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.
||CleanSSP056 SAS 2019 Recap||The Smarter Artist Summit has been our “new year” for a long time now. It has been an opportunity for us to connect with creators in our community and learn from each other. It has also been the primary way that we’ve grown our family for the past||3/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSSP055 Turning Pro (SAS2019 Live Podcast)||At our final Smarter Artist Summit, we focused on the idea of “turning pro,” and how authors today can build a sustainable career. We share how Dave has evolved since the last summit, and Jami Albright shares her success story with us.||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSSP054 Habit Hacking||The most important part of achieving a goal is not at all sexy. It’s the process—the system you follow day in and day out that results in success. The best way to ensure that you stick to your system is by hacking your lifestyle and building habits||3/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSSP053 The Art of the Pitch||A year ago, we met Derek Frederickson & Fat Vampire got optioned. Since then, we’ve visited LA three times now and have made some serious steps into film & TV. While we still can’t fully disclose all the specifics of the progress we’ve made,||2/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSSP052 The Forgotten Gems||There are more movies and TV shows then there have ever been, and it's so easy to miss great content. Sometimes it’s because the timing was poor, or the world wasn’t ready for that particular story. Today, we wanted to give you a few suggestions tha||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSSP051 Opening the Door to the Story Studio||Today’s intro-absent podcast is the beginning of a brand new look for the show. For too long, we’ve been struggling to fit into a business suit that’s too small and not at all our style. In order to complete our journey of becoming a 100%-Story-Fi||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSSP050 Know Your Genre (Part 2)||The genre you write in matters. A lot. It can be the difference between years of frustration and artistic fulfillment. To save you from the anguish of writing the wrong books, we’ve built a system to evaluate if you’re spending your efforts in the r||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSSP049 Know Your Genre (Part 1)||We’ve talked before about Genre Therapy and how we use it to help our writers identify the best genre of fiction to write. But we realized that we could do a bit better and help you guys out by sharing what questions authors must come to terms with in||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSSP048 What We’re Excited for in 2019||For a long time, we’ve said that 2018 was “our year.” But now that 2018 has come and gone, it was simultaneously our year and not our year. Instead, 2018 became the setup for our “story-first” future, leading to us all producing something in t||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSSP047 Analyzing Bird Box (SPOILERS!)||Bird Box is Netflix's most successful (by measure of viewership) film to date, and it started as a novel. The success Josh Malerman experienced with his debut novel can happen to anyone, especially as we’re experiencing market upheavals in film and te||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
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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.
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