Fiction Unboxed

  • by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
  • Narrated by Simon Whistler
  • 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Part hero’s journey, part crash course in storytelling by the modern mavericks of indie publishing, and the bestselling authors of Write. Publish. Repeat., Fiction Unboxed offers something that’s never been offered before: a naked look into two writer’s process, as they wrote and published a book in 30 days, from scratch, in front of the world.
In 2013 Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant wrote and published 1.5 million words (a Harry Potter series and a half worth of fiction). The next year they showed the world how they did it.
In May 2014, Johnny and Sean, along with their third partner David Wright, launched a Kickstarter campaign to see if their fans wanted to see how they wrote behind closed doors. They promised to start their newest project without knowing their story, characters, or even their genre, and publish the final draft before their 30 days were up. They promised to capture every email, every story meeting, and every word from every draft. They promised to show every molecule of their process, warts and all.
They had 30 days for their fans to green light the campaign. It fully funded in 11 hours. Fiction Unboxed is as revealing as it is inspiring, empowering readers and writers as much as it will entertain them. With actionable advice that will benefit any writer, this book is a true gem for anyone who loves a well told story.

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Great Follow-Up to Write Publish Repeat

I enjoyed this audiobook, but I enjoy all of Sean and Johnny's audiobooks. This one is a true sequel to Write Publish Repeat, though I think that was its biggest disadvantage. If you followed the guys' Kickstarter campaign, this will be a lot of fun to listen to because it recaps everything they did for their campaign.

Simon Whistler did a fantastic job as always and his narration was a blast to listen to.

If you're a true fan of Sean and Johnny, I totally recommend this one. There's nothing new here per se if you already follow them, and it's not as fantastic as WPR was, but it still a good listen/read nonetheless.
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- Michael Elliott

Fantastic Writing Concert

I was a participant in Platt and Truant's initial 'Fiction Unboxed' project last year, so I kind of knew what to expect from this audiobook. Still, the book held my interest, entertained and informed me.

FU was an ambitious undertaking: two novelists writing a complete novel, from 'no idea' to 'finished product', in thirty days, with the whole world (or at least a thousand Kickstarter backers) watching. The book does a great job of summarizing the process through its own narrative (with Platt and Truant as the harried protagonists). Most importantly for me as an author, though, it distills the lessons they learned through the project. This is invaluable information for anyone who wants to write for a living. My only fault with the book is that I wish it gave more of that.

Though the book didn't add a ton to the knowledge I gleaned from the project itself, it's still definitely worth a listen (I've no doubt I'll listen to it again). And I can say with certainty it's worth a buy for those who are new to the Sterling and Stone world. These guys are knowledgeable, generous, and funny as hell. (Having Simon Whistler's beautiful British vocals read their words doesn't hurt, either.)

Pick it up! It's worth it.


(Disclosure: I received a free copy of this audiobook from the authors, in exchange for an honest review.)
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- Loki Liesmith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-08-2014
  • Publisher: Sterling & Stone