"You WILL publish that book in 2022!"

Applications for the 2022 Mastermind Cohorts - Now Open!

Another year has slid by, and you still haven’t published that book. Your spouse has stopped asking you about it, and you’re too embarrassed to tell them you’re stuck on the second draft.

You’ve read the craft books, listened to the podcasts, and even purchased online courses costing you thousands of dollars. As great as those resources are, they’re all missing one thing: real, live, human interaction. Nobody is holding you accountable for finishing that online course, which is why almost nobody finishes online courses.

Critique groups are great for getting feedback on chapters, but they run indefinitely, never helping you move your book toward completion. And not everyone in the critique group has the same motives—cliques. Enough said.

You’ve hopped into the #writingroom which has helped to hold you accountable. But what’s stopping you from spending that time on Instagram instead of in Scrivener? After all, you’re on their screen, but they can’t see what’s on yours.

Sure, you’ve “won” NaNoWriMo, but where is that draft now? Probably collecting dust at the bottom of your hard drive.

What if there was a system that could practically guarantee you’d finish a book (from scratch) in 6 months? What if that system came with a real writing coach who has published dozens of his own books? And what if other authors joined the cohort with you, everyone striving toward the same goal while supporting each other daily?

Are you with me? I know you are.

You can stop buying the “Publish Your Book in 10 Days!” online courses. They’re bullshit and come bundled with guaranteed disappointment. Nobody publishes that fast, and although the writing community doesn’t want to admit it, almost nobody publishes regularly and meets their self-imposed deadlines. Without the support of a cohort, you’re on your own.

I’m not even sure our beloved NaNoWriMo is the best path for indies. Finishing a first draft is NOT the same as publishing a book.

Imagine treating your dreams like they matter. Picture a place where you and a handful of other writers gather weekly to keep each other on track, a common desire and goal to publish that book in 6 months. I’ll be there too, cheering you on when you deserve it, and kicking your ass when you need it.

This is your opportunity. You get to decide if you want to publish one or two books in 2022. Or do nothing, in which case you’ve already chosen not to publish at all. Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.


Weekly hot seat

7:15pm eastern every thursday


  • Weekly 30-minute Zoom call (with replays) led by J. Thorn with one author on the Hot Seat.
  • Get your problems solved by people who know and understand you.
  • Runs for six months with cohorts starting in January and July.
  • Only 24 seats available.
  • Every author guaranteed at least one Hot Seat appearance.
  • Existing members get priority for future cohort registrations.
  • Your monthly TASM dues get applied to the "Weekly Hot Seat" mastermind cohort which means you'll save $39/month.

publish in 6

8:00pm eastern every thursday


  • Weekly 60-minute Zoom call (with replays) led by J. Thorn with the expected goal of publishing a book at the end of 6 months.
  • Get encouragement, advice, accountability, and all the tools you need to publish a book in 6 months from a trusted author, publisher, and educator.
  • Get access to Certified Three Story Method Editors for additional guidance and author services.
  • You decide what you want to publish. Anything from novels, to memoirs, to nonfiction.
  • Runs for six months with cohorts starting in January and July.
  • Only 12 seats available.
  • Every author guaranteed to be provided the tools and framework to finally publish that book.
  • Existing members get priority for future cohort registrations.
  • Your monthly TASM dues get applied to the "Publish in 6" mastermind cohort which means you'll save $39/month.
  • Upon completion of the "Publish in 6" mastermind cohort, you'll get FREE access to TASM for life.
  • Some scholarship funds are available for those who qualify. Please note your interest in a scholarship on the application.


Month #1

Focus on:

Pixar Pitch, logline, genre & word count, prep, drafting, accountability partners

Month #2

Focus on:

Time management, drafting, character development

Month #3

Focus on:

First drafting, selecting an editor, author website

Month #4

Focus on:

Cover design, major revisions, audiobook considerations

Month #5

Focus on:

Editor revisions, categories & keywords, blurb, pricing, beta readers, Story Rubric

Month #6

Focus on:

Final revisions, proofreading, formatting, uploading, email list UBLs

If you join the “Publish in 6” mastermind cohort, you’ll take part in a weekly 60-minute Zoom call led by me, where everyone is working toward the same goal of publishing a book in six months. You’ll get the accountability you need in a small, intimate setting.

You can join this incredible cohort for five hundred dollars a month—a total spend that is LESS than what I charge for a Story Diagnostic on a single manuscript. When you have skin in the game, you’ll want to get your money’s worth, which is not something that happens in a free Facebook group of 80,000 people.

But maybe you’re not ready for that kind of commitment. Or maybe you have your own system which allows you to hit your publishing goals? Awesome! You’re a rare bird indeed. Maybe what you need is a weekly meetup where the cohort solves problems live, in real-time, as they arise. For you, I offer the “Weekly Hot Seat” mastermind cohort where you can take part in a weekly 30-minute Zoom call led by me where everyone is focused on solving a specific problem, in real-time, for half the cost of “Publish in 6.”

Either way, I’m here for you. Let’s do this.


The six months are up and you’re getting ready to send an email blast to your list to let them know your book is now PUBLISHED!

You smile with satisfaction at a job well done, the pleasure of knowing you did it.

You wrap your arms around your spouse and drop a paperback copy of YOUR book into their lap. They wink and say, “I knew you could do it.”

If you’ve done it once, you can do it again. You’ve proven to yourself that you had the ability all along. You just needed a system to follow and a cohort to encourage you to keep going.

The “Publish in 6” and “Weekly Hot Seat” mastermind cohorts only open twice a year. Apply now and make a promise to yourself that you WILL publish that book in 2022. Maybe even TWO books!

Frequently Asked Questions

If I want to start a cohort in July, should I wait to apply?

No. You should apply now. If your application is accepted, a small refundable deposit will hold your spot until July. If you don’t apply now and the cohort sells out, you’ll have to wait another year to apply again.

Can I sign up for both 2022 “Publish in 6” mastermind cohorts?

Yes! You’ll publish two books next year instead of one.

Can I sign up for both 2022 “Weekly Hot Seat” mastermind cohorts?

Yes! You’ll be guaranteed to get support and accountability for the entire year.

Do I have to pay in full?

No. Both cohorts are paid in automatic payments via PayPal.

Some "Publish in 6" scholarship funds are available for those who qualify. Please note your interest in a scholarship on the application.

Can anyone join “Publish in 6” or the “Weekly Hot Seat” mastermind cohorts?

No. These are open to TASM folks only unless there are still seats available when the sessions begin. All the previous mastermind cohorts have sold out.

Is this mastermind cohort fee in addition to my TASM membership fee?

No. Your monthly membership fee in TASM will be deducted from the cost of the “Weekly Hot Seat” mastermind cohorts. Those authors finishing the “Publish in 6” mastermind cohort get free TASM membership for life.

When do the weekly Zoom calls take place? Are they recorded?

“Weekly Hot Seat” will meet at 7:30pm (eastern time) on Thursday. “Publish in 6” will meet at 8:00pm (eastern time) on Thursday. All sessions are recorded, although you’re expected to attend the meetings regularly. However, life happens, and I understand so you won’t be punished for missing a meeting.

What if I’m not sure this is right for me? Or what if I can’t decide which cohort I should join?

DM me in Slack and we’ll set up a short Zoom call to talk through it.

How are these cohorts run?

The “Weekly Hot Seat” is just that. Each week, one person will bring a problem or issue, which the group help to solve. J. will be there to guide, moderate, and advise. The “Publish in 6” mastermind cohort is divided into 3 learning sessions (during each 1-hour Zoom call). J. leads the cohort. We’ll share weekly wins, go through the learning module that week as it pertains to the publishing goal, and then finish with a weekly hot seat. Many of your fellow TASM members have been taking part in my Platinum mastermind group for years, and they can tell you all about it.

What's my time commitment?

The time required outside of the Zoom meetings will vary by person. However, I'll help you develop a customized project management plan based on the type of book you want to publish and the amount of time you have to do it. That being said, you need to write consistently to publish anything in 6 months so be prepared to write to a daily word count or within a time window. Butt in chair!

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