Awesome! You’ve finished a manuscript, maybe even published a book or two yourself. That’s something most people will never do. But now what?
Struggle. Doubt. Fear. Steven Pressfield labeled it “Resistance.” It’s the force keeping you from doing what you were put on Earth to do. Whether it’s social media distractions or the tsunami of online publishing advice, you’re not making progress.
You’re looking to transform from struggling writer to career author. You’re not afraid of the work, just confused about what it is you need to be doing to live the author life.
The good news? You CAN live the author life with proven systems, solid habits, and by joining a family of other like-minded, ambitious writers. You need to collaborate with kindred spirits, authors with a burning desire to do more, be more. Become part of a loving family, learn, and hold each other accountable for milestones and goals. Get advice from experts, connect and network with other serious writers, and watch your writing career blossom within an instructor-guided, professional forum that always keeps your writing on track.
Now is the time to start living the author life. It’s time for the The Author Success Mastermind.
In 2009, I joined my first mastermind and have been a member of dozens since then. Being surrounded by others with the same dream not only changed my writing and my business, it changed my life.
After spending 25 years in education and teaching thousands of students, I’ve been working for several years on The Author Success Mastermind. I’ve received many messages from my clients requesting this type of community, but I didn’t want to launch it until I had developed the program into something I knew would be successful for everyone who joined it.
I am completely dedicated to your success.
You’ve joined The Author Success Mastermind because you’re on the same journey from struggling writer to career author—I started with a HUGE blunder in 2012 (retelling here) but eventually made the decision to leave my day job while still having a mortgage, car payments, a wife, and two children. I’ve been there, and I can steer you around the most common and painful pitfalls. I’ll prove my dedication to your success in our weekly meetings, in our private Slack group, and at our live events.
The Author Success Mastermind Options
Low monthly investment with access to the community
Monthly live calls with a focus on craft and business
Weekly live calls and personal attention
To live the author life, you need to get deliberate and guided practice with immediate feedback. The Author Success Mastermind will help get you unstuck and on the path to success.
You’ll join the family and explore many topics so that you can avoid common and costly mistakes.
Here are some of the topics:
Systems and Time Management
J. provides undivided attention and detailed feedback about craft to each author, pointing out their strengths and areas of growth, as well as poignant tips and strategies about marketing, mind-set, and many other pivotal factors that lead to author success. Most importantly, the program inspires helpful, engaging relationships and community with other authors that will last well beyond the meetings.
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I've been able to share with and learn from authors at different stages of their careers. I appreciate how J. respects all the members, their writing style and interests, and has real insight into how to live a successful author life.
My year with J. Thorn and the Author Mastermind group has pushed me beyond the limitations I had set for myself.
J. Thorn’s Author Mastermind is a perfect example of a mastermind group that not only helps authors improve their craft but also to learn from other authors about how to manage all the aspects of the business side of writing. If you crave a safe environment to grow as an author, I would strongly encourage you to enroll in this mastermind group.
J.'s Author Mastermind group has been a great program to help me improve my craft, strengthen my business, and socialize with other career-minded authors.
The Author Mastermind Group is an awesome way to raise your author career to the next level. There's just enough structure to keep things moving, but more than enough flexibility for the discussion to cover subjects important to you, whether craft or business. I learned a lot from J., but was surprised that I learned as much from the other mastermind members.
I've been in J.'s mastermind for less than 3 months. I'm a stronger writer, and have a much more disciplined writing life than I did before the course.
I learned so much from working with him. What he taught me in a few months about constructing a brilliant novel saved me years of trial-and-error struggling. J. is professional and delightful to work with. I can't recommend his services highly enough.
This program has accelerated my abilities as an author exponentially, providing structure and accountability that drives me to push myself beyond what I would have done without it. The Mastermind works for all levels of authors in their career, providing a space to grow and overcome challenges as well as build a community of authors that support each other.
You can find dozens of online classes, webinars, and books about becoming a career author. I’ve purchased them over the years, and some are fantastic. However, some are not, and very few provide the individualized, customized attention of an instructor-led writers’ community and interaction with other writers.
Join a group whose goals and dreams are like yours.
Is The Author Success Mastermind right for you?
Here’s what you will need when you join:
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My mission is to educate and empower my fellow people whether they participate in The Author Success Mastermind or live on the other side of the world. Loaning to Kiva gives me a specific purpose that is rewarding and fulfilling while also helping those less fortunate with a helping hand rather than a handout.
I've co-written two novels and one non-fiction book with J. Thorn, and he has taught me so many things about collaboration. He is patient and kind with his feedback, is open to working in different ways depending on the project and the person, and brings extensive experience of collaborative projects, both with authors and from his background in music. I highly recommend working with J.
I begged J. to help me get my head on straight with fiction writing. The sessions were amazing. I’m a bit of a weird all-over-the-place kind of person, but J. really ran with whatever I threw at him. His ideas and advice were spot on. His coaching felt like an extra set of very very smart eyes and brains on my ideas. I don’t say this lightly. This was the best coaching I’ve ever received for being so spot on and so helpful.
J. Thorn is an expert worth listening to. He's been an educator for 25 years, which means he knows exactly how to make complex ideas worth using simple enough for you to understand and implement. He walks you through, step-by-step, how to leverage the power of the author mastermind model to take your career to the next level. You'll learn everything you need to know about a mastermind group and how to get yourself into one. Don't waste any more precious time going it alone.
Yes, I’m the “Authors on a Train” guy, but I started my publishing journey back in 2009. I had a dream of supporting my wife and two kids by selling words, but I came up a bit short in that first year, earning a royalty check for $19.26. But since then, I’ve slowly built an author platform that allowed me to walk away from my day job in 2017—from struggling writer to career author.
Over the past few years, I’ve discovered the power of collaboration and how a small group of people with a shared vision can accomplish anything.
I’ve been lucky to collaborate with so many incredible writers over the years, learning from them and implementing their advice to become better at what I do. From co-written novels to the “Authors on a Train” trips, to the “Night of the Writing Dead” and “Rock Apocalypse” retreats, I’ve grown to understand the power of keeping a tight group of friends and mentors. Now I want to do that for you.