About Wayne Meyers:
Wayne discovered his love for writing at ten years old when he wrote a story where the flowers from his bed sheets came to life. With a voracious appetite for science-fiction and fantasy, it was only natural he turned his pen toward these genres, creating bold new worlds filled with exciting, interesting characters doing incredible things.
In addition to reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, Wayne enjoys spending time with his family, walking, helping other aspiring authors, and volunteering in his community. His latest favorite TV show is "Travelers", and if you play just about any of the Marvel Universe movies, there’s a good chance he’ll stop what he’s doing to watch.
A Brooklyn native, Wayne currently lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his family and cats, realizing his dreams one story at a time. He’d love to hear from you at WayneMeyers.com, where you can find his social media links and sign up for his mailing list.
What inspires you to write?
Not to sound corny, but writing to me is as necessary as breathing. There is no tangible explanation, I simply need to put my stories down and share.
Tell us about your writing process.
Typically, I outline at a high level, then fill in the scenes until I have a completed story. I take notes as I go along. Then, I backfill the outline with whatever changes I may have made.
Next, I perform a complete edit scrub, looking for inconsistencies as well as grammatical errors and typos. I put the story aside for a week or two, then repeat until I feel I've captured whatever issues I can see.
After that, its time for some help! I turn to beta readers to provide a fresh perspective, and hopefully locate any plot holes or inconsistencies I missed.
Using beta feedback, I run through everything again, the amount of work depending on the feedback and how satisfied I am with the story after a few more weeks of separation.
I will likely do another round of beta feedback, if I've made substantial changes, and loop until the feedback indicates I'm very close.
At that point, I'll do one more deep edit, then send out to a professional editor. After that, I'll make the corrections, and send out to a copy editor in preparation for self-pubbing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't relate to this approach, but if it works for others, that's awesome.
My characters are in my imagination, and I have each one formulated a specific way. They don't talk to me, but I imagine how they would talk to the other characters in their world, based on the way I imagine them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don't give up. Write as much as you can. Critique the work of others, its one of the best methods of improving your own skills.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
In all honesty, I tried traditional publishing first, then went Indie after that failed. Over time, I realized in today's world, Indie may be a better choice for many authors.
Traditional requires a huge amount of subjective linkage. The agent needs to resonate with the story. The editor of the publisher needs to resonate. If anywhere along the chain, someone doesn't care for what you wrote, you're done.
But the readers may love the story! Due to sheer volume of submissions, I understand why this is how things are, but that doesn't make it fair to the many wonderful stories that may have found a huge readership, but for one individual in a key position.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books are here to stay, whether they are Indie, traditional, eBooks, or paper. The future is bright and wide open. My only peeve is the large number of Indie authors who don't provide a pristine product. This sours the industry for the rest of us who take great care in putting out a story free from typos, spelling errors, and terrible grammar. I think its going to lead toward a stricter self-pub environment, and I don't want to see my success become based on an individual's personal tastes down the road.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science fiction and fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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