Welcome to Writer MBA!

Take your career to the next level in 2025 and beyond!

MASTERMIND + CONFERENCE

HILTON RIVERSIDE NEW ORLEANS

MARCH 16-22, 2025

MEET US IN NEW ORLEANS!

One Week
Two Events
March 16 - 22, 2025
New Orleans, LA


FUTURE OF PUBLISHING MASTERMIND

MARCH 16-18, 2025

Two and a half days of learning, networking, and masterminding with a small group of elite authors and industry guests
High-level workshops designed for self-publishing authors looking to scale
Small group breakthrough sessions so you can get personalized feedback from other successful attendees
Live hot seats with our expert presenters so we can all learn how they would optimize an individual author's business
Opportunity to book one-on-one meetings with vendors, subject matter experts, and speakers to answer your most pressing questions and get you to the next level
A welcome reception, two breakfasts, and two lunches
Vendor day so you can get face time with the companies integral to the self-publishing industry
Access to our course bundle including The Kickstarter Accelerator, Direct Sales Accelerator, Go Wide Grow Wide, Author Ecosystem, and more

Join an elite group of hand-selected authors and publishers in New Orleans for a two-day event brimming with connection and bleeding-edge thought leadership.

WRITER MBA CONFERENCE

March 18-22, 2025

Three days of workshops and panels designed to help you grow your writing career
Vendor day so you can get face time with the companies integral to the self-publishing industry
Opportunity to network with hundreds of other writers looking to take their careers to the next level
Join a focused community of writers looking to grow their businesses across writing disciplines
Opportunity to book one-on-one meetings with attending vendors
Integration of the Author Ecosystems framework to help you design a marketing plan that will work for you 

The Writer MBA Conference is the only writer conference that focuses on creating a cross-disciplinary career across different modalities while bringing together the Author Ecosystem methodology to helping you grow.

When you purchase a ticket for the mastermind, you also get access to the conference and the virtual summit!

LIFE-CHANGING

"I LOVED the Future of Publishing Mastermind! Absolutely coming back next year! Truly a life-changing event. I'm still buzzing with insight and personal validation."

Jonathan Ashline

Author

INSPIRING

"The Future of Publishing Mastermind was unlike any other #indieauthor event I've ever attended. Small, curated and intimate. Mindful and inspiring."

Orna Ross

Alliance of Independent Authors

COMMUNITY

"What a wonderful community of authors. I loved the information brainstorm. I made new friends and I love the camaraderie and practical tools I received from this wonderful event."

Macarena luz Bianchi

Author

Schedule


2025

March 16-18

The Future of Publishing In-Person Mastermind

Join us in New Orleans for a three-day mastermind packed with keynotes, workshops, panels, small groups, and roundtables with industry experts to help chart a path for the future of publishing. 

Sunday - Registration + Welcome Reception
Monday & Tuesday - Workshops, Hot Seats, Breakthrough Sessions, Breakfast, Lunch

2025

March 19

Vendor Day + Conference Registration

Whether you purchase a ticket for the mastermind or the conference, you are welcome to visit with sponsors and industry guests at our vendor day on Wednesday, March 19th!

Wednesday - If you're only attending the conference, this is when you'll pick up your badge

2025

March 20-22

Writer MBA Conference

Join hundreds of other writers looking to take their career to the next level.

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday - Two tracks of workshops

2025

May

The Writer MBA Virtual Summit

Our conversation moves online for an action-packed event fueled by amazing speakers and authors from around the world to give you the tools you need to succeed in an ever-changing landscape. 

Which Ticket is Right for You?


Do you sell editing, coaching, consulting, courses, or other services to authors?

If YES, then you'll want to purchase the Industry Guest ticket to the Mastermind! As an Industry Guest, you'll get everything a regular attendee gets, plus:

- Table on Vendor Day
- Opportunity to pitch a workshop for the conference
- Permission to sell from the stage and schedule your own conference-adjacent company events

You might also want to consider purchasing a sponsorship that will get your business front and center. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email tawdra(at)authorrx(dot)com.

Are you a successful self-publishing author looking to level up?

If YES, the Mastermind would be a great fit for you! Not only will you benefit from two and a half days of intense, high-level interaction with experts and other authors, but you'll also have access to our three-day Writer MBA Conference, where you'll have more time to network and learn.

Do you have experience with other areas of writing such as blogging or journalism but haven't yet published your own book?

The Writer MBA conference is the place for you! You already know how to write; let us help you expand into self-publishing.

2024 Speakers


This list of speakers helped make our 2024 event an incredible experience.
View Workshop Blurbs and Speaker Bios

INDIE AUTHOR MAG

Chelle Honiker

JEANIUS PUBLISHING

Pierre Jeanty

KOBO

Tara Cremin

KICKSTARTER

Oriana Leckert

THE WRITING WIVES

Malorie Cooper

MONEY MAGIC

Renee Rose

MONEY MAGIC

Lee Savino

ALLI

Orna Ross

FUTURE FICTION ACADEMY

Steph Pajonas

AI EXPERT

Kevin McLaughlin

FUTURE FICTION ACADEMY

Elizabeth Ann West

REAM

Michael Evans

PUBLISHDRIVE

Danica Favorite

Barnes & Noble Press

Julie Braunschweiger

DRAFT2DIGITAL

Dan Wood

Hotel

We'll be hanging out at the Hilton Riverside, walking distance from the French Quarter and on the river. 

2024 fun!!!


2024 Sponsors


This incredible group of sponsors helped make our 2024 event amazing! 

WELCOME RECEPTION SPONSOR

TUESDAY LUNCH SPONSOR

SPONSOR

SPONSOR

SPONSOR

SPONSOR

SPONSOR

SPONSOR

2025 attendees


This is a small selection of the amazing authors and publishers who will be joining us in 2025!

HEART BREATHINGS

Sarra Cannon

ATTENDEE

Lee Savino

ATTENDEE

Renee Rose

ATTENDEE

Sylvia Day

FFS MEDIA

Claire Taylor

ATTENDEE

Melissa Storm

ATTENDEE

Amy Teegan

FUTURE FICTION ACADEMY

Elizabeth Ann West

ATTENDEE

Macarena luz Bianchi

wordsmith writing coaches

Nic Nelson

INDUSTRY GUEST

DC Gomez

INDUSTRY GUEST

D. B. Goodin

NIEMANN OMNIMEDIA

Deborah Niemann

ATTENDEE

N. T. Swift

attendee

Cali Mann

ATTENDEE

Cathy Peper

ATTENDEE

J.Q. Graziano

ATTENDEE

Kat Caldwell

INDUSTRY GUEST

Jennifer E Hilt

ATTENDEE

Courtney Kenney

ATTENDEE

Kelly McClymer

ATTENDEE

Jamie Dalton

ATTENDEE

Jen Lassalle

ATTENDEE

Jonathan Ashline

ATTENDEE

Sharon Hamilton

ATTENDEE

Steph Pajonas

ATTENDEE

Steve Kenney

ATTENDEE

Stephanie K Clemens

ATTENDEE

Tanya Hales

ATTENDEE

Stacey Anderson

ATTENDEE

Fel Beasley

ATTENDEE

Deb Jensen

ATTENDEE

Lisa Hughey

ATTENDEE

Sean Mabry

ATTENDEE

David Bruns

ATTENDEE

Phoebe Ravencraft

The Organizing Team


ORGANIZER

Russell Nohelty

ORGANIZER

Monica Leonelle

ORGANIZER

Mel Jolly

ORGANIZER

Tawdra Kandle

A high level writing conference and mastermind experience dedicated to getting you to the next level across writing disciplines

For 25+ years, USA Today bestselling authors Russell Nohelty and Monica Leonelle have created systems to help writers get to the next level in their careers. They've had success and helped other writers succeed in fiction and nonfiction, along with courses, blogs, subscriptions, web stores, advertising, and more. There are not two more accomplished writers in the industry who have had more success across more disciplines. 

Now, they are taking their extensive experience and bringing out of the digital space and bringing it straight to you through a unique, high level conference experience focused on helping you get to the next level by combining their famous Author Ecosystem framework and helping you navigate the publishing landscape across disciplines to build a robust, thriving, and sustainable author career. 

If you're looking to take your career to the next level and want to surround yourself with writers working to maximize their careers, this is the conference for you. We call it Writer MBA for a reason, because you're about to master your writing business and take it to the next level.  

PART 1: Future of Publishing Mastermind

Join an elite group of hand-selected authors and publishers in New Orleans for a three-day event brimming with connection and bleeding-edge thought leadership. 

The benefits are clear: 
Small group workshops with individualized breakthrough sessions that give you your next action steps so you can leave your experience with a plan for the future.
Access to industry leaders dedicated to the newest tools, training, and tech that will bring the publishing industry forward into the future
Access to our full course bundle, including The Kickstarter Accelerator, Direct Sales Accelerator, Go Wide Grow Wide, Author Ecosystems, and more
One-on-one meetings with vendors, subject matter experts, and speakers to answer your most pressing questions and get you to the next level

PART 2: Writer MBA Conference

Even if you can't join us for the mastermind, our Writer MBA conference is second to none. It's the only writer conference that focuses on creating a cross-disciplinary career across different modalities while bringing together the Author Ecosystem methodology to helping you grow. 

The benefits are clear: 
Learn how to grow your writing career systematically with a trajectory personalized for your ecosystem.
Lectures, panels, and workshops laser targeted to meet you where you are in your career
Hang out with hundreds of other writers looking to take their career to the next level. 
A focused community of writers looking to grow their businesses across writing disciplines. 

PART 3: A Virtual Summit

A couple months after the in-person mastermind (and after time spent marinating on the insights you gained) join us in April of 2024 for our Future of Publishing Virtual Summit, where we bring even more future of publishing workshops and Q&A sessions to authors.

The benefits are clear: 
Recorded presentations that you can fast-forward, rewind, and watch at your leisure.
A safe space community of like-minded authors and publishers dedicated to growth in wide and direct sales.
Access to speakers and industry experts through Q&As.
Network with other forward-thinking authors and publishers looking to take advantage of everything the future has to offer. 

Join our community

We are building an elite community of forward thinking authors and publishers to tackle the biggest problems in publishing and stay at the bleeding edge of technology. 


 CONFERENCE General Attendee

$699  
$600

ONE-TIME COST

Access to the recordings of our virtual conference event, including all virtual events, speaker panels, Q&A sessions.
Access to our Writer MBA community
Join us in New Orleans for the 3 day conference. 
Conference table for our vendor day.
Ability to book 1:1 meetings, sell from the stage, and host company events. 
Access to our course bundle including The Kickstarter Accelerator, Direct Sales Accelerator, Go Wide Grow Wide, Author Ecosystem, and more

Join us for our 2- day mastermind event before the conferece.

Package available for a limited time

Best Value

CONFERENCE Industry Guest

$999  $900

ONE-TIME COST

Access to the recordings of our virtual conference event, including all virtual events, speaker panels, Q&A sessions.
Access to our Writer MBA community
Join us in New Orleans for the 3 day conference.
Conference table for our vendor day.
Ability to book 1:1 meetings, sell from the stage, and host company events.
Access to our course bundle including The Kickstarter Accelerator, Direct Sales Accelerator, Go Wide Grow Wide, Author Ecosystem, and more

Join us for our 2- day mastermind event before the conferece.

Package available for a limited time

 MASTERMIND & CONFERENCE General Attendee

$2499  
$2000

EARLY BIRD PRICING

Pay in Full or in 
8 installments

Access to the recordings of our virtual conference event, including all virtual events, speaker panels, Q&A sessions.
Access to our Writer MBA community
Join us in New Orleans for the 3 day conference.
Conference table for our vendor day.
Ability to book 1:1 meetings, sell from the stage, and host company events.
Access to our course bundle including The Kickstarter Accelerator, Direct Sales Accelerator, Go Wide Grow Wide, Author Ecosystem, and more
Join us for our 2- day mastermind event before the conferece.

Package available for a limited time

MASTERMIND & CONFERENCE  Industry Guest

$2999  
$2500

EARLY BIRD PRICING

Pay in Full or in
8 installments

Access to the recordings of our virtual conference event, including all virtual events, speaker panels, Q&A sessions.
Access to our Writer MBA community
Join us in New Orleans for the 3 day conference.
Conference table for our vendor day.
Ability to book 1:1 meetings, sell from the stage, and host company events.
Access to our course bundle including The Kickstarter Accelerator, Direct Sales Accelerator, Go Wide Grow Wide, Author Ecosystem, and more
Join us for our 2- day mastermind event before the conferece.

Package available for a limited time

FAQ


What time does the in-person event start and end?

Are you taking applications for speakers?

We have a long list of speakers who we plan to reach out to before we start accepting applications. 

Will this be worth my money and time?

If you have joined any of our events before, then you know we never go halfway. This will be the most comprehensive publishing experience on the market, and we will bring all our resources to bear making it the best. 

What is an industry guest?

Industry guests are our approved vendors for the event. Not only will you be get a table at our vendor day, but you'll also have our approval to sell from the stage, book meetings, host events, and generally conduct business at the event. You will be given a special lanyard that denotes you are an approved vendors. Anyone who conducts business outside of being an industry guest does so without our approval. They will not be able to sell their services during presentations, and will be barred from returning or asked to upgrade their membership if they are caught doing so. We think this is the best way to show our attendees who we have vetted and the names they can trust. All sponsors will also be approved to sell their services at the event.

What's your refund policy?

We do not offer refunds on digital products and events due to receiving the content or a portion of the content immediately.

We do not offer refunds on the live event due to the necessity for a head count to secure the venue and pay for other expenses. We are happy to connect you with a waitlist of people who may be interested in buying your ticket, and we are happy to honor a transfer to someone else.

Will the conference be live-streamed?

The in-person event will not be recorded, but we will ask speakers to present an online version of their talk at the virtual summit. Those talks will be made available to virtual attendees, and we will offer additional speakers through our virtual summit as well. 

What are your Covid-19 Protocols?

Writer MBA is dedicated to ensuring a healthy experience for our team and event guests. We are following guidance from the CDC and local health authorities in the implementation of our plans and will continue to update the plans accordingly.

Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, the event planning team will be making protocol decisions when we have relevant information closer to the event date. 

In the event that The Future of Publishing Mastermind must be canceled due to COVID-19, we will compensate all tickets appropriately, commensurate with the value of the ticket.

Can I sponsor this event?

Yes, we are accepting sponsors for both our virtual and in-person events. We have many vendor packages to suit your needs. Please email Mel at melissa at authorrx dot com to receive a complete listing of sponsorship opportunities.

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