Select Page
Current Status
Not Enrolled (5,000 places remaining)
Get Started

From Aspiring Writer to Successful Author

What’s really keeping you from writing success?

You’ve wanted to be a writer forever now…but you never managed to truly make it happen. The traditional excuse of “writer’s block” doesn’t explain why most writers fail. There is a significant mindset transformation that must happen to flip the switch- and this course does that!

If you’re finally ready to stop just dreaming and start acting when it comes to becoming a successful author, this is the course for you.


-Karena Akhavein, Ph.D., Writing Coach

Module 1

Aspiring vs Successful

In this module, we talk about the difference between an aspiring writer and a successful author. This is an important concept to understand before we go on to the rest of the course. You’ll be given some key questions to ask yourself before you embark on your writing journey, figure out what kind of written work you should produce, and we’ll start planning for success!

Module 2

Writer’s block

In this module, we talk about the four elements of writer’s block and how they affect writers. It’s time for some radical honesty! You’ll take the quiz and start to get real about why you really haven’t been following your writing dreams, and you’ll start to feel better about breaking through writer’s blocks!

Module 3

Feeling inspired?!

Inspiration is key for writers, but often, when we get discouraged, overwhelmed, or burnt out, we feel we lose that spark. It is absolutely normal to not feel inspired sometimes- but it definitely doesn’t help our writing! In this module, we’ll be figuring out where your muse ran off to, and how to get her back.

Module 4

Information block

No one is born knowing how to write and publish a book. (OK, maybe some people are, but I don’t know them!) Sometimes, feeling that you don’t know key information can lead to feeling hopeless and stuck– there’s just so much to know. This module will lay out exactly what you do and don’t need to know, and will help you to feel that this whole “being an author” thing is something you can absolutely figure out.

Module 5

Motivate me!

As a writing coach, I help keep people accountable. But I can’t motivate them to write. What I CAN do is help writers find the kind of unstoppable internal motivation that will help get them productive for the duration of this writing project, and into the next. We’ll get getting some actionable tips that tap into the science of productivity.

Module 6

It’s all about the ego

One of the reasons writing, publishing, and marketing a book is so hard is that it feels like you are producing a piece of you. Putting yourself out there, in such a vulnerable position, is scary! And even more so if you let your ego trip you up. Even if you don’t feel like you have a “big ego,” your ego can play tricks on you and mess with your mindset. This module will help you to get all of that under control!

Module 7

Stop making excuses

Excuses. we’ve all made them. But if you keep making them, you’ll never get anything done. You might have fooled yourself into thinking that your excuses were in fact reasons, and in this module, we’ll learn to tell the difference between excuse and reason, as well learning about some of the most common excuses and where they come from. You’ll also learn an amazing hack that helps you to poke holes in event the “best” excuse, instantly!

Module 8

Mindset matters.

In an industry with a ton of competition and many gatekeepers, the biggest difference between the successful author and the one who never reaches their dream is not about talent, or who you know. It’s about mindset. Developing and fostering the proper mindset will get you further than you ever thought possible and can bring you the kind of “luck” that’ll make all the difference in your publishing success.

Module 9

The nitty-gritty

What does it take to write and publish a book? It’s not rocket science, but it is pretty much a formula. Instead of worrying about how complicated the process of writing and publishing a book is, check out this module and get a breakdown, step by step, of what you need to do. You’ll also learn about the best-seller formula, the science behind which characteristics make a book more likely to sell well.

Module 10

The scary part (marketing!)

This is the sad truth: many authors write great books, but they’ll never see the light of day or gain traction because marketing your book and building an author platform is THAT scary. In this module, we’ll take the guesswork out of building an author platform and take the “ick” factor out of promoting your book. Writers may feel conflicted about it, but the author platform is one of THE key elements  of writing success and after going through this module, you’ll be ahead of the game.

Module 11

The 3 magic tools

In this final module, you’re going to learn how to activate all of the valuable lessons that you’ve learned with three tools for writing success that are so good, they’re like magic! This inspirational conclusion will leave you feeling transformed and ready to finish and publish that book.

Personalized Success Roadmap

Do you feel like you’re trying to use a GPS with no address to work from? Our worksheets help you to understand your unique qualities as an author, as well as your strengths and challenges, and they help you to set realistic goals .

Actionable success tools

Videos and slides teach you actionable lessons on mindset, motivation, the bestseller formula, author platforms, productivity, and more. Worksheets and writing prompts that will put your newfound knowledge to work. 

Wisdom for writers

When you’re a little freaked out and you need that little reminder that yes, you’re actually meant to be a writer, we’ll give you the no BS inspiration and information that will help you to get your mindset back where it needs to be.

Book included!

You’ll get a ton out of this course, but having the book to refer back to as well is a great idea. A PDF of the book “Writer’s Block is not why Writers Fail” is included with every course. 


Of course you have questions! Deciding to take any course is a decision you don’t take lightly. There’s a time commitment, financial cost, and the matter of wanting to know whether the course will work for you. If you have a question that isn’t covered here, please feel free to reach out to us.

Why this particular course? How is it different?

Most courses focus only on writing skills and practice. If you’re stuck, you know that all the skills and practice in the world won’t help you to move forward with your book. This addresses the crucial mindset you need to succeed as a writer. It helps to funnel knowledge and skills into action so you can be a productive writer. THAT is what will make the difference.

How tech savvy do I need to be for this?

If you can surf the web, you can take this course. It is very clear and self-explanatory. There are no new skills to learn. 

What if this doesn't work for me?

We truly believe that, if you put in the work, this course will be nothing short of transformational. However, if for some reason you decide that it was not right for you within the first 30 days, we will give you a 100% refund and use your experience and feedback to make the course even better. 

I'm a new or newer writer... or an experienced writer...will this course work for me?

This course works for all writers. If you’re a new writer you will find that adopting the right mindset and actions right off the bat will give you a huge time and energy success advantage. If you’re an experienced writer, this course will give you the breakthrough you need to level up in your writing career.

How is the content delivered?

This course takes your unique learning style into account, and respects your busy schedule. You’ll be getting online quizzes, reading clearly laid out information, completing worksheets, and watching or listening to video content. See what works best for you!

How much time do I need to spend? Isn't my time better spent writing?

This course is designed so that you can go along at your own pace. Want to go slow and go over each module several times? You can do that. Want to blast through it and then go over select sections more in depth afterwards? You can do that, too. If you’re reading this, you are stuck with your writing in some way, so you need to get unblocked before you can be productive again.

How do I register?

As soon as your payment is processed through our secure portal, you will receive access to the course. Unlike some courses that slowly drip content, with this course, you will get everything up front so you can work at your own pace, and it will always be available. Remember to save your login and PIN in a safe place.

Do I need to start right away after I purchase? how long do I have access to the materials?

Nope! Life happens. You will always have access to the source materials and any updates or bonuses that get applied to it in the future. However, the bonus 6-month membership starts right away, which means you can start attending office hours or checking out the extra podcast episodes right away if that’s all you have bandwidth for. You can renew your membership at any time.

The most important question: Is this course for me?

The writer Joseph Epstein famously claimed that 81 percent of Americans feel that they have a book in them. That would be about 261 million people at any given point. 

Yet statistics show that only around 172,000 people in the US claim to be employed as a writer or author. Other sources figure closer to 45,000, which might be due to income threshold or other factors. Whichever number you pick, it’s still a minuscule fraction of those who say they feel a calling to write. 

Are you one of the approximately 260,828,000 people who wish they could call themselves authors, but are still stuck being aspiring writers?

Do you feel that there something in your way, keeping you from success?

Maybe you’ve thought a lot about writing a book, but you never got started.

Maybe you started writing, but you never finished.

Maybe you actually finished writing a whole book, but then it never went anywhere.

In any or all of these cases, you have probably experienced some level of pain in the form of disappointment, shame, regret, or guilt.

If you embark on this journey today, by this time next year there is a good chance that you’ll have finished your book and either have published it or be well on the road to publication. Think of how good that will make you feel. The sense of achievement, of accomplishement. Of knowing that you did what you set out to do, that you’re finally an author instead of still stuck being an aspiring writer. 

This course is for you.

I was so discouraged, but now I finally have an actionable plan. I’m so glad I invested in myself.

Susanne Brown

Strategies from this course helped not only with my writing, but also with other key aspects of my creative business.

Linda Cosgrove

I loved the office hours so much! Sometimes I got to be one on one with the Writing Coach. Karena really listened  and took my specific book, goals, and personality into account. She kindly gave me a much needed kick in the butt!

Barbara Mackay-Smith

We wrote the book on writer’s block!

Are you a DIY sort of person? Not sure you want to commit to the course? Buy the book and get an introduction to many of the mindset concepts we will be working with in the course- the same brain hacks that help successful creative entrepreneurs to level up in their careers. Once you’ve read the book you’ll be even more prepared for the course and its exercises and worksheets. Want to skip straight to the course? A PDF of the book is included with it for free!

Get ready for a full transformation!