Mastermind group

Transform From Struggling Writer to Career Author with J. Thorn


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 Author Life Accelerator.

a mastermind DESIGNED AND taught BY J. THORN

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 Accelerator. 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 AL Accelerator because you’ve followed my journey from struggling writer to career author—from that HUGE blunder I made in 2012 (retelling here) to 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.

apply by May 1 for the june session


Only $499 a month!

Are you ready for success? Click the button to fill out the application. I’ll ask you questions about your author platform—what it looks like now and how you want it to look when you’re living the author life.

AL Accelerator isn’t for everyone. I won’t send you an invitation if I don’t think I can help you transform from struggling writer to career author.

This group is limited to 12 writers. I promise that you’ll receive individualized attention and get to know the other members of this new family.

If you’re chosen to join the Accelerator, I’ll send you more information and answer any additional questions you might have before you commit.


To live the author life, you need to get deliberate and guided practice with immediate feedback. The AL Accelerator mastermind group 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:


  • Mastering the best story methodologies
  • Analyzing writing and optimizing communication skills
  • Developing habits to ensure success


  • Optimizing an author platform
  • Growing and serving a fan base
  • Self-publishing a best-selling book in a genre
  • Starting and executing a lucrative content marketing plan
  • Mastering social media platforms and retail marketplaces

Systems and Time Management

  • Building and nurturing healthy habits
  • Developing lean systems to get things done
  • Optimizing tasks to free up family time
  • Utilizing technology to manage a growing business

join the family

Included in AL Accelerator

Private Slack Community

A closed and exclusive online community to foster collaboration and shared problem-solving.

Small Group Interaction

Only 12 seats available designed to meet the needs of each individual.

Three Month Program

Comprehensive and intense program with no long term commitment.

Two-Day Retreat

An annual gathering with workshops and inspirational activities.*

Weekly Accountability

Weekly video calls on Zoom complete with structured conversations and homework.

Special Guests

Visits from the industry’s most successful and brilliant authors.

“Locked-In” Pricing

Keep your price locked in for as long as you remain in the mastermind.

*Airfare, meals, and accommodations not included.

special guests

Mark Lefebvre

Mark is a writer, an editor, a professional speaker, and a book nerd with a passion for craft beer.

Between 2011 and 2017, Mark worked at the Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Kobo where he was the driving force behind the creation of Kobo Writing Life.

Mark has spoken professionally in the United States and Canada, in the UK and across Europe, specializing in advances in digital publishing and the vast and incredible opportunities that exist for writers and publishers.


Joanna Penn is an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn and also writes non-fiction for authors. She’s an award-winning entrepreneur, podcaster, and YouTuber. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com has been voted in the Top 100 sites for writers by Writer's Digest.

Joanna has written 28 books and sold over 500,000 books in 84 countries and 5 languages. Penn is an independent (indie) author and also runs a small press, Curl Up Press, with her husband and business partner.


Jim Kukral is recognized as an expert in online marketing and branding. He delivers insightful and entertaining keynotes to growth-oriented organizations on attention-getting marketing, creative branding and understanding how customers think, react and most importantly, buy.

With a passion for speaking and teaching, Jim travels around the world to teach brands and business owners on how they can apply his UNSKIPPABLE method to their marketing and brand mission to generate positive ROI-based outcomes and purposely attract lifetime customers.

*Guests appearing at the March session.

"people like us do things like this."
- Seth godin

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 AL Accelerator right for you?

  • You are sick and tired of constantly working without making progress.
  • You are open to change and value the opinion of someone who has walked the path before you.
  • You believe writing is your life purpose, and understand that an investment in training and professional networks are essential for you to level up your career.
  • You have a growth mindset. You can learn how to do anything.
  • You reject “hacks” and shortcuts that sacrifice long-term stability for short-term success.
  • You possess a strong work ethic and are not afraid to roll up your sleeves up and get down to business.
  • You want to be a shining example to your children, family, and friends, by showing them what it looks like to live life to the fullest.

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Here’s what you will need when you join:

  • You have saved or routinely earn money that you put back into your author business. You understand that every business requires an investment of time and money.
  • You have a fundamental understanding of how to write properly, including proper grammar and punctuation. You care about the quality of your words and strive to make them the best they can be whether they're in a novel manuscript or email communication.
  • You are self-motivated and organized. You honor deadlines and can juggle a few responsibilities at a time.
  • You are comfortable giving and receiving feedback. You understand that your honesty and vulnerability is a gift to yourself and to others, and you live with integrity.

about j. thorn

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.

You can find out more about me here. I have published millions of words, sold hundreds of thousands of books worldwide, taught at several universities, hosted or co-hosted a number of podcasts, and earned Story Grid editor certification.

I live the author life. And you can too.


AL Accelerator is limited to 12 members. This guarantees that you’ll get personalized attention from me and that you’ll get to know everyone.

To be eligible, you must complete an application that will help me determine if this mastermind can help you achieve your goals and if you’ll be a good fit for the family. I won’t be able to accept everyone who applies.

If you’re selected, I’ll contact you with more information.

Only $499 a month!