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Author Services

Author Services by J. Thorn

I stand with authors who believe that Story can change the world. I help writers who want to become career authors, and I promise that working with me will make you a better storyteller. Together, we’ll leave this world better than we found it.

Struggle. Doubt. Fear. Steven Pressfield labeled it “Resistance.” It’s the force keeping you from doing what you were put on Earth to do. Accompanied by an eye roll, your friends call you a “starving artist,” or worse yet, a “starving writer.” Whether it’s social media distractions or the tsunami of online publishing advice, you’re not making progress. “You’re not living up to your potential,” as your high school guidance counselor would say. Fulfilling and purposeful lives ought to be something we all enjoy. Unless you’re a cat, you only live once.

I’ve been there. Slammed with dozens of 1-star reviews of one of my early books back in 2012, it hurt. A lot. I almost hit the delete button on my publishing dashboard. However, since then, I’ve dusted myself off. After publishing 2 million words, selling 185,000 books globally, and mentoring 10,000 students in my client work and courses, I’ve developed a method for success. I can show you the path if you want to take it.

You’ll slay Resistance with proven systems, block distractions with solid habits, and gain confidence through measurable success. Let’s be honest. The average book sells less than 200 copies in its lifetime. Without deliberate and guided practice, you could spend a lifetime writing and publishing stories that nobody will read. Not even your mom. You’ll be stuck with a job instead of a career. Avoid the eye rolls at that next class reunion. Tell them that successful artists and writers don’t starve. Tell them you’re a career author.

I offer everything from Story Grid certified developmental editing to mentoring so every writer gets a unique and individualized plan.

Services include:

  • Chapter 1 Check ($79) – Submit the first chapter of your book or manuscript and get written feedback within 72 hours. Don’t lose readers with a weak opening or a first chapter that doesn’t work. Up to 2500 words.
  • Outline Diagnostic ($99) – Submit your 15 obligatory scene bullet point outline (Inciting Incident, Progressive Complication, Crisis, Climax, Resolution for each of the three acts) and get written feedback within 72 hours. The best way to make sure your core story works before wasting time and money on editing.
  • Official Story Grid Diagnostic (starting at $1599)
  • Full Developmental Editing
  • Weekly Mentoring

*Rates subject to change at any time.

Genre Specialization:

  • Science Fiction
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Dystopian
  • Horror
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Epic Fantasy
  • Speculative Fiction

I’ll talk to you (for free) for 20 minutes, and together we’ll figure out your next best step, whether that’s working with me or not.

Story Grid turned me from a struggling writer into a career author. Find out how in this short audio interview conducted by Tim Grahl at the Level Up Your Craft Story Grid Seminar.


Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling nonfiction author…and who knows? Maybe future fiction award winner too!

“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.”

Jami Albright

“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.”

Leftie Aubé

“Before hiring J., I thought I couldn’t possibly make my story better, but he identified the elements that could be stronger or that were missing and I’m now back to work, knowing exactly what I have to do to take my story to the next level. Plus it’s a real pleasure to work with him; I look forward using his services again in the future!”

Lily Ann Fouts and Rhoda Friend, co-authors of the upcoming book, Seven Years Running

“We greatly enjoyed working with J. Thorn on our memoir. We hired him to do a Story Grid Diagnostic of our manuscript and he was fast, thorough, professional, and delightful from beginning to end. We both learned a lot from the experience and came away with a great set of customized suggestions and resources that will help us take our book from good to great. After months of spinning our wheels on this project, we finally have something tangible to work with. We highly recommend J. Thorn!”

Jack Schaeffer

“J. Thorn is a consummate teacher. Despite several attempts to make sense of The Story Grid process and apply it to my writing, I was beyond lost. After just a couple of emails and a one-hour conversation, recorded no less, I could see where my story was strong and where it needed work. J. turns the conceptual into the practical. If you have the opportunity to work with J. one-on-one, jump on it. You won’t be disappointed.”


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