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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. Johnny, along with his writing... show more



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. Johnny, along with his writing partner Sean Platt (founder of publisher Sterling & Stone, with six distinct publishing imprints) and David Wright (#1 horror author of the Yesterday's Gone series) also launched Fiction Unboxed in 2014 -- 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.The novel birthed through Fiction Unboxed (The Dream Engine, first in the Blunderbuss/Alterra series) went on to spawn what the Sterling & Stone team calls "open-source fiction": an open story world in which any author may write and publish without requiring permission and without paying royalties to the world's creators.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 two-posts-daily cornerstone independent author website at SterlingAndStone.net.

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Sci-Fi & Scary
Sci-Fi & Scary rated it 4 months ago
Source: Netgalley There is some excellent writing in this book. The authors obviously have a strong grasp on something that a lot of authors I’ve read recently have trouble with. That is, giving the right amount of description and avoiding massive unnecessary info dumps as I was subjected to in Re...
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DoodlePanda reads stuff rated it 2 years ago
A fun story mixing western with magic and unicorns. It does have a couple of fun moments, and the story is ok. Not sure whether I will fork out for the rest of the series, at least not immediately. But if I ever find it on sale, I wouldn't mind seeing where the story goes from here.It was a quick re...
DoodlePanda reads stuff
DoodlePanda reads stuff rated it 2 years ago
A fun story mixing western with magic and unicorns. It does have a couple of fun moments, and the story is ok. Not sure whether I will fork out for the rest of the series, at least not immediately. But if I ever find it on sale, I wouldn't mind seeing where the story goes from here.It was a quick re...
Yzabel
Yzabel rated it 3 years ago
[I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]2.5 starsA very interesting theme, but ultimately this novel felt more like an introduction.I liked the idea of a world shaping its inventions through thoughts, from concepts and a strange machine called the Blunderbu...
Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it 3 years ago
Thank you to Patchwork Press for providing me with an egalley of the book to review. With some reluctance I add “The Dream Engine” to the list of books/galleys that I couldn’t finish. I decided to put it down at around 43% for a significant reason, which I thought was the biggest issue in the whol...
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