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Want to publish and sell more books? Want to get your writing into the world without contending with agents, publishers, or the other gatekeepers in traditional publishing? There's never been a better time to make money as a writer -- to take your books directly to readers and be in charge of your own business rather than jumping through hoops to please the Powers that Be. Full time authors Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt (owners of the 2M+ words-per-year indie publishing company Sterling & Stone) explore everything related to getting your writing published ... and making money doing it ... in today's new DIY digital publishing frontier. This isn't artsy talk -- it's "authorpreneurial" business strategy that turns self-publishing from sideline into a rewarding career.

Want to publish and sell more books? Want to get your writing into the world without contending with agents, publishers, or the other gatekeepers in traditional publishing? There's never been a better time to make money as a writer -- to take your books directly to readers and be in charge of your own business rather than jumping through hoops to please the Powers that Be. Full time authors Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt (owners of the 2M+ words-per-year indie publishing company Sterling & Stone) explore everything related to getting your writing published ... and making money doing it ... in today's new DIY digital publishing frontier. This isn't artsy talk -- it's "authorpreneurial" business strategy that turns self-publishing from sideline into a rewarding career.
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Want to publish and sell more books? Want to get your writing into the world without contending with agents, publishers, or the other gatekeepers in traditional publishing? There's never been a better time to make money as a writer -- to take your books directly to readers and be in charge of your own business rather than jumping through hoops to please the Powers that Be. Full time authors Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt (owners of the 2M+ words-per-year indie publishing company Sterling & Stone) explore everything related to getting your writing published ... and making money doing it ... in today's new DIY digital publishing frontier. This isn't artsy talk -- it's "authorpreneurial" business strategy that turns self-publishing from sideline into a rewarding career.

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Episodes

SSP077 The Stone Tablets and a Return to Non-Fiction

8/14/2019
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We owe a lot of our growth to our community (that’s you!), and we’re eternally grateful for your support and enthusiasm. In return, we spent several years building The Smarter Artist brand, hoping that giving back as much as possible would strengthen the community as a whole. But we soon found that the way we […] The post SSP077 The Stone Tablets and a Return to Non-Fiction appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:47:53

SSP076 Join The Story with Austin from StoryShop

8/7/2019
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*TRIGGER WARNING: This episode refers to recent mass shootings. If you’re still in mourning, you may want to skip this one.* There’s a lot of pain and division in the world right now. After a tragic mass shooting, Austin from the StoryShop team realized that he had to do something to help heal our country. […] The post SSP076 Join The Story with Austin from StoryShop appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:50:47

SSP075 Story Inspiration

7/31/2019
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“Where do you get your ideas?” It’s a question that every author gets asked at least once in their career. And the true answer is never satisfying to the untrained eye: “Ideas are all around you.” In today’s podcast, we talk about what inspires us to tell great stories and our process when actively looking […] The post SSP075 Story Inspiration appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:31:43

SSP074 Story Research

7/24/2019
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Almost literally, Sterling and Stone is a house built on research… or the lack thereof. In part, our collaboration started because of a research roadblock, a dare, and putting a Unicorn in a Western novel. And though we proudly retell that story when it’s useful, the reality of our day-to-day storytelling is different. We do […] The post SSP074 Story Research appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:46:51

SSP073 Vacations for Creatives

7/17/2019
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Vacations are an opportunity to rest and refresh. But when you’re a storyteller with certain habits, a vacation can throw off your entire groove. In today’s episode, we talk about each of us use our vacation time and why it’s important for creative minds to have a vacation to inspire new work. We Talk About: […] The post SSP073 Vacations for Creatives appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:41:07

SSP072 The Story Solution

7/10/2019
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We just released The Story Solution. It’s our first new non-fiction book in a long time and marks a new generation of non-fiction under the Stone Table imprint. In The Story Solution, we address your meaning and purpose in life and how you can use story to discover it. Today, we talk about the ideas […] The post SSP072 The Story Solution appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:58:33

SSP071 Reboots

7/3/2019
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Like them or not, reboots happen. Whether it’s an excellent remake of a Stephen King story or an excuse to cast Will Smith as a friendly genie, Hollywood loves re-imagining stories we’ve seen before. But why remake something old? And is this a bad thing? After all, we’d all jump at the chance to have […] The post SSP071 Reboots appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:53:43

SSP070 Listening to Your Instincts with Vered Ehsani

6/26/2019
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Vered Ehsani radiates passion and energy. From the time we met her, we knew she was special. She traveled from Nairobi, Kenya to our events multiple times to learn how to get better, and each time she returned, she’d accomplished her objectives and was ready for more. Today, we wanted to have her on the […] The post SSP070 Listening to Your Instincts with Vered Ehsani appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:47:53

SSP069 2019 Q2 Story Studio Check-in

6/19/2019
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It’s been six months since our last big check in with the state of affairs at our Story Studio. Since last October, we’ve hit publish again and again, ramping up the next big phase in the Sterling and Stone history. It’s safe to say that we’ve officially transitioned into a story-first company, and today is […] The post SSP069 2019 Q2 Story Studio Check-in appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:48:33

SSP068 Doing the Work with Jamie Davis

6/12/2019
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One of our favorite and hardest working author friends is Jamie Davis. Throughout the time we’ve known him, he’s always held true to the work ethic of the 21st century storyteller: write, publish, repeat. And though it took time to make the career a full-time endeavor, Jamie is the model for anyone who’s unsure if […] The post SSP068 Doing the Work with Jamie Davis appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:56:33

SSP067 Rebuilding StoryShop pt. 2 with David Brown

6/5/2019
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In SSP057, we talked about rebuilding StoryShop and why it became a necessary step in order for it to become the app we envision. StoryShop is continuing to iterate forward with bi-weekly updates now that we have the core of the rebuild available in beta form. We met David Brown—StoryShop’s lead developer—last year, and it […] The post SSP067 Rebuilding StoryShop pt. 2 with David Brown appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:59:41

SSP066 Elements of a Successful Sitcom

5/29/2019
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When we first began writing adaptations for our novels, we had to learn a whole new set of rules that govern the visual medium. Since then, we’ve also transitioned into creating stories for film and TV out the gate, and that has required building new muscles and skill sets. While the same basics of storytelling […] The post SSP066 Elements of a Successful Sitcom appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:53:29

SSP065 How We’ve Evolved as Writers This Year

5/22/2019
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Last year, we had a problem. Well, we had multiple problems. Johnny was suffering from burnout. Sean wasn’t drafting as much as he wanted. And Dave had just emerged from his year of setbacks. The publishing market was barreling ahead of us and we were struggling to keep up. It’s in times of hardship that […] The post SSP065 How We’ve Evolved as Writers This Year appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:59:27

SSP064 Meaningful Connections with Chris Plough

5/15/2019
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When we met Chris Plough, we knew we had to get him on the show to talk with us, and now that the show is live again, we thought it was the perfect time to bring him on. Chris has done so many awesome things, and his story is inspirational. In today’s episode, we share […] The post SSP064 Meaningful Connections with Chris Plough appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:01:02:33

SSP063 Writing As Therapy

5/8/2019
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We tell stories as our full-time job, and while we have a responsibility to the company and our family to produce words that sell, there are reasons for us to step away from writing for our readers to make room for writing that is just meant for our personal development. Sean has a complicated relationship […] The post SSP063 Writing As Therapy appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:01:02:43

SSP062 The Stone Table: Phase 2 with Neeve Silver

5/1/2019
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“We change the world with story” is a phrase we’ve used over and over, and while we believed that this was our trajectory as a company, we’ve struggled to actualize that vision. We even pulled back on our efforts with The Smarter Artist so we could tell stories full time. But when Neeve Silver joined […] The post SSP062 The Stone Table: Phase 2 with Neeve Silver appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:32:15

SSP061 The Stone Table: Reimagined with Neeve Silver

4/24/2019
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Closing down the Smarter Artist part of Sterling and Stone was bittersweet for us. We have a desire to teach, but the transactional nature of the Smarter Artist brand leeched life from the fiction side of the company. We’re passionate about uplifting the community through honest transparency, but a tell-all platform became the very thing […] The post SSP061 The Stone Table: Reimagined with Neeve Silver appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:52:35

SSP060 Sean Goes to Prison

4/17/2019
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The creative mind is mysterious. As storytellers, we build entire worlds and shape unforgettable characters. But when asked where we get our ideas, it’s often difficult to pin down one exact influence. But one thing is certain: the inspiration for our work comes from the experiences we expose ourselves to. We’ve been putting in an […] The post SSP060 Sean Goes to Prison appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:45:39

SSP059 Mystery Box Storytelling

4/10/2019
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During one of our recent company meetings, Sean asked the team “how many people know what Mystery Box Storytelling is?” To our surprise, not every hand went up. If several people we work with don’t know what it is, then maybe you don’t either. Mystery boxes are a fantastic narrative trick because it keeps the […] The post SSP059 Mystery Box Storytelling appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:37:23

SSP058 Teaching an Old Dave New Tricks

4/3/2019
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As we prepare our novels for new storytelling mediums, it has forced us to revisit stories that are years old. And if you’ve ever gone back to read your older books, you know what this experience is like: a cringe-fest. What’s interesting is that when Sean began the adaptation process for one of our earlier […] The post SSP058 Teaching an Old Dave New Tricks appeared first on Sterling & Stone.

Duration:00:38:09