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The Story Studio Podcast - Writing, Storytelling, and Marketing Advice for Writers & Business

By Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright

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Stories turn songs into symphonies, events into memories, and lives into legends. In our crowded world, “knowing your story” cuts through the noise so you can make your mark — whether you want to sell more books, increase profits, or just make a difference. At Sterling & Stone, Story is our business. The Story Studio Podcast is where we explore ways we can all tell our stories better.

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Sorry, guys. Had to unsubscribe.

I followed the Sterling & Stone trio through a couple hundred of their old "Self-Publishing Podcast" episodes when they scheduled guests and covered specific topics about the business of creating and selling books. I never bothered with "Worst Show Ever" or any of the other shows they recorded, because I just don't need more of my life taken up by dudes rambling about nothing. When they switched to The Story Studio, with the promise that they'd be talking more about "story," I stayed on board, hoping to hear about the actual mechanics of writing successful commercial fiction. Instead, from the fifty episodes since that switch, I can recall two that felt almost worth the time to listen through all the empty self-promotion (the two about knowing your genre, with the 17 questions to ask oneself). Pretty much every other episode has sounded like extended teasers for how they were going to change their business or change their podcast, or shallow discussions about television shows and movies they enjoyed without in-depth discussion of what made those good stories. Now they've regressed further from usefulness, with less structure and more rambling about how they're changing their podcast, their company, their projects, with no concrete details. They're folding in the extended rag-on-Dave content from WSE, and I love ya, Dave, but I just don't have time for that. The podcast has felt for a while like something these guys just do out of habit, not something that supports their business or promotes them as a resource for other writers. The podcast is now two guys talking about plans for talking about story, punctuated with poking fun at the third guy. The shark has been jumped. The fridge has been nuked.

Do these do this show for themselves, or their listeners?

Just can't take it anymore. Sometimes it's great value, but more often than not it sounds like they're just recording a strategy or production meeting. It's a shame because they have so much value to offer, but they're focused on themselves rather than the listeners.

It's really become a painful listen of almost pure narcissim. As some else said, this really should be in the comedy section. Bad comedy. Such a shame.

Move to "Story Studio" was promising and then went down hill fast

At first I was excited that the podcast became the Story Studio and promised to be more focused. But now it's the guys babbling incohertly about internal projects that they can't even reveal what they are because they are secret under the guise of craft tips.

There is basically no context for any of the advice they are giving because it's all centered around personal experiences and examples that the audience doesn't know anything about. They also go on and on about trivial internal organization matters and changes which are boring and confusing. I don't care that they are constantly reinventing themeselves, just give me some useful content. If they wanted to stop podcasting they just should have stopped.

The Story Studio Podcast - Writing, Storytelling, and Marketing Advice for Writers & Business
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  • Category: Literature
  • Language: English

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