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Monica Leonelle

young adult fiction writer

Chicago, IL USA | Member Since 2014

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  • 12 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Write. Publish. Repeat.: The No-Luck Guide to Self-Publishing Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
    • Narrated By Simon Whistler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you how exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.

    Monica Leonelle says: "An organized version of the podcast"
    "An organized version of the podcast"
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    What made the experience of listening to Write. Publish. Repeat. the most enjoyable?

    I preferred listening to the book rather than reading it in ebook because Johnny and Sean tend to share a lot and go off on (super interesting) tangents when it comes to talking shop. I knew it would be more entertaining to listen to than read, and that I wouldn't be tempted to skim parts during a reading to get to the meat. This is a well-organized version of the podcast, yet still has some of the signature rambling that I enjoy on SPP. All together a good listen.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Whistler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I thought he did a pretty good job. I was a bit bummed that Johnny and Sean didn't narrate their own book, because I've gotten used to their voices on the Self-Publishing Podcast. It didn't feel right hearing their words and personalities through someone else's voice, but overall I thought Simon captured their spirit really well. And anyway, these guys have done SO MUCH for the self-publishing community that it would be impossible to rate this any less than 5 stars.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Three dudes, two companies, one unicorn.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Beam: Season 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Choose Enterprise and the government stays out of your way, leaving you free to sink or swim - no help for the drowning. Choose Directorate and all are equal, fed, sheltered and entertained by the government, every need provided for, and every man another cog in society's machine.

    Roland J. Denzel says: "Dystopian doesn't get better than this!"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beam: Season 1 to be better than the print version?

    As amazing as the print version! When you start with a great story, and then go above and beyond on the audio production, you are going to create magic. That's what this audiobook does, and the quality and thoughtfulness truly shines through. Even traditional publishing isn't doing stuff like this—but that's the beauty of owning your properties.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Beam is easily my favorite of the Realm and Sands franchises. I love sci-fi and write sci-fi, and this cast doesn't disappoint with a diverse cast of characters who all have different, opposing goals. The larger themes this writing duo explores are also fascinating.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved that this book was truly "cast" and there were multiple actors reading. It mixed it up and gave it a cinematic audio experience. Really loved everyone's performance!


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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