J. Thorn & Jim Kukral

Don’t hire me. Don’t buy my course. If you’re looking for the latest “hack” to fame and riches, I’m not your guy.

I won’t give you a Rolodex (remember those?) of influencers that you can leverage to get your work seen. I don’t have that myself. If a sneaky tactic or algorithmic flaw on Amazon could turn you into a bestselling author, we’d all be using it. If you’re willing to put in the work and play the long game to become a career author, I’m your guy.


With over two million words published and 175,000 books sold worldwide, I’ve seen (and heard) it all. I can show you how to avoid rough skies so that your writing career will soar.

You’ve bled on the page. Poured your heart into your story. And now you want to share it with the world.

But you don’t know what to do or how to do it. You start with a Google search which leads you to dozens of online forums, hundreds of digital courses, and thousands of webinars. The advice is confusing, complicated, and often contradictory.

You feel helpless, overwhelmed, and hopeless. You can pay $10,000 to have an “author services company” publish your book for you, or you can get the individualized, customized help that you need—when you need it.

A Trusted Guide to Help Your Author Career Take Off!

Authors on a Train 2017 with Zach Bohannon

When you have a co-pilot, then the sky’s the limit because you’ll avoid the most common publishing turbulence. For example, I used to believe that getting my new book in front of as many readers as possible was the best way to market it. After years of trial and error, I now know that strategy is a huge mistake.

I’m an author, too. I’ve been a student of the craft and marketing since 2009. I feel your pain.

Certified Story Grid editors with Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl

The most common question I get from many of the 9,712 students enrolled in my “Finish a Manuscript in 60 Days” course is, “What do I do next?” Whether you’ve just finished the rough draft of your first novel or the fifth revision of your eighth book, that question will always be nagging at you, and the answers are constantly changing.

Here’s how I can help:

  • I’ll show you how to take a story idea and target it to an audience craving that kind of story.
  • Using the Story Grid methodology, I’ll help you refine your story so that readers won’t be able to put it down.
  • I’ll guide you through the complicated and complex process of optimizing your book so that it sells.

Because I’m a full-time fiction author, I have only a handful of time slots available each month, and as time goes on and the Story Grid brand grows, those slots will fill quickly.

Why me? I’ve earned a Master of Education degree from Duquesne University, have 24 years of classroom experience teaching writing, published over two million words, and sold 175,000 books worldwide. I teach publishing and marketing at John Carroll University and I’m also one of only 19 certified Story Grid editors.

Wisdom in natural simplicity.

However, don’t expect the same highly-polished, “talking head” online video course or slick internet marketer coaching fluff. My method is real, tested and refined through years of presenting to live audiences. I believe in the concept of Wasi Sabi explained by Seth Godin on Akimbo. It means “wisdom in natural simplicity” or “flawed beauty.” I’m so wasi sabi that my online video course was recorded in front of a live audience with no safety net. Organic. Real. Natural simplicity.

Serious about taking your author career to the next level? I know you are!

I’ll talk to you (for free) for a half hour, and together we’ll figure out your next best step, whether that’s working with me or not. If my brother or sister wanted to publish a novel, I’d do the same thing for them. You’ll either get free advice from a trusted source or a new coach who will help take your writing career to the next level. Win-win.

Call me.

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Story Grid Diagnostic and Consultation
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