Ironclad Outline

Write Faster

Gain Readers

Crush Doubt

Stop Dreaming About Writing Success
Make It Your Reality

Write Faster

No more staring at a blank page. Ironclad Outline sparks your creative passion to get you writing in record time—expanding your backlist and securing your writing success.

Gain Readers

With Ironclad Outline you will target the right reader which will allow you to properly engineer your story for maximum engagement and built-in marketing.

Crush Doubt

No more second guessing! The inner editor is not your friend, and with an Ironclad Outline you can turn that voice off and trust your story is the best it can be.

How it works in 3 simple steps:

1) Send Your Outline

You’ll send Clark Chamberlain your outline and background materials (up to 20k words). He will review them point by point to help you make your story work before you even write the first page.


2) Receive Your Notes

After reviewing the materials Clark will send you his detailed notes to make your outline Ironclad. When you’ve read through them, you’ll schedule your hour long one-on-one story coaching call with Clark.


3) Author Coaching Call

This call will let you ask questions, work through story problems, brainstorm additional elements, and give you the right tools to make your story the best it can while targeting the reader you want.

But What If I Don’t Know How to Outline?

Don’t worry, Clark has you covered.

Every purchase includes access to the Ironclad Outline course.

Whether you’ve never written an outline, tried a few times, or just want to increase your skills the course will teach you Clark’s complete outlining process.

In each self-paced class Clark will break down occidental storytelling into the core blocks you need to build up your outline.

Using the easy to follow worksheets in each class you’ll develop laser story focus and eliminate the fluff.

Once you’ve finished the course you’ll have an outline ready to send to Clark.

What Authors Are Saying About Clark Chamberlain’s Work

Clark helped hone my story with incisive questions and suggestions for improvement. It was fantastic to have input at this early stage on a new series, especially as I am usually a discovery writer.”


NY Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author

I can’t say enough good things about Clark and his story engineering. A one-one-one consultation always works magic with my plots and gets me right where I need to be to start a new novel!” 

Lori Ryan

NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

Imagine sitting down to write feeling filled with creativity, being able to switch off your inner editor, and knowing you’re one more writing session closer to your next published book.

Your Ironclad Outline Includes


Detailed Outline Review

A point-by-point review of your outline examining plot, characters, setting, pacing, genre tropes, theme, and dialogue. This isn’t a red pencil parade of what’s not working Clark will point out what’s working and how to execute changes that will exponentially improve your books chances of success based on your target goals and reader.


1-Hour Story Coaching Call

You can use this hour long call to discuss questions about the notes, brainstorm ideas for individual scenes, better ways to connect your protagonist with the reader, focusing the subgenre, or any other story coaching you need. It’s your hour to use as you see fit.


Ironclad Outline Course

Outlines are the professional author’s greatest ally. Being able to master the outline will be a lifelong tool in your creative kit. Through simple to follow classes, Clark will teach you how to create outstanding outlines in record time.


Genre Market Report

Knowing what you want to write is good, but understanding what your target reader wants is even better. This report will breakdown the current genre conditions and outlook, and help you identify your ideal reader in your chosen genre.


Insider Only Extras

When you buy today you’ll get great bonuses worth hundreds, but it’s not just about the extras today…Clark Chamberlain always over delivers and gives his clients the first opportunity to take advantage of what he develops.

“Moving on to the one-on-one sessions for a deep dive into (angels singing) my story was exhilarating. Clark’s feedback and brainstorming were invaluable in shaping my finished product.”

Judy K. Walker

Author of the Sydney Brennan Mysteries and Dead Hollow Trilogy

Working with Clark was an amazing experience…I can write my novel now with the confidence that I’m moving in the right direction, and that’s a fantastic feeling.

Brittany Fichter

Author of The Classical Kingdoms Collection Series

Who is Clark Chamberlain and why should I care?

If you’ve never worked with, taken a class from, or heard Clark speak then you might not know about his passion for story. 

There are a lot of editors who turn and burn author’s work as fast as possible, but Clark is committed to your story.


He created Ironclad Outlines to accomplish 4 goals:

1) Clarify the story and audience to gain maximum reader engagement

2) Save countless hours of rewrites by solving story issues and plot holes upfront

3) Be affordable for indie authors seeking an alternative to developmental edits

4) Give the author confidence to write by certifying they have the strongest possible outline

Hello, I’m Clark Chamberlain. As an author, editor, and expert on story I’ve been fortunate to teach thousands of students the power of creative writing and privileged to work on over 150 books with authors who are just starting to New York Times bestsellers.

I served in the army for ten years and sustained two traumatic brain injuries (TBI), neither was fun, but the second TBI drove me to the edge where I almost lost everything, including my love for all things story.

The experience taught me the power of assembling a supportive team. Not just the “you can do it” positivity, but a coach who knows what you aren’t doing, creates a workable plan, and pushes you to finish strong.

Ironclad Outlines are my way to help you finish your story and achieve writing success.

Read more about my journey back…

In the fall of 2015 I received my second TBI. I knew my mind and body had changed, including memory loss, migraines, difficulty reading, and anger outbursts, but I felt I was strong enough to work around it, but in a short two-year span I lost almost everything and found myself homeless and hopeless.

In November 2018, thanks to a writer and fellow veteran, the Dallas Center for Brain Health reached out and helped me start my healing path. In the spring of 2019 the VA TBI clinic in Salt Lake City put me through a day of hell, but at the end of being tested by seven specialists they worked out an aggressive treatment plan.

During the following six months I worked with speech and physical therapists, had special prism lens crafted for my glasses, and even took part in several sleep studies. All of this gave me the tools I needed to work around and even overcome some of my disabilities.

The plan included treatments I never would have considered, like my eyes no longer aligning center and the need for corrective glasses.

I have a new lease on life thanks to my team’s direction and encouragement to keep pushing forward no matter what.

Tell Me More About How It Works

Send Your Outline

I can’t tell you how many times an author has confessed how anxious they were after sending me their outline. They were so worried I would tear their ideas to pieces and trash their dreams.

I’m not here to judge your ability…I’m here to guide you on your journey.

I love working with authors at all stages of their journey and I love developmental editing.

Getting to work with an author and mentor them to new levels is an amazing feeling, but developmental editing is intensive in both time and money. So when an author first approached me with the request to edit their outline I jumped at the chance to offer an affordable developmental stage edit. It didn’t take long before I developed Ironclad Outlines.

The process is simple and only takes about seven days to get through the material. You can send up to 20k words worth of material for me to work through. This material should include the outline (in either a chapter by chapter or scene by scene structure), a brief synopsis of the story, and a list of characters including any details you feel are important about them.

The above is standard but I’ve found the following material will help me be your Yoda. Include what genre or subgenres you want the story to fit, is the book part of a series or larger shared universe, and what goals you have for the book and your author career.

This is your book and I want to help actualize the vision you have.

“I was super impressed with the work I received from Clark. I sent him 8K outline and he came back with a two page assessment that included what worked great as well as key Trope Gaps. This was so important to me since I’m writing in a new genre. In a follow-up call, we brainstormed those gaps and I landed in a much richer place. I highly recommend using Clark at the development stage of your manuscript, he knows his stuff.”

L.T. Kodzo

Author of Locker 572


Receive Your Notes

What can you expect when you open your notes from me? Don’t worry it won’t be a howler! My notes are placed as comments in your outline so you can see directly what I’m discussing. At the end of your outline, I will also include a summary and if needed go into more detail on specific areas needing work.

Don’t worry, in over 100 Ironclad Outlines I’ve yet to see one where nothing works (that’s not a challenge). In fact, most outlines I’ve edited have a lot of things running smooth. I will highlight them in your outline so you can keep doing what works.

Your notes will also include specifics based on your genre and target reader. For example, some outlines have a chosen genre or target reader that just don’t fit while others might fit the chosen genre but with a few tweaks could dominate a different genre. If you don’t have either of those in mind I will suggest where your story could fit for maximum readership.

The bottom line is this: You’ll have all the information you need to make the best decisions about your book.

After you’ve got through my notes, the next step is getting on our call. When you send over your material, you’ll chose a date and time for our call, but if you need more time to process the notes or an emergency comes up don’t worry, I’m flexible. We can always reschedule our call.

With a simple outline critique, Clark was able to look straight into the foundations of my story and point out several crucial issues involving pacing, continuity, character development, and overall readability. On top of that, he gave me some really fantastic suggestions to overcome these issues and increase story tension at pivotal moments. I came away with a focused, actionable list of things I could do to take my storytelling to the next level. I’d recommend his services whether you’ve completed your manuscript or you’re still at the outlining stage and trying to make sure your story has legs. Clark knows stories, and (BONUS) he’s a super nice guy to work with!

Luke R. Mitchell

Author of The Harvesters Series


Author Coaching Call

So, what is this call nonsense all about, anyway? The Author Coaching Call is the secret sauce setting Ironclad Outlines apart from any other critique service.

I always start each call the same, “We can talk about the notes or any specifics you’d like to address…this is your hour and I want it to provide the maximum benefit for you.” Why start like that? Because I don’t know what you’ll need help with. I’m committed to your success and want our call to deliver that. My commitment to my authors is also why I’m available for email follow-ups after our call.

During the first year I did Ironclad Outlines I’d get a few authors who would spend the hour defending their outline. I hated those calls, because like I said before I’m not here to judge plus it wasn’t helpful to the author. I examined how I wrote my notes in those early Ironclad Outlines and I adjusted how I was writing, not what I was writing. Thankfully, those calls are gone. The calls I have now always leave me energized with creativity

I love the calls!

I hope you love the call too, but my number one goal is for your Ironclad Outline to be the best investment

After trying multiple plotting systems with little success, I found Clark’s outlining approach meshed beautifully with my pantsing-discovery writing style. What a relief! By adding personal consultation to small group instruction, Clark elevated my learning experience from informative to invaluable. Clark not only ensured I could translate the course lessons into powerhouse outlines, he tweaked his approach to complement my writing style rather than fight against it. Simply Priceless!

M.Z. Lowe

Newbie writer of uplifting epic fantasies

A book is a Legacy Asset with the potential to generate income for generations.

An Ironclad Outline is the single easiest investment to make in your book and your future.

Insider Only Extras with Any Purchase Today

$187 Value!

Advanced Novel Writing with Harry Potter

Learn to apply the magic of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to your novel with immersive chapter breakdowns that demonstrate the writing craft used by J K Rowling.

$207 Value!

Punch them in the Gut: Writing Fiction with Emotional Impact

The original course just got better! With ten hours of new material this course goes deep into the mind of the reader and shows you step by step how to tap into their emotional center.


I already own one or more of the bonus courses, can I give them to a friend?

Absolutely! These bonuses are yours to do what you’d like. Feel free to book an Ironclad Outline and give any of the bonuses away. Please just email me with your receipt and contact information of the author you’d like to gift it to.

You can also gift Ironclad Outline too!

I want to take advantage of the low price but I’m not ready to book, can I buy now and book later?


Is the payment system secure?

Yes! Payment is processed using PayPal or Stripe. Your card information never touches my servers—only the PCI-compliant servers of PayPal and Stripe.

Aren’t you dead or something?

To quote one of the greats, “Oh, he’s not dead. Well, not yet.”

But to be honest, during the last two years I’ve had moments I wished I were dead.

This has been the second hardest time in my life. After being injured during an army training exercise I slowly watched as my world collapsed. My injuries contributed to the loss of my position in the army, my editing business, my health, and most devastating of all my family.

That’s life…we all have moments of greatness and moments of devastation. It’s what we do in each of those times that define who we are.

I’m safe and more importantly I’m moving forward with purpose.