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The Live 8×8 Challenge Starts October 24th!

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This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series The 8x8 Challenge, LIVE!

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series The 8×8 Challenge, LIVE!If you’ve been wanting to improve (or start) your writing habit, stick with us for 8 minutes of writing per day for 8 days. We’ll be going from now until the 31st of October so if you’re participating in #NaNoWriMo you can go straight into 1,667 words per day starting November 1st. I’ll also be doing regular 8-minute writing sprints throughout the challenge. There’s no set schedule, so just watch on Twitter by following @monicaleonelle and the hashtag…read more

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The Plan For Soft Launching My Fiction Series via Kindle Unlimited (Behind-the-Scenes Launch #4)

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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Behind-The-Scenes of My Launch(es)

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Behind-The-Scenes of My Launch(es)I took some reflective time over the last few days to get a little clearer on what I want to do regarding the book launches I have coming up, and also what I can realistically accomplish. As a refresher, I’m trying to leverage my more established Prose on Fire brand to raise my author rank for my unestablished fiction brand. Unfortunately, this means that I’m launching almost a book a week until the end of the year… and…read more

Too Much Going On At Once? (Behind-the-Scenes Launch #3)

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Behind-The-Scenes of My Launch(es)

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Behind-The-Scenes of My Launch(es)Today, I sent an email with six Calls-To-Action to my Prose on Fire email list. I know better. Common knowledge is that you should only send ONE CTA in your email. I’ll sometimes break the rule with two, and if we’re really busy, I’ll share three. So you can probably guess how much of a shit show of things to do I’m in right now. Here are the six CTAs we’re sending on today: Our new blog posts…read more

Raising Author Rank With Waters Dark and Deep + Prose on Fire Release Date Scheduling (Behind-the-Scenes Launch #2)

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Behind-The-Scenes of My Launch(es)

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Behind-The-Scenes of My Launch(es)I’m certainly not all-in on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, but for my Young Adult Urban Fantasy series, Waters Dark and Deep, I’ve decided to go Select and keep it there for awhile. Why? A few reasons: The genre is suited for it The books themselves are shorter (between 50,000 and 75,000 words) There are 25 books in the series, plus lots of spinoffs in the world I’m likely going to need the help of Amazon ads and Kindle…read more

Should You Use Your Current Audience To Launch an Unrelated Series? (Survey Says Yes.) (Behind-the-Scenes Launch #1)

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This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Behind-The-Scenes of My Launch(es)

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Behind-The-Scenes of My Launch(es)One of my greatest fears at the moment is (finally!) doing a proper launch on my young adult urban fantasy series, Waters Dark and Deep. This is a fiction series that I’ve been writing since 2009, that I’ve published (and later unpublished) two times now. In so many ways, the series has been so near and dear to my heart that I don’t want to *really* launch it. Because if I do, and if it fails, it could…read more

Why Masterminds Are Critical To Becoming a Full-Time Author

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It’s no secret that I love masterminds. I am currently part of two high-end masterminds that meet in-person twice a year each. I also run an online mastermind to serve those who want to make massive progress on their goals, but have reasons they can’t travel that much—full-time day jobs, young kids, parents they need to care for —or lack of the resources it takes to fly somewhere, stay in hotels, and pay tens of thousands a year in mastermind fees. But I’ve never really talked about why masterminds are…read more

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Best Techniques for Hacking Your Writing

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Does this sound familiar? You’re sitting down at your computer ready to write and all you’re doing is staring at a blank screen. We’ve all been there before. You want to write faster, you want to write more often, you want to produce amazing stories. But it isn’t happening. You’re plagued with one of two major problems: either you can’t think of what to write next, or you’re flooded with so many ideas you just can’t write them fast enough. Trust me, I know how frustrating this can be. I’ve…read more

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Learn the Step-By-Step Process for Writing a Book that Sells from the Guys at Sterling and Stone

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What if you could write a book that you love and that sells? My good friends at Sterling and Stone are offering a free online bootcamp that you do not want to miss. It’s called the StorySeller’s Bootcamp, and in the space of one week, these guys are gonna show you how to write a book that’s fun for you, that readers love, and that is good enough to make those readers look forward to the next thing you’ll do. Because writing a bestselling book doesn’t have to be overwhelming….read more

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Write Better Stories with the Smarter Storytelling Framework

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So you want to write great stories that instantly connect with your readers, but it’s just not happening? Maybe you’re just starting out and are unsure of how to move people with your story. Or maybe you’ve released several books, but the reviews have been… so-so. Or worse, one-star! I’ve been there too. In 2009 my dream was to become a full-time author, but honestly, I had no clue what I was doing. I loved writing, and I was good at writing. But writing fiction was a whole new ballgame…read more

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Film Rights, KU Recruiting, and Writing Sprints on the Sell More Books Show

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I had the amazing opportunity recently to join my friend, Bryan Cohen, as a co-host on the Sell More Books Show. We discussed industry news, including the question of the week. If you had the opportunity to sell your film rights tomorrow for a small sum, would you sell them or would you hold on to them in hopes of actually getting your film made?   Make sure to check out the episode for our take on that question as well as the following: How to get more followers on…read more

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