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HOW TO TAKE YOUR AUTHOR CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL


Has your author career stalled like a ‘72 Plymouth? Have you repeatedly pushed, pulled, and jump-started your career, only to have it chug along for a few weeks and again, grind to a halt?

Maybe you’ve joined social media groups to find writer friends, but the online participation of hundreds—or even thousands—of writers sometimes results in annoying drama, bad information, or just a cacophony of random voices.

Or maybe you’ve participated in online webinars, waiting your turn during the Q&A to pick the brains of successful authors for all of their secrets to writing and publishing success—secrets they never really reveal. Have you waded through hundreds of blog posts and wasted money on dozens of online classes?

YouTube is great for how-to videos about repairing cars, but when you want to learn the craft of writing, excel at publishing, and expand your author platform, the online stuff just doesn’t cut it. The reason? It’s missing a key element: personal interaction.

Let’s go a step further… here’s our secret revealed:

What if I told you the key to unlocking your success as a writer is collaboration? No, this is not another online sales pitch for a downloadable course or a video series. I’m talking about live and in-person collaboration with seasoned, successful publishing professionals—and with other creative writers!

NO PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! 

JUST A LOVE OF THE WRITTEN WORD.

$1999

Includes train ticket and accommodations!

Not sure what to do next? Been there, done that. It took me almost nine years to have the guts to quit my day job and live the life I’d dreamed about. I struggled and made mistakes. TONS of mistakes, with the scars to prove it. It wasn’t until I started looking beyond myself for inspiration and networking that things began to change. I’d forgotten one important lesson I’d learned decades ago as a guitar player—you can’t be in a band all by yourself.

I looked around at other creative industries from television, to movies, to live performances of all kinds. The thing they all have in common? Collaboration. Once, I was a lone, struggling writer. But when I partnered up with my friend and fellow author, Zach, everything changed for the better. And now, we can help you do the same things for your writing career that we did for ours. We promise, it will be eye-opening, informative, fun, and a complete game changer. By the way, we purposely keep our Authors on a Train group from getting too large, so you’ll reap a personalized, hands-on writing retreat experience.

You’ll discover that 1 + 1 equals far more than 2. We’ll be right beside you, sharing our proven systems for becoming a better writer, a world-class publisher, and a savvy marketer who will cause all your author friends to clamor for the secrets of your success. If we can do it, you can do it.

You could continue to spend $500 here or $800 there to purchase online courses you’ll never fully watch, which contain strategies you’ll never implement, because they’re passive.

Professional educators know that learning happens by doing. And interaction. If you don’t have a trusted, experienced guide to show you the path, your writing career, and your books, could end up in a dark alley of failure and despair, with little to no recognition or sales. And no number of books on writing or webinars can save your career.

Bottom line? Collaboration can fix what’s not working with your writing career, and give you new direction and a solid plan for the future. And it can provide creative inspiration that happens when ideas spark between writers, catch fire, and take off in wonderful, unexpected directions.

YOU’LL BE MENTORED IN THREE STORY METHOD AND A GET INDIVIDUAL ADVICE!

FROM TWO CAREER AUTHORS.

$1999

Includes train ticket and accommodations!

IF YOU TAKE THE FIRST STEP, WE'LL BE THERE WITH YOU.

SPEND A LONG WEEKEND WITH US, AND WE'LL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

If you want to form lifelong connections and have support to understand collaborating with other creatives, Authors on a Train is perfect for you! J. and Zach give you the tools to be successful working as a team and you'll have a ton of fun as you learn valuable skills for your author career.

YVONNE CARDER - Class of 2020

It’s been a great meeting of minds. You and Zach really know what you’re talking about. It’s also good to see all the different experiences and knowledge of all the other people. There’s a real blend there. I learned quite a lot. The thing I really enjoy is the fact that you’re covering everything from blank page to finished product, and everything in between. That’s really valuable.

CHRISTOPHER WILLS - Class of 2017 & 2018

Zach and J. are amazing teachers. Authors on a Train California was hands down the best investment I have made as an author. I felt safe and was able to learn more about craft in a few days than I ever have.

MARISSA FROSCH - Class of 2020

Do it. Even if you don’t want to collaborate, the teaching and writer support is such good quality. It will help you, whatever level you’re at and wherever you are in your author journey.

JILL HARRIS - Class of 2017

I have never collaborated with anyone like this before. Once we got into it, what struck me was how natural it felt. There was no resistance at all. It was like, “Boom, here we are. We are collaborating.” It was great.

SAM KORDA - Class of 2017

It’s really awesome. Being in this sort of environment where it’s a bunch of people and we are here because we are authors and we like to write, that is actually something I don’t get a lot of. Feeding off that energy and the momentum I get from that writing stuff, I can’t think of any other time that I really experienced that. It’s been great.

LON VARNADORE - Class of 2017 & 2020


ONLY 12 SEATS AVAILABLE!

DON'T BE LATE TO THE STATION.

$1999

Includes train ticket and accommodations!

IT’S A WRITING RETREAT.

IT’S A JOURNEY OF MILES AND CREATIVE INSPIRATION.

IT’S A WRITING CAREER PLAN.

YOUR ANTHOLOGY IS NEXT.
GET EXPOSURE TO OUR AUDIENCE AND BUILD YOUR BRAND!


BENEFITS OF AUTHORS ON A TRAIN

A Bucket List Item Checked Off


An experience-of-a-lifetime trip—travel by train from Los Angeles to San Francisco with new writer friends and two successful, experienced author-publishers.

Small Group Interaction


A four-day creative writing immersion experience in California with a group of authors who write in genres ranging from romance, to thrillers, to nonfiction.

Expert Guidance and Instruction


Daily sessions run by J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon including personalized advice and help during the retreat, and for years to come.


Published by Molten Universe Media


Your short story edited by a certified Story Grid editor and published in an anthology by Molten Universe Media, with all production and advertising costs covered.

A Private Community


Friendships that may last a lifetime, including a closed and exclusive online Slack community to foster collaboration and shared problem-solving..

A Proven System for Getting the Work Done


A proven system for co-writing and collaboration, used for both fiction and nonfiction projects which you can begin using on Monday morning.

Tentative Agenda

  • THURSDAY 01-07-21
  • FRIDAY 01-08-21
  • saturday 01-09-21
  • sunday 01-10-21
  • 10:10 a.m. - Depart Los Angeles Union Station on the Coastal Starlight
  • 09:54 p.m. - Arrive at Oakland Station
  • 10:30 p.m. - Check-in at the mansion

COST, LOGISTICS, TRAVEL, AND ACCOMMODATIONS

  • The trip begins at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. We will board the Coastal Starlight Amtrak train at 10:10 a.m. and arrive in San Francisco (Oakland Station) at 9:54 p.m. On the ride up the beautiful Pacific Coast, we'll talk, laugh, write, sleep, read, and get to know each other.
  • All attendees will stay with J. and Zach in a historic mansion in Oakland, California where we'll hold our daily sessions, prepare and serve meals, and enjoy each other's company. Although we cannot guarantee every attendee will have a private bedroom, we can guarantee everyone will have their own bed and possibly a really cool roommate.
  • The official retreat dates are Thursday, January 7, 2021 through Sunday, January 10, 2021, beginning in Los Angeles and ending in San Francisco.
  • The cost is $1999 per person and includes the Amtrak ticket from Los Angeles to San Francisco, three nights lodging in Oakland, three breakfasts, one communal dinner, all workshops and seminars, inclusion in the anthology, all publishing costs for the anthology, individual story and career consultations (valued at $1899), and access to the private and exclusive Slack channel before and after the event.


Attendees are responsible for their transportation to and from California, meals, and entertainment.

GET YOUR STORY IN AN ANTHOLOGY TO BE PUBLISHED EVERYWHERE!

ON AMAZON, KOBO, APPLE, BARNES & NOBLE, AND MORE!

$1999

Includes train ticket and accommodations!

Is "Authors on a Train" right for you?

  • You are sick and tired of the same old writer's retreats, paying money to sit in a room and write which you could do at home. For free.
  • You are adventurous and want to experience being a career author without doing it by staring at a screen.
  • You believe writing is your life purpose, and understand that an investment in a real-world experience is essential for you to level up your career.
  • You have a growth mindset. You can learn to do anything.
  • You posses a strong work ethic, a willingness to work with others, and are not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get down to business.
  • You want to be a shining example to your children, family, and friends, by showing them what it looks like to live life to the fullest.

About J. Thorn


I’m a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). Also, I’ve published two million words and sold more than 185,000 books worldwide. I’m thrilled to work with you and help you succeed.


About Zach Bohannon

I’m a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror and Science Fiction. In addition, I’m the author of the bestselling zombie series, Empty Bodies, as well as the bestselling post-apocalyptic horror series, Final Awakening with over a million page reads and counting. I can’t wait to help you build your author platform.