Notes in the Margin

Vicky Fraser

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. read less
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Ep343: In the Loupe with Karl Walker-Finch
Mar 16 2023
Ep343: In the Loupe with Karl Walker-Finch
This week, Vicky interviews dentist extraordinaire, Dr. Karl Walker-Finch, about his new book In the Loupe. Dr. Karl and Vicky worked together in the early stages of writing his book — and he released it into the wild this month! Listen in and find out about Dr. Karl’s writing process, how he approached the structure, what he enjoyed and what he found challenging, and why music features so heavily in a book about the world of dentistry.   A little bit about Dr. Karl: Dr. Karl Walker-Finch is a dentist, mentor, lecturer, writer, father, personal development champion and mental wellbeing advocate.   He graduated from Liverpool Dental School in 2010 and after nearly five years working on the Wirral, he moved with his wife Marisa to West Yorkshire where they started a family. Together they now own Smiles in Tandem, Huddersfield, a clinic that provides care for patients’ dental and mental wellbeing in tandem.   Clinically, he spends the majority of his time providing dental implants and oral rehabilitation treatment on referral. Following his MSc in Dental Implantology with Distinction in 2017, he is now a senior mentor and lecturer on the master’s programme at the University of Salford in association with ICE.   Key Takeaways: [2:05] Dr. Karl published his first book!  [5:15] How did Dr. Karl organized his writing time?  [10:15] Dr. Karl is happy that he wrote a book that represents himself at this point in time.  [16:15] How did Dr. Karl decide to structure his book?  [22:00] Dr. Karl had to do a lot of trial and error to find the right flow for him.  [24:45] What has Dr. Karl done to promote his book?  [31:00] Dr. Karl shares what he hopes people will get out of the book.  [38:20] Would Dr. Karl write another book? Yes he would!  [44:00] What are some of Dr. Karl’s favorite books? [47:30] Want to know more? Follow Dr. Karl on social media!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Book Breakthrough Jam Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk MicroBook Magic Buy Karl’s book here: https://amzn.to/3Z3XLxz Walkerfinch.com Dr. Karl on Instagram
Ep337: 7 Things I Wish I Knew 11 Years Ago About Writing Nonfiction Books
Feb 2 2023
Ep337: 7 Things I Wish I Knew 11 Years Ago About Writing Nonfiction Books
This week, after waxing lyrical about septic tanks, and reading excerpts from a wonderful little MicroBook, Vicky and Joe dive into life and writing lessons learned over the past 11 years. Basically, some of the most important stuff Vicky could’ve done with knowing before she started. Here it is for you, so you don’t have to faff around before you write your book.   Key Takeaways:   [3:40] Always buy books! [4:20] Joe read that some people felt relieved when they threw their books away. How dare they! [7:30] Project Dingle update! [12:20] What does Vicky wish she had learned sooner in her career? [13:40] Just because something was published by a big house doesn’t mean it’s good, and just because something was self-published doesn’t mean it’s bad. [14:20] The impact your book makes is more important than how many copies it sells. [17:10] Vicky loves that her book has brought in quality customers that she wants to work with. [17:40] Remember, the rules are all made up. You can break them! [19:20] Don’t mislead the reader by turning your book into one big sales letter. Deliver value. [21:20] Really write a book that respects the reader. They are taking the time to read it. [21:40] Want to write a microbook? Vicky’s got another workshop happening in March! [21:55] You do not need six months + isolation time to write a book. [24:10] Don’t hang onto the outcome. Vicky explains why this was the most important thing she learned. [26:20] Not everything you create will turn to gold. It’s okay to let it go and call it crap.   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Book Breakthrough Jam Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Microbook Magic Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Ep333: Existing While Black with Sharon Hurley Hall
Dec 29 2022
Ep333: Existing While Black with Sharon Hurley Hall
Friend of the podcast, Sharon Hurley Hall, is back to talk about her new book I’m Tired of Racism: True Stories of Existing While Black — and we had a blast! Come and join us and hear us go on a safari about how awesome How to Get Away with Murder is, and what it’s like living in a bunch of different white majority countries when you’re not white, and what we can all do, collectively, to the make the world a better place for everyone.    Sharon Hurley Hall is an anti-racism activist, educator, and in-demand speaker. Firmly committed to doing her part to eliminate racism, she is the Founder and Curator-in-Chief of Sharon’s Anti-Racism Newsletter. Sharon is also a Co-Founder of Mission Equality and the author of I'm Tired of Racism and Exploring Shadeism.    In her newsletter, Sharon writes about existing while Black in majority-white spaces, and amplifies the voices of other anti-racism activists. Sharon is also an in-demand speaker about equality, anti-racism, and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.   Key Takeaways: [3:00] A little bit about Sharon and why she wanted to write a book about racism. [5:50] What is Sharon’s hope for the book?  [6:40] One of Vicky’s favorite chapters was, ‘Not All Black People’.  [9:50] How can people widen their reading beyond non-fiction books?  [11:00] Black authors and in the various genres are everywhere if you choose to look for it.  [13:10] What is the biggest misconception people have about racism?  [17:00] Sharon details some of her more ‘nuanced’ experiences with how people have treated her. It doesn't have to be so blatant, but the subtle message is often loud and clear.  [21:15] What can you do to make it better for others of a different race? [24:40] There is so much power in having conversations and allowing other people to be heard.  [29:00] There are always two sides of the story. We only hear from the victors. It’s time to hear from those who were marginalized and brutalized, too.  [31:55] Why do so many black people have such unique names? [35:25] All of our names mean something, it’s just that we’ve forgotten the history behind it.  [38:00] Want more of Sharon? She has a premium newsletter for you to subscribe to!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Book Breakthrough Jam Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Microbook Magic Antiracismnewsletter.com Missionequality.com Books2read.com/tiredofracism
Ep332: Going Through the Motions
Dec 22 2022
Ep332: Going Through the Motions
This week, Vicky and Joe talk mojo, the struggle to find people who can think, and breaking the rules. Finding yourself feeling a bit flat about your writing, your hobby, or life in general? That’s okay, it happens. But how do we yank ourselves out of it? Dunno — but maybe this podcast episode will help. In it you’ll find understanding, a random dog interlude, and a few strategies you could try to dig your mojo out of whatever hole it’s crawled into.   Key Takeaways: [1:25] Vicky is so close to having a proper bath in her home!  [7:50] What is mojo?  [9:20] Vicky has gotten herself into a funk. [13:00] The moment Vicky let go of all the pressure she was putting on herself, life got better.  [19:00] Are you just bored? It’s okay to walk away from it temporarily.  [19:55] There’s not a lot of light out these days. Maybe that’s why you’re feeling a bit meh? [22:30] NASA are finding it hard to find out-of-the-box thinkers. [26:25] It’s okay to play and break the rules. Get your creative juices flowing! [28:55] Hope you enjoy your holiday weekend!!!   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Book Breakthrough Jam Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Microbook Magic Mordew by Alex Pheby The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser Entangled Life Book by Merlin Sheldrake
Ep330: MicroBook Magic Showcase Special
Dec 8 2022
Ep330: MicroBook Magic Showcase Special
This week you’re in for a treat — I invited my MicroBook Magic authors to come and join me live and read from the MicroBooks they’ve been writing during November. And now you can hear their creations on today’s podcast! So grab a cuppa, settle in, and listen — and perhaps you’ll be inspired to write your own MicroBook. Starting January 10, maybe? Maybe? Gwan!   Key Takeaways: [1:00] Vicky created a program where you write a micro book in four weeks!  [2:00] Vicky is hosting another one on January the 10th! [4:15] You hear from one of Vicky’s attendees as she reads from the book she’s just written!  [10:00] Vicky’s next student is up next as she reads from her newly written microbook! [19:10] You hear from Vicky’s next student who procrastinated on her book all year. She finally got it finished! [25:10] Vicky’s next student wrote a memoir about letting go of dreams.  [30:55] Vicky gives a shoutout to hear students that weren’t able to attend live. They worked so hard on their own books!  [31:10] Vicky gives a quick intro on some of the books that were written. [35:10] Need an editor? Vicky’s got you covered with Hannah!  [38:45] Design your writing space to be a place of joy.  [41:25] Are you excited to write your book? Vicky’s got one for January the 10th! Go sign up!! [44:10] Congrats on writing your book everybody! Vicky is so proud.    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Book Breakthrough Jam Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Microbook Magic
Ep327: Writing Advice from Terry Pratchett
Nov 10 2022
Ep327: Writing Advice from Terry Pratchett
Join the plague house as Vicky and Joe discuss Covid (she has it), retelling the Greek myths from a woman’s point of view, and 10 wonderful pieces of writing advice from Vicky’s favourite ever author, Terry Pratchett. You’ll also get a short side-quest on whirlpools, near-death experiences, and George Orwell, which is relevant. Honest.   Key Takeaways: [1:30] Vicky has COVID and it’s a lot of frowny faces in the Dingle right now. [3:15] Vicky is a terrible sick person. She hates just loafing about on the couch. [10:15] It’s so important to read diverse books because you get a better understanding of your fellow humans. [12:00] Terry Pratchett is one of Vicky’s favorite authors. [15:45] It might be difficult, but there are a lot of benefits to listening to someone who has an opposing opinion than you. [19:45] Read everything that you think is going to be interesting.  [22:10] Don’t be afraid to submit your writing online! [25:00] Stand for something and do it out loud. [29:20] Debate is a very important part of learning about the other person’s side. [32:45] You should definitely go off and read some Terry Pratchett books!   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Book Breakthrough Jam Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Terrypratchettbooks.com/ Microbook magic Stone Blind: Medusa's Story Book by Natalie Haynes Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters