Sean Platt is a best-selling writer and founder of Sterling & Stone. He is co-writer of the series Yesterday's Gone at Collective Inkwell. He co-authored the bestselling non-fiction titles Write and co-hosts The Story Studio Podcast.
Ninie Hammon wrote in the newspaper world for 25 years before she started writing novels. When she started writing novels, 12-13 years ago, she never thought about the process. She just started and wrote until she finished. Then she revised and revised and revised. She wrote stand-alone books and did all she knew to sell them. She would give them away with promotions like Bookbub, and then sell books for a while until the sales slowed. She grew a following who loved her and all of her books got great reviews. But then they would stop selling after awhile.Ninie first joined Sterling and Stone as part of the Clocking Out group. She learned to write fast, or rather faster because she was already writing fast. She also did genre therapy and realized she needed to think more about what genre she was writing in. During the Clocking Out course, she wrote rough drafts for 3 novels in 3 months. Then she joined the Sterling and Stone Story Studio and wrote 4 more novels in 4 months. But then Ninie needed to edit close to 800,000 words to get all those novels to publication. And that was when she realized she needed to streamline her whole process. Listen in to find out more about how Ninie has evolved her process and what she is working on now.
In today’s episode of The Story Studio Podcast, the guys talk with Eileen Rose who is a member of the Sterling and Stone Story Studio. Before Eileen joined the Story Studio, she already had a successful career as a singer-songwriter and live performer. She has toured the world with well-known bands and has had a number of her own songs in the US charts. She has fully supported herself and her lifestyle through art, which is no small feat in itself.During the past couple of years, she has started pursuing a new goal of writing novels. Eileen discusses the balance between pure art and commercialism, the difference between buying in and selling out, playing the long game, and how to stay starry-eyed and true to yourself in the midst of hyenas. She also talks about how it feels to basically start over in a new field and what she has learned while writing with the Story Studio gang.If you want to check out Eileen’s music, you learn more about her at https://www.eileenrose.com.
Different people come up with ideas and brainstorm in different ways. In the Sterling & Stone Story Studio, all of the authors bring stories to the table to brainstorm at different times. Without fail, Joel Quinn is always an asset in any brainstorming session. On today’s episode, we wanted to showcase some of Joel’s full-frontal, no-holds-barred, parkour-style ideation.So, tune in and find out what it’s like to brainstorm with Joel and the guys.
On today’s episode, the guys talk about watching the movie Doctor Sleep and the Shining franchise. They have a lot to say about movie adaptations from books, about one book or movie relying on another so that things don’t make sense if you watch one movie without seeing another. And the things that get cut from the director’s cut of a movie. As an author and an audience member, what are you willing to roll with, and what changes seem unforgivable?Tune in to find out what the guys have to say about both watching adaptations of books they have read and their own experience with having their books adapted.