Author Services



That sinking feeling. You hit send on the PayPal button and imagine your hard-earned cash floating through the interwebs to someone you don’t know, somewhere else in the world.

Most of the time, you can count on that “editor” doing something to your manuscript, but you’re not really sure what. What are they doing? A developmental edit? Content editing? Proofreading? All? None?

The confusion about editing services causes you genuine anxiety. You want to invest in your manuscript and you’re not against spending the money provided it’s someone you can trust—an editor trained in a story methodology who can deliver on what’s promised.

You wince, recalling what happened that one time you tried having your Aunt Helen “edit” your manuscript. It’ll be years before the scars from those one-star reviews fade.


And then you remember that “Authors on a Train” guy. His name is J. Thorn, and along with his business partner Zach Bohannon, they published that book—THREE STORY METHOD. The title has almost 250 Amazon reviews with a 4.4/5 average. Thorn co-wrote multiple books with Joanna Penn. He’s been a trusted voice in the author community for over a decade.

What if you could hire a THREE STORY METHOD editor? Someone trained by J. to make your story the best it can be without overcomplicated theory and endless spreadsheets?

Now, you can. Do you want to know more? Of course, you do.


No more worrying about the PayPal payment you sent to some sketchy email address. You don’t need to sort through thousands of editors on those freelance platforms. Forget combing through the front matter of books, looking for the name of an editor who probably won’t give you the time of day.

Now, you can hire a certified Three Story Method Editor!

Not only will you find the right editor for your style or genre, and someone personally trained (in person, not through some hokey online video course), but you’ll work with an editor who understands how you feel because every Three Story Method Editor is also an author.

Imagine how it feels to get feedback from someone who knows and understands your genre. Experience pure, artistic collaboration in a positive and supportive environment. Revel in the afterglow of a tough but meaningful revision.

But the support doesn’t stop just because you’ve started final revisions. Every Story Diagnostic from every certified Three Story Method Editor also comes with an entire year of membership in our author community, worth almost $500!

You’ll join our private and exclusive Slack group where you’ll not only have access to your editor, but to all the certified Three Story Method Editors. Plus, inside our membership, you’ll find dozens of online classes, webinars, and books for aspiring authors.

Stop wasting your precious time and money. Solve your “editor problem” once and for all.


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Crys Cain

Specialties: Science Fiction (excluding hard Sci-Fi), Fantasy (all sub-genres), emotional development.

Emotion sells stories—not just what the character feels, but how the reader feels. My goal is to help you tell powerful, emotionally evocative stories that hook the right readers so that they’ll be eager to buy your next book.

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Valerie Ihsan

Specialties: Memoir, Women’s Fiction

Valerie Ihsan specializes in helping writers find the core message of their memoir, and in story analysis—with a penchant for memoirs, women’s fiction, and work with just a hint of magic. She podcasts at Writer Craft Podcast, a show about creativity and Craft.

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Adam W. Roberson

Specialties: Epic Fantasy, Adventure, Historic Fiction, Academic Writing

Adam W. Roberson has achieved a myriad of degrees in helping others become the best versions of themselves that they can be. Coupled with decades of professional, corporate, and community vocations, he has turned his attention to the craft of writing. His focus is on full sensory immersion whereby the author learns to use the setting as an interactive tool to transform the reader’s experience. He is a systems thinker and avid fan of plotting story arcs and pantsing characters.

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J. Thorn

Specialties: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Speculative Fiction

I stand with authors who believe that Story can change the world. I help writers who want to become 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.

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Catherine Hernandez

Specialties: Coaching for world-building and character development, chapter analysis, historical authenticity in fiction, welcomes all genres, and specializes in steampunk, science fiction, and fantasy.

Catherine Hernandez is a proud dyslexic, ADHD writer who prefers to pants her novels. She tackles problematic topics in the modern-day by placing them into her steampunk worlds. She helps writers create vivid worlds, characters, and stories for readers to immerse themselves in.

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JP Rindfleisch

Specialties: LGBT Fiction, Short Fiction, Serial Fiction, Paranormal and Urban Fantasy, Epic and Dark Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

JP Rindfleisch has worked with top Indie Authors to make their stories shine. He believes every story has the makings of becoming something great, and that anything is figureoutable if you’re willing to give it the dedication and time it deserves. He helps writers who may be stuck, or looking to create a strong resounding message that permeates from beginning to end.

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Christine Daigle

Specialties: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Serial Fiction, Trad Pub

Christine Daigle has helped several writers polish their work who have gone on to secure traditional publishing deals. She is a Pitch Wars Alumna and a Write Team mentor and committee mentor. She is the co-author of a traditionally published steampunk novel, The Emerald Key, and writes sci-fi and horror serials on Kindle Vella under the pen name LP Styles. She also cohosts The Serial Fiction show. She specializes in character consistency, outline diagnostics, and crafting openings that pack a punch.

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Kathrese McKee

Specialties: Urban and Paranormal Fantasy, Fairytale Retellings, Dystopian and Military Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Contemporary and Historical Romance

Kathrese McKee has edited fiction professionally since 2014. She is the host of the Writing Pursuits podcast and writes and produces a weekly newsletter, Writing Pursuits Tips for Authors. Kathrese is the author of speculative fiction books, short stories, and flash fiction. Her goal is to help you “prepare your story for the journey ahead”; she specializes in story diagnostics, line edits, and coaching.

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Jeff Elkins

Specialties: Characterization, dialogue, and building scenes that engage readers.

Jeff Elkins has published more than ten novels and as the Dialogue Doctor has worked with over a hundred different writers to improve their storytelling. He believes that the key to writing books readers love is creating unique and dynamic character voices. He’s ready to help you bring your characters to life.

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Zach Bohannon

Specialties: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Non-Fiction

Zach Bohannon has written and published over thirty-five books and is the co-creator and co-author of Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction. Through podcasting, writing workshops, and working with authors one-on-one, he has helped dozens of writers take their craft and their business to the next level. He’s here to help you level up your stories and your author brand.

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V.E. Griffith

Specialties: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Content and Line Edits

I believe every author has a great story to tell. I also believe that story is worth reading, and that my job is to help that story become the best it can possibly be. I want you to be thrilled with the realistic, useful feedback you receive. I look forward to talking to you to help you find the right Three Story Method Editor for you!

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Cathy Peper

Specialties: Historical Romance, Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense. Focus on character development.

Cathy Peper has spent a lifetime reading, particularly romance and mystery. She loves everything paranormal. She writes the Blue Crystal Time Travel Romance series and the In for a Penny paranormal suspense series. She loves to talk story and wants to help writers make their stories the best they can be.

You’ve finished that last revision! You send your certified Three Story Method Editor a direct message in Slack to let them know the book will be on Amazon soon. That book is published!

You sit back and smile, deciding to take a walk and grab a cup of coffee before starting the next project.

No more anxiety about hiring an editor or worrying about where your money is going. You now have a writing family. You’re one of us. We’ll be here for this book and every other book you plan to write.

You’re not just hiring an editor. You’re joining our family. Welcome home.


Wait. Isn’t this J. Thorn’s website?

Yes. I’ve trained a select group of authors to become certified Three Story Method Editors to help writers create better stories because I’m only one person. With a team of editors, we hope to be able to help more people. Although I don’t take clients very often these days, I do have a few services available that you can see by clicking on my profile.

How much does editing cost?

It depends on the editor, specialty, genre, time-frame, etc. The basic Story Diagnostic is offered by each editor in the same way. Each editor has the option to set their own prices, although no editor offers a Story Diagnostic for less than $1,499. Providing a comprehensive suite of services, you can access each editor’s offerings by clicking on their profile.

Why Three Story Method editing?

We believe storytelling shouldn’t be complicated. By focusing on a few core concepts (gotta love those 3Cs!), the majority of authors can learn how to tell stories that work.

Do I get support after the editing is done?

Yes! We know that our private and exclusive community differentiates us from all editor-author marketplaces because we’re interested in making the writer better, not just the manuscript. Every Story Diagnostic (from any certified Three Story Method Editor) includes a free year of membership in The Author Success Mastermind community run by J. Thorn and Crys Cain.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes! All current members of The Author Success Mastermind receive a 15% “friends and family” discount from all certified Three Story Method Editors.

Will you make me a bestselling author/get me a trad book deal/get me on Oprah?

We guarantee that not only your manuscript will improve after working with one of our editors, but so will your storytelling chops. Nobody can promise you sales, success, glory, or fame. Beware of anyone that does.

Can I become a certified Three Story Method Editor?

Maybe. I have tentative plans to offer another in-person certification weekend in 2022. The application will only be open to current members of The Author Success Mastermind community.

Do all certified Three Story Method Editors have beards?

No, but I’m working on it.