How It All Started

St. Louis, MO 3 years ago... 

So I was trying to get a job as a pizza delivery guy.

I had a stable job. I was supporting my family. But I felt like something was missing.

Not only did I loathe my job, but we had another kid on the way. So even with a professional background, a professional degree, and a professional job, I figured I’d start delivering pizza so I could make some extra dough on the side. (Logical, right?)

And little did I know, trying to get a job delivering pizza was one of the hardest things I ever had to do!


Why Was This So Hard?

I kept getting rejection after rejection--yes, from pizza delivery places!--because I didn’t have what it took to “deliver pizzas”. Seriously?!

You can imagine how this felt. Was I really not good enough to even deliver one lousy pizza?

Bruised ego aside, I still held on to my dream of making a little more money so that I could enjoy spending more time with my family, supporting them, and actually doing work that I enjoyed.

So because pizza places were throwing my resume out the window, this was the exact point in my life I started blogging and selling products and services online. And I happened to get introduced to one of the most raved about writing softwares on the ‘net...




Now, I’m a tech-geek kind of guy. So even though I had heard that Scrivener wasn’t all the peaches and roses it was supposed to be, I knew I could overcome the ‘steep learning curve’ and “mind boggling” issues I’d heard so many people dealing with.

It couldn’t be that hard, right?

I Had Never Been More Wrong In My Life

Can you imagine this?

I get Scrivener.

I open it up.

And I immediately slap my palm against my forehead.

What Was This Alien Force That Hijacked My Will to Write and Left Me Feeling Like I Might As Well Quit While I’m Ahead?

I went from a self-proclaimed ‘tech guy’ to feeling dumb, frustrated, and even ‘crazy’ because I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how this darn thing worked. I was drowning in all of the ebooks I was writing, blog posts for the other 2 websites I run, and I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.


How could a tool that’s supposed to help you write more...make you feel like you’re not getting any writing done at all?


  • I couldn’t figure out how to import any of my writing from Microsoft Word to Scrivener…
  • I couldn’t figure out how to get all of my research notes in Evernote over to Scrivener…
  • I couldn’t figure out how to even revise any of my work! I would lose all of my old versions when I needed them the most.


So With Deadlines Hanging Over Me...

Blogs to be scheduled...

Drafts to be revised...

And books to be published...


What Did I Do?

How did I solve the mind boggling Scrivener problem? 

I put my nose down and invested all of my energy into figuring the thing out. All those thousands of hours I could have been writing I spent on reading every Scrivener book,

...watching every tutorial,

...reading every comment every forum

to see if I could find people like me...people who understood what I was going through!

Now, I know what you may be thinking: “Did this guy seriously waste his life trying to figure out a piece of writing software?

I’m sure you’ve felt like this before, but when you’re deep in the process of something, you feel like you’ll never get out of it. And I did think of all the other things I could have been doing with my time instead of trying to master Scrivener...which I did end up eventually doing.

But Instead...



I Stumbled Across Something That Would Change The Course Of My Life Forever

I Created ‘Learn Scrivener Fast’ to Make Sure You Never, Ever Struggle with Scrivener Again.



Oh and remember that guy who said if there was a course on Scrivener he'd buy it today?

Well he showed up and helped me spread the word.

Which changed everything.


And the rest is history!

Michael Hyatt

“This is awesome! I love Joe’s training style. I highly recommend the Learn Scrivener Fast program! VERY well done and so worth it.”

Michael Hyatt


28 Quick Facts About Me 


  1. I'm a family man first and foremost
  2. I love things organized.
  3. I love to learn
  4. I love to teach
  5. I am from St. Louis, MO - Go Cards!
  6. I played basketball in high school & still do when I get the chance.
  7. I like to think of myself as a hybrid between a jock and a geek...a jeek (see what I mean).
  8. I married my high school sweetheart (best decision ever made)
  9. I love nicknames and rarely call anyone by their first name.
  10. I have an 8-year-old daughter name Gracie & a brand new baby boy name JJ
  11. I'm always reading at least one book
  12. I'm a recovering perfectionist
  13. I've edited this page like 50 times already (I did say recovering perfectionist right)
  14. I'm obsessed with Apple products
  15. I'm a huge fan of templates (as you will see)
  16. I'll choose beef jerky over chocolate any day of the week
  17. I need 2 cups of coffee before I can talk to anyone
  18. I can't stand cloudy days
  19. I'm pretty much an introvert but I'm not shy
  20. Quotes are my favorite - Joseph M.
  21. I love efficiency and finding the easiest way to do things
  22. I've seen Toy Story close to 20 times (and enjoyed it close to 19)
  23. I prefer instrumental music over lyrics - love me some smoooth jazz
  24. My perfect day would be a mixture of family, sunshine, golf, good food, & the beach
  25. I'm frugal except when it comes to food and gadgets
  26. I have a passion for helping others
  27. I have 2 blogs that I created and write for and
  28. I'm a HUGE fan of Scrivener (who knew right!?)


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