(Written by Johnny, because someone has to write it.)
We’re three writers. That’s where the story of this podcast begins, and ultimately it’s where it ends.
Sean and I (Johnny) were writers first, entranced by the idea of writing fiction but unable to make a living at it. I wrote a novel that quickly found its way to my closet and stayed there for twelve years before getting published in early 2012. Frustrated by the inability to make any decent money in fiction, both of us eventually found our way into the entrepreneurship world… where the ability to write well is a huge asset, and where you can make reasonably straightforward money by putting coherent words together.
Sean did a lot of ghostwriting and copywriting. I started a rather popular blog that was and remains about personal development and human potential and sort of “kick you in the nuts self-help for entrepreneurs,” but I also wrote extensively for big entrepreneurship blogs and taught and coached entrepreneurs. Sean and I met because we orbited in the same marketing-type circles. We both wrote regularly for Copyblogger, for instance, and knew all of those fine folks.
Somewhere in here, Sean picked up Dave. I’m not totally sure of the story, but I think it went like this: Sean was out in the woods and noticed something menacing and hairy inside of a hollowed-out tree. He brought it home, tamed it, and got it to write while he was asleep. The writing duo that became Collective Inkwell was born, and their book Available Darkness followed. Somewhere in the distance, a dog barked.
Dave and Sean began building a business funnel around their fiction, Kindle, and their new imprint, Collective Inkwell. I kept blogging and being a nonconformisty business coach. Sean and Dave began putting out more and more and more fiction, like a factory. I began to notice, and interviewed Sean on my blog. Then I got the fiction bug again, completely rewrote my novel The Bialy Pimps in about six weeks, and published it. I also published a bunch of my most popular “essay style” blog posts and noticed that some started to sell a few copies each day without any marketing. I got fascinated.
I said to Sean, “Dude, we should do a podcast!” Sean said, “Great idea! I’ve already had it, though. I’m starting a podcast with Dave.” I horned my way in and here we are.
We’re here because ultimately, what we all wanted to do was to write. What we all wanted to be were writers. And what we’re finding — what we have, to different extents, found — is that today more than ever, it’s actually, really, finally possible to do that, to be that. Thanks to the revolution in self-publishing, you can now actually, practically, without being Stephen King, make a living as a writer. We’re here to help more people realize that dream.
Johnny B. Truant is the author of Fat Vampire and The Bialy Pimps, as well as the creator of JohnnyBTruant.com, a popular blog with a fiercely loyal readership that covers entrepreneurship, outside-the-box thinking, and human potential.
He is also a regular contributor to premier business blogs Copyblogger and Problogger, the director and MC of the Virtual Ticket program for BlogWorld & New Media Expo, the world’s preeminent blogging and new media conference, and the creator of The Badass Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating excuses and profiling people with disabilities who make most so-called “able-bodied” people look like total wimps.
Sean Platt is the beloved author of many novels in several different genres, business books for modern writers, and co-author of the groundbreaking serial Yesterday’s Gone and the genre twisted vampire thriller, Available Darkness.
In addition to writing reader pleasing genre and contemporary ﬁction, such as his highly rated Four Seasons and the excellent short stories in the Dark Crossings series, Sean writes for children. His book, Syllable Soup, and fairytale series, “Sean Platt’s Timeless Stories Written in Timely Rhyme,” celebrate language and storytelling in a way that is thoroughly modern and absolutely wonderful.
Sean is a writer’s writer, with an established online presence and large social media following. Writing under the pen name, “Ghostwriter Dad,” Sean helps good writers make a great living. With his books, Writing Online, How to Write a Sales Letter That Works!, and 100 Blog Ideas That Really Work, Sean helps modern writers navigate the world of tomorrow, today.
We actually don’t know anything about Dave. We know he writes good stuff and partners with Sean and that he sleeps during the day and is awake at night, but beyond that we secretly suspect he was the real Unabomber.
Dave also enjoys Goths in Trees. Sometimes he takes pictures of himself in trees, or beside trees, or possibly having sexual relations with trees (we can’t tell from this angle).
You can learn more about Dave, though we’re pretty sure it’s all lies, at DavidWWright.com.