Wayne Stinnett‘s success story is not sexy. He’s not a young writer who became an overnight sensation with one novel. His books are not on the best seller list. He did not get a seven-figure advance from one of the big six New York publishers. His manuscript was not pulled from the slush pile of an influential agent to become the object of a bidding war between rival publishers. But Wayne Stinnett is a success none the less. Wayne is a full-time writer and the author of ten novels.
This is pretty amazing considering that, only a few years ago, Wayne was a full-time truck driver. How did this incredible transformation take place? Just plain hard work. (I told you this story wasn’t sexy). While still a truck driver, Wayne wrote a novel and self-published it as an ebook on Amazon Kindle. This book, Fallen Palm, the first in his Jesse McDermitt series, initially sold 23 copies. Then what happened? Wayne wrote another book, the second in the series. That one sold a little over 100 copies. Undeterred, and far from discouraged, Wayne continued writing. More books, including a prequel, followed and, with every book, his sales went up exponentially. Eventually, he was able to quit his job as a truck driver and focus all his time writing. This was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
Now Wayne can spend more time with his wife, his daughter, grandkids, and going out on the boat that his writing paid for. Wayne is not on the top of the publishing pyramid or the bottom; he’s living in the middle. Besides writing more novels in his adventure series, he is also hard at work on a non-fiction book about his experiences as a writer. Is Wayne a big success? I think he is. What is success? To many people success means doing what you love every day. It means turning your passion into your work. And getting paid for it is nice too. Wayne is happy and very grateful for what he’s achieved, and that’s more than a lot of people can say.
The Jesse McDermitt series, by Wayne Stinnett, is about an adventurer on a boat who goes after criminals and rights wrongs, fighting for the people who need his help. If this sounds a little like the Travis McGee series, by the late great John D. MacDonald, you wouldn’t be far off. Wayne cites MacDonald as his biggest influence and inspiration. Wayne has also started another series of thrillers, also set on the water, featuring a tough female government agent and martial arts master, named Charity Styles. Check out Wayne’s books at Amazon kindle and his website, Wayne Stinnett.com.