Due to the large amounts of time this mentorship program demands from Exisle and EK Books senior publishing staff, we are currently accepting authors on a strictly invitation only basis. Please reach out to [email protected] with an overview of your manuscript(s) and publishing goals, and we will be in touch.


We’ve been publishing books for over 30 years. Now, we're showing aspiring authors how to break through to the mainstream and succeed. 

"Become a Successful Published Author" is an invitation-only mentorship program run by senior publishers from Exisle Publishing and EK Books

Our Experienced Team Has Helped Bring Over 2000 Successful Titles Into the World... 
Now We're Ready To Help You Achieve YOUR Writing Goals

  • Learn exactly why some books make it, and others don't (hint: it's not just about having a good manuscript)
  • Build a vibrant and helpful social media following, even if you are starting from scratch and have no budget
  • Understand the technical, legal and production side of publishing (most authors are ignorant of this)
  • Gain detailed and helpful feedback on your manuscript (we'll tell you what's working, and what isn't)
  • Know what you need to do next in order to achieve your own specific writing and publishing goals
  • Feel confident in the next steps you need to take on your pathway to becoming a successful published author

Spaces Limited - Only 8 Writers Will Be Accepted

Dear Writer,

Writing courses can help you hone your craft, but only a proven, traditional publisher can show you the path to truly making it as a successful author.

We are literally in the business of creating books that sell. And on this unique, 10 week program (that's built around your schedule), we will partner with you to help you bring your story to the world.

A senior member of our publishing team will become your personal mentor. With specialized expertise in YOUR genre, they will make it their mission to help you capture your true written voice, and get the recognition (and sales) that your book deserves.

Whether you're a children's book author with a message, an expert with a lesson to teach, or a memoirist reflecting on a life well leaved, our professional expertise could be the missing piece that allows you to break through with your message.


Exisle Publishing was founded in the early 1990s with the mission of giving a voice to writers that the mainstream overlooked. In 2013 we started our children's imprint, EK Books, which has the DNA of a self help publisher and has joyously spread into environmental, creative learning, and other subjects.

Although we've since become something of a mainstream publisher ourselves, with branches in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom, we haven't forgotten our roots, and our mission. Through Exisle Academy we want to guide people who have a message, who have something to say, but who may not yet have the knowledge, experience and industry contacts to make their book the success it deserves to be.

Your Publishing Journey - What You can Expect for Your Exisle Academy Mentorship

Your Exisle Academy mentorship is designed to help you master every stage of the writing and publishing journey, and includes both one-on-one mentorship, as well as lectures and training materials. Because of the amount of personal attention provided to each student, limited spaces are available.

Once all 8 spots are taken, registration will be closed.

Your mentorship and training is structured around three key learning objectives:

  • Your Book - Deliver Your Message and Know How to Get Your Book Ready for Professional Publication
  • Your Pitch - Create a Captivating Pitch and Make Your Book Irresistible to Major Publishing Houses
  • Your Business - Master the Game of Sales and Publicity and Make Your Name as an Author

Book publishing is arguably the most competitive industry in the world with tens of thousands of new books published every year. Authors who simply ‘leave it all to their publisher’ generally remain unknown. This course guides you across the relevant critical areas within a publishing house so you can understand what is going on with your book. Once you have that knowledge, you will find our insider’s guide on how to make the most of your relationship with your publisher, which can make a big difference to your success.

You will be guided through what publishers look for and, department by department, how they actually work. We will tell you what questions to ask. The Exisle Academy team has experience with over 20 publishing houses across the world and will give you our insider knowledge. If you are going through a traditional publisher, using a third-party service or self-publishing you will find our guide to win the hidden competition for expertise and attention can make a big difference to your success.

Of course, your needs are specific so we have created three separate cohorts and you will be joining a group of no more than eleven others. This enables one-to-one interaction with at least two of our experts as well as the opportunity to meet other professionally minded writers like yourself.

What Writers We Work With Are Saying, In Their Own Words...

We know you want to have a clear idea on what you can expect as an Exisle Academy student, so here are some recent emails from students in our earlier 2021 cohort. All words are their own, emails may have been lightly trimmed to remove sensitive or extraneous information and protect privacy. As you will see, Academy students include intelligent and driven authors, from all works of life, at various different stages of progress.

Our Students, In Their Own Words:

Just a quick note to say video one has been a good insight and reinforced some of what I know, but also gave me a much better insight of the acquisition process and the ‘battle’ that is sometimes waged between editorial and marketing. It’s the same in journalism with the push-pull between reporters and sales executives! It makes me feel more positive about a couple of my PB manuscripts that have made it to meetings, but ultimately were knocked back. I shall keep persevering, as one of my goals is to have my work published by Exisle/EK Books...

Last, but not the least, I wanted to express my great appreciation and respect to Exisle for being respectful, structured, and open to offer options and ways for new writers and illustrators to get insights and guidance on how to enter the world of publishing.

That is truly advanced of you, guys, and deserves admiration.

Thank you for your constructive and helpful comments on my picture books and for the two articles.

I took your much appreciated advice and revised [TITLE] into an international version, eliminating the mention of [SUBJECT], but keeping my theme, even though we have differences we are all a part of the human family.

E. L.
Thanks for the feedback. Your comments are helpful and reassuring, and increasingly echo how I am feeling about the book...

Writing is often such a long and lonely process. Having two for company with this book is a blessing, an absolutely fabulous one.

Your interest, consideration and the fact that you are often looking at my work late in the evening, is noted...

Just a quick update: After watching Nathan’s video presentation [Video Lesson #3] I realised two things. (1) I still didn’t have a clear idea of who I think I can be of most service to in my writing and (2) Social media has been something I have ignored.

So that’s where my focus has been and I’ve had some positive progress...

...Based on Nathan’s advice, I have invested in some help with LinkedIn – which in just over a fortnight my LinkedIn Profile Rating has gone from level 3 (Advanced) to the top level (All-Star)...

.. Gareth, I want to say again how much I’ve enjoyed working with you as my authorship mentor, and could you thank all involved for the value I have personally gained from investing in and completing the program.

David P.

Your Online Mentorship Will Run for 10 Weeks From the Date You Sign Up. 

Highly Customized to Your Goals:

You're about to embark on a supportive journey towards becoming a successful, published author.

With guidance from a relevant expert on-hand at all times, your 10-week program is designed to help you master each stage of the writing and publishing process. Here's how it breaks down, week by week:

  • Week One: Tell us Your Story! You will receive a comprehensive survey where you can tell us about any books you may have in the works (or in manuscript form), as well as your author goals. Based on the results of this survey, you will be assigned a mentor from the Exisle Publishing / EK Books team whose experience best aligns with your goals and genre. If you have a manuscript or even an outline for your book ready, you can send this to your mentor who will start to read it and begin to develop a plan for helping you to become a successful author.

  • Week Two: Meet Your Mentor! You will connect with your assigned mentor for a 30-minute Zoom or Skype call. We are happy to work with authors in all time zones, so you and your mentor will have the freedom to arrange a call at a mutually convenient time. There, you can discuss your book/books so far, as well as your aspirations and what you are looking to accomplish.

  • Week Three: Video Lesson #1: Hearing Yes! You will receive a private video lesson created by a senior instructor from Exisle Publishing. The theme of this lesson will be: Getting Accepted: Your Publishing Options and What Needs to Happen.

  • Week Four: Your Book, Reviewed. Your mentor has been busy immersing his/herself in your book, and will now provide you with a comprehensive 400-word feedback document including suggested actions on what to do next in order to take your book to where it needs to be. You will begin work on any revisions on your book suggested by your mentor.

  • Week Five: Video Lesson #2: How Books are Sold. Receive your second exclusive video lesson created by Academy professionals. This week's lesson covers The Sales Department: How they work, and how to become the author they champion.
  • Week Six: Group Zoom Meeting! Connect with your mentor alongside a small handful of other writers (normally just 4 or 5, we keep places on this course very limited because of the amount of personal attention we give our students) for a free-flowing Q&A session where you can follow-up on anything covered so far and compare experiences with your classmates. A special guest from Exisle Publishing or EK Books will be present.

  • Week Seven: Video Lesson #3: Producing a Beautiful Book. Receive your third exclusive video lesson. This week's lesson covers Book Production: Who does what, and how to give your book the high-quality treatment it deserves.

  • Week Eight: Review Progress on Your Book. Your mentor will check in with you to see how things are going with your book. Remember, over the previous four weeks you will have been working on revisions based on feedback from your mentor. At this point, you can send in any changes you have made for a further round of feedback and suggestions. If there are any points of confusion, you can raise this with your mentor who will do their best to help.

  • Week Nine: Video Lesson #4: Finding Your Audience. Receive your fourth and final video lesson. The Global Sales and Marketing Process: learn directly from leading publicists and marketing executives on how exactly to get media attention and build a fan-base and following for your book.

  • Week Ten: Your Final Review and Suggested Next Steps. Congratulations on dedicating 10 weeks towards achieving your writing and publishing goals! At this final point, you will receive an updated feedback document from your mentor, summarizing what you have achieved, what your key strengths are, and your best options for moving forward and bringing your aspirations to life.

As well as these formal contacts, it is Exisle Academy’s practice to have an additional informal set of communications with our clients including emails and sometimes the additional phone call. You will be part of our family, at least for a while, and we will make your success our #1 priority.

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  • When Does the Course Start: Your mentorship program will run for 10 weeks from the day you register. Mentors are based in multiple time zones, and we can accommodate the schedules of our students.
  • Where Does the Course Take Place: This program takes place online and is open for students from around the world. You will receive the course materials via email, video, and through video conferencing (Skype/Zoom).
  • Who is the Course For? Writers at any stage of their journey who wish to become successful, published authors of non-fiction, fiction or illustrated children's books. You may have a completed manuscript, several previously published works, or just an idea and the desire to bring it to life.
  • How Many Students Will be in Each Class? You will be learning alongside a maximum of 7 other writers, however the majority of your interaction with your mentor will be private and one-on-one.
  • How Much Time Should I Dedicate to This? Exisle Academy students include busy professionals, full-time parents, retirees, and everything in between. Direct communications and materials will take up to two hours per week, and it is up to you how much time you dedicate to working on your book beyond this.
  • Who Are the Exisle Academy Mentors? Exisle Academy mentors include senior executives from Exisle Publishing and EK Books, as well as successful authors whom we have partnered with to provide specialized expertise on genres outside of those published by Exisle and EK.
  • Does Exisle / EK Books Offer Publishing Contracts to Academy Students? Yes. More and more books on our publishing schedule arise from Exisle Academy training programs, we find it's often the missing piece that helps writers bring their books to a commercial publishing standard. 
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Places Are Strictly Limited to Allow For Private Mentoring With Our Senior Publishers. When All Spots Are Taken, The Buttons Above Will be Closed.

You're about to make an investment in your writing career. Our expert instructors will use their decades of professional knowledge and industry experience to help you develop, pitch, market your book and bring your message, story and perspective to the world. The above buttons will take you to our secure registration and payment portals, where you will pay either a one-time upfront payment, or three (total) monthly instalments, depending on the option you have selected. If USD is not your home currency, an automatic conversion will be applied upon purchase; you can see approximate conversion rates here.

Upon signup, a member of our publishing team will be in touch shortly afterwards to arrange your onboarding as a student.  Please note, in the extremely unlikely event that we do not feel a student is able to benefit from the mentorship program, or we deem their work inappropriate, we reserve the right to remove them from the program in week 1, a full refund will be issued in this case. As mentors are committed to facilitating the best possible outcome for students, the course content or timeline may be slightly modified based on student needs / performance.

If your manuscript exceeds 15,000 words (for children's authors) or 80,000 words (for non-fiction authors), please contact us before registering for the program.

For VIP Support, Please Contact Exisle Academy Program Coordinator Nathan Thomas at [email protected]

Formal Certificates Of Completion Available On Request - Just Email Us After Registering and Our Team Will Arrange it For You



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