Highlights of This Episode:
- How Johnny and his writing partners crank out so much material
- How Johnny keeps his internal editor out of the way
- The winding path Johnny took on his way to doing what he does now
- Why it’s important to claim what it is that you do and what you do well
- How he benefited from self-publishing
- How a series of small iterative improvements added up to a flourishing business
- Why you need to be a creative person first and a businessperson second
“There’s no substitute for hard work” –Johnny B. Truant (Click to share – thanks!)
About Johnny B. Truant:
Johnny B. Truant is a speaker, co-host of the top-rated Self-Publishing Podcast, co-author of the #1 Marketing bestseller Write. Publish. Repeat: The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success, and the author of well over 2 million words of popular fiction.
In 2014, Johnny, along with his writing partner Sean Platt (founder of publisher Sterling & Stone) and David W. Wright (#1 horror author of the Yesterday’s Gone series), launched Fiction Unboxed — a record-setting Kickstarter project in which Johnny and Sean wrote a full-length novel in 30 days, starting without any ideas or genre, in front of a live audience, sharing every detail of the process, including story meetings, emails, and raw story drafts.
Johnny’s fiction works (mostly co-authored with Sean Platt) include the political sci-fi serial The Beam, the fantasy/western mash-up Unicorn Western books, the satirical Fat Vampire series, the literary mindbender Axis of Aaron, and too many others to count.
Johnny, Sean, and David host their trendsetting, boundary-pushing podcasts every week on YouTube, iTunes, and their independent author website at SterlingAndStone.net.
Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Body of Work by Pam Slim
- Write. Publish. Repeat. by Johnny B. Truant
- Other Johnny B. Truant Books
- Sterling & Stone
- Self-Publishing Podcast
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Johnny may think his special gift is writing clean first drafts. I suspect that writing 1.5 million words a year might have something to do with that.