SPP251 Getting Family Support for Your Author Career Choice


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How NOT to get a divorce when you make writing your career – that was one of the proposed titles for this episode. You have to ask your loved ones to trust you in what they might see as a huge gamble. Today, the guys talk about how to talk with your families, explain what […]

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SPP250 How to Have Confidence in your Writing


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New writers often struggle with confidence. What they don’t realize is that established authors often suffer from the same thing. Today, Johnny, Sean, and Dave dig into the topic of confidence and how you can keep the lack of it from crippling you.   They guys talk about things that can rip at your confidence, […]

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SPP249 Deep Thinking


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We all want to go fast. We’re writing expansive stories, marketing them, building relationships with readers, and managing businesses. It’s easy to overlook a simple but vital task: thinking deeply about what you’re doing. You can solve problems by doing less if you take time to think it through.   Deep thinking can dramatically transform […]

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SPP248 Sell More Books by Using Better Data with Chris Fox


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Today’s guest, Chris Fox, is a six-figure author. He’s got the process down and still finds time to write the books that aren’t to market, but are passion project for him. Chris and the guys talk about how better data can help you sell more books and become a six-figure author, too.   The guys […]

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SPP247 Commerce and Creativity with John Monk


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Every artist has a struggle: feeding herself creatively while also putting actual food on the table. Sure, we’ve addressed this topic before, but John brings an interesting angle and emerging trend to the discussion that will open your eyes to what’s possible, and that feeding and food shouldn’t be an either/or struggle.   John and […]

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SPP246 Storytelling for Social Profit with Laura Leigh Clarke


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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 […]

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SPP244 Live Brainstorming: How to Create Great Ideas from Nothing


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A lot of writers struggle with ideas. We hear it over and over again. Here’s the problem they have: they focus on coming up with a great idea instead of making an idea GREAT. Want to see this in action? Today, the guys show you the process live, without any preparation. Think it can’t be […]

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SPP245 How to Find the Time You Need to Write with Christine Niles


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Many beginning writers have a hard time incorporating writing time into their busy schedules. Guess what? We all have the same number of hours in a day, so you’ve got to make the most of them. Christine Niles, one of the Sterling and Stone Superwomen, reveals how to budget and reclaim lost time, so you […]

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SPP243 What to Expect from Smarter Artist in 2017


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  The Smarter Artist finally got it legs in 2016. It’s be something of a red-headed stepchild for us, because we have always been ‘fiction first.’ That said, when our audience basically demands we divulge the details of how we went from three people to a growing team of almost 10, we listen. And we’ve […]

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SPP 242 Self Publishing Year in Review


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Don’t you love podcasts where a ton of wisdom is distilled down into one episode? Then you’ll love today’s show. We take a look back at some of our favorite guests from 2016, and the wisdom they shared. What’s more, we do it through the lens of the Smarter Artist, and the 5 elements that […]

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SPP240 How to Use Email to Bond with Fans and Make More Sales


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Who wants to spend their time trying to figure out what to say to their fans, when what the fans really want is more books? That’s not entirely true. Today the guys talk about using email to bond with your fans in a way that will help you make more sales. It’s not as tough […]

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SPP239 Literary vs Genre Fiction


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As a newer author, you often have to make hard choices, especially when it comes to what type of books you want to write. Many of us want to go the literary route, and while it’s creatively satisfying, it’s not necessarily the best idea for when you’re just starting out. There is a balance to […]

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SPP238 Getting the Most from Your Podcast with Audra Casino


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Podcasting has been the buzzword in online content creation for the past few years, but unfortunately, the information you find online isn’t always reliable. Join veteran broadcaster Audra Casino as she explains how to get the most from podcasting, what common mistakes to avoid, and what kind of ROI can you expect. This is a […]

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SPP237 Refreshing Older Work to Sell More Today


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Do you have a finished story hiding in your desk or computer that you wish you could improve? Maybe a published book you want to rework? Today, Johnny, Sean, and Dave, talk about Threshold, a book they wrote previously and wanted to make even better. They reveal the process they used to refresh the book […]

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SPP236 Choosing Great Names Within Your Stories


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Characters, places, things, titles: great names make you love and believe the world a little more. Today, the guys discuss how to create awesome names within your fiction. It’s more than just choosing something out of the air; it’s a premeditated process that can lend meaning to your entire story world. Want to avoid common […]

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SPP235 Announcing the 2017 Smarter Artist Summit


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The last Smarter Artist Summit was incredible, and we’re putting on another one in 2017! Today, Johnny, Sean, and Dave welcome Amy Teagan. She’s the one who keeps everything together at Sterling and Stone, including the Summit. They officially announce the date, and she talks about what you can expect from the next SAS. You’ll […]

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SPP234 Using Cultural Shorthand and Established Patterns to Tell Better Stories


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Everyone’s watched, or at least heard of, the TV show Friends. Today, the guys talk about how they use Friends episodes as shorthand for creating meaningful situations in their own stories. It’s not as simplistic as it sounds. When you tap into the greater story structure, you’re never limited to comedy. In fact, you don’t […]

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SPP233 Developmental Editing With Clark Chamberlain


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One of the most frequent questions we get at Sterling and Stone is what developmental editing actually is. Right up there with that question is how to work with a developmental editor. Today, the guys talk with Clark Chamberlin, a new addition to the Sterling and Stone team, whose specialty is developmental editing. You’ve got […]

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SPP232 Author Collaboration with J Thorn


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The guys at Sterling and Stone have built their empire on collaboration. With the freedom that indie authors have, could collaboration be the future of indie publishing? J Thorn and the guys discuss their experiences, as well as the strengths and challenges of working with others. They also talk about the way J is revolutionizing […]

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SPP231 Buying Ads and Building Mailing Lists with Jonny Andrews


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Today’s guest is Jonny Andrews of Author Platform Rocket, and today, he and the guys discuss Facebook advertising, how to build your email list and keep it warm, and how to re-engage with your current list. They also talk what to say in autoresponders, an elegant and effective way to keep track of who reviews […]

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SPP230 Writing real cops and crime with Writers Detective Adam Richardson


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You’ve seen the dramatic interrogation room scenes in procedural crime shows and novels, but how accurate are they? 17-year detective Adam Richardson joins the guys today in an incredibly informative episode filled with what writers get wrong, and what it’s really like to be in the law enforcement field. Want to write realistic crime thrillers? […]

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SPP229 Nine Movies All Writers Should Watch


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Movies are the greatest storytelling medium of our generation. Whether you’re a movie fanatic or still get your greatest thrills from books, there are some films that can give you some amazing storytelling techniques and ideas. Today, the guys discuss some of their favorite movies and how their storytelling has been changed. Alien Descent American […]

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SPP228 How to Write Your Way Through the Difficult Middle of a Story


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Have you ever found yourself trying to write the soggy middle of a story? Sure, the first part is usually exciting, and by the end, you’ve got some real momentum, but it’s act two that mires down a lot of writers. Today, Johnny, Sean, and Dave talk strategies, tactics, and some high level perspective shifts […]

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SPP227 How to Get Past That Crucial First Scene


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There’s almost always a jarring transition from story-shopping to writing the first few words of your book. Johnny spends a day pacing, Sean barrels ahead, and Dave sees everything that’s wrong. Discover how they make it work with their own work and real-world examples in fiction. No matter your personality in writing, you’ll get some […]

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