... Even if you have so much to write about and no idea where to start.
... Even if you feel like you have NO discipline and your writing time is always pushed to the end of your to-do list.
... Even if you tend to jump in and out of your writing during small pockets of time and lose track of what you were writing next.
... Even if you aren’t sure who your readers would be or where to find them.
... Even if you struggle with self-doubt… Will people read it? Will people buy it? Will the content motivate and inspire those who read it?
... Even if you've tried to write before and walked away from your book, frustrated.
So many people before you have written books. What did they do? They followed a proven, tested, tried-and-true PLAN for writing their book.
Author, German Without Tears
What if you could have a professional writing coach give you all the insider's secrets of how to write a successful book?
Hi, there! I’m Morgan Gist MacDonald, founder and CEO of Paper Raven Books. I’ve also been a writing coach since 2007, helping authors write the first drafts of their books and navigate publishing, launching, and marketing their books as successful authors.
I’ve written my own bestslling book, too, which has been instrumental in growing my publishing company, which now consistently helps authors write and publish 20+ books per year.
But I noticed something that really bothered me in the book world...
Tons of online courses have been popping up, promising to help you write and publish your bestselling book in a weekend or 30 days or 90 days.
These courses claim to teach the book process, from the very beginning stage of choosing a book topic and writing the entire book, all the way to publishing, launching, and marketing.
So, I bought these courses, out of curiosity, and to see if any of them would be worth recommending to my own writing groups.
Nearly all of these other "book" courses follow a super unhelpful pattern:
They talk about how important a book is to building your business or platform. They show how to create a simple mind map or outline. They say, “Now, write the book.” Then, they dive straight into publishing, launching, and marketing.
Wait, wait, wait. What if someone is having trouble with getting from book idea to outline to finished book? And what if, “Write the book” isn’t enough guidance?
What I’ve seen along the way are patterns in what works well for writers and where writers often stumble into writer’s block. I’ve developed a system for creating a flexible structure for a book and a method for power writing that helps you write quickly and efficiently.
That’s when I realized that the methods I’d been using with my own authors could help someone exactly like you—the person who is unclear and frustrated, but very much wanting to write a book...like, yesterday!
I am in the thick of the writing process with authors, all day, every day. I’m not going to tell you, “Just write” because I can offer you practical guidance on you where you might get stuck, how to side-step writer’s block, how to engage in "power writing," and how to set up your structure so that the writing feels easy.
I’ve created a course, Ready to Write, for you, to guide you, step-by-step through through the writing process so that you can tunnel vision and learn just about how to write a damn good book.
"When I contacted Morgan about the first draft of my book, everything felt like such a big mess! I’d been working on the book for ages, writing bits here and there, and it all ended up feeling overwhelming, and I felt completely lost with it all.
Morgan took my document and helped me to organise everything better and improve parts of it, so it all made so much more sense. Now, I have finished the draft! Woohoo! "
CARRIE GREEN Founder, Female Entrepreneur Association Author, She Means Business (Hay House)
Author, Sleep Like A Boss
6 MODULES, 18 VIDEOS, COMPANION GUIDEBOOKS
PRINTABLE BOOK-WRITING JOURNAL PLANNER
IMMEDIATE ACCESS FROM ANY SMART DEVICE
Ready To Write is not for every writer or for every book. I’m approaching writing a book as a foundation for building your platform, so that you can get a message out to more people. This type of strategy is perfect for:
This course is not for fiction writers.
This is not the course for people who just want to hire a book-in-a-box company.
This is not for people who want to jump straight to publishing and marketing.
In this course, we are zero-ing in on writing and how to write a bestselling, award-winning, nonfiction book. If you want this book to become a foundation to the life you’re building, then let’s do this together.
WHAT WE'RE GOING TO COVER IN THIS NONFICTION BOOK-WRITING COURSE...
If you've ever struggled with getting started and keeping momentum in your writing...
How to use a series of simple writing hacks that get you into the "power writing" flow fast, so you're NEVER sitting at your desk, staring at a blank screen but making significant progress, every time you sit down to write.
The one must-have key to a writing routine that’ll get you excited and energized to write every single week, even if work, kids, pets, chores, and travel have always pushed writing to the end of your to-do list. You’ll be able to write anytime, anywhere, and remember exactly what you were writing.
How to create your personal writing rhythm to finish a 50,000-word book quickly, hitting 3,000 or 5,000 or more words every week, even if you have never written consistently in your life.
If you find yourself constantly thinking about what you want to write, reading more, learning more...
Why most first-time authors actually wait too long to start writing (they think they need ALL the best ideas first), and what pro writers know about coming up with new, innovative ideas for their book (the real trick is to generate ideas quickly and in batches).
The "free fall" method to generate hundreds of new ideas for your book, without spending hours Googling or reading the latest books in your field. This method is so freaking good at helping you generate ideas, that most of my authors start using this idea-generating method to create TONS of new content!
How to use a "rough organization" to pull together the themes of all those ideas that have been on your mind for months or years, even if you have lots of ideas that come flooding out when you casually think about what to include in your book.
If you have so many ideas already and don't have a clue how to narrow them down into an actual book structure...
Why traditional outlines and mind maps DO NOT work with the cognitive process of creativity and what type of organization you should use instead.
How to make sure you’re writing the right book, even if you have ideas for two, three, or more books. Once you nail your book topic and structure, your book will flow out quickly and easily.
What the four types of nonfiction book structures are (story-lead, lesson-lead, and two hybrid versions), and how you can layer your ideas together in a way that is easy to write and compelling for the reader.
You want your reader to be moved, transformed, changed by your book? We'll cover how you structure your book, balanced with stories and information, to take your reader through a life-changing experience.
The SINGLE biggest difference between a mediocre book that the reader puts down after a few pages and a GREAT book that a reader finishes in one weekend and immediately recommends to a friend.
If you struggle to create dedicated writing time and space in your life...
Set up your writing space to make sure you can tap into power writing, the most efficient way to write your book. Even if you live a life of "distractedness," with two specific documents open, you can hit flow, anytime, anywhere, and write all the way through your entire first draft (even if you've been trying to write a book for years and still haven't finished one, yet).
The secret to keeping track and making sense of all your ideas WHILE you write, even if you tend to think up new ideas and start over. If you can create this flexible version of an outline, it’ll grow with your book topic, as you write more and more. (This is the real reason why most people lose the thread of what their book is about by Chapter 3 and why you won't.)
The three bad writing habits that will kill your writing, every time, and how to you should be writing, instead. (You probably already have these habits, and I blame our standard English curriculum, but don’t worry, they’re easy bad habits to fix.)
If you have no idea what the next steps are in editing, revising, and actually finishing your book...
What to do when you finish your first draft and how an editor’s trick (a “reverse outline”) will save you from “revision hell” and spending years editing your book. And, no, it does not look like going back to page 1 and re-reading the whole book!
Want your book to stand the test of time? Bring in editors. Find out what kind of editors you'll need (developmental, copyediting, proofreading), what to look for in your editors and how to find them.
Whether you should send your book to beta readers, who to choose, how to get their feedback, and what the heck to do with their feedback (without completely freaking out and restarting the whole book).
If you really want the freedom to write the book you know you're called to write...
Discover how to instantly tap into your motivation to write, not just someday, but TODAY, even if you feel guilty sitting down and devoting time to your book when there are so many other things (real life, important things) that I need to do, have to do.
Hollywood wants you to think writer's block is some sort of debilitating disease. It's not. Writer's block is a simple imbalance in your creative life that you can fix with practical steps. You just need to be prepared. Let me show you what I put in the writer's block emergency toolkit for my authors and how to prepare an emergency toolkit to pull you out of writer’s block, as soon as you feel it setting in.
The real reason most people quit writing and never finish their books. You’ve put your book off before, and I’ll tell you right now that if you let this idea pass you by, in 10 years, you’ll regret not writing this book. When you can confront what’s really stopping you from writing, you can recenter your energy and finally finish writing your book, so much more quickly than you thought possible.
And much, much more!
"I achieved a 75,000 word first daft. I can't believe we did it!"
“I have ideas, rants, frustrations I wanted to express, but no idea how to start writing. Morgan opened up a new world for me. Her enthusiasm for writers and guiding them to a process to make progress was fantastic.
I achieved a 75,000 Word first draft. I can’t believe we did it! I love Morgan’s persistence and the joy, smiles, excitement and enthusiasm is always Welcome! Thanks. It’s a reminder to keep going.”
—Michael Ward, author of of the forthcoming Sixth Sola
"Engaging, friendly, supportive feedback. I love our author community!"
“I now have a routine that allows me to be productive and a mindset that drives and inspires me instead of defeating me.
I love that Morgan is genuine, accessible, supportive, inspirational, kind, friendly, funny, down to earth, passionate, and truly wants to help writers achieve success. Morgan is so generous with her time and advice. I’m grateful!”
—Susan Bricker, soon-to-be author
Myself, our writing coaches, and other writers in a private Facebook group. Get feedback when you’re making a big decision in your writing, so that you’re not constantly taking one step forward, two steps back. If you’ve ever had the experience of writing a few chapters, then change something major, so you have to redo a lot of work, how amazing would it be to have other writers and writing coaches to ask for their feedback before you scrap a ton of writing?
Our monthly live workshops, with Q&A and hot seats. This rhythm of regular accountability will help you finally stick to your deadlines because when you get distracted and frustrated because progress has been slow, we’ll be there to encourage you to drop the perfectionism and stop rewriting Chapter 1 for the twelfth time. (We’ve all been there! ;)
Fun with other writers! No one else in your life really gets why the hell you want to write this book, do they? We do. We absolutely get your drive to write and publish. And we want to share that funny writer's memes to make you laugh out loud or host a pop-up power writing session, just to keep all of us having fun and focused—together.
Exclusive content about what Paper Raven Books is testing behind-the-scenes for book launches and book marketing. How are other authors actually publishing and launching? We share the details of what's really working for independently published authors, right now.
Author, She Loves Science
If you’re thinking, “You know, I really want to write this book, but I’m nervous that when push comes to shove, I won’t sit down and do the writing.” This is how I can hold your feet to the fire—in a virtual writing bootcamp, where you get writing done.
I'll guide you through how to ease into “power writing” mode, together, even if you’ve struggled with making writing a priority so that it actually gets done. When it comes to sticking to a writing plan, it's the first thing to go when something else comes up like work or kids or travel. Until you discover “power writing,” and how just a few sessions can make up for all the stalls, starts, and stops you’ve had before.
Methods for deciding what’s most important for you to write next, especially if you have other competing tasks that you’re usually doing for work, business, or other peoples’ (never-ending) projects, so that you can see progress in your writing, YOUR book.
Find out the strategies that authors use to sidestep the trap of trying to be too precise in finding the right word. Instead of spending all that time reflecting on sentence structure, lean into going with the flow of thought and seeing your book unfold so much more quickly than you ever thought possible.
Create a dedicated writing rhythm in your life that helps you to write thousands of words a week, even if you usually have to jump in and out of your writing during small pockets of time because you’re stretched thin and already have too much going on. This writing rhythm brings sanity and progress back into your writing life.
DR. TARA SANDERSON - Soon-to-Be Author (especially at this pace!)
See behind-the-scenes of how a self-published author who had zero book sales re-designed the title, subtitle, keywords, categories, cover design, and launch strategy to turn the SAME book into Amazon #1s with a budget of $1,000.
How to decide whether to traditionally or self-publish or use a publishing service. What are the best and most economical ways to get a book published and make sure the book is a success when it launches?
Create a timeline and a budget for publishing your book: How long does it take? How much will it cost? What pitfalls do I need to look out for? Where do I buy an ISBN? Do I publish as an ebook and a physical book? When there is so much information on the internet and you don't know who to listen to, this is the process you can come back to as a comprehensive guide for you as you publish.
Even if you’re not good with computers and tech, this course shows you screen-by-screen and click-by-click so that you can follow it exactly to publish and launch your own book. All the benefits of our best publishing practices, laid out for you to follow in your own publishing journey so that you can be a publishing success, with your very first or very next book launch.
Counterintuitive social media strategies that help you spread your message, build an excited community, and start a true conversation around your book.
Three ways you can start marketing when you’re NOT yet ready to create author pages on social media, and getting the word out to your readers while you’re still writing your book.
How to find the ONLY media types that are best for you, and get an enthusiastic, “Yes, we’d love to feature you!”
If you need to reach a very specific audience, 10 ninja ways to find where YOUR readers are, engage them in conversation, and lead them to become a raving fan base for your book. Heck, your book would sell itself if more people knew that it existed!
The ONE question you should use for asking people to give reviews in exchange for a free advance copy. (How you do this will ultimately dictate your bestseller status.)
My own (repeatedly) proven book launching plan that gets people excited about your ideas and eager to buy, review, and spread the word -- selling more books, not just during launch but for years to come.
And much, much more...
The Full Ready To Write Course: The get-it-done step-by-step plan for the writer who is finished procrastinating and finally ready to write a book, the easy, quick, efficient way. Includes 6 modules, 18 videos, companion guidebooks, printable journal planner, and anytime-anywhere-lifetime access. (VALUE $997)
PLUS, Private Author's Community: 12-month access to ongoing support, feedback, and fun, to keep you motivated and on track in your writing, day-after-day, week-after-week.
BONUS #1, Two "Power Writing" Bootcamps: Virtual writer's bootcamps, where you'll get weeks worth of writing done, in just two days.
BONUS #2, Revamp & Relaunch: A self-publishing case study that takes a book from zero sales to Amazon #1s for less than $1,000 and shows our click-by-click process for you to follow with YOUR book. (VALUE $497) FREE
BONUS #3, Build Your Bestseller Platform: Create a hungry audience that’s ready to buy your book the day it launches, even if you have no time, no budget, and no tech skills. (VALUE $2,982) FREE
I want is to be completely zero risk for you. If you get into the course or the community or a live workshop and just think, "This isn't for me," all you do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days of your purchase, ask for a refund, and we'll send you 100% of your money back to you, no questions asked.
Alexandra Anderson - Soon-to-Be Author, who started writing just months ago
No one's author journey is exactly alike, but here's what's happened for some of our authors: