Always Take Notes is creating a podcast for writers about writing
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WELCOME! Since you've stopped by it's likely that, like us, you are passionate about writers and writing.

Sometimes, however, passion alone is not enough. Inspiration, advice, techniques and a few hard facts come in handy too, and that's where we come in. Created by, for and about writers, Always Take Notes is a bi-monthly podcast that lifts the lid on the business and craft of putting pen to paper (or, more realistically, fingers to keyboard).

WHAT WE DO In each episode we — co-hosts Eleanor Halls and Simon Akam — talk candidly to journalists, publishers, screenwriters, novelists or agents about their work and career paths. Hear novelists describe how they develop characters; editors explain what makes a pitch exciting; and agents outline the business end of getting the best possible book deal. As writers ourselves, we tackle issues that often vex us and our contemporaries, including how to get paid on time (or, indeed, at all), diversity in the industry, and the finer workings of writer-agent-editor relationships.

We've had some fascinating conversations with people. Some of Eleanor's favourites include this one, in which Lionel Barber talks about editing the Financial Times, and here, where literary agent Claire Conville discusses her work representing writers and selling books. Simon will always have a soft spot for this episode, in which we spoke to the military historian Antony Beevor, or this one where we interviewed the publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove. Upcoming guests include novelists Mark Haddon and Daisy Johnson, GQ editor Dylan Jones, and Bloomsbury editor Alexa von Hirschberg. You can listen to all our episodes on SoundcloudiTunes or on our website.

HERE'S THE PITCH We need your help to keep going and to keep improving Always Take Notes. We want to pay our producers for their hours of hard work putting out each and every episode and we'd love to cover the cost of travel to reach people who don't live in London. And we'd also like to get better equipment so that we can improve the listening experience for everyone.

We love what we do and we know a lot of you do too, so — if you can — please donate. It all helps. Thank you!
Tiers
Noted
$2 or more per month
  • Enjoy good feelings knowing you are keeping Always Take Notes up and running
  • Get added to our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news
Noticed
$5 or more per month
  • Enjoy good feelings knowing you are keeping Always Take Notes up and running
  • Get added to our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news
  • See Simon's pitch that led to this assignment for Outside magazine
Noteworthy
$10 or more per month
  • Enjoy good feelings knowing you are keeping Always Take Notes up and running
  • Get added to our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news
  • See Simon's pitch that led to this assignment in Outside magazine
  • Receive a package of our best pitches that led to pieces for The Times, GQ, Guardian Long Read, Bloomberg Businessweek and Drugstore Culture.
Notable
$20 or more per month
  • Enjoy good feelings knowing you are keeping Always Take Notes up and running
  • Get added to our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news
  • See Simon's pitch that led to this assignment in Outside magazine
  • Receive a package of our best pitches that led to pieces for The Times, GQ, Guardian Long Read, Bloomberg Businessweek and Drugstore Culture as well as the emails Simon in which apologised for handing in a book section three times longer than expected.
  • Listen to our bi-annual secret bonus episode in which Eleanor and Simon discuss their careers, unique stationery fetishes and dog-training theories, interspersed with highlights from our blooper reel.
Goals
32% complete
If we reach £200 ($267) per month we can pay for production
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WELCOME! Since you've stopped by it's likely that, like us, you are passionate about writers and writing.

Sometimes, however, passion alone is not enough. Inspiration, advice, techniques and a few hard facts come in handy too, and that's where we come in. Created by, for and about writers, Always Take Notes is a bi-monthly podcast that lifts the lid on the business and craft of putting pen to paper (or, more realistically, fingers to keyboard).

WHAT WE DO In each episode we — co-hosts Eleanor Halls and Simon Akam — talk candidly to journalists, publishers, screenwriters, novelists or agents about their work and career paths. Hear novelists describe how they develop characters; editors explain what makes a pitch exciting; and agents outline the business end of getting the best possible book deal. As writers ourselves, we tackle issues that often vex us and our contemporaries, including how to get paid on time (or, indeed, at all), diversity in the industry, and the finer workings of writer-agent-editor relationships.

We've had some fascinating conversations with people. Some of Eleanor's favourites include this one, in which Lionel Barber talks about editing the Financial Times, and here, where literary agent Claire Conville discusses her work representing writers and selling books. Simon will always have a soft spot for this episode, in which we spoke to the military historian Antony Beevor, or this one where we interviewed the publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove. Upcoming guests include novelists Mark Haddon and Daisy Johnson, GQ editor Dylan Jones, and Bloomsbury editor Alexa von Hirschberg. You can listen to all our episodes on SoundcloudiTunes or on our website.

HERE'S THE PITCH We need your help to keep going and to keep improving Always Take Notes. We want to pay our producers for their hours of hard work putting out each and every episode and we'd love to cover the cost of travel to reach people who don't live in London. And we'd also like to get better equipment so that we can improve the listening experience for everyone.

We love what we do and we know a lot of you do too, so — if you can — please donate. It all helps. Thank you!

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Tiers
Noted
$2 or more per month
  • Enjoy good feelings knowing you are keeping Always Take Notes up and running
  • Get added to our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news
Noticed
$5 or more per month
  • Enjoy good feelings knowing you are keeping Always Take Notes up and running
  • Get added to our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news
  • See Simon's pitch that led to this assignment for Outside magazine
Noteworthy
$10 or more per month
  • Enjoy good feelings knowing you are keeping Always Take Notes up and running
  • Get added to our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news
  • See Simon's pitch that led to this assignment in Outside magazine
  • Receive a package of our best pitches that led to pieces for The Times, GQ, Guardian Long Read, Bloomberg Businessweek and Drugstore Culture.
Notable
$20 or more per month
  • Enjoy good feelings knowing you are keeping Always Take Notes up and running
  • Get added to our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our news
  • See Simon's pitch that led to this assignment in Outside magazine
  • Receive a package of our best pitches that led to pieces for The Times, GQ, Guardian Long Read, Bloomberg Businessweek and Drugstore Culture as well as the emails Simon in which apologised for handing in a book section three times longer than expected.
  • Listen to our bi-annual secret bonus episode in which Eleanor and Simon discuss their careers, unique stationery fetishes and dog-training theories, interspersed with highlights from our blooper reel.