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"This book isn't just an inspiration, it's a roadmap to owning your career as a writer in a world that seems to never stand still long enough to know which way is up."
--Jonathan Fields, Author of Career Renegade

"Sean teaches you how to do it (write online) effectively, and actually make a living with your words. The fact that he practices what he preaches seals the deal - it's time to get this book and go pro."
--Brian Clark, of

From the Author

In 2008, I gave up the security of running a preschool to pursue my dream of writing. It was both the scariest thing I ever did, and the best.

Armed with tons of energy and lots to say, I quickly built a decent following at a blog about fatherhood. But I wasn't making a living at writing.

I devoted the next two (very long) years to studying from the best and making enough money writing copy for clients so I could support my goal to write fiction.

Along the way, I made many missteps, wasting time and money on things which didn't work, while learning from what did and adapting. In a couple of years, I went from chasing low paying jobs to setting my own rate, writing for great clients, and building a successful ghostwriting and consulting business.

And I can finally afford to take time to write for myself.

If you're writing online, you need to be more than a good writer. You need to be versed in blogging, social media, SEO, content creation, and marketing. I've learned from some of the best in each of those arenas, some of the rock stars of the online writing world.

If you're tired of chasing low paying writing gigs, want to take your writing to the next level, and finally make the great living you deserve, I'm here to share what I've learned along the way.

In the course of a few hundred pages, you will learn what took me years to learn ... without making the same mistakes I made.

I wrote Writing Online for the me in 2008, the book I wish I'd read back then. It's part how-to and part inspiration that you can return to time and again.

I wrote this book in a super friendly manner, explaining things in easy-to-follow, easy-to-implement ways which can help you regardless of what kind of writer you want to be. My goal is to help other writers make their dreams come true, also.

So, what's your dream?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collective Inkwell (May 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984338136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984338139
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,009,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sean Platt is the founder of the STERLING & STONE STORY STUDIO, creators of remarkable content for people who relish the art of storytelling. Sterling & Stone has six reader loved imprints:

COLLECTIVE INKWELL specializes in horror, sci-fi, and superbly scripted fiction. CI stories are written for the sort of fans who might like early Stephen King, modern day JJ Abrams, or any dark art that lives inside their mind long after they've left it. Characters that fans love living through unflinching singular experiences.

REALM & SANDS specializes in books that lead readers to feel and think with amazing genre agnostic reading experiences, from fantasy and sci-fi to literary mind benders, R&S delivers stories that have never been told because the authors believe their readers deserve nothing less.

THE SMARTER ARTIST is dedicated to helping authors and artists discover the intelligent yet hidden intersections that will help them build a business around their creativity, and get it to thrive before an ever growing audience. Unique yet invaluable guides for creative entrepreneurs wanting to alchemize their ambitions into a healthy profit.

LEXI MAXXWELL is Sterling & Stone's smart but naughty storyteller. She writes straight from her heart to deliver unforgettable reading experiences to people who want to finish their books feeling deeply passionate and more in touch with themselves.

LOL stories are designed to do exactly as their name suggests: make readers laugh out loud. Irreverent, off the wall, and thoroughly hilarious, LOLs aren't designed to win literary prizes, they're written to make you laugh. HARD. LOLs are one of a kind, always funny, and written for readers who love to laugh with their "literature."

GUY INCOGNITO is a pseudonym shared by the Sterling & Stone writers so they can write quality stories for children with the emotional and intellectual intelligence they deserve. Rich narratives, strong statements, and engaging language, Guy stories are accessible, unforgettable, and exactly the sort of books the Sterling & Stone team would want to share with their own children (that's why they wrote them).

Yesterday's Gone: Post Apocalyptic - LOST by way of The Stand
WhiteSpace: Paranoid thriller set on fictitious Hamilton Island
ForNevermore: YA horror that reads nothing like YA Horror
Available Darkness: A new breed of vampire thriller
Crash: A devastating story about a man who can't move on
Threshold: The ghost story you've never heard
Dark Crossings: Short stories, killer endings

Z 2134: The Walking Dead meets The Hunger Games
Monstrous: Beauty and the Beast meets The Punisher

Unicorn Western: The best story to ever come from a stupid idea
The Beam: Smart sci-fi to make you wonder exactly who we are
Namaste: A revenge thriller like nothing you've ever read
Robot Proletariat: The revolution starts here
Cursed: The old werewolf legend turned upside down
The Dream Engine: The crowd wowing, "Steampunk Lord of the Rings"
Axis of Aaron: A literary mind bender

Syllable Soup: A very modern Shel Silverstein
Penny to a Million: The book about money you wish your child would read
Tales From the Terrible Scary: Your son or daughter's new favorite series
LunARK: Smart sci-fi for kids
Santa: EXPOSED: Don't read this unless you want to know the truth!

Adult Video: Clerks in an adult video store
Greens: Retail noir comedy
Space Shuttle: Over the top comedy with all your favorite sci-fi characters
Everyone Gets Divorced: "Always Sunny" meets "How I Met Your Mother"

The Future of Sex: Lexi Maxxwell writing in the world of The Beam
A Temptation in Time: A powerful look at regret
Together Apart: A stunningly beautiful heartbreaker
The XXX Files: A naughty, campy play on your favorite 90's serial
MILF: Like weeds or Breaking Bad, but with the world's oldest profession
Filthy Fairy Tales: Classic fairy tales, not so classically told
F#@* HIM!: Kill Bill ... but for grownups

Sean lives in Austin, TX with his wife, daughter, and son.
Follow him on Twitter: (say hi so he can follow you back!)

"Like many, I discovered Sean Platt through his contributions to Yesterday's Gone, itself a enjoyable pulpy page-turner. The Beam, however, is a much more serious book, but no less enjoyable for that. Although many of the themes are much more adult than I was expecting (torture, sex, drugs) this is my favourite of Platt's stories so far, and all the more interesting by virtue of his having a different co-author to much of his other work. The world of the Beam is interesting in its own right, and has all the Gibson edgy cyberpunk style without the meandering plots that make Gibson a bit challenging at times - but it's so much more than that too: If you have any interest in Singularity, Uploading, AI, Philosophy and the like, as I do, then you'll certainly enjoy these books immensely. The characters are all multi-dimensional and fully fleshed out, and the dialogue is gripping and, at just the right time to break the building tension, it's laugh-out-loud funny when that's needed too. I can hardly wait for the next episode." ~ GV Vaughan

"Screw these guys. I have things to do but I decided to load this just to check out a serial on kindle and now I'm hooked. My dogs need to be fed, I need to change the oil in my car and I'm not sure where my infant son is. But I know where I'll be for the foreseeable future: sitting on my ass reading sequels." ~ Sir Reads-A-Lot

"In Greens we have a slacker hero, a cute fellow check out girl, a doofus straight man checker, a burned out grown up checker, an insane janitor, and a self-loathing manager. We have a completely lunatic ensemble of regular and one shot customers and hangers-on. There are no rules, no boundaries, no restraints, and no regard for propriety. And all of that is fine, but it still has to be sharp and funny, or it's just all setup with no payoff. Well, this has some very deftly constructed set pieces, some great throwaway lines, sharp bits of dialogue, sly observations, raucous humor seasoned with some wry and rueful bits, and, despite being blue and occasionally raw, an underlying generous good-heartedness. It's hard to be bawdy without just being crude, but the authors are restrained and cheerful enough to pull it off. The result is a very funny, fast paced and entertaining tale." ~ Pop Bop TOP 500 AMAZON REVIEWER

"Sean and Johnny are like drug dealers offering a taste for free and making you pay for the good stuff after getting hooked. But I don't mind, as this is some really excellent entertainment. The world they created is so foreign yet one you can easily imagine developing in the future, especially given the current political climate in the US. But it's not overtly political or technological; it's more a story about power and corruption and the haves and have-nots. There are complex characters in this book, and I am still amazed at how well they can write from a woman's perspective. And how they tie all the different characters into the story line is impressive. This is a smart person's kind of futuristic thriller, way more than just dramatic plot points and cool tech. I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did, honestly. I'm a big fan of Collective Inkwell and the books Platt writes with David Wright, so it almost feels like he's cheating a bit to work with Truant. But if cheating a little turns out work like this, then I'm all for it." ~ Betsy Talbot

"You expect a book with a title like "Unicorn Western" to be funny, maybe even hokey. And it's certainly that throughout, drawing from every canonical western you've ever seen and throwing in deadpan nods to the audience every chapter. What you don't expect is to have your heart strings pulled until you cry by the plight of a weathered gunslinger searching for his lost love. You don't expect to share in the confusion and pain and joy so strongly. And you certainly don't expect unicorns to be such magical jerks. At nearly 700 pages, the full saga can seem daunting, but Truant and Platt do a masterful job of walking that fine line between information and action, plot and character, keeping you in the loop of the story without boring you. It moves along at a heady clip but manages not to lose you, either. Pink gunsmoke. Joelsongs. Unicorns. The apocalypse. What more could you want from a western?" ~ Ellie Di Julio

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve H on December 23, 2011
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Writing Online is one of those rare resources that saves time, provides clarity, and helps to make better writers. This is because Sean Platt has taken the first years of his journey to become a self-sufficient writer and condensed the lessons he learned into this easy-to-read book.

Sean doesn't gloss over the hard work required to be earning a living as an online writer, nor does he relentlessly promote expensive materials while promising extraordinary riches. Instead, this is a very realistic, down-to-earth practical guide to what it really takes to lead a successful online writer's life, whether that is as a blogger, copywriter, ghostwriter, novelist, or some other kind of writer.

Writing Online provides a solid overview of the core competencies required of any online writer in today's market, such as blogs, headlines, and social media, as well as work habits, tools, finding your voice, and common mistakes to avoid. It's not really a detailed how-to book (although it provides plenty of details), it is more of a foundational book that helps build a solid understanding upon which anyone wanting to learn or become better at writing online can build. Perhaps more importantly, it lays everything out with enough clarity that anyone can then visualize and build their own path to the goals they want to reach.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By fhfarmer on July 19, 2011
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Writing Online, by Sean Platt, is a must-read guide for anyone wanting to know what it takes to become a legitimate online writer. From starting a blog to writing, publishing, and selling your own creations, Sean not only tells us about many different ways to make it as a writer, he also tells us HOW to do it. Sean's transparent account of his personal struggles and successes on his online writing journey are weaved throughout the book and serve to provide inspiration, encouragement, and wisdom to those just getting started.

Writing Online will also prove to be a valuable reference to aspiring online writers. Each chapter stands on its own by providing specific, valuable information that can be revisited at anytime, no matter what stage of the game you're in. Sean also provides a very useful "tools" guide that will show the writer how to save time and work smarter.

Perhaps the best feature of Writing Online is it's straight forward, tell-it-like-it-is delivery. Rather than false promises of easy riches with no effort, you'll learn that being a writer requires actual work, time investment, and diligent effort. Sean explains that, although making a living online can be very difficult, it also delivers greater rewards that make the challenges worthwhile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By phaedrus"Neil on January 5, 2012
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As an author and writer Sean has an engaging way of putting things. His take on what works and what doesn't is honest and encouraging in spite of what could go wrong (or right, in spite of ourselves). The information he gives is practical and useful and his insistence on doing what it takes to get to where one wants to ultimately be is refreshing. He doesn't deny there is work involved.

Anyone who has spent any time to research the subject of writing probably has landed on their own particular style but Sean's take on things can only help one become more effective at becoming the writer you're meant to be.

What I found most helpful was the transparency of his description of the process. Good and bad. Success comes from deliberate planning and honest effort. It's a great reality check for dreamers. Aren't we all in some way, shape or form?

The tag line of his messages are most telling of all. "I did can you"

How true.

Get this.

Get busy.It won't happen until you do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine McKinney on December 27, 2011
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Reading Sean Platt's Writing Online is like grabbing coffee and sitting down to a long chat with a good friend who happens to be a successful writer. His conversational tone, revealing vulnerability, and actionable advice is the perfect blend of inspiration and expectation.

The book addresses the basics of the online writing potential without sugar coating. Sharing his writing adventures, Platt answers many questions an online writer poses while standing at the edge of the precipice - providing the courage for the next step.

Reading the book from beginning to end is an education in itself, but not necessary. Even single topic chapters are short intensive learning pods, to be revisited, for the budding online writer. The chapter on headlines alone provides not only a sampling of strong, persuasive headlines, but also provides ideas for jump-starting other writing projects, if not single writing exercises.

Suggestions, examples, resources fill out the friendly conversation. All through the book Platt reminds the reader, the aspiring writer, the benefits of failure, of learning, of sharing and most importantly of all, of writing. And writing some more.

Platt reminds us our dreams are meant to become real. Writing Online provides a path towards that goal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Orlando Sanchez on January 15, 2014
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Whether you are beginning or a seasoned writer this book is a must to have. Sean gives you the ins and outs of managing a writing career online. Its concise and informative and written in an easy to understand style. I strongly recommend getting this book and making it part of your permanent writers library. You will refer to it often.
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