Hey, I'm Vicky, author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book? I'm also a podcaster, writing teacher and indie-publishing champion, trapeze artist and pole dancer, cartoonist of questionable quality, and herder of TinySheeps, chickens, and cats.
I'm a collector of small, cute animals, too many books, horrifying bruises, inappropriate facial expressions, and colourful socks.
And I did, in fact, run away with the circus. Kind of.
My goal is to help at least 1,000 business owners write better books, not just bang one out in a weekend.
Here's my official bio, written in the third person so I feel like less of a dork:
Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book? and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses.
She’s ghostwritten, edited, and launched books for some of the UK’s most successful business owners – and has coached many more business owners to write and market their own books (even though they didn't believe they could do so).
Vicky started life as a direct response copywriter – she had to persuade people to buy stuff using only words – so she knows how to help you sell your book after you've written it. In working with hundreds of business owners and authors from a wide range of industries, Vicky has learned and practised the secrets behind writing and marketing a successful book. She teaches strategy and technique through her website and podcast.
Phew. Now that's out of the way, here are the answers to some of the questions I get asked most often.
I’ve adopted the word moxie* for my business because it perfectly sums up what a book can do for you and to you. My favourite definition of moxie is “force of character, determination, or nerve”. To write and use a book successfully for your business, you’ll need moxie. The act of creating your book will help give you moxie, that I promise.
*Did you know the word moxie became popular in the 1930s as the name of a fizzy soft drink? It’s still popular today in New England and Houston, Texas. It came to mean “courage” because, in 1876, it was patented as a medicine called Moxie Nerve Food.
Yes. Yes you can. And guess what? If you write, you are a writer! Writers write.
Seriously, though: I’ve made all the same excuses as you for not writing a book, including one that makes me feel sad: “I’m not really making a difference in the world.” You are. I promise you, you are. Even if you can’t see the impact you’re having right now, it’s there.
And as for not being a writer: like any other skill, it takes practice. You can learn to write well. Which is what I'm here for.
Yep: that is one of the services I offer. Mostly, though, I coach business owners to write their own books.
If I told you that, I'd have to launch you into space on a home-made rocket.
Maybe. My waiting list is currently 12 months, though, and my ghostwriting fees start at £20,000 + VAT. Most business owners are very capable of writing their own books with guidance.
Depends how much time you put aside to do it. But if you're here looking for help to bang out a book in a weekend or even a week, you're in the wrong place. I am not the circus freak for you.
There are people out there who can help you bang out a fast book in double-quick time, and they will do a good job.
But that's not what I'm here for. I want to stick a spoon in the spokes of filler-books-as-a-business-card and help business owners write the best book they're capable of writing. I want to raise the standard of non-fiction books and help you create something that will change your readers' lives. That takes a little longer, but it's worth it.
Yes. Well, kind of. Not in a traditional travelling circus spit-and-sawdust way – but I have performed on the trapeze in a big top. And I spend at least four days per week training on the trapeze and pole dancing. So, yes.
Oh, what's that? You want to know more about the me lurking behind the business? The no-make-up, socially awkward introvert? Fine. Here are 24 Things About Me.
So now you know more about me than you probably ever wished to. Sorry. I’d like to know all about you now.
Tell me your story.
Write it in your book.
Share it with the world.
People are interested, I promise. Start here.
Grab How The Hell Do You Write A Book? now.
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