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MF 252 – 255 : Book writing mini-series wrap up

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

The book writing mini-series wrap up with a roadmap of episodes to listen to with a recommended listening order. Note: some of the episodes repeat and the order is an alternative to following them chronologically.

Part 1 covers getting started. Part 2 reviews tools and framework for writing a book. Part 3 is all about editors. Part 4 concludes with a deep dive into the self-publishing process and marketing.

Moving Forward is also available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

[NOTE: the books mentioned in these episodes are out of print. For more, check out episode 388.]

Part 1: Getting started


Experimenting with a short form

Talking out your first draft

Traditional publishing: what you need to know

Using recorded drafts

Mapping out your book (an introduction to BME – beginning-middle-end)

Part 2: Writing tools and framework

Managing your time

Book writing software

Book writing hardware

Getting past writer’s block

Structuring your book like building blocks

Midpoint check-in

Part 3: Editors

What an editor does and does not do

Finding a great editor for your book

Going beyond credentials

Ideal editor workflow

Questions to ask potential editors

Part 4: Self-publishing process

Basics on titles, subtitles, and social media branding

Front matter

Back matter

Photos: considerations and placement

Formatting your manuscript files for publication

Covers and paperback considerations

Self-publishing platforms and logistics

Marketing your book

[NOTE: the books mentioned in these episodes are out of print. For more, check out episode 388.]


Scrivener (available for Mac, Win, IOS) is a book writing program that auto formats for self-publishing on Amazon’s KDP and other platforms. It’s a great tool with rich features that allow co-writers to collaborate through Dropbox. Scrivener has a bit of a learning curve but I’ve been a fan since 2017 and have talked to many authors who use it as their go-to. If you’re interested in Scrivener, you can use the coupon code MOVINGFORWARD to get 20% off your purchase (for Mac or Win). It’s a one-time license fee and available for Mac, Win, IOS.

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