Pen to Published

Author School gives you the support, information, and inspiration you need to share your words with the world!

Who is Author School for?

"I have an idea for a book but I don't know if it’s viable."

"My manuscript is almost done, but I don't know how to get in in front of publishers."

 “I’ve heard about things like book proposals but don’t know what they are.”

“I just wish someone who knows the industry could give me a critique of my query letter.”

“I’m not sure if I should be pursuing agents or publishers—or both.”

"I'm wondering if I should try traditional publishing or go the self-publishing route." 

If you've ever said these things, Author School is for you!


If you want to get published but don't want to spend months or years of trying to figure out the system, Author School will get you ready to immediately jump into the fray with confidence and professionalism. No more asking all your friends for advice. No more surfing the internet for answers. It’s all right here in one place.

What will you learn?

Every week, you will receive a new lesson jam-packed with information and resources to help you take the next step toward publishing.

  • 1

    Getting Started as a Writer

    Learn the mindset of a successful author. 

  • 2

    The Discipline of Writing

    Get rid of excuses and train your muse. Make a plan, develop a schedule, and write your first draft.

  • 3

    Self-Editing for Excellence

    Understand how to get good feedback and make revisions to your manuscript.

  • 4

    Preparing to Publish

    Decide whether you want to pursue traditional or self-publishing, and learn how to find an agent for your work.

  • 5

    Book Proposal

    All about why you need a book proposal and how to write one!

  • 6

    Query Letters

    A query letter is the key that will open the door to agent representation and publishing. Rachelle will even critique your query letter after this session!

  • 7

    Author Platform

    Use podcasts, social media, and an author website to engage with your audience and promote your work. 

  • 8

    The Writer's Life

    Caring for the soul of a writer. 

How it Works

As soon as you enroll in Author School, you'll have access to the student dashboard -- this is where you'll view your lessons each week and download printable worksheets to put what you're learning into practice.

The core of each lesson is a live hour-long video workshop taught by Rachelle Gardner every week where you can learn from her expert teaching on everything you need to know about writing and publishing, plus dive deeper in real-time question and answer sessions.

If you can't make it to the live sessions, don't worry -- they'll always be available for replay so you can catch up, or rewatch and take notes if you didn't catch everything the first time.

In addition to the online learning materials, you'll have access to the private Author School Facebook community where you can ask questions and network with your fellow writers.


What People are Saying


Taryn Nergaard

Author School gives you practical and applicable advice on how to become a published author. Rachelle cuts through all the noise and opinions to give you straightforward wisdom from her years of experience. You'll walk away with clear next steps after every teaching. Thanks to this course, I feel less overwhelmed and more confident that I can pursue the writer's life. This is the first course I've taken that offered significantly more value than the cost. I will recommend Author School to anyone who hopes to publish their writing one day!


Glen Garvin

This course is simple enough to follow along but comprehensive with resources and links. It was totally worth the cost and time.


Tiffany Jo Baker

Author School is a practical and purposeful course that teaches you the ins and outs of what it takes to not only be a writer, but to become a published author. If you have started writing a book or are thinking about it, do yourself a favor and save time, money, energy and stress and take the class. Your future readers will thank you.


Erin King

This is hands down the best resource I found for navigating the world of writing and publishing. It is worth every penny.


Marjorie Avent

I've taken a number of online courses, and this was by far one of the best. I'm grateful for the community that formed quite organically and for the support it has offered. I feel like I have the tools I need to press on with book writing!


Allison Breininger

This course is packed full of practical, useful tools and information. I feel very well-prepared to move towards the publishing process after completing it. Having access to a current literary agent is such a gift, as is learning with a community of authors.


Rebekah Weissert

Rachelle is so generous with her time and her expertise, you'll feel like you have an inside track on the journey from concept to completion of your manuscript. If you are serious about sharing something with the world through your writing, you need this course. You may use the information this month, next year or in five years. But you will absolutely be equipped with the tools you need to move your book to the next level. This is a golden opportunity.

Meet the Instructor


Rachelle Gardner

Meet the Instructor

Rachelle Gardner is an agent and publishing coach, working with authors on both fiction and nonfiction. A publishing industry veteran since 1995, she has worked inside two publishing companies and worked with more than 150 authors to bring their books to publication.

As an agent, Rachelle represents an impressive list of more than 70 bestselling and award-winning authors published by HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random house and more.

As a publishing coach, she gives professional insight and feedback to writers needing guidance in taking the next step toward publication.

Rachelle has enjoyed interacting with the writing community for the last ten years on her blog and Facebook page, providing hundreds of articles helping writers to navigate the rocky road of publishing.

Check out Rachelle’s website here: https://rachellegardner.com/

Rachelle has been my agent from the very beginning of my writing career and I cannot overstate the value of her expertise, her industry knowledge, her encouragement, and her deep passion for writers. This is a resource I will be sharing with every aspiring writer that I know!


—Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts

meet the design team:


Micah J. Murray

Micah is a writer, speaker, and designer who specializes in helping authors, artists, and entrepreneurs share their work with the world. He has built websites for authors such as Jen Hatmaker, Sarah Bessey and Jamie "the Very Worst Missionary" Wright.

Luke Frederick

Luke develops digital products that solve a specific pain point within a given market by working with organizations, influencers, and investors. Over the last 15 years he has helped more than 300 organizations with their online strategies. He is currently the Director of Innovation at CESO.


The cost for this 8-week course is $499. For your convenience, you can pay up front or choose from one of our convenient payment plans. You will see the options available to you at checkout.

Pen to Published for the Spring of 2020 begins on Tuesday, February 25th and runs through Tuesday, April 14th.

Live video trainings will be held on Tuesday evenings at 8 pm EST. To access the trainings, all you need is a computer or phone with internet access. 

If for any reason you aren't able to tune in for the live trainings, don't worry! Each one will be available for replay so you never have to worry about missing anything. Plus, you can always go back and re-watch your favorite trainings to get even more out of them. 

We know that writing a book can be a long process, and we want you to have access to all the information you need to be successful. So even after the course has ended, you can come back here any time and review lessons materials, watch videos, and download worksheets. 

We're confident that the Author School will provide you with the valuable information you need to be successful on your writing and publishing journey. But if you find for any reason that this course is not a good fit for you, you can request a full refund any time during the first two weeks -- no questions asked. 

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