Podcast #217 // Monica Leonelle on Writing, Re-Writing, Storytelling, and Marketing

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I loved this conversation with Monica Leonelle all about writing! Monica is a fiction writer and columnist that focuses on writing, publishing, marketing, and storytelling. In this show, Monica breaks down all things writing, from structure to story to how to get words on a page.

Monica was born in Germany and spent her childhood jet-setting around the world with her American parents. Her travels include most of the United States and Europe, as well as Guam, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the Philippines. She started publishing independently in 2009 and has since published over half a million words of fiction spread across four series. She averages about 8-10 published books per year.

She writes about indie publishing at ProseOnFire.com. Her non-fiction Growth Hacking For Storytellers series about writing faster and smarter have earned raving reviews from the independent publishing community for going deeper than anyone else into the topics of writing speed, dictation, and building a writing business. She currently averages around 3,000 words per hour and writes 25,000+ words per week (most weeks).

Before becoming an independent author, Monica led digital marketing efforts at Inc. 100 companies like Hansen’s Natural and Braintree, wrote copy for A-list bloggers, and trained with some of the world’s foremost thought leaders on the topics of virality and word-of-mouth marketing.

Monica is a lifetime member of Sigma Pi Sigma honor fraternity and was a 2007 Chicago Business Fellow, graduating with an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business at 25 years old. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Physics from Truman State University.

She’s been an avid blogger of marketing and business trends since 2007. Her ideas have been featured in AdAge, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, the AMEX OpenForum, GigaOm, Mashable, Social Media Today, and the Christian Science Monitor.

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