A guided path for those who desire to write a book, helping them write and complete their book while feeling confident in every step they take to become a published author.
Some people may have had dreams since childhood to become an author.
Some people may be surprised when the idea and desire strike out of the blue.
Some may be wondering if they could call themselves an author when they can barely accept that they could be writers. (Ps - Rest assured that if you can communicate in any style, you can write.)
Some may know that they are meant to write this book, and will stop at nothing in order to see it through.
The beauty of a mentorship when walking toward a dream is that you are guided through the steps from someone experienced who has done what you hope to achieve (and they've done it multiple times so they know the path well).
The beauty of this program's design is that it will empower you to turn your life experiences into fuel and inspiration for writing your book, so that it feels natural and easy to share your story.
Imagine... finally getting your book out into the world.
One of the greatest and most intimate ways to share your share story, is to bring your story to life in a book.
Think about it, your readers will have you in their lives daily as they read your book - they take you to bed, to work, to their favorite coffee shop, and share you with their friends. And you get to connect with them in the most intimate way possible.
Writing this book is about who you are and what you stand for and that's exactly what the Soulful Author Journey was created for.
You have an idea, message, or story to share and you're ready to make an impact, but you need
✔ clarity in how to write your book,
✔ accountability to actually complete your book,
✔ guidance from seasoned authors who have been there,
✔ resources that will save you countless hours, and
✔ confidence in every step of the journey.
The Soulful Author Journey unique framework is designed to
navigate first-time writers through their author journey.
With lifetime access to the course, 12-weeks of live group coaching, and an incredible community of fellow writers walking side-by-side with you, the Soulful Author Journey is your all-in-one SOULution to writing your book.
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There are very specific steps you need to follow if you actually expect to complete your book and share it. Read on to see how you, too, can conquer the first-time writer challenges you're facing.
Published authors are not an accident, they commit to their writing and invest in their craft!
...one step at a time!
"When I first began, I thought that there might be a story within me, but I was not sure how to get it out or if what I had to say would be worth reading. However, as I worked with this team of amazing people, and applied what I was being taught, I discovered I have a wellspring of life flowing from me. I’ve unlocked the gift of poetry, and even more importantly, found my voice which I had pushed down and silenced for so long. Taking part in this group has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I will forever be grateful to them, because I will never be the same again."
- Douglas Stutzman
The Soulful Author Journey framework doesn't just help you finish your book, it also:
- Provides you with a tried and true playbook for making an impact as an author.
- Allows you to write from a place of vulnerability and authenticity - where our best work comes from.
- Holds you accountable, so you can finally prioritize your dream.
- Prevents you from spending countless hours researching "how to" videos for building your newsletter, creating a lead magnet, improving your storytelling, or designing a book that embodies your message.
- Helps you get your book into the hands of the readers who need it the most, and leave a legacy that matters.
Think about it this way, when you look around at all the successful authors you follow and look up to, they all have a magic about them that people gravitate to. And it's SIMPLE! They are clear about who they are, their author voice, their book's promise, and their purpose. You can be the author you look up to, with the help of the Soulful Author Journey.
ARE YOU MAKING THESE MISTAKES?
The #1 Mistake Authors Keep Making:
They aren't setting clear and actionable goals. When you don't have a clear goal (and path to reach that goal) how are you supposed to make any progress? Without progress, you'll never finish your manuscript, you won't get published, and you won't be able to sell your book. When authors aren't making progress, they're losing precious time to share their story. If you're doing this, you risk the reality that more and more readers won't get the chance to hear your message.
Or worse! Mistake #2:
When authors don't see the progress they want, they double-down in the wrong direction: forcing themselves to write without reflection or inspiration, publishing work they aren't proud of, pursuing a publishing path they aren't aligned with, and either completely abandon marketing efforts or lose sight of their target audience amidst their hard work and miss the mark. That's like trying to fill a leaky bucket with more water... you're going to waste a lot of water (time and energy) and never solve the problem!!
All struggling authors make the same mistake, "I just need to sit down and write"… What many successful, published authors know is it's less about writing to write, and more about writing to impact. We aren't here to "check the box", we're to give you the path that will allow you prioritize your author dream and create a book you are proud to leave as your legacy. That's what the Soulful Author Journey is all about.
After working with hundreds of writers, helping them to share their stories from concept to manuscript, from publishing to launching, from branding to promotion - it's clear and simple as this:
You won't reach your author dreams until you commit to your purpose and finish your book.
And if you haven't completely invested in your book yet, remember, even the most influential authors have mentors and support.
You see, there is a recipe for creating a book that will deeply connect with your reader. And this recipe consists of 48 ingredients... or steps. And if you're missing even just one section, you run the risk of missing the mark for your reader.
So, just like the classic riddle, "How do you eat an elephant?", one bite at a time!
We can ask a similar question:
Q: How do you finish your story and share it?
A: ONE. STEP. AT. A. TIME.
So, what if you had step-by-step instructions? Imagine if you could follow these steps with paint-by-numbers guidance and simplicity... EVEN if you've never written a book, published a book, or worked in book promotion before in your life!
➡ No more overwhelm.
➡ No more wondering if you're "doing the right things".
➡ No more wasting time or money!
Imagine, for just a moment, that you had a step by step process for achieving each of your essential goals. And you could complete as little as two sections a day.
You would have completed the Soulful Author Journey in less than a month from RIGHT NOW.
You would have all of the tools, tutorials, resources, and guidance you need to write your book with meaningful stories, publish your book YOUR way, and promote yourself to your ideal reader like the bada** you are.
Well, you don't have to "imagine" any longer, because it's here.
The Soulful Author Journey
Our easy-to-follow, step-by-step course is coupled with specialized coaching to create the most tailored solution for Soulful Authors YET...
or your money back!
Don't just take it from us.
"Lauren and her passion for Burning Soul Collective came my way right when I needed it most. Having abandoned my writing for the bulk of sixteen years, when I decided to get back to it, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew my heart was calling me to do it and then, BOOM, life sends me the fuel I needed to add to my fire.
Lauren and the team at Burning Soul Collective have reminded me that I am far more capable than I think I am. We all are! You just need that drive and someone amazing like Lauren cheering you on and guiding you along your journey."
- Jennifer Hobbs, #1 Best Selling Author of Calmed.
"Lauren and her team are helpful, knowledgeable and passionate about supporting writers to reach their goals and succeed. Lauren teaches the tools and skills to support your writing journey in a natural, accessible and truly inspiring way! Through the course, I made the necessary changes and recommitted to the book that I’ve been ‘thinking about’ and ‘dabbling with’ writing for a decade now – I feel confident that I’ll finish my book (and possibly many more) with the inspiration, support, accountability and structure that Lauren and her team at Burning Soul Collective offer.
I was so impressed by Lauren’s passion, which shines through her eyes and everything she says."
- Liz Witherspoon
Here's how it works:
Each section of The Soulful Author Journey framework walks you through the four phases of our program: Reflect, Plan, Create, Impact.
You will follow videos and exercises designed to take the researching and heavy lifting out of sharing your message (whether while writing, publishing, or promotion!). Plus, you'll get detailed resources, tutorials, and templates to make sharing your message SIMPLE and FUN.
You'll maintain LIFETIME access to The Soulful Author Journey course, including any updates and improvements to our content. Enter the program at whatever stage of your author journey you are at, whether it's concept, writing, publishing, promotion, or impact. In the program you will follow our unique framework starting wherever you are. Here's our unique framework:
➡ Introduction: Identify your why and uncover your purpose for your book through your core values.
➡ Reflect: Consider your ultimate message and allow your why to guide you. You'll create your ideal reader, learn how to pull out your most meaningful stories, and discover how to take your reader on an emotional transformation.
➡ Plan: Create your plan of action. If you're in the concept stage, you'll determine you're promising your reader; if you're in the writing stage, decide which book structure to follow; and if you're in publishing mode, create your publishing timeline. This is when you determine how you will remain committed to your book and your message.
➡ Create: Make it happen. With the guidance, tools, and resources provided in The Soulful Author Journey course, you will have everything you need to carry out each stage. If you're in the publishing stage, you'll work with designers to get your book finalized, if you're in the promotion stage, you'll be building your website and social media, and booking speaking opportunities. Let your creativity soar while getting sh*t done!
➡ Impact: This is all about connecting deeply with your reader and leaving a lasting impression with your message. Everything you do - at each stage of your soulful author journey - should be supported by your why and the impact you want to make.
In the writing section, you'll learn how to write for yourself first, so you are able to write from your most vulnerable and real place, what book structures best align with the type of book you're writing, and how to evoke raw emotions in your writing so you can connect deeply with your readers.
In the publishing section, you'll learn the types of publishing paths available to you and how to choose yours, best practices for each publishing path available to you, and how to publish under your own imprint to expand your brand. Ultimately, you get to decide how you want to share your story with the world and have every resource at your disposal to make it a reality.
In the promotion section, you'll learn how to build your website and your email newsletter (your best weapon), what to do to score reviews and book tours, how you should pitch yourself to media and potential partners, steps to build your launch team and host your own launch party, and more to leave the program understanding how to best represent yourself to your target audience and potential partners.
You will also be enrolled in a twelve-week group coaching program. You'll have access to LIVE coaching sessions, with the opportunity for Q&A with your coach.
Here's WHY it works:
Lauren is dedicated to helping soulful authors share their stories with the world. A seasoned book coach, she's helped hundreds of authors identify their core message, what we call your soul's message. From there, she helps writers craft their meaningful stories around their soul's message, creating what we call storytelling for impact.
That's a big part of what The Soulful Author Journey is about. But we take it one step further. With lifetime access to the course, we also show you how to publish and promote your book with your message in mind, using the very tools, resources, and industry knowledge we use with our publishing clients. But YOU get to own it, and YOU get to create your legacy. When you take control of your story and share it in a way that is authentic to you, you connect with your reader on a deeper level.
You see, this isn't about creating a flimsy book or even about creating a bestseller. It's about who you are and what you stand for - brought to life in a way that changes other people's lives. Your transformative legacy. If you commit to writing and sharing your story using our unique framework, you will be able to hold your story - your book - in your hands, confident that it is a true reflection of your heart, soul, and the impact you want to make on this world.
That's why it works. It's yours.
We just guide you to write the most powerful and intimate rendition of your story in a book you can share, bring it to life, and reach your reader.
“The course was just the thing I was looking for to get me out of a creative slump. The sense of community made such a difference for me and engaged me in writing in many new and diverse ways. Writing is an isolated activity, and the group made me feel like part of a family. I needed that, and so did my stories.”
“Lauren Eckhardt and Burning Soul Press made the journey of writing my memoir possible. She is a wonderful coach and encourager. The hundreds of hours we’ve spent crying and laughing together over the past year will always be some of my favorite memories.”
-Gina Defa, Best-Selling Author of "The Parakeet Drawing"
You've made it this far, but something is holding you back...
"I know I have a story to tell, but I don't know where to start."
That's the best place to be! You have a concept, now you just need to work on the completing that concept. We'll walk you through everything, from how to determine you core message, to building your stories around it, and all you need to do to get it published and share it with the world!
"I'm waiting for inspiration to strike."
Inspiration... or motivation? The first place to start is your WHY - that's why it's one of the first steps of our process! If sharing your message is that important to you - you will be inspired (or motivated!) by everything around you to get it done. And while we can help you find it, it's still yours to find.
"I'm intimidated by a blank page."
Aren't we all?! That first sentence can be a beast to get past - take it from every author that has come before you. Luckily, with Lauren's specially designed writing prompts, you will uncover the exactly what you want to say, and you won't be staring at that blank page for long!
"I don't know if I'm a good enough writer."
You aren't. You're an incredible writer. If you can communicate, you can write. When you join the writing focus group coaching, Lauren herself will walk you through her tips to tell a good story. Don't forget, you're not alone anymore! You have a coach and a community of fellow writers working alongside you.
"Once I write it, then what?"
Then the FUN begins! Parts three and four of the Soulful Author Journey are all about turning your manuscript into a published book, and then reaching the readers you know need to hear your message. Once you write it, you get to share it - and that's where the real impact begins.
"I'm nervous to share my story - what if no one likes it?"
If your story resonates with you, then it resonates with others. While our stories are unique to us, themes of encouragement, empowerment, strength, overcoming, and more, resonate with everyone.
The Fall 2022 cohort will begin September 5th, with weekly live coaching sessions until December 2nd. Our next will begin in January 2023.
Take control of your life's legacy today.
A few of our Soul Authors
If you're truly ready to share your story with the world, all that's next is the commitment to make it happen.
I want in on the course!
We'll help you get a head start: When you purchase The Soulful Author Journey course, you get free access to our Time Management Journal so you can start prioritizing your dream right away.