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Self-Publishing Podcast
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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
SPP259 Free Discoverability with Riley J Ford
Released On: April 19, 2017

Want a lateral, out of the box way to get discoverability without having to pay stacks of money to get it? Today’ guest, Riley Ford is the woman who said “I want to take on BookBub.” And  she had a PLAN to do it. Riley shares the framework of discoverability, and how YOU as an […] 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
SA386 Unseat Your Hero with a Terrible Secret
Released On: April 24, 2017

Every hero needs a great knockdown off their high horse, and a deep, dark secret is a great way to do that. Today, Sean talks about some great ways to make your hero’s world turn on its head. From discovering your father sees hooker because you’re the call girl who shows up at his door […] 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
WSE57 Dave vs Rednecks
Released On: April 21, 2017

Sean and Johnny discuss how they’re ruining Dave’s life, including the blood-stained incident in the AirBnB. Next, they conspire and come up with a way to move Dave to Austin without him realizing it. Dave tells the story of how he stood up for a ‘fruit’ against a religious man and did well. Aaaaand then […] 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
AA77 Building the Monarch
Released On: April 10, 2017

Building the monarch isn’t the best description for building a site that actually works, but hey. It’s creative! Today, Johnny and Sean discuss what the monarch actually is, how our site developer can use it to create a cohesive customer journey, and how it will make sense of everything we have. We’re building clear paths […] 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
BS17 La Fleur de Blanc
Released On: February 9, 2017

La Fleur was never meant to have a Back Story episode, but there’s something very special about it. Today, Sean and Johnny talk about the inspiration for La Fleur de Blanc, which comes from Sean’s real world experience in a flower shop in California. They discuss how it nearly ruined the Lexi Maxwell brand, and […] 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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