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The Walking Dave
Iterate and Optimize
Ask Us Anything
Backstory
Better Off Undead

Self-Publishing Podcast »

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.


Latest Episode
SPP246 Storytelling for Social Profit with Laura Leigh Clarke
Released On: January 18, 2017

Storytelling is something we all love and enjoy. But did you know there’s a lot more to our stories as a society than entertainment? Today, our guest is Laura Leigh Clarke, who believes that we create the world that we want through the fiction we tell. And as authors, it’s both an incredible opportunity and […] Read More »


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The Smarter Artist »

Author entrepreneurs Sean Platt, David Wright, and Johnny B. Truant answer questions, offer quick tips, and deliver keen insight to help creative people who want to make a good living off of their hard work. In just a few minutes a day, we promise to help you get smarter faster.


Latest Episode
SA342 Why Character Always Trumps Plot
Released On: January 20, 2017

Plot is important. But it’s your characters that your audience will resonate with. If you can create memorable characters, you have a much better chance of creating something timeless. Sean explains how to create the type of character that will keep your reader interested. Whatever your plot, a character with strong motivations can carry a […] Read More »


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StoryShop »

Want to WRITE BETTER STORIES FASTER? Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David Wright are bestselling authors who produce over 2 million words of reader-pleasing fiction each year at their publishing company and story studio Sterling & Stone. In this nine-part conversation series, these three professional storytellers will show you how to plan, construct, and write your own stores better and faster than ever before. To find out about the StoryShop app for writers, check out http://getstoryshop.com


Latest Episode
09 Building an Outline
Released On: September 16, 2015

Episode Nine: Building an Outline You’ve probably heard the term, pantser. These writers make it up as they go along, most notably, like Stephen King. But that doesn’t work for everyone, because the benefits of having a strong outline are what help you write better and faster. The guys discuss the benefits of pantsing and […] Read More »


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Worst. Show. Ever. »

You'll probably want to avoid this podcast. It sucks. It's filled with neurotic tales of thieving bears, decoy wallets, and epic Olive Garden rants. It's irreverent and stupid and terrible, and the hosts should really be ashamed of themselves. You can also find archives of this travesty in the "Better Off Undead" podcast, which was just as bad but also had an even stupider name.


Latest Episode
WSE49 Dave Witnesses a Best-of-Target Episode
Released On: December 23, 2016

All the things Dave has already bitched about at Target, all rolled into a single trip. From the reckless SUV jerk who was probably from New York, abusive parents and grandfathers, and plenty of Florida man stories. It’s enough to make Dave wonder what it’d be like to be Boricio, and he gets his revenge […] Read More »


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Eight Questions »

Bestselling authors and creative entrepreneurs David Wright, Sean Platt, and Johnny B. Truant discuss life, work, and inspiration with other authors, artists and entrepreneurs.


Latest Episode
8Q52 Horror Author David Wright
Released On: October 25, 2016

Today’s guest needs no introduction. You know him as The Walking Dave, and co-author of Yesterday’s Gone among several other Sterling and Stone titles. In today’s very special final episode of Eight Questions, Sean talks with Dave about creativity, his routines, and……… Tell us about the origin of Eight Questions, since you’re the one who […] Read More »


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Authorpreneurs Almanac »

Authors and innovators Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant reveal the inner workings of indie publishing company Sterling & Stone, in a real time look at what works, what doesn't, and what they learn along the way.


Latest Episode
AA65 Teams and Team Leaders
Released On: January 9, 2017

The previous year saw Sterling and Stone’s first Avalanche, a company retreat where we plan for the next year. Sean is the ‘big idea’ person, and Johnny has stepped into the Operations role, to help implement those ideas. Today, he talks about what that means, and how it plays out in day-to-day work life, especially […] Read More »


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The Walking Dave »

Writer/cartoonist David Wright attempts to get off his ass, go for a walk, and lose some weight. Join him for conversations about creativity, inspiration, and whatever's up his butt this week.


Latest Episode
WD72 Dave Lost His Fitbit
Released On: July 12, 2016

Dave bitches about Fourth of July and losing his Fitbit. Also, squirrel! If you’ve got a question, comment, or just want to say hi, email dave at: [email protected] Read More »


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Iterate and Optimize »

In this audio miniseries, the bestselling authors, Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright will give you a sneak peek of some of the major content inside Iterate and Optimize, and talk with some special guests who have shaped their thinking and helped along the way. Ready to get serious about your business? This is the guide you've been waiting for.


Latest Episode
IO07 Leveling up Your Company with Steve Kamb
Released On: January 24, 2016

Steve Kamb is the Rebel Leader at Nerd Fitness, a community designed to help people who consider themselves nerds to ‘level up their lives.’ His recent success has seen his company grow from one man writing a blog in his off time to an entire community who call themselves the ‘Rebellion.’ How have you handled […] Read More »


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Ask Us Anything »

Authors Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt and David W. Wright answer questions from listeners about writing, self publishing and everything in between.


Latest Episode
AUA14 Ask Us Anything for July 2016
Released On: September 15, 2016

It’s time for another free-for-all Q and A with the guys from the Self Publishing Podcast, Sean Platt, Johnny B Truant, and David Wright. How do you guys come up with titles for your books? How would you recommend audiobooks be made? Do we have dates for the next Smarter Artist? What lessons did you […] Read More »


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Backstory »

Once you've read your favorite Sterling & Stone book, this is where you'll find the 'DVD Extras'. Johnny, Sean and Dave divulge their secrets, and share the trials and victories they had while writing.


Latest Episode
BS16 Devil May Care
Released On: November 28, 2016

This is one book that’s difficult to talk about without revealing some shocking spoilers. Today, Sean and Johnny discuss the process of writing Devil May Care, one of Sterling and Stone’s passion projects. While this literary work won’t necessarily be a best-seller, that wasn’t the purpose. Find out what was cut and the struggle of […] Read More »


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Better Off Undead »

Authors Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright talk horror, sci-fi, and whatever else comes up in discussing the creative nuggets that go into creating their own stories. Somewhat accurately described as "The Self Publishing Podcast after hours," this show also features the non-award-winning-segment "What's Up Dave's Butt?" (Not literally.)


Latest Episode
Three Half-Ass Stories (Better Off Undead #137)
Released On: October 3, 2015

Dave opens this episode with a sad story that stayed sad but Thomas Bennett saved the show. The last we heard from Thomas, he was preparing for surgery. On todays episode we welcome him back and talk everything from botched surgeries and writing… to the benefit of visiting strip clubs in a wheel chair. Laugh until tears and get inspired. Read More »


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