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6 Simple Steps to Finally Finish Your First Draft

a book coach's secrets to generating ideas, organizing chapters, & writing productively


Most people will never write their book simply because they don’t know where to start.

The idea for your book has been simmering in the back of your mind for months, maybe even years. You have stories, experience, wisdom, and knowledge to share with the world. You feel called to write this book, and you know it won’t leave you alone until you write it.

But family and work and travel keep you from really committing to writing. You’ve heard advice like, “Write an hour every day,” and “Write 750 words every day.”

Honestly, who the heck has AN HOUR a day to write?!

And it’s not like you haven’t tried to write the book in pockets of spare time.

But when it’s time to start typing words into a blank document, the doubts get to you.
“My ideas are so disorganized and all over the place.”
“I don’t know how to write a book.”
“It will take years to finish this book.”
“Once I’ve finished writing the book, will it be a good book? Will I be proud of it? Will it sell?

Truthfully, you don’t even know how to start writing.

But what if someone could show you the steps to writing a book?

Not to mention, how to write quickly and efficiently?

What if someone could help you organize your writing, so it doesn’t feel so overwhelming? And the give you a tried-and-true method to writing a first draft? And then give you professional advice about how to ask for feedback on the draft and revise your writing, so that the whole book is truly well-written?

If someone would lay out all these steps, you would finally have the confidence that if you could just start writing your book, you would actually finish and publish the book.

Think of what publishing a book could make possible for your business and life:

  • Bring in clients, customers, and sales
    Your book will grow your business and bring in clients who already love you and want to work with you. It’ll serve as a long-term marketing asset. Your book will be a foundation on which you can grow your business and build your platform. As a published author, you’ll be able to create a profitable, sustainable revenue model.
  • Step up as a speaker and a teacher
    You have a powerful message and valuable insights that will change your reader’s life. You know you could help hundreds or thousands of people. And, with your book in hand, you’ll have access to so many more people on stage, where you can impact them at an even deeper level. If you want to speak and teach, you need a book to set you apart.
  • Become an inspiring leader for others
    This book will open up huge, new opportunities that had previously seemed unattainable. You’ll be able to reach out to peers, colleagues, and leaders in your industry. You’ll have the chance to create joint venture opportunities or join mastermind groups. Your book will let you into conversations that have always been closed to you.

About your book coach

I’m Morgan Gist MacDonald, book coach and managing editor of Paper Raven Books. I coach authors through writing their books, chapter-by-chapter, from vague idea to publishable manuscript. If an author already has a first draft, my team of editors and publishing professionals make it beautiful for publication.

I’ve taken all of my best writing advice, editing experience, and marketing know-how to create an online, self-paced course that will help you finally write your book.

I know that you want to write a high-quality book to serve as a long-term asset for your vision, and that’s exactly what this course will help you write.

Your life as a published author is waiting for you.
After you complete this course, you’ll have:

A published book that you are proud to sell.
A book that will continue to support your business and platform for years.
Credibility and visibility to step into your role as a leader in your industry.
Emails from readers who say, wholeheartedly, that your book changed their life.
New clients who have read your book, know that they trust you, and want to work with you.
A halo of expertise that attracts media attention and the opportunity to appear as a guest expert, speaker, and teacher.
Momentum to launch into the new, incredible phase of your life as an author.
A deep pride in your own courage to take all of your philosophy and experience, put it into words on a page, and publish.

The best part is that once you write your book, you could reap these benefits for years. Writing a book is an investment that pays dividends every single time someone picks up your book to read.

Writing is for the bold, and you are ready to step up and be bold.

It’s time to #start writing.

What’s inside the #Start Writing Your Book Today course?

Module 1: Becoming a Productive Writer

You’ve wanted to write a book for so long, but when you sit down to write, you waste time, hardly put any words on the page, and then feel like a failure.

This module is designed to help you burst through your counter-productive mindset. You’ll learn how to adopt a writer’s mindset that will make it possible for you to write your book with confidence, you’ll learn productivity hacks that will boost your word count during every writing session, and you’ll learn how to stay motivated to continue writing, all the way through your book.These are the foundational mindset pieces and habits that you’ve been missing all along. Once you have them in place, you’ll gain an unstoppable momentum in your writing.

Module 2: Getting from Vague Idea to First Draft

You probably either have a million ideas but no clue how to narrow down to one, specific book topic, or you have a couple of core ideas but no clue how to broaden them to fill an entire book.

Either way, this module has got you covered. I’ll show you some incredibly effective techniques to generate new ideas and insights to your topic, a method of organizing all of your ideas so they’re not overwhelming, and a full-proof way to write your first draft, quick and easy.

This module gets you from confused about what your book will look like to making confident strides in writing your first draft. These lessons are power-packed with practical methods of writing well and writing quickly.

Module 3: Transforming the First Draft into a Compelling Book

So, you have a first draft. It’s rough, it’s messy, and you wonder how you’ll ever turn it into a “real” book.

I’ll show you a super secret editor’s tool. This is the key to re-working a rough first draft into a book that engages the reader, flows with style and grace, and packs a powerful punch that leaves the reader saying, “Wow! That was an amazing book!”

Other editors may not like me revealing our trade secret, but it is truly magical. Just don’t tell anyone I told you….

Module 4: Revising Like a Pro

The first draft is now well on its way to becoming a compelling book! But, how can you be sure that it’s truly a high- quality book? Well-written and worthy of five-star reviews?

This module shows you the key characteristics of a high-quality book and how to revise your manuscript so that the sentences flow beautifully and your language is powerful.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, this module will help you revise your book so that you’ll be proud to put your name on it and claim the title of “author.”

Module 5: Asking for Constructive Feedback

You know you should have other people read your book and give you their opinion, but that sounds terrifying!

Relax. I’ll show you how to ask for constructive feedback from editors and beta readers in a way that highlights exactly the type of feedback your book needs. I’ll also help you absorb and use that feedback without freaking out.

Getting feedback is essential to producing a top-notch book, and it doesn’t have to be intimidating. When you ask for feedback with this method, you’ll even gain a boost to your confidence!

Module 6: Crafting a Title & Cover that Sells

You worry that people will judge your book by its cover? After this module, you’ll be glad they do.

In this module, you’ll learn exactly how to come up with a title and design a cover that’ll have people clicking the “buy” button like it pops out candy. You’ll go from nervous about narrowing down on a final title to proudly posting your book cover all over your social media.

Module 7: The Art of Proofreading to Perfection

Worried you’ll miss a grammar error and get a dozen one-star reviews?

This module will teach you THE best way to proofread your book, so that it’s truly publishable at the professional level. Even if you’re not great at grammar, this technique will work beautifully for you!

Module 8: Finished Manuscript and Next Steps

You finished your manuscript. Now what?

You need to prepare a launch pad for your book. You need sexy systems in place to find readers, persuade them to buy your book, and then request a review for your book. These systems are exactly how a nobody author becomes a bestseller, and I’ll show you how to do it. Not techy? No problem. I’ll walk you through, step-by-step, nice and easy.





Scrivener has become the top writing software for many professional writers. It’s a clean interface and has some fantastic features to help you organize your writing and your research. I will say that Scrivener is completely optional for this program, but if you’ve been curious about Scrivener and too intimidated to actually give it a go, I’ll show you the simplest set up. In 15 minutes, I’ll walk you through how to use basic Scrivener functions to organize your writing, back up the files to keep your writing safe, and export your book to be edited or published.


Amazon is the #1 place to self-publish because readers go there to find books, reviews lend you instant credibility, and the “buy now one-click” button is always within your reader’s line of sight. If you can gain a following of buyers and reviewers on Amazon, traditional publishers will be much more likely to consider accepting your next book proposal.Navigating the Amazon marketplace isn’t easy, but there are some fool-proof steps that will boost your book’s visibility. I’ll show you exactly how to format your book to put on Amazon, why the categories and keywords you choose will sink or save your book, and what you should do to create huge upward momentum in your book’s Amazon rankings.


Want to use your book to start speaking, being interviewed, and step into the media spotlight? When people start to recognize your name, they’ll want to know who you are, what your book is about, and how they can work with you.The press might seem intimidating, but it’s really pretty simple. You need a press kit and some easy ways to get your press kit into the hands of media outlets. I’ll show you exactly what goes into a press kit and how to set it up so that people in charge of media outlets and live events will be ecstatic to bring you in as a guest expert—all because of your book.


“It’s really thanks to Morgan and this course that I was able to write my book while building my business and taking care of my family. And it wasn’t difficult, I had a structure, I knew exactly what to do. If I had tried to do this on my own, I wouldn’t have finished it at all!”

Christine Hansen // Sleep Expert and Founder of Sleep Like a Boss // http://sleeplikeaboss.com/

“I’d been attempting to get started writing for well over two years with very little results. After interviewing Morgan on my podcast I joined #Start Writing Your Book Today reluctantly on the last day possible before it closed. It wasn’t a reflection on her but my apprehension to punish myself against trying to write. Morgan pushed and motivated and cheering me, along with the other writers in our group. My book has been accepted by Morgan James Publishing! If not for Morgan I would never have been in the position to finish my book.”

Vernon Ross // Online Business, Social Media Strategy, and Networking // http://vernonross.com/

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and I would highly recommend it for any beginner. I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to make the group calls, but Morgan was very willing to take questions prior to the call and made sure my questions were always answered. That has been what has allowed me to make progress in the book while still maintaining another job.”

Shannon Benish // Financial Advisor and parent to a courageous child cancer survivor

“We really valued Morgan’s encouragement and her technical assistance as we moved our way through the writing and publication process.”

Dell and Diane Shiell // Founders of the Christian Home Exchange // http://www.christianhomeexchange.com/

Here’s the summary list of what you get in this course:

The #Start Writing Your Book Today course is fully digital and self-paced. I’ve packaged the content into videos and workbooks, so that you can go through each module from anywhere, on any device. Learn how to write a book from your iPad at the gym or from your work desktop during your lunch break. It’s fully flexible, mobile, and adaptable to your lifestyle. Here’s the full course content:

Module 1: How to become a productive writer
Module 2: Getting from vague idea to first draft
Module 3: Transforming the first draft into a compelling book
Module 4: Revising like a pro
Module 5: Asking for constructive feedback
Module 6: Crafting a title & cover that sells
Module 7: The art of proofreading to perfection
Module 8: Finished manuscript and next steps

And you get access these awesome bonuses:
Bonus #1: Simple Scrivener set up
Bonus #2: How to self-publish on Amazon
Bonus #2: Create a press kit that lands your book in the media spotlight

Plus, coaching and community:

We’ll have live workshop calls every month, where you can bring your book-writing struggles. (I host these every month for our students, and you’ll have access to these workshops for as long as you need them!) I’ll coach you live, on the spot, help you find a solution to your problem, and give you motivation to keep writing. You’ll also have lifetime membership to our private community of writers who will encourage and support you on your journey to becoming an author.


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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Is all of the content available instantly?
YES!!! As soon as the course launches, you’ll have access to ALL modules and bonuses. Feel free to binge away. :)

How long does it take to go through the course?
If you can devote approximately 8 to 10 hours to the modules, workbook, and writing, you can write a 20,000-30,000-word book in 90 days. If you can only devote 4 to 5 hours per week, or if you want to write a longer book, it may take more time for you to complete the course and your book. But that’s okay! You’ll have an action plan and a supportive writing community to keep you on track, however many days, weeks, or months you need to write your book.

 How long will I have access to the course?

You will have access to the #Start Writing Your Book Today course and writing community for as long as they exist. You’ll also be able to download the videos and workbooks to save on your hard drive. Your username and password will always work on the course website, for as long as the course website exists.

What if I’m a fiction writer?

I will say that this course is intended for nonfiction writers. The content is most useful for a book that maintains a logical flow and overall argument, in addition to personal story elements. There’s nothing in this course about character development, dialogue, or plot. But I would also say that the writing advice in the course is timeless and evergreen. All writers need to know how to create a successful mindset, productive writing habits, getting constructive feedback, editing, and proofreading. Yet, this course does not have everything that a fiction writer would need to know in order to write a successful novel. I just want to be completely honest with you. All that said, we would gladly welcome you into our #StartWriting community of writers and support you as you write your book!

What if I’m writing a memoir?

I created this course for people who want to write a book that will build their business or platform. A memoir is a slightly different type of book, so the content doesn’t specifically address dialogue, setting, or switching between moments in time, all of which are highly relevant to memoir. Still, the writing advice here is timeless and evergreen. All writers need to know how to create a successful mindset, productive writing habits, getting constructive feedback, editing, and proofreading. And, heck, if enough of you are writing memoirs, maybe I’ll add a special live coaching workshop, just for memoir writers.

What if I’m not really a writer?

I know that it’s intimidating to imagine writing a book, if you’ve not done a lot of writing. But, honestly, writing a book is a lot less about being a “good” writer and a lot more about being fully, completely, 100% committed to writing the story that’s burning in your soul to be told. You don’t need to be a poetic literary genius. You just need to be able to share your message in an authentic, approachable, real voice. And your people, the people who need to hear your message, will love your writing. That’s what really matters. So, if you’ve got the desire to write a book, this course will give you the tools and the roadmap to get it done.



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