Writing Better Books with the

Story Roots Idea Checker

Get to the root of your story and win the heart of your reader. It’s simpler than you think.

What people are saying…

Jolene has the absolute wizardry to figure out why I’m less than satisfied with any manuscript and then make a plan for how to fix the problem. She knows what my book needs even more than I do. — Anna Michael

For any writer friends who need a little plot whispering in your life, Jolene Perry with Waypoint Author Academy is a miracle worker! She pinpointed my theme in two sentences (and I won’t even talk about the pages and pages I have trying to get that clear in my head). She clarified points and asked important questions I hadn’t even thought of. Basically, she’s brilliant and so worth the time and money! – Author Janet Johnson

Ok, so this morning I worked with a developmental editor for the first time ever. Bless Jolene Perry for helping me cull my 30,000 ideas and elements down to 10,000. I’m really excited to finally have some clarity on this project that’s been on my mind for SEVERAL years now. Frickin bless. – Suzanne Brandenburg Gale

What’s New at Waypoint…

Creative Control in Self-Publishing: What Does it Really Mean?

   There are many different reasons authors choose to self-publish. One of the most prominent is the idea of creative control. Many self-published authors are invested in retaining a greater amount of control over their published works than a traditional publisher might allow.  But what does creative control really mean, and what does it consist … Read More Creative Control in Self-Publishing: What Does it Really Mean?

Listen to your inspiration or listen to the market? The Answer: Both

There’s an ages old debate that happens in writing advice circles between whether you should write what you want or write what readers want. Writing to market is bad, says one group. You should follow your inpiration and write what moves your soul. Writing to market is good, says the other. You’re going to die … Read More Listen to your inspiration or listen to the market? The Answer: Both

Waypoint Services

Sometimes you need to talk it out with someone who has gone before you. If you want to write more, get an agent/publisher, attract ideal readers, and sell more books all while still enjoying your life, our customized coaching sessions are for you! Publishing isn’t a linear journey where you start as a temp and … Read More Waypoint Services

Meet the Team

Allison Martin and Jolene Perry co-founded Waypoint when they were both tired of seeing authors struggle as they tried to force their story into someone else’s process, or tried to sell themselves and their books while striving for someone else’s footsteps. The POINT of Waypoint is to help authors find sustainable processes for being online, … Read More Meet the Team

4S Author: Sales

Get caught up on the 4S series here: 4S | Self | Story | Support | Sales Selling your books is a process that quickly gets out of control, leading to confusion, indecision, overwhelm, and then shut down. The cause is too much information, too quickly, and at the wrong time.  Authors (and everyone else … Read More 4S Author: Sales

4S Author: Support

If you haven’t read them get caught up here: 4S Author | Self | Story | Support | Sales It’s easy to slip into thinking your writing is just you—the author. Your readers and those dreaded gatekeepers are way over there. In essence, it’s you alone and then everyone else you are trying to reach … Read More 4S Author: Support


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