Learn how to launch better, make more money, and build the author career you’ve always dreamed of having, filled for fans eager for everything you make.

What is Writer MBA?

Writer MBA is a training company for the publishing industry that teaches and mentors authors on sales, marketing, and business principles to help them sell more books. The company hosts the Future of Publishing Mastermind, a yearly in-person conference in New Orleans, LA, and runs a membership with access to its 3 premiere programs: Kickstarter Accelerator, Direct Sales Accelerator, and Go Wide, Grow Wide.

Writer MBA was founded by USA Today bestselling authors and publishing influencers Russell Nohelty and Monica Leonelle to create a thriving business that they love to nurture. Most industries have a burnout rate of 10%, but for authors that number is more than 50%. That means 1 of every 2 authors from new to established and even 7-figure authors will burn out from the constant grind of writing and marketing.

Russell and Monica believe there is a better way. They know there is a better way, and they have helped hundreds of authors build better businesses that light them up. There are no one-size-fits-all strategies that work for every author, which is why their focus revolves around a membership community with access to over 30 courses, including their legendary Kickstarter Accelerator and Direct Sales Accelerator, along with their Go Wide, Grow Wide program to help authors make more money by getting off of the KU treadmill. They have courses that range from writing better books faster to building a superfandom to running profitable Facebook ads, and a whole lot more.

If you want to find clarity in your author business, stop kicking against the current and barely getting anywhere, and jump into the future with a business that can sustain you for years, then join us today.

Get our free resources

Roadmap + 31 Tips

Get the free roadmap that takes you through one of the five pillars of Kickstarter campaign success and gives you all of Russell’s 31 best tips on how to succeed at Kickstarter.

LIsten to our podcast

Listen to the Kickstart Your Book Sales podcast with USA Today bestselling authors Russell Nohelty and Monica Leonelle, where you’ll learn how to supercharge your book sales, go aggressively wide, and take your author career to the next level.

Join US LIve

Every Friday at 11:30am PT/1:30pm ET Monica and Russell stream live on Youtube and Facebook, answering questions and talking about new strategies to try on Kickstarter. Subscribe to their channel and get notified when they go live. 

Join the Free community

Hang out with us on Circle!

Head on over to our free Circle community where you can learn more about Kickstarter, hear about our new interviews and blog posts, and ask Russell and Monica your questions! There’s even an app. 

Who are we?

Monica Leonelle

Monica Leonelle is a USA Today bestselling author, MBA, and former software engineer turned executive marketing professional turned independent author. This background gives her a unique analyst perspective on trends in the publishing industry,

She’s been publishing since 2009, has 13+ years of independent author experience, and has 50+ books across multiple pen names in fiction and nonfiction.

Monica lives in a very, very old, 3-story home in St. Louis, MO with her husband and son. It possibly has ghosts. And definitely has a secret passage.

Russell Nohelty

Russell Nohelty is a USA Today bestselling author, publisher, and speaker. Russell is the author of dozens of novels and graphic novels including The Godsverse Chronicles, The Obsidian Spindle Saga, and Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter. He is also the co-host of the Kickstart Your Book Sales podcast, and cofounder of the Writer MBA training academy. To date, Russell Nohelty has raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter across over twenty-five projects. 

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dogs.

Access our membership

Join our Writer MBA Membership

Access all 30+ of our coursescourses, as well as all our virtual events when you pay yearly + community + hands-on mentorship + accountability. 

Our students and mentors have raised over $1.1 million in 2022 alone. Are you our next success story?