Tim Grahl
Tim Grahl

Tim Grahl

I've been in publishing in various roles for 15 years.

As a book marketing consultant, I've put dozens of books on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other bestseller lists.

I am now the CEO and Publisher at Story Grid, where we have the only comprehensive story theory developed from the ground up by my partner Shawn Coyne.

I am the author of five books, including the perennial sellers Running Down a Dream and Your First 1000 Copies. My next novel, The Shithead, is coming September 19, 2024.

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My Books


The Shithead: A Novel in Fifty Songs

On Sale September 19, 2024

Faust meets Fleishman Is In Trouble.

Eric Bauer—son, husband, father, and small business owner—is slowly losing his grip on reality.

Drowning in debt and a never-ending to-do list, he finally catches a break.

To trade the torment of barely scraping by for the riches of Nashville's elite Pinnacle Club, he only needs to keep doing what he's been doing since college.


Playing fast and loose with the truth is the easy part.

What's hard for The Shithead is figuring out how to build a meaningful life in a meaningless world.


Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book

The best advice available to authors who want to build a long lasting connection to their fans.


Running Down a Dream: Your Road Map to Winning Creative Battles

A deeply personal field guide to defeating your own worst enemy.


The Threshing: A Novel

"If you are a fan of Hunger Games or the Matrix, this is the book that you carry around with you until you get to the end."


Book Launch Blueprint: The Step-by-Step Guide to a Bestselling Launch

Based on dozens of launches that have put books #1 on New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.


The Writers’ Common Language: A Shared Vocabulary to Tell Better Stories

When writers are speaking the same language, they communicate better and help each other tell better stories.