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 Kassia St Clair 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 Kassia's favourites include this one, in which the historian Peter Frankopan shares his experience of writing "The Silk Roads", and here, where Candice Carty-Williams talks about her work as senior marketing executive at Vintage 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 novelist Joanne Harris, historian Niall Ferguson, and authors Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Hermione LeeWilliam Dalrymple and Rory Stewart. 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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  • 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
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  • 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 the emails that landed Kassia her column for Elle Decoration and Simon this assignment for Outside magazine
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  • 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 a copy of the email that landed Kassia her first column for Elle Decoration and Simon's pitch that led to this assignment in Outside magazine
  • Receive a package of our best pitches that led to pieces for Quartz, the TLS, GQ, Guardian Long Read, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Economist as well as the emails where Kassia wooed her literary agent and scored her column for Elle Decoration. 
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  • 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 a copy of the email that landed Kassia her first column for Elle Decoration and Simon's pitch that led to this assignment in Outside magazine
  • Receive a package of our best pitches that led to pieces for Quartz, the TLS, GQ, Guardian Long Read, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Economist as well as the emails where Kassia wooed her literary agent and Simon apologised for handing in a book section three times longer than expected.
  • Listen to our bi-annual secret bonus episode in which Kassia and Simon discuss their careers, unique stationery fetishes and dog-training theories, interspersed with highlights from our blooper reel.
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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 Kassia St Clair 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 Kassia's favourites include this one, in which the historian Peter Frankopan shares his experience of writing "The Silk Roads", and here, where Candice Carty-Williams talks about her work as senior marketing executive at Vintage 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 novelist Joanne Harris, historian Niall Ferguson, and authors Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Hermione LeeWilliam Dalrymple and Rory Stewart. 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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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 the emails that landed Kassia her column for Elle Decoration and Simon 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 a copy of the email that landed Kassia her first column for Elle Decoration and Simon's pitch that led to this assignment in Outside magazine
  • Receive a package of our best pitches that led to pieces for Quartz, the TLS, GQ, Guardian Long Read, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Economist as well as the emails where Kassia wooed her literary agent and scored her column for Elle Decoration. 
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 a copy of the email that landed Kassia her first column for Elle Decoration and Simon's pitch that led to this assignment in Outside magazine
  • Receive a package of our best pitches that led to pieces for Quartz, the TLS, GQ, Guardian Long Read, Bloomberg Businessweek and The Economist as well as the emails where Kassia wooed her literary agent and Simon apologised for handing in a book section three times longer than expected.
  • Listen to our bi-annual secret bonus episode in which Kassia and Simon discuss their careers, unique stationery fetishes and dog-training theories, interspersed with highlights from our blooper reel.