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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.

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

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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.

    SSP102 The Guys Watch Being John Malkovich (SPOILERS!)

    SSP102 The Guys Watch Being John Malkovich (SPOILERS!)

    In today’s episode, the guys talk about watching Being John Malkovich. Spoiler Alert: Be warned, if you haven’t seen it yet, this episode may very well spoil it for you. […]

    • 56 min
    SSP101 The Guys Discuss When Life Gets In The Way

    SSP101 The Guys Discuss When Life Gets In The Way

    It’s difficult to create great work when your confidence gets rocked or when your emotional self is in turmoil. There are so many things that can put a kink in […]

    • 49 min
    SSP100 The Guys Discuss: What We’ve Stopped Doing

    SSP100 The Guys Discuss: What We’ve Stopped Doing

    Episode 100! A milestone indeed. The guys have hit it several times on past podcasts like The Self-Publishing Podcast and others and joke that they often end up changing the […]

    • 49 min
    SSP099 The Guys Discuss: Serial Fiction

    SSP099 The Guys Discuss: Serial Fiction

    Dave always loved Green Mile by Stephen King and really wanted to do something serial-based. In 2008 Available Darkness was the first thing Dave and Sean serialized on their website. […]

    • 56 min
    SSP098 The Guys Try: Productivity Techniques

    SSP098 The Guys Try: Productivity Techniques

    What productivity systems and techniques work best for creatives and specifically writers? The Story Studio Podcast wanted to find out. On today’s episode Dave, Sean, and Johnny try out three […]

    • 57 min
    SSP097 Writing For Television with Jono Matt

    SSP097 Writing For Television with Jono Matt

    Jono Matt is a writer in LA and the scrappiest MF Johnny has ever met. Recently, Jessie Cole came on the show to talk about Savana Bananas, the sitcom that […]

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

TheWilcox ,

Dang! These recent reviews are harsh!

I reviewed the show a long time ago and tonight while listening I decided to look at the reviews. OMG! I can’t believe how rough they are. Those people don’t understand. I know you guys have grown and I appreciate the direction you’re moving in. Happy for you guys and wishing you much success

Steve from St Michael ,

Down Hill

I appreciate the nuggets of wisdom that I’ve been able to get over the last several years of listening. But the podcast has lost its way and its value. Too much rambling and very little content. I used to be very interested in their upcoming projects even though it’s not my genre because they described the process and struggles. Now it’s just a drinking game where I take a shot every time one of the boys says “we can’t talk about that“ or “that thing with that name that’s not ready“. Nonetheless I wish them much success.

Michael S. Manley ,

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.

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