Book Breakthrough

Don't waste months writing in circles. In Just 8 weeks, map out your page-turner, chapter by chapter.

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What if....

you need more than willpower to get your book done?

What if you had a guide who could break down the process, so that you don’t waste time or get overwhelmed and quit?

Right now you have an idea and motivation, but you don’t know the next step. This can lead to months or even years trying to figure it out on your own.

So you want to write a book...

You know your book idea has the potential to get your expertise out to a wide audience. To change lives with your story.

You’re definitely going to write it “someday.” 

It’s important to you, but it’s not getting written. Why? 

Maybe you’ve set aside mornings, a weekend, a whole vacation! You were going to “focus on the book.” But every time you sat down to write… you felt lost?

Where do I start? 

Why is it so hard to get the words down? 

You start to wonder, “Do I just suck at writing?”

What if there were a way to finish all the heavy lifting of writing a book in just 8 weeks? So all that was left was telling your story?


Book Breakthrough

8 Weeks From Idea to Roadmap

Program Price: $1,950
(No-fee payment plan available)

I created Book Breakthrough because I’ve seen too many highly motivated first-time authors give up before they finish.

It’s not because they suck at writing. It’s not even because they don’t have time.

It’s because, after making the commitment to write the book and coming up with a great idea… 

they did not know the next step to take.

**Hint: The next step is NOT just starting randomly writing.**

In 8 weeks, Book Breakthrough guides you through the next steps you need, ending with a customized Book Roadmap, that will continue to guide you so that you don’t just start the book. You finish it.

Right now, you have an idea and motivation, but you don’t know the next step. I work with highly motivated first-time authors who create an outline and then dive right into writing. But they’re missing key components. They—like you—are committed to writing their book! But starting straight in with writing Chapter 1 is a bit like saying, “I want to build a house. Guess I should get over to Home Depot and buy some wood.”

What if you knew what experienced writers and editors know?

Hi, I’m Maggie.

I have spent my entire career helping people seize audiences’ attention and moving them to action using the written word. I have a master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. 

At Columbia, I had professors who told us students that book writing was a mysterious, painful process. I carried that with me for years after I graduated. 

But after I developed the Be About Something method in 2019, I wrote the book on it (literally!) in under two months, while running my own consulting business, and without waking up at 4 am or staying up until 1 am to do it.

Since May 2020, I’ve written two books, and helped a dozen others get off the ground. Through that experience, as well as my nearly 20 years spent as a writer, editor, and marketer, I’ve developed Book Breakthrough.

I finally realized – writing a book doesn’t have to be a mysterious process (though it can be). 

The techniques I teach in Book Breakthrough made it possible for me to write a book even during a world-altering pandemic when I had spotty childcare. Since then, I’m committed to demystifying the process so that it’s more accessible to more people – not just to people who “know people” or know book publishing.

Book Breakthrough is here to make book writing accessible to you.

The three steps to create your customized Book Roadmap:

  • Turn your idea into a book-ready thesis with my “North Star” system
  • Build writing into your daily life so that you don’t just start writing the book – you finish it.
  • Organize all your thoughts into a narrative that glues your reader to your story

Program Price: $1,950 (payment plan available)

Here’s a detailed walk-through.

Book Breakthrough is an 8-week program, divided into four units, which will each last two weeks.

Unit 1. Get your idea book-ready with the "North Star" system

You have a great idea, and maybe you can sum up your book idea in just a few words or sentences. That’s great! 

But – not enough to start writing. You have an idea, but you don’t have a book idea. What’s the difference? That’s what you’ll learn in this unit. 

For that, you need to consider 3 essential questions, so that you develop an idea that is a “North Star,” guiding you through the rest of the book-writing process.

Unit 2. You’ve got a great idea. Now you need to sit down and write.

If writing has always felt hard for you, or if you’ve been inconsistent or “waited for inspiration to strike” – this is the unit for you. With my 20 years of experience to guide you, you will design a sustainable writing practice that is nurturing… and fun! 

Unit 3. Let's build a page-turner.

Even the greatest idea can fall flat if you don’t tell a compelling story that makes your readers hang on your every chapter ending, wondering just what will happen next?

In this unit, you’ll decide on content. You’ll pick a Hero and learn about my spin on the “Hero’s Journey,” and how developing your story will absolutely transform your book from “interesting” to ZOMG I read it in two days and told all my friends!!”

Unit 4. Complete Your Customized Roadmap

In this unit we’ll complete your Roadmap: a combination of your book outline and the writing practice that is going to help you not just start the book but finish it as well.

At the end of 8 weeks, you’ll have a Roadmap that will lead you through the rest of the book-writing process.

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Apply by clicking the button to schedule a free 15-minute phone call with Maggie.

The schedule (all times Pacific)

Book Breakthrough begins April 11. We alternate between a writing week and a coaching week. Writing weeks are odd (weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7) and coaching weeks are even (2, 4, 6, and 8). All meetings take place on Zoom. ALL TIMES PACIFIC

Week 1:

April 13: Writer’s Cave, 4 pm
Voxer Office Hours: 1 to  5 pm

Week 2:

April 19: Hotseat Live Coaching, 1 to 2:30
April 20: Writer’s Cave, 4 pm
Voxer Office Hours: 1 to  5 pm

Week 3:

April 27: Writer’s Cave, 4 pm
Voxer Office Hours: 1 to  5 pm

Week 4:

May 3: Hotseat Live Coaching, 1 to 2:30
May 4: Writer’s Cave, 4 pm
Voxer Office Hours: 1 to  5 pm

Week 5:

May 11: Writer’s Cave, 4 pm
Voxer Office Hours: 1 to  5 pm

Week 6:

May 17: Hotseat Live Coaching, 1 to 2:30
May 18: Writer’s Cave, 4 pm
Voxer Office Hours: 1 to  5 pm

Week 7:

May 25: Writer’s Cave, 4 pm
Voxer Office Hours: 1 to  5 pm

Week 8:

May 31: Hotseat Live Coaching, 1 to 2:30
June 1: Writer’s Cave, 4 pm
Voxer Office Hours: 1 to  5 pm

Every Monday:

You receive your unit video lesson and assignments.

Every Wednesday:

  • Office Hours happen from 1 to 4 pm PT on Voxer. Ask any question, and I will answer you in real time during these hours in our private 1-on-1 thread.
  • Writer’s Cave: 4 pm PT. A time for us to establish your writing practice. Talk about what’s working and write.

Every other Tuesday:

Live HOTSEAT coaching calls, 1 to 2:30 pm PT. Every Book Breakthrough participant gets live, 1-on-1 coaching during this time and has the opportunity to hear other students questions and learn from their approaches.

Praise for Maggie Frank-Hsu

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“I was super impressed. I’ve taken classes before but this was so much more useful. It’s the best decision I’ve made to invest back into my business.”

— Chanda Jothen,

book coach
“Before working with Maggie, I had ideas about topics and opinions I could write about, but I definitely wasn’t confident enough to post something out into the world. Maggie helped me identify my roadblocks and once we worked those out it was easier to work through them. As I go forward and write more for my business I will be continuing to remember little tips and techniques Maggie taught me.”

— Kylie Findlay,


1. How much time can I expect to put in?

In the past, students who’ve been able to put in at least 2 hours of writing a week have gotten the best results.

2. Do I really need to write every day?

In Book Breakthrough, you’ll determine your best Writing Practice: how much time makes sense for you given your other commitments. You want to set up a practice that allows enough time to make progress, but doesn’t require so much time that you constantly feel bad about writing. You’ll figure that out as you move through the eight weeks of Book Breakthrough.

3. What kind of feedback will I receive in Book Breakthrough?

You won’t receive any line-editing in this program because you are creating the roadmap for your book, not writing each line. The most effective feedback comes from our live coaching, and you’ll be able to ask questions every Wednesday during Office Hours on Voxer.

4. Can you edit my finished book?

Yes, I have limited slots in 2022 for individual editing. When we finish Book Breakthrough, if you’re still interested, we can set up a time to talk.

5. What are the dates again?

This program starts on April 11 and ends June 3.

6. Is this just for nonfiction books?

Yes, Book Breakthrough is only for nonfiction books, which includes memoir.

7. Will there be other rounds of Book Breakthrough?

No other rounds are planned for 2022.

8. What’s the payment plan?

You can pay either in one payment of $1,950 or in 3 monthly payments.

9. How do I sign up?

Let’s start with an application and a free 15-minute phone call, which you can start here.

Got more questions not covered here? Email for answers.

Get the heavy lifting of writing your book done in 8 weeks. 
Apply by scheduling a free 15-minute phone call with Maggie.

Book Breakthrough is for you if…

  • You have a nonfiction book idea, but you haven’t moved past idea stage.
  • You have moved to writing, even writing a lot, but you don’t have a good handle on how you’re going to make all the pieces fit together into a book that tells one story.
  • You want to self-publish.
  • You’d like to write a proposal to shop to a publisher

Book Breakthrough is not for you if…

  • You’re writing a fiction book.
  • You don’t care if your book is boring; you just want it done.
  • You’re not willing to follow a process.

How exactly does this work?

When you click the button to apply, you’ll fill out a short questionnaire that helps me get to know you. Then you’ll schedule a time for a free 20-minute chat so that you get a chance to get to know me and ask any questions.

Email with any questions.

Refund Policy

There will be no refunds after purchase.

In one week…

you’ll have the North Star that guides you through the rest of the book-writing process.

In three months…

you could have a finished first draft in your hands.

In one year from now…

you could be internationally known for expertise that no one before you has ever shared, and no one after will ever repeat. You could help untold numbers of people who need your unique combination of personality, experience and expertise.

You could help others in your industry who will build on your ideas.

Book Breakthrough

Don't waste months writing in circles. Isn’t it time to get this idea out of your head and on to the page?

Book Breakthrough price: $1,950.
Pay in full or in three monthly installments.
Apply by scheduling a free 15-minute phone call with Maggie.

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