About The Author Copilot

J. Thorn

J. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). He has published over one million words and has sold more than 175,000 books worldwide. In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror alongside his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King (at #4 and #2 respectively). He is an official, active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers.

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, adjunct university professor, featured presenter for the Cuyahoga County Library, co-owner of Molten Universe Media, podcaster, musician, and a certified Story Grid nerd.

Explore J. Thorn’s entire catalog at Amazon.com.

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Soaring Writers

Jill Harris

Jill Harris

“AUTHOR ON A TRAIN” 2017

“For me it was about taking this seriously and leveling up. I literally learned so much in every conversation, every moment. Whether it’s been on the craft, or marketing, or branding—you share your process. It’s been wonderful because it’s so authentic, and I’ve really felt that. I'd like to thank you for this amazing opportunity. It is the most incredible writing-based experience I've ever had.”

Kim Petersen

Kim Petersen

“AUTHOR ON A TRAIN” 2017

“I have had the time of my life…I love what we’re doing here and would definitely tell anyone that asks how great this experience has been.”

Flo Barnett

Flo Barnett

Children's book author

"This June I proudly celebrate the two year anniversary of the publication of the first book in my Grammy’s Gang series, No Way To Haircut Day! And I owe it all to J. Thorn. The man is a veritable genius when it comes to information on how to self-publish, select the perfect illustrator, and determine the best genre for your work. Thorn introduces you to author groups that both support and promote each other. His unrelenting tenacity to shake the dust off your yet-to-be published masterpiece is contagious. Give him the opportunity to infect you with his passion for success."

Lon Varnadore

Lon Varnadore

“AUTHOR ON A TRAIN” 2017

“Feeding off that energy and the momentum I got from this retreat—I can’t think of any other time that I really experienced that. It’s been great.”

D.G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye

nonfiction memoir author

"Thorn helped me learn about this new world. He helped to make me understand what it took to be successful and he helped steer me towards good people in the industry who were important for my business. J. Thorn is well-respected and has great knowledge and experience in the Indie world. He taught me all about learning to split myself and my thinking process between being a writer and stepping out of the box and learning to be a good business person to help my book flourish. I have him to thank with much gratitude for leading me through the process and sharing his strategies, as well as his editors with me."

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