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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?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 and solid habits. I can show you the way.

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“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

“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!”

Leftie Aubé, aspiring author


With Joanna Penn in New Orleans, 2017

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-hosts the Writers, Ink podcast with J.D. Barker and has interviewed some of today’s most successful authors including Hugh Howey, Josh Malerman, Joanna Penn, Chuck Palahniuk, Blake Crouch, James Rollins, Steven Pressfield, David Baldacci, and James Patterson.Thorn earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He is a full-time writer, part-time professor at John Carroll University, co-owner of Molten Universe Media, podcaster, FM radio DJ, musician, and a certified Story Grid nerd.



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