Billy Soden

Writer, Hope Dealer, and Consultant in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Billy Soden

Writer, Hope Dealer, and Consultant in Minneapolis, Minnesota

View my portfolio

Check out my new book, "Hope Dealer; Need one? Be one." Available now on Amazon!

When you grow up in a family of 11 kids, you learn that a witty comeback and a quick smile will get you noticed. My mom used to stare at me and wonder how she ever ended up with the square peg in a round hole, but I’ve found my niche several times as a musician, a teacher, a community educator, and now, as a hope dealer, freelance writer, entrepreneur, and Special Events Manager for Sun and Sky Entertainment, Inc./Ethan Bortnick.

From a writing hobbyist to a professional communicator, this former music teacher and community educator combine a waggishly intelligent and creatively persuasive touch to nuance any niche.

"I am a survivor of writing education curriculum and policy, grant writing for the fine arts, marketing copy for community events and classes, and successfully transitioned from paper post-it notes to on-screen post-it notes." ~ Billy Soden

Soden is a teacher turned troubadour of hope. His first book, “U Be U,” is whimsical wisdom set to simple rhyme and images. It’s cool, cute, and witty. His message of “BE YOURSELF” is refreshing relief in a world that often wants to tell us who and what we should be.

Billy has written for the world's largest non-profit independent television and media company. Based in New York City with a world audience of over 55 million, Soden's stories contributed to the shared vision of uniting humanity, hope, and freedom through the authoring of engaging and inspiring stories. Soden’s blog, "How To Squeeze A Football Team Into A Sardine Can; Growing Up In Small Spaces," touched the hearts of many in a condensed telling of growing up in a large blended family.

Professional, versatile, and creative, Billy has coined the term "Beatbusker" and labels himself as such.

"I'm a hybrid writer," Billy explained, "kind of a cross between a beat reporter and a street performer (a busker). I know all of the words. You just have to put them in the right order and make them get up and dance!"

In his latest book, “Hope Dealer; Need one? Be One.” Soden fills the pages with “nudges, winks, and prods” intended to ignite a Hope Dealer Movement!

Connecting stories from his personal life and others, Soden reminds us all that it is in the smallest acts of kindness, paying it forward, and “dealing hope,” lies the collective solution to healing a hurting and hopeless world.

  • Work
    • Entrepreneur
  • Education
    • St. Olaf College
    • St. Cloud State University