Non-Fiction & Reference


    FIREFLY ENCYCLOPEDIA, 2018, Titan Publishing
    WONDERBOOK (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer, 2018, Harry N. Abrams (Contributor)

Collected Essays & Sample Articles

Over the course of several years, Monica has written hundreds of articles, essays, and blog posts on subjects ranging from worldbuilding in fiction to contemporary topics in publishing. These works have been published in a variety of formats including online, digital, and print. A truncated bibliography is provided below.

    Five Fascinating Magical Beings from the Original Charmed, 2020,
    Evaluating Narrative Arcs in Games, Parts 1 & 2, SFWA Bulletin, 2018-2019
    YOUR BEST GAME EVER!, 2019, Monte Cook Games
    “This Is Not Another Why Representation Is Important Essay”, HATH NO FURY, 2018, Ragnarok Publishing
    “Planning Your Campaign in Four Stages”, KOBOLD GUIDE TO GAMEMASTERING, 2017, Kobold Press
    MAKE ART NOT WAR CHALLENGE: Rules, Essays, and 31 Creative Prompts, 2017, Self-Published
    “We Have Always Been Here, Motherfucker”, UNCANNY MAGAZINE, 2016
    “The Seven Levels of a Role-Playing Group” and Fruits of the Forest Recipe, DINNER AND DIE, 2015, Carolina Gaming Tables
    “The Case of the Mysterious Splatter,” FOR EXPOSURE: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher, 2015, Apex Book Company
    “Building Worlds by the Seat of your Pants,” UNFRAMED: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters, 2014, Engine Publishing
    “Roleplay Like You’re On TV,” CORTEX PLUS HACKER’S GUIDE, 2013, Margaret Weis Productions
    “Game Fiction: Why It Works (and Why It Doesn’t)”, August 2009, Apex Magazine Vol. III Issue II
    “Building in the Dark” a worldbuilding essay, September 2009, Apex Magazine Volume III, Issue III
    RPGirl Zine: 2010 Edition, August 2010, RPGirl
    “Make a Wish,” THE BONES: Us and Our Dice, June 2010, Atomic Overmind Press
    “Monica Valentinelli on Gloom”, FAMILY GAMES: the 100 BEST, April 2010, Green Ronin Publishing

Sample Blog Posts & Guest Columns

    MIND MELD: Our Favorite Genre TV Shows of 2014, December 2014,
    Marketing, Sales, and Publicity. Part Two: Topics in Publicity, April 2013,
    Marketing, Sales, and Publicity–Part One: The Basics, March 2013,
    Dig Deeper to Find a Heroic Heart, June 2011, Rogue Blades Entertainment
    Robotech: Behind the Legendary Series, November 2010,
    Cthulhu In Your Game, August 2010, Innsmouth Free Press
    Love, Blood and Fangs: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, October 2009, Sony/

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