Writer’s Academy


Are You Ready to Become a Bestselling Author or Sought-after Speaker?


Let Us Give You the Keys to the Kingdom . . . Spend 3 Days with a Bestselling Author, an Online Marketing Pro, a Keynote Speaker and a Book Publisher and We’ll Help You Create the Strategy, Tactics and Connections You Need to Make it Happen

Only 6 more people will qualify for our next incredible
private client experience. Will you be one of them?




Dear Prospective Client,


Are you starting to feel like your success lacks meaning?


Are you tired of being the go-to person for fulfilling someone else’s vision?


Are you ready to be in charge of your own time, your own life, and your own destiny?


Is there a book inside of you waiting to be born?


Then I have a special and unique invitation for you—an invitation to step into your new life—the life you’ve been secretly dreaming about.


There are times when all of us wish we could have a “do-over.” Times when you realize that you’ve spent years doing things that may pay you well, but still leave you feeling like something essential is missing.


You have unique gifts to give the world that only you can give. As long as you stay stuck in a job that doesn’t fulfill you, you are just going to get more and more unhappy because life is trying to tell you – IT’S TIME TO GET OUT AND SHARE YOUR GIFTS!!


That’s the way I felt…

. . . eight years ago when I left my six-figure executive position as a VP of Sales & Marketing to strike out on my own.   Leaving the comfort of a corporate job is touchy.  I know as my career spanned working for big companies like Xerox and Microsoft.

To be honest, I was nervous.  

Can I really pull this off?

But I’d been inspired by the success of my dear friend, Chris Widener. He had sold hundreds of thousands of books and was a #1 NY Times bestselling author. Today he has written 12 books that have spent time on the NY Times bestseller list, the Wall Street Journal bestseller list and the USA Today bestseller list.  If he could do it, then I bet I could help others do it too!

Chris had gotten his start by partnering with Jim Rohn to write The Twelve Pillars

Chris and I had the good fortune to team up with luminaries in the professional speaking business including  Jim Rohn, Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Mark Victor Hansen and even Donald Trump.  Fortunately for us, we gained retail distribution for our products in several of the toughest stores to get into:  Costco and Sam’s Club.  Wow, we sold a pallets of product – in each store!  Then, we started expanding everywhere else.

We learned a great deal during the time we spent together creating audiobooks. Among other things we discovered that both Chris and I have a talent for connecting speakers with retailers, speakers bureaus and corporate licensing pros. So it’s not surprising that we called our business, “Made for Success.”


Using skills in book marketing, Chris launched a book called The Angel Inside  and it became a Barnes and Noble bestseller. Then, it also became a #1 Amazon.com bestseller.  Then the New York Times bestseller list.  How cool is that?!


We used that talent as leverage while I wrote my first book, Conversion Marketing.  It was an e-book to start. The first month on the market, I received an unsolicited call from Wiley & Sons with an offer to publish the physical book.  But I wanted much more, which is what got me into the book publishing business.

Now, our little publishing business has published dozens of books for speakers, hundreds of ebooks, thousands of audiobooks and even books as mobile apps.

Finally, we are ready to pass along this knowledge to up-and-coming speakers and authors.  Author Dawn Jones is a great example, who is a Trainer for an international training corporation who published her first audiobook, which went to the #1 business audiobook on iTunes for weeks…in over 10 countries!

But Let’s Talk About You…

When you started your career, you probably were thinking most about getting a job that would give you and your family security. Your primary criteria may have been, how much will it pay, what are the opportunities for advancement, and what kind of benefits do they offer. Sound familiar?

But if you’re like me, after making a great living, advancing to positions of responsibility and enjoying the respect of your colleagues, you know it’s not enough. You know you have something inside of you that needs to be shared with others.

When I was going through that, I wasn’t even sure what that “something” was. But I knew I would never discover it by staying in my cushy job.

I had this vague idea that I wanted to be a “transformational author.” I wasn’t quite sure what I’d write about, but I knew that I loved the idea of being a thought leader.

It wasn’t until Chris Widener invited me to speak in front of a group of professional speakers at the National Speakers Association.  I taught how to create a best selling book to a seasoned group of people who speak for a living.  All of a sudden, I realized that my fantasy was becoming a reality.


I got a standing ovation, recognized what it felt like to be living my passions full out, and a global phenomenon was born.


Over the years, Chris and I have not only made Made for Success a global brand, we have worked privately with some amazing authors and helped them create massively successful businesses as well:


    • Zig Ziglar  is one of our authors. Working with Zig’s son Tom Ziglar, Zig’s products are offered in every major retail outlet.  Worldwide.



    • Donald Trump’s office approached us. Working with Trump’s team we helped design products to help support his publishing empire.



    • Brian Tracy and I drove across town in his limousine between speeches to a stadium full of fans, signing a multiple book deal for his new ideas.



We have seen it again and again.   With the right contacts, some experienced guidance, a clear plan, and a heart filled with passion, it’s possible to create magic.  We have helped dozens of authors see their business multiply its results by 10, 20, or even 100’s of times.

That’s why we created the “Writer’s Academy” to help people like you design their breakthrough strategy. We’ve limited it to 12 people so we can spend time working with each person as well as with the group.

We’ve been blown away by the response so far! Over 300 people have applied to be considered for this special event. Clearly, we’ve touched a nerve.

The first program in the fall of 2012 was a huge success (check out the testimonials on this page) so, we looked at our schedules and found two more times when we could all be in one place at the same time so we can help more people. We’ve scheduled the next Writers Academy from March 15-17, 2013 in Seattle, WA. Each program will be limited to a select group of 12 people. The question you need to ask yourself as you read this is, “Will I be one of those 12?”

Why write a Book?  Why start a Speaking Career?

If you’re successful, you have expertise, knowledge and experience others can benefit from, and there is no better way to establish yourself as a respected authority than by writing a book.

  • It gives you instant credibility
  • It gives you instant respect
  • It establishes you as someone others can learn from
  • It gives you the opportunity to help a massive number of people by sharing your message with them

Don’t think you’re a writer? You don’t need to be. There are fantastic writers we can introduce you to who will help you write your book.

Any serious author knows a book is also the path to freedom

It will give you the freedom to determine when you want to work, where you want to work and with whom you want to work.

It gives you the chance to really focus on things you love, helping others learn from your wisdom and experience, and it establishes you as an expert in your field, so people start beating a path to your door.

And done properly, it can give you financial freedom as well.

That freedom allows people like you to travel the world and spend leisure time between speaking engagements seeing the world.

A book can also be a stepping-stone to a professional speaking career, if you want it.  Multiple speakers I work with earn millions of dollars, each year, just in speaking fees!

If you’ve been successful in the past, you know . . .

The value of a clear plan

We helped Mark Victor Hansen sell his audiobook. We helped Zig Ziglar design the strategy that has led his book, Born to Win, into a profitable business franchise. We have even published products for personal development giant, SUCCESS Magazine.

Will you let us help you?

If you are going to take the courageous step of leaving YOUR comfortable job, we recommend you have a plan in place that will guide you along the path to an income that is as much or more than you are earning now.

It can be scary to go out on your own. Doesn’t it make sense to be thoroughly prepared when you decide to take this step?

During the 3 days you’ll spend with us, we’ll guide you through the process of creating a crystal clear plan for your non-fiction, self-help book and speaking career.

Just Imagine – You’re at The Writer’s Academy Experience . . .

  • Having the full focus and attention of  bestselling authors who between them have managed hundreds of major book launches, have developed multiple products and programs to monetize their knowledge, and have created alliances, partnerships and friendships with virtually every major player in the professional speaking world
  • Being guided by a seasoned book marketing experts with over 20 years of mass market retail experience.  Leave with a draft of your Marketing Plan
  • Brainstorming with a small group of exceptional entrepreneurs on your challenges (both inner and outer) and how to overcome them
  • Identifying key contacts that can make the crucial difference to your success
  • Learn how to sell from the platform, naturally and confidently
  • Know how to set-up the operational and financial infrastructure for your book and speaking business
  • Getting the inside scoop on what it takes to build a speaking career from professional speakers
  • Record videos for your website
  • Spending quality time over delicious meals in the beautiful Emerald City with this exclusive group, bonding and building relationships

You’ll leave with a clear, actionable plan, with the key contacts and knowledge that can catapult your writing and speaking career, after a unique and luscious bonding experience.

As valuable as our planned time will be . . .

. . . it’s the quality, personal time you will spend with us and the meticulously selected group of other clients that will put this event among the most valuable things you have ever done.

Our time together includes:

  • The key lessons each of the workshop leaders have gained as we have launched books, new products, and obtained speaking engagements
  • The inside scoop on what it takes to create a #1 bestseller online, and what additional steps are necessary to reach the top of the New York Times and other bestseller lists
  • Direct access to our collective rolodexes – we will contact anyone we know that we believe can help you bring your dream to reality
  • Private time to address your personal, internal obstacles and remove them
  • Mastermind sessions where we’ll focus specifically on your situation and the strategies that can take you to breakthrough success
  • A delicious dinner and two luscious lunches where we can dive into your personal situation and connect more deeply
  • Comprehensive workbook to take notes
  • Electronic templates, legal documents, and business letters for setting-up your speaking business
  • Two follow up phone sessions one month and two months after the event itself

We know what works and what doesn’t. We know what approaches are worth trying and which ones are dead ends. We know who the movers and shakers are in this industry and what it takes to partner with them.

We will share it all with you. We will do everything and anything we can that we believe could help you move from where you are to a life giving your gifts and having a ton of fun doing it.

You’ll have  powerful mentors to guide you . . .

Bryan Heathman


Bryan Heathman is the President of Made For Success, Inc, a personal development publisher specializing in business and life-skill audio recordings from the world’s top professional speakers. Bryan has grown the company from the idea phase through product distribution with mass merchant retail chains worldwide including Costco, Sam’s Club, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Amazon.

Bryan is author of the book Conversion Marketing, on using powerful psychological buying triggers in an eCommerce storefront to convert web site visitors into paying customers.

Bryan’s expertise comes from running hundreds of online promotional campaigns for leading marketers such as Proctor & Gamble, AT&T, Travelocity, Nissan and several of the world’s largest Tourism Bureaus.  His Fortune 500 experience includes working for Microsoft, 24/7 Real Media, Eastman Kodak and Xerox.

Bryan is the mastermind behind creating retail product launches for the top professional speakers in the world.  Bryan holds a BS Degree in Economics with minors in Marketing and Music.


Chris Widener


Chris Widener has been speaking professionally since 1988 and has shared the stage with top political figures, nationally known TV news anchors, best selling authors and professional athletes.  Chris has written over 450 articles and is the author of eight books including the New York Times best seller “The Angel Inside”.  He has produced over 30 audio programs on leadership and motivation.

As a professional speaker, Chris is passionate about helping people reach their goals and live their dreams; as well as helping them discover the essentials of communicating their ideas and unlocking their paths to success.

Chris’ fast-paced delivery, sprinkled with impacting stories and anecdotes, makes her one of the most stimulating and sought-after speakers in leadership and motivation circles.   Da


The power of a Mastermind cannot be underestimated . . .

So don’t discount the other amazing individuals who will be part of this unique experience with you. Each person must complete an extensive application, be personally interviewed and convince us that they have the commitment to follow through in order to be accepted. Each participant must also agree to share their own network of contacts and resources when those may help support the success of the other participants. This event is all about synergy: 1 + 1 = 4!

You will be masterminding and brainstorming with a very special group of people who are as committed to your success as we are.

Time is our most valuable commodity, so we want to know this time will be well spent. That’s why we have limited attendance to just 12 participants who will give their help and support to the group as they receive support for themselves.

We’re looking for successful, motivated individuals who have had enough of working for someone else and can really benefit from our knowledge, contacts and expertise to create a new kind of life for themselves.

This is for you if you are truly dedicated to making a positive difference in the world – by applying your unique gifts, talents and skills. We’re looking for game-changers. People who know they have value to share with others.


Two kinds of people will benefit from this event (which are you?):

1) “I know my message, but I need help making the right connections and guidance in “how” to put it all together.”



2) “I know that what I’m doing isn’t cutting it, but I need help to figure out what my message really is and how to make the transition out of what I’ve been doing for so long into the life I dream of living.”


Whatever your situation, we want to work with people who have both the courage and humility to ask for help. To this end, here’s what’s required to qualify for this amazingly unique personal client experience:
  1. Commitment – You must be fully committed to your own success and to following through to put into practice the proven strategies and ideas that Chris and I have honed over many years of hands-on experience. Once you are accepted, there is no backing out. We have only 12 spots available so there are no refunds available for this course.
  2. Full Participation – You must be willing and able to attend every meeting and meal, to be a full and willing part of any exercises, discussions, transformational work and processes we share with you. You must have a burning desire to make a difference in the lives of others, and the perseverance to make it through the challenges along the way.
  3. Flexibility – Successful entrepreneurs are able to turn on a dime. This special Mastermind experience will happen in a short time. You need to be able to make your travel arrangements and get yourself here on time once you have been accepted.
  4. Heart of a Giver – We are givers by nature and that’s who we are interested in serving. You must love to help others and be committed to that path. It’s even possible that you are so committed to helping others that you need some help to make sure you give to yourself as well. No worries. We can support you in that.
  5. Open – You must be open to new ways of thinking and being. You must be willing and able to stand in the fire of your own discomfort to make the changes you need to make to create your new life. You must be able to open your heart to accept the nurturing, the support and the guidance we are prepared to give you.
Dates, Location and Course Fee

If you qualify and are willing to devote yourself to the rich, powerful experience we’ve prepared for you, then we will welcome you to join us in Seattle, WA  from March 15 to March 17, 2013. The event will be held at a beautiful conference center, with trips to private homes for mastermind sessions, brainstorming and downtime.


And the cost to design your breakthrough strategy with us? . . . Just $6,500.

That’s only one quarter of the cost of spending two private days with just Chris and I.

However, if you really feel you need and will benefit from private 1-on-1 time with just Chris and I, we have reserved time before the group session for half-day private sessions. These sessions run from 8 am to 12 pm followed by lunch, or 2 pm to 6 pm followed by dinner.

If you are interested in these half-day private sessions, please indicate that on your application.

Course fees include some meals. Travel and hotel costs are your responsibility.


Your Success is Our Success

During these few days we expect to create relationships that will last a long time.
We can’t wait to see what you are going to create that will give us another chance to experience that incredibly magical feeling of hitting the ball out of the park with all the bases loaded!

But that will only happen when you take action and complete the form below to apply for this remarkable Writer’s Academy Mastermind experience.

When you complete this form, you’ll get instant access to the Private Client Application and you’ll be able to schedule your private interview with Bryan Heathman.

Note: Once you’ve been accepted, you’ll receive all the information you need to make your travel arrangements. We’re committed making this the most productive time the 12 people who attend this private Mastermind experience have ever spent in their entire lives. Others have enjoyed massive success from working with us. Will you be our next success story? With all our appreciation, 


P.S. If you’re excited and can see the possibilities for creating the kind of life you want to live, then don’t wait. We will only be accepting applications for the next few days, so make sure you fill out the form above now!Your payment is due when you are accepted for the course.

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