As a member of The Author Life Community, you’ll be supported by a loving family of kindred spirits who understand what it means to be an author. In addition to all of the benefits that come with being part of a tight-knit community, you also get early access to incredible events like world-building weekend retreats (such as Rock Apoc) and author Summits!
- Live monthly “Town Hall” meetings
- Live support from certified editors
- Publishing and marketing help from members
- Discounts on editing and other author services
- Unlimited accountability partner and critique group video conferencing
- Unlimited participation in the community Slack group
Our exclusive community is 100% free, but you must apply to join.
“I personally have grown from being in the community. I have better confidence and a better sense of direction. I feel like J. Thorn is a genius and provides such a great foundation as a writer!”
WHO IS J. THORN?
AUTHOR. PODCASTER. PROFESSOR. DJ. MUSICIAN.
J. Thorn has published two million words and has sold more than 185,000 books worldwide. He is an official member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.
J. co-founded the Writers, Ink podcast with J.D. Barker, and has interviewed some of today's most successful authors including Matthew McConaughey, James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Seth Godin, Joyce Carol Oates, Hugh Howey, Andy Weir, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Lee Child, Stephen Pressfield, Chuck Palahniuk, and many more.
Thorn earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He is a husband, father, full-time writer, part-time professor at John Carroll University, founder of The Author Life Community, podcaster, FM radio DJ, musician, and owner of the Three Story Method Editing Agency.
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THE AUTHOR LIFE PODCAST
J. Thorn and Crys Cain talk about the business and craft of writing with questions from The Author Life community.
“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.”
JOANNA PENN, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“J. Thorn doesn't just help writers do their work, he shepherds them into being the authors they always dreamed they could be. His gift at community-building married with his patience and determined encouragement is exactly what the new writer needs to grow their wings and fly.”
-Rachael Herron, international bestselling author of more than two dozen books and a proud member of the NaNoWriMo Writer’s Board
“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.”
-Honorée Corder, TEDx Speaker and Strategic Book Coach
“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.”
-Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling nonfiction author…and who knows? Maybe future fiction award winner too!
“J. Thorn is a genius! He masterfully guided me through the process of structuring my story. He asked leading and thought-provoking questions so that I didn’t take the first or even second idea that came into my head but asked me to dig down deeper, which is where the gold is hidden. Because of J., I am more prepared to write this book than any other book I’ve written.”
-Jami Albright, bestselling author of the "Brides on the Run" series