The Writers' Centre​ and the gifts are for you! Win this massive box of books, all written by our incredible presenters. Enter here: http://www.writerscentre.com.au/win-our-big-birthday-box-of-23-books/
To celebrate turning 10, we wanted to reward ONE lucky member of our community with the ultimate prize – a box containing not one, not two, not three, not
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Episode 76 of my podcast with +Allison Tait is out. Hope you enjoy it! 
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/so-you-want-to-be-writer-podcast/id836440322
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Want to be a smarter writer? Of course you do. Well, it’s going to mean more than knowing the difference between “its” and “it’s” (although, kudos for that
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My review of the book "Frank Lowy: A Second Life" by Jill Margo.
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I have no interest in Frank Lowy, soccer or how to build a shopping centre empire. I picked up this book thinking I would gloss over the first few pages and then put it back on the shelves. Before long, I was hooked. Journalist and biographer Jill Margo has penned a tour de force with her second biography of shopping centre magnate Frank Lowy. Margo’s first biography Pushing the Limits was released when Lowy was 70. But he has packed so much into...
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What's the difference between "uninterested" and "disinterested"? Because you've always wanted to know .... http://bit.ly/1UJSc3M
This week I'd like to talk about silence. Just as a graphic designer knows the value of “white space” to get more impact, good writing is just as much about what you leave out. This is true for fiction and non-fiction. For a fiction writer, it's all about “show, don't tell”.
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So this is why I sometimes get cranky at authors and aspiring authors ... don't just rely on the publisher! http://bit.ly/1Q1Kugo
I'm a little bit cranky. Why? Well, I was talking to an author the other day and she was bemoaning the fact that her books aren't selling to her expectations. I tried to explain to her that it was very hard to find any evidence of her online – and that didn't do her book sales any favours.
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Hope you enjoy the latest episode of the podcast I co-host with the talented +Allison Tait !
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/so-you-want-to-be-writer-podcast/id836440322
 
Episode 83 of So You Want To Be A Writer is here! This week +Valerie Khoo  and I take a long hard look at plagiarism, self-publishing and how to write your author bio!

We also get some great tips on book promotion from publicist Emma Noble!

Listen here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/so-you-want-to-be-writer-podcast/id836440322
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What are the best techniques to take flattering portraits of older models?
This week on the podcast +Valerie Khoo and I chat about all my favourite tips and techniques for photographing older models
This includes the best light, lenses, posing and postproduction techniques.
You can download the episode for free on ITunes http://ow.ly/3w5pBa or listen via my website. www.ginamilicia.com
I hope you enjoy the show :) 
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Ep 39 is out.
Want free stuff? How to get free models, makeup artists, stylists, locations, and more!
This week on the podcast +Valerie Khoo and I discuss the best ways to find models, make up artists and locations for free. We also share some other great resources for photographers including legal help, Lightroom and PS templates,educational sites and heaps more!
You can download the episode for free on ITunes http://ow.ly/3w5pBa or listen via my website. www.ginamilicia.com
I hope you enjoy the show :)
 
Ep 39 is out.
Want free stuff? How to get free models, makeup artists, stylists, locations, and more!
This week on the podcast +Valerie Khoo and I discuss the best ways to find models, make up artists and locations for free. We also share some other great resources for photographers including legal help, Lightroom and PS templates,educational sites and heaps more!
You can download the episode for free on ITunes http://ow.ly/3w5pBa or listen via my website. www.ginamilicia.com
I hope you enjoy the show :) 
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Founder and National Director of Australian Writers' Centre, Australia's leading centre for writing courses.
Introduction
I love words. Books, blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, Google+ing, and Storytelling.

Author of Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business (Wiley). www.PowerStoriesBook.com

I'm Founder and National Director of the Australian Writers' Centre,
which is Australia's leading centre for writing courses. There are online and face-to-face writing courses and students enrol from around the world. More than 20,000 students have studied with us.

I'm also a journalist and small business commentator. My writing appears in some of  Australia's most respected publications.

I have a personal blog at www.ValerieKhoo.com where you can keep up to date on what's going on in my work and life. Be warned: you'll also find many gratuitous pictures of my fluffy pets.

You can find me on Twitter: @valeriekhoo
And on Facebook: www.facebook.com/valeriekhoo

I look forward to connecting with you!
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