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The #1 obstacle young writers face is knowing what to do next... that helpless feeling of being stuck.

  • Is my book idea even worth pursuing?
  • Is my writing even good enough?
  • Why am I struggling to finish projects?
  • How can I start getting regular feedback?
  • Should I be worried about platform-building yet?
  • Do I need a blog?
  • What should I blog about?
  • Should I be on Instagram?
  • Am I supposed to start an email list?
  • What should I SAY in my emails?
  • Am I ready to write a book proposal?
  • How can I impress an agent?
  • What are publishers looking for these days?
  • How can I stand out in the current publishing landscape?
  • Should I even be pursuing publication right now?
  • How will I ever make any money?!!

Long hours writing combined with reading WAY too many blog posts leave you completely paralyzed — and DISCOURAGED.

Everything leads to that same frustrating question: “How does this apply to me?” 

This was how Jaquelle felt, not too long ago.

She was 17-years-old and had been writing seriously for five years. But she was about to give up on her dream of getting a book published and pursue something “more realistic.”  

Then she asked me for help.  

Suddenly she was getting personalized advice on her exact situation from someone ten steps ahead of her. She had someone telling her exactly what to do.  

Since then she’s landed a book deal from her dream publisher, published a bestselling book, won book awards, and been invited to write for some of her favorite websites, like Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and Unlocking the Bible.  

She’s now getting paid to speak at conferences and youth retreats and is teaching other young writers how to get published. She even has agents and publishers contacting her... asking what book she'll write next.  

Talk about a turnaround!

Jaquelle's Story: From "giving up" to landing a book deal with her dream publisher — at 18-years-old.

"My book would not exist today if it weren’t for Brett Harris."

— JAQUELLE FERRIS, author of This Changes Everything 

Jaquelle's Story: From "giving up" to landing a book deal with her dream publisher.

"My book would not exist today if it weren’t for Brett Harris."

— JAQUELLE FERRIS, author of This Changes Everything 

Hi, my name is Brett Harris and I help writers move forward with clarity and confidence

Over the last few years I’ve offered private coaching for select young writers.

Riley was my first student.  

Here is what she has to say:  

"The book publishing world was something I knew nothing about. But Brett did an amazing job stepping in and helping me understand what it would take to get published. Being a successful author himself, and at a young age, he knew what it would be like for a young author to go through the whole process. He saw value in the story I had to tell, and made a dream I never thought possible a reality."  

With my help Riley landed a six-figure book contract from HarperCollins Christian, was named a 2017 Christian Book Award Finalist for Best New Author, and was hired to be the youth spokesperson for a large non-profit organization.  

She even received the Servant Leadership Award from Tim Tebow!

Riley's Story: From self-described "know nothing" to Christian Book Award Finalist for Best New Author.

"Brett made a dream I never thought possible a reality."

— RILEY BANKS-SNYDER, author of Riley Unlikely 

I'd love to support and guide you on your own writing journey.

YWW Author is a personalized “get unstuck” coaching program to help you move forward with your writing as quickly as possible — whether that means honing your craft, finding your audience, clarifying your vision, or getting published.

Here’s how it works:  

The Author Program is a college alternative focused on writing craft and career training that you can start while in high school.

Our goal is to prepare you holistically to "do well for yourself by doing good for others" — using the tools of writing and entrepreneurship.

This is a "learn-by-doing" vocational program with four main pillars:

— STRATEGY: Giving you clarity on exactly what you should be working on next and how that fits into the big picture strategy of how to succeed in the new world of writing and publishing.

— CRITIQUE: Giving you professional feedback at every stage of the writing process so you know exactly where you need to improve, including opportunities to receive feedback from other bestselling authors, literary agents, and industry professionals.

— PROCESS: Help you develop a professional writing process from story concept to finished draft that prepares you to write on deadline for a publisher and avoid burnout.

— ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Learn the foundational skills of business, marketing, and platform-building that will give you the tools to support yourself before and after you get published.

You also get access to a private online space to interact with us and your fellow students, ask questions, share prayer requests, and celebrate your wins.

If you want to expert guidance to help you move forward without all the stress and confusion, this is exactly what you need.

Sara's Story: From "overwhelmed and clueless" to signing a two book deal with Baker.

"Brett came alongside and led me through the whole process.

— SARA BARRATT, author of Love Riot (Baker 2020) 

How Does This Work?

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Take your writing commitment to the next level with real coaching.

Get Your Personal Plan

We'll design a customized plan based on your unique writing goals.

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We'll help you every step of the way as you implement our suggestions.

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Katherine's Story: From "little knowledge" of the publishing industry to 19-year-old author.

"Brett's in-depth knowledge made this book possible."

— KATHERINE FORSTER, author ofTransformed By Truth 

This is the mentorship you've been looking for.

Fiction coach, Kara Swanson, and I are bestselling and award-winning authors with a proven track record of helping young people move towards their writing goals faster and easier.

We understand the unique challenges facing young writers and have first-hand experience navigating the complex world of writing and publishing as young people.

We are committed to providing the best writing mentorship you'll find anywhere — all from a distinctly Christian worldview that won't ever compromise your convictions.

Get Clarity & Confidence to Move Forward

"Brett and Kara have given me lot of direction. I feel like I finally have a map and am able to work toward my goals confidently."

Before I joined the Young Writer Author program I was actively pursuing my writing dreams but I didn’t have a lot of clarity about how to do that effectively. It would be similar to taking a road trip without a GPS or map. I knew what I was shooting for but I didn’t know how to get there. During my time in the Young Writer Author program, Brett and Kara have given me a lot of direction. I feel like I finally have a map and am able to work toward my goals confidently. 

Kaitlyn Donihue Non-Fiction Student  

"When Brett and Kara swept in with YWW Author, it allowed me to finally get the help I needed to make a clear path, not just for the future but for the next steps and the next after that!" 

Before I joined YWW Author, I was doing everything at once, and I wasn't at all sure how to create effective goals and make them happen what with all the conflicting and overabundant advice I was receiving from many channels. I just didn't know where I was going! When Brett and Kara swept in with YWW Author, it allowed me to finally get the help I needed to make a clear path, not just for the future but for the next steps and the next after that!

Kellyn Roth Fiction Student 

"Now I am working through a solid, personalized, and specific plan. I know where I’m going and what I need to work on."

Before I joined YWW Author, I didn’t have a clear plan. I wasn’t confident about my direction and questioned where my focus should be. Brett and Kara changed that. Now I am working through a solid, personalized, and specific plan. I know where I’m going and what I need to work on. I’ve received personal feedback and guidance and have reached major milestones in my writing. YWW Author is a worthwhile investment for those seriously pursuing writing as a career. 

Hope D. Fiction Student 

Make Real Progress Towards Your Goals

"I've launched an Instagram account, found a content editor for my novel, and have taken the first steps toward indie publishing a novella."

Before I joined YWW Author, I was standing at a metaphorical fork in the road, not certain which route to take with my publishing goals and feeling frustrated because of that. Now, I feel motivated once again, I have a clear path with each of my goals, and I am seeing significant rewards in my writing journey. Based on the assistance and ideas I've received in this program, I have launched an Instagram account, found a content editor for my novel and restructured it accordingly, and have taken the first steps toward indie publishing a novella. Brett and Kara's guidance has been instrumental to me, and the support of the other students is so encouraging.  

A. Johnson Fiction Student 

"I now have a marketing schedule I know how to follow, guidance for the next steps, and ongoing support as I continue my writing journey." 

I didn't have a clue how to market a book before I joined YWW Author. I knew how to write a book and the basics of platform building, but when it came to the world of publishing and marketing, I didn't know where to begin. After joining YWW Author, Brett and Kara came alongside me and helped me untangle the mysteries of publishing, giving me the confidence to move forward. They are experts at equipping and encouraging young writers at every stage of their journey and go above and beyond to serve, teach, and pray for each of their students. I'm beyond blessed to know them -- not simply as instructors, but also as cheerleaders and friends.

Sara Barratt Non-Fiction Student 

"I've learned a lot more about what my writing process looks like and what steps I need to take to complete a novel."

Before I joined YWW Author, I had no idea what my writing process was. I didn't know what the next step for me should be after coming up with a story idea, or even how I came up with story ideas. But now, I've learned a lot more about what my writing process looks like and what steps I need to take to complete a novel. I also didn't know what an email list was or why I would ever need one. Now, I have sent out three emails to my email list and have almost 100 subscribers. The YWW Author program has grown and stretched me in so many amazing ways, I can hardly wait to see what the next few months bring.

Amanda Libby Fiction Student 

Get The Feedback You Need to Grow

"I’m a different writer because of the feedback YWW Author provided."

Brett carefully read my work and took time and thought to expose weaknesses I’d never seen. He asked thought-provoking questions and piloted me on a better path — one not ultimately focused on being published, but on writing clearly and accurately as a Christian. His critique led me to make changes in my blogging, my platforming, and my life. I’m a different writer because of the feedback YWW Author provided. I would urge any friend who’s serious about his writing, ready to be stretched, and searching for likeminded young people, to join me in YWW Author.

Bethany Melton Non-Fiction Student 

"Brett really changed my perspective and gave me both more confidence and more humility." 

Before starting this publishing journey, I had little knowledge of the publishing world — and much less about what it takes to successfully market a book. Brett’s in-depth knowledge of both the publishing and promotion processes made this book possible. In an atmosphere that can easily become focused on numbers and profits, Brett has consistently encouraged me and other students to focus on serving people. He wholeheartedly got behind the message of the book and pushed me to believe in it myself.

Katherine Forster Non-Fiction Student 

"After every phone call I found myself inspired to dig back into my work and keep going."

When I first entered the publishing world, I was overwhelmed and clueless. The task before me felt insurmountable and I had no idea how to move forward. Brett came alongside me and led me through the whole process. Along with helping me craft a compelling book proposal, he also taught me about marketing, platform building, how to work with a literary agent, and so much more. Not only did Brett tell me how to do it, he encouraged me that, yes, I could do it. After every phone call I found myself inspired to dig back into my work and keep going.

Sara Barratt Non-Fiction Student 

Have The Support You Need to Succeed

"Working with Brett Harris is nothing less than a gift, and I can't recommend him highly enough." 

Brett is a master at equipping young writers with the skills they need to meet and exceed their writing goals. With a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the writing process — from brainstorming an idea, all the way to creating a marketing plan and handling media interviews — Brett's coaching will give young writers the confidence to jumpstart their writing journey and see their projects through to completion. I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Brett, and always come away from a mentoring session enlightened and encouraged.

Amanda Barratt Fiction Student 

"Brett saw value in the story I had to tell, and made a dream I never thought possible a reality."

The book publishing world was something I knew nothing about. It seemed like a foreign and almost impossible place to be part of. However, Brett did an amazing job stepping in and helping me better understand what it would take to be published. Being a successful author himself, and at a young age, he had many connections with publishing companies and knew what it would be like for a young author to go through the whole process. He becomes very passionate about the same cause as those he helps, which allows you both to have a much deeper connection. He isn’t just someone you work with, he will become a mentor and a friend.

Riley Banks-Snyder Non-Fiction Student 

"Getting this kind of personal, specific coaching from someone who’s done exactly what you want to do is invaluable."

Before working with Brett, I knew almost nothing about how to publish a book. I was a consistent and serious writer, but I lacked the knowledge of what I needed to do in what order and when to move on to the next step. Brett provided every missing piece, equipping me with the knowledge, tools, and resources I needed – going above and beyond what I ever expected! He answered every question I had, kept me motivated, gave me concrete action steps that resulted in massive progress, and was my biggest cheerleader along the way. Honestly, my book would not exist today if it weren’t for Brett Harris.

Jaquelle Crowe Ferris Non-Fiction Student 

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