316 episodes

This is a podcast about one woman's mission to help entrepreneurs and business owners write and self-publish better business books. Each week, we tackle your writing excuses (because they're our excuses too) – and help you beat the Blank Page Of Doom so you can write a book that makes a real difference. Also contains adulting fails, the adventures of the TinySheeps, and a bundle of fantastic interviews with people far smarter than us. Find us at moxiebooks.co.uk.

1000 Authors Vicky Fraser

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

This is a podcast about one woman's mission to help entrepreneurs and business owners write and self-publish better business books. Each week, we tackle your writing excuses (because they're our excuses too) – and help you beat the Blank Page Of Doom so you can write a book that makes a real difference. Also contains adulting fails, the adventures of the TinySheeps, and a bundle of fantastic interviews with people far smarter than us. Find us at moxiebooks.co.uk.

    Dropping the Mic with Mike Ganino

    Dropping the Mic with Mike Ganino

    Ever wondered what to do if you’re asked to speak about your book in public? Wonder no more—for this week, Vicky is joined by the delightful Mike Ganino, who is a brilliant public speaking coach. He works with a lot of authors and helps them to craft their message—and tell it in a compelling, entertaining, and moving manner on stage or on video. Listen in and find out all about: the 5 stage languages, the difference between writing your story and telling it with your mouth, how to avoid death by PowerPoint (and is PowerPoint even a bad thing?)—and much more!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [2:15] A little bit about Mike and what he does.
    [3:55] What’s the difference between writing on paper vs. speaking it in person? 
    [5:15] You have to write in a way that’s natural to your speaking voice. It sounds so rigid if you say your speech off of ‘formal’ writing. 
    [8:45] When on a stage, people need to feel the words that you’re saying. 
    [10:30] It’s kind of boring to listen to an author read from their book. So how do you make it engaging? 
    [12:10] There are a lot of vocal nuances you need to think about when speaking. 
    [14:35] Sometimes you need to hold your ‘move’ for a little longer than you think you should. This pause can feel weird without practice. 
    [16:05] Should you ‘act’ bigger when you’re on stage? 
    [20:15] How can authors make their books sound more engaging in social media? 
    [25:00] How do speakers avoid death by powerpoint?
    [27:00] How do you memorize your talk? 
    [31:25] Vicky does a lightning round session! 



    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Website
    Creative Book Coaching
    Join Vicky’s Power Hour
    Free Writing Prompt Calendar
    Start Your book Templates
    Book Breakthrough Jam
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast
    Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk
    Mikeganino.com/free-masterclass
    Mikeganino.com/apply

    • 43 min
    10 Books I Have Read + Loved

    10 Books I Have Read + Loved

    This week Vicky is flying solo because of organisation issues so she decided to share 10 books she’s read and loved recently. If you’re wondering what to read, and how to read, and whether you should be reading books on writing or just books—tune into this episode and sort out your reading plans for the next couple of months. Enjoy!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [0:45] Vicky is going solo this week! And the podcast name is changing! 
    [2:10] If you want to write a book, you need to also read! 
    [2:35] The more diverse authors you read, the better of a writer you will become. 
    [3:15] First book review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.
    [4:35] Second book review: Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson.
    [6:20] Third book review: Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon
    [7:35] Fourth book review: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
    [8:10] Fifth book review: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
    [9:45] Sixth book review: An Idler’s Manual by Tom Hodgkinson
    [10:50] Seventh book review: My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety by Georgia Pritchett
    [12:10] Eighth book review: Good Pop, Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker
    [13:05] Ninth book review: Their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston
    [14:10] Tenth book review: Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
    [15:25] Vicky highly recommends that you join a book club! 
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Website
    Creative Book Coaching
    Join Vicky’s Power Hour
    Free Writing Prompt Calendar
    Start Your book Templates
    Book Breakthrough Jam
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast
    Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk
    The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
    Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes: Essays Book by Phoebe Robinson
    Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered (Austin Kleon) by Austin Kleon
    The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
    Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
    An Idler’s Manual by Tom Hodgkinson
    My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety by Georgia Pritchett
    Good Pop, Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker
    Their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston
    Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

    • 18 min
    How I Get Sh*t Done

    How I Get Sh*t Done

    Vicky officially “comes out” as a person with ADHD, and Joe interviews her about how she gets stuff done as a writer and book coach, how she copes with her ridiculous brain, and they offer suggestions on what to do when “foolproof” tools don’t work for you. There’s also a Magic Mike moment when Joe takes off his shirt, which is SUPER radio. Enjoy!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [0:55] Vicky is changing the podcast name! 
    [1:35] Everyone is sticky and doesn’t like the weather today.
    [7:15] Project Dingle update! 
    [10:10] Vicky loves to run her life on lists.
    [13:25] Vicky likes to break her tasks down into pieces so she doesn’t overwhelm herself. 
    [15:55] Despite this, there are some days where Vicky does struggle. 
    [20:20] The famous marshmallow test that determines a child’s delayed gratification. Why do some kids fail at it? 
    [22:15] Vicky prefers to reward herself first, ride the dopamine hit, and then do the hard thing.  
    [26:45] Vicky breaks down how she structures her mornings and nights. 
    [29:05] How does Vicky cope with overwhelm? 
    [33:35] Vicky’s brain is chaotic, but organized. 
    [35:00] Vicky hasn’t told her family she really does suffer from ADHD. 
    [37:00] Vicky forgets where she puts her keys all the time. Not just some of the time. All the time. 
    [38:00] It’s really important to understand your style and how you work so that you can get more things done. 
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Website
    Creative Book Coaching
    Join Vicky’s Power Hour
    Free Writing Prompt Calendar
    Start Your book Templates
    Book Breakthrough Jam
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast
    Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk
    The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    The Scar Novel by China Miéville
    The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
    Show Your Work! By Austin Kleon

    • 41 min
    10 Tricks to Help You Start Writing

    10 Tricks to Help You Start Writing

    Ever struggle to start something—like you want to get on with writing, but instead you do 4,197 other things? Yep so does Vicky. So dive into this week’s podcast in which she and Joe talk about how to get started and do the things you want to do—even if you’ve tried all the “expert productivity techniques” and they haven’t worked for you. They didn’t work for Vicky either because—LISTEN UP—those techniques aren’t for us! Join us for 10 brain tricks, discover you’re not broken, and then get started. Hurrah!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [5:35] Vicky rode her motorbike for the first time in six years! 
    [7:10] Project dingle update! 
    [9:20] Some people really struggle with getting started. Vicky is one of them. 
    [10:50] If you really wanna do something, you have to trick your brain. 
    [14:15] Instead of tackling all of the things, just put one thing away, or focus on one small thing to get you started. 
    [15:00] Get your word count started by only writing 3 words!
    [17:40] Vicky doesn’t recommend using the pomodoro technique. She shares why. 
    [24:30] Try to play your day, even if it doesn’t go according to plan, at least you have an outline. 
    [25:30] Eat the frog? Doesn’t work for Vicky! She gets too distracted. 
    [27:45] If your task is too big, use a template! 
    [29:00] Vicky has some templates for you to help you write your book! 
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Website
    Creative Book Coaching
    Join Vicky’s Power Hour
    Free Writing Prompt Calendar
    Start Your book Templates
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast
    Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk
    Matt Raekelboom on Instagram
    The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    The Scar Novel by China Miéville
    The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
    Show Your Work! By Austin Kleon

    • 33 min
    RePod: Initiative Takes Work

    RePod: Initiative Takes Work

    This is a repod, and we hope you enjoy it. It’s eternally relevant. Do you need kicking into action? So do we, friend. So do we. So when I saw Seth Godin's email titled "Initiative takes effort" last summer, I filed it away as the spark of a podcast episode idea. Here is that episode! In it, Joe and I have a chat about why we struggle to get started, and what can help. Plus Vicky shares another creative non-fiction writing tip with you. Enjoy!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [2:50] Storytellers are never ever going to be unwanted. 
    [7:10] Vicky reads an excerpt of a book and explains why she loves this passage. 
    [9:30] Were there any big events that happened in your lifetime? Draw up a timeline of your life.
    [11:05] Want to learn how to write better? This is a great activity for you to do! 
    [14:00] Why is play so important in our adult lives? 
    [18:25] Vicky needs accountability. When you have a partner to do things with, you’re much more likely to do those things. 
    [22:30] Joe explains what shrimping means in MMA.
    [24:25] You can absolutely sit down and write a book on your own, but most people don’t. 
    [27:00] Want to write a book? Don’t do it alone. 
    [27:35] Want to learn something? Find someone to help you. 
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Website
    Creative Book Coaching
    Join Vicky’s Power Hour
    July Content Calendar
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast
    Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk
    Lord of the Silver Bow, by David Gemmell
    Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown

    • 34 min
    Book Things I Can Help You With

    Book Things I Can Help You With

    Join Vicky and Joe as they talk about the wonders of short stories, the importance of pronouns (because they ARE important—tune if you’re in a frothing rage about how “woke” I am and find out why), and the fantastic hot seat book coaching event Vicky ran last week. They run through the 5 questions she chose, and show you how you can get past similar challenges. Happy listening!
     
    Key Takeaways:
    [2:25] Elephants are Vicky’s favorite animals.  
    [7:00] Exploring a genderless species, and why language is important. 
    [11:50] Imagine not being able to recognize faces because of a brain injury. 
    [16:00] Vicky received some great questions lately! 
    [16:55] How do you know which non-fiction book to write? 
    [19:20] How do I get the right tone down for my readers?
    [20:15] This is your first draft! Your tone of voice isn’t going to match 100% on its first go. 
    [22:00] How do you know when you’re finished? 
    [25:20] Why am I stuck? 
    [29:00] Currently stuck on a writing problem? Don’t worry, they’re common and Vicky is always here to help! 
     
    Mentioned in This Episode:
    Website
    Creative Book Coaching
    Join Vicky’s Power Hour
    June Content Calendar
    Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast
    Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk
    Levarburtonpodcast.com
    The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Jsr876 ,

Always helpful to listen

Vicky’s insights are so helpful every week, and I love how she’s unashamedly herself in every episode. Highly recommended.

PS - I FINALLY worked out how to leave reviews! YAY

tasjii ,

Fabulous Podcast for small business owners, one not to be missed!

It has finally happened, the chickens have been rescued by the FBI hostage negotiators. The dresses have told me their stories and JK Rowling has made millions from her Harry Potter books.

I am left waiting for the next episode of the podcast.

This hasn't happened before, and I am feeling a little lost. What am I going to do now?

Ever since I started listening to your MOST excellent podcasts back in October last year, you, Joe and your many fabulous guests have accompanied me on my travels as I go about my business.

I have listened and in some cases relistened to specific episodes and learned so much. I particularly liked the hostage negotiations series, which have helped me to improve my skills in landing customers over the phone. The "Life Story in Dresses" was another of my absolute favourite episodes. A good story sells, I have no doubt about that now.

Thank you for continuing to produce this podcast, you are helping me grow my business and take it to where I want to go with it.

TT Tim ,

Tip Top Tips for the small business owner

These are fun amusing podcasts featuring Vicky and her husband Joe. If you run a small business and are looking for sensible tips and tricks, interesting guests and occasional random digressions these podcasts will fit the bill