Storyteller, actress, and theater writer Maryrose Wood never anticipated becoming a novelist. However, in her early 40s, she got herself a 2-book deal with Random House, despite having never written a word of fiction in her life. She went on to create The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place – a hugely successful 6-book series.

When the series ended in 2018, she had a hungry fanbase that wanted to stay in her world – and stay connected with her. So, she created The Swanburne Academy, which gives fans and families tools to have fun and learn together as she finds new and creative ways to tell her most popular story.

Today, Maryrose joins the podcast to share how she uses the membership model to keep giving back to her fans. You’ll discover how authors, whether traditionally published or not, can do away with gatekeepers, build lasting relationships with readers, and be their truest selves in front of their most devoted audiences.

Key Takeaways

  • How Maryrose used her books to build a deep connection with fans and turned readers into lifelong customers.
  • Why traditional publishing didn’t give Maryrose the same opportunity to support parents and kids – and why this inspired Maryrose to create a new business despite her busy writing and publishing schedule.
  • Why you don’t need to please a traditional gatekeeper to get your work out into the world.

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Memorable Quote

  • “We regret nothing. We take value from all of the turns along the way.” – Maryrose Wood
  • “We do not have to wait for permission to do our work in the world. It becomes a fear, driven form of procrastination.” – Maryrose Wood

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