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.

J.F. Penn (Joanna Penn)

J.F. Penn (Joanna Penn)

Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author

“I've co-written two novels and one non-fiction book with J. Thorn, and he has taught me so many things about collaboration. He is patient and kind with his feedback, is open to working in different ways depending on the project and the person, and brings extensive experience of collaborative projects, both with authors and from his background in music. I highly recommend working with J. if you want to learn the practical and psychological aspects of co-writing.”

Chris Brogan

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.”

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.”