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Wayne Stinnett

Is a USA Today Bestselling novelist and a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and truck driver, among many other things. He lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry with his wife and their youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, four grandchildren, a Carolina dog, and a whole flock of parakeets. He grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico.

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New Release Swift and Silent Arriving 03/04/2024

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New Release Bad Blood Arriving 06/01/2024

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2 days ago

EVERYTHING is off my plate.
Bad Blood is with beta readers.
Monthly reports are finished.
Everyone has been paid.

Time to head south and stick my toes in the Gulf for a week. We're heading to St. George Island for a week!
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Happy vacation

We've had some beautiful weather this week on the Gulf. Water therapy is the best.

Enjoy your time off. Love St. George Island!

Have a great vacation!!

Enjoy! Really enjoyed Swift and Silent-just like I do all your books

Heading south to Florida myself. Take it easy brother.

Beautiful time of the year in this part of Florida...can

We love it there! Stay at the State Park!

Have fun and enjoy!!!

Well deserved!

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1 week ago

Bad Blood is off my plate.
I just created a new file folder for Apalach Affair, the 28th Jesse novel, and created the Notes section in the manuscript, which includes things like character details, location, date, weather, sun and moon data, and anything else to do with the story.
We're leaving for Apalach on Saturday, and the first 2,000 words of Apalach Affair are due by 3/15, the end of the week when we return.
Then it's two- to ten-thoousand words a week until late June, with a finished length set at 60,000 words, as usual, and a release date of September 1. It will be going on preorder very soon.
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My thanks to you and the entire support team.

You keep writing them. I’ll keep buying and reading.

Doesn’t sound like a vacation. Try to chill too.

Please stay healthy and keep on writing.

Love it- I’m addicted to your books- characters and stories

Awesome 👍

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1 week ago

The End.
And with barely an hour left in the final workweek of this project, right on time, and 41 words over my goal set back in November.
People ask how I write so fast, well, it really isn't when that's your only gig. If I have eleven uninterupted weeks, I can finish a novel. That's 55 writing days at a minimum of 1,000 words a day. Knowing when I won't be as productive is as important as knowing when I will be, so planning is required.
You write 60,000 words the same way you'd eat an elephant.
One bite at a time.
I get it done, because I plan to. My production and writing schedule extends through June 2025, much like this.
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The End.
And with barely an hour left in the final workweek of this project, right on time, and 41 words over my goal set back in November.
People ask how I write so fast, well, it really isnt when thats your only gig. If I have eleven uninterupted weeks, I can finish a novel. Thats 55 writing days at a minimum of 1,000 words a day. Knowing when I wont be as productive is as important as knowing when I will be, so planning is required.
You write 60,000 words the same way youd eat an elephant.
One bite at a time.
I get it done, because I plan to. My production and writing schedule extends through June 2025, much like this.

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June 2015 ???

Really enjoying your Jesse McDermett books.

1 week ago

This morning's release of Swift and Silent to those who preordered from my online store went off without a hitch today, delivering over 300 copies of the ebook and almost 100 audiobooks.
While I slept...
Ain't it cool!
It's available now through next Thursday in my Ship's Store, as well as at Barnes & Noble and Apple Books. The Amazon release will be next Friday.
Cover art by Greta Stinnett,
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This mornings release of Swift and Silent to those who preordered from my online store went off without a hitch today, delivering over 300 copies of the ebook and almost 100 audiobooks.
While I slept... 
Aint it cool!
Its available now through next Thursday in my Ships Store, as well as at Barnes & Noble and Apple Books. The Amazon release will be next Friday.
Cover art by Greta Stinnett,

17 CommentsComment on Facebook

Awesome

Got it! Thanks!

Awesome cover

Thank you Wayne. I don’t understand why only 400 people preordered! Get it together!!!

Yea. Jesse is back. ❣️❣️

Be listening on the ride to Everyday Vacations Florida Keys 🌴

Great photo, Greta!

I got it yesterday! So excited to start it!

I've been able to listen to my Audiobook for a while this morning... It's awesome! Thanks Wayne!

I just got it from Barnes and Noble. Can’t wait to read it but need to finish the book I’m reading now. Fortunately, it’s fairly short

Well I tried to get it from you but am having difficulties

Just got mine. Thanks for writing another one.

Ok I didn’t know. Will order today.. I have all the rest

Got it! My preorder came in like clockwork this am! Thank you

I got mine and am deep into it. Love the early release.

Yippee! Great job on the cover, Greta! 🌺

Yippee! Great job on the cover, Greta! 🌺

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2 weeks ago

Two more chapters to write, which are already outlined. About 3,000 more words, and then Bad Blood is finished. Two days, max.
Next week, I'll review and edit the whole thing, then I'm off for a vacation in Apalachicola to research Jesse #28, Apalach Affair, while Bad Blood is with my editor.
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Enjoy Apalach.

Always ready for your next book

Enjoy the Oysters 🦪. Some of the best in world

It'll be nice having Jesse moving around Apalach. I really miss Dawn Lee!

Yes can’t wait. WV and VA my homes

Will be there for vacation next week too! Love your books ! maybe we will see you there!

Awesome cannot wait

You've got to interact with some of Dawn's characters! I'd recommend a stay at the Water St Hotel, which also shows up in her books. Enjoy the trip!!

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2 weeks ago

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It will be perfect

Just get the bad guys

That's a catchy title for a new book!

Congratulations! That has to be a feeling of great pride and accomplishment.

I love your books!!

You keep writing and I'll keep reading. Got a fresh 6 pack of Red Stripe smuggled up from FT Myers just today. They don't sell it up here on the North Coast.

Incredible and just getting better!

I love your books and have every one.

A life’s work… greatly appreciated!

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

New ending: "To be continued...in perpetuity"

And we want 44 and 45 and 46 ……..

Looking forward to reading your book

Keep writing, please. Your stories feed are awesome

Well, 44 with this post 😺😹😺

I'll finish reading the 26th of those later this week. Im on a 2 WS books/week pace lately!

Go Wayne!!! I just 2 of the latest books for the library! They are still flying off the shelf I just wish the weather wasn't so ugly when you and Greta came here. That was a big bummer although the weather I thought was not so bad a lot of the patrons are older. I had at least 65 or more signed up to be here for you.

Noooo! Don’t end it yet lol

👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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2 weeks ago

What is it with audiobook distributors?
I started producing audiobooks in 2015, due to the demands of my audience. I chose ACX, or Audiobook Creation Exchange, as my distributor to get to Audible and Apple. It was through them that I met Nick Sullivan, who narrated all my books. Then Audible decided to allow their users to basically listen and return like a library, no charge, no foul, oh.... and the author will eat the cost of the return and the distribution fee. They sold thousands of my audiobooks for a royalty of less than zero dollars. I gave them my audiobooks to SELL not give away.
So, two years ago, I dumped Audible and ACX and partnered with a new distributor, Findaway Voices. Shortly after that, Findaway was acquired by Spotify.
If you're a working musician, you know how scary that was.
Last week, Spotify announced their new Terms of Service. It would have been the biggest, most egregious rights grab in the history of publishing. Here's a short excerpt of the new terms of use.
Accordingly, you hereby grant Spotify a non-exclusive, transferable, sublicensable, royalty-free, fully paid, irrevocable, worldwide license to reproduce, make available, perform and display, translate, modify, create derivative works from (such as transcripts of User Content), distribute, and otherwise use any such User Content through any medium, whether alone or in combination with other Content or materials, in any manner and by any means, method or technology, whether now known or hereafter created, in connection with the Service, the promotion, advertising or marketing of the Service, and the operation of Spotify's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including for systems and products management, improvement and development, testing, training, modeling and implementation in connection with the Spotify Service.
A couple of definitions:
You - Anyone who distributes audiobooks through Findaway.
The Service - Findaway and Spotify's distribution service.
User Content - The audiobooks, as well as music, podcasts, and anything else they can get their hands on.
Derivatives - Additional audiobooks Spotify's AI computers will create using my content, characters, locations, themes, prose, tropes, or style.
Translate - Spotify's AI computers will translate English audiobooks into foreign languages with no royalties paid to the English creator.
Royalty-free - The AI computer doesn't get paid for what it creates. Nor does the author/rights holder of the original work, because they didn't create the new robo-garbage derivatives.
If you read between the lines, this whole rights grab is about artificial intelligence, or AI. Spotify has hundreds of thousands of audiobook at their disposal, they paid Findaway over $100 million to get them. Why? To teach their AI computers with. And they have the data from Findaway, as to what books are selling well, and by that I mean on an hour by hour basis, not year to year. AI can create a full audiobook in a matter of minutes. And they will be directed toward the hottest selling segment of the audience.
Spotify recanted within hours due to the massive blowback, and they removed a lot of the scary clauses. But the AI learning is still there. They've spent millions more creating the technology and promised their shareholders 40% when they acquired Findaway. As a distributor, they only get 30%. That should have been the first indication of what they were planning.
Fortunately they peeled back the curtain and let us have a look at what they really wanted.
So, that's strike two. I've used two distributors and both ended up being ripoff artists in Armani suits. But I'm willing to give the industry one more shot.
As soon as possible, my team will begin moving my entire audiobook catalogue--over 40 titles--to Author's Republic, another audiobook distributor. What this will mean as far as availability at retailers like Apple, Barnes & Noble, Chirp , and Google, I'm not sure yet. There will probably be a short interruption in availability, and it's likely that all the prior sales data and reviews will be lost. Again.
It's really simple.
I assign distribution rights to someone, and they send my audiobooks to retailers to sell in their stores.
Anything beyond that, I'm not interested in, not would 99.99% of the human population with a brain.
The freaking ToS that Findaspot proposed were ten pages long. I did it in one sentence. I can even do it in just five words.
You can SELL my audiobooks.
And in MY terms of use, I can change that second word to "can't" in half a heartbeat.
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I’d definitely rather buy directly from you Wayne Stinnett!

Unbelievable! They probably count on most people not reading the entire document.

Wow! That was unbelivably terrible!!

It’s all about the greed, and it’s getting worse by the day.

So many have pulled their books even despite the lame attempt to assure authors they “misunderstood”. I’m so glad there are more options!!

Spotify changed their new TOS yesterday after everyone complained.

I was going to say "unbelievable," but our world has become increasingly immoral and bereft of empathy and other virtues. Making money is definitely virtuous if its done right in a moral way.

I only do audible since I pay monthly. Never returned a book. Have over 500 titles I've purchased.

Sounds like it's high time to send in Jesse to wrangle these #wannabetyrants in their Armani suits into submission.

I cannot imagine how maddening this process is.

AI scares me….

The bottom line for me is that I read to feed my soul. To date, though, EVERYTHING I have read by an AI has been completely soulless. Maybe that will be overcome eventually, but I fear it is more likely the companies are counting on a "lowered bar" standard from the public.

You might consider using Bookfunnel to deliver your audiobooks directly to your customers from your website. Cuts out the middleman, allows you to set fair prices on downloads, and keeps your work safer from crap like Spotify is attempting. In another group, I did read that those terms are being modified due to backlash but I have no details on if or when that will occur.

That's why I read only hard copies!!!

That sucks. Glad you can change.

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3 weeks ago

After nearly ten weeks of writing, a novel is born.
Well, not completely. I still have three weeks before it's finished, but the manuscript just passed the minimum 50,000 words to be called a novel.
These last 15,000 words are the fun part of discovery writing. From the start, all I knew was where the story was going to be located. Then as it slowly unfolded, I learned where the characters were showing me they wanted to go. Now, while I don't quite know the ending, I do know exactly how to get there.
The number at the bottom is the current word count. On the left you can see it and two other numbers in the table of contents.
That's where I stopped the last three days. At the end of each writing session, I put the word count at the bottom and make it a style heading in the ToC to mark where I stopped. Then every morning, I go back and delete the marker from three days earlier, then read through and edit the last two days' work before starting new words.
Bad Blood is now on preorder on Amazon.
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After nearly ten weeks of writing, a novel is born.
Well, not completely. I still have three weeks before its finished, but the manuscript just passed the minimum 50,000 words to be called a novel.
These last 15,000 words are the fun part of discovery writing. From the start, all I knew was where the story was going to be located. Then as it slowly unfolded, I learned where the characters were showing me they wanted to go. Now, while I dont quite know the ending, I do know exactly how to get there.
The number at the bottom is the current word count. On the left you can see it and two other numbers in the table of contents. 
Thats where I stopped the last three days. At the end of each writing session, I put the word count at the bottom and make it a style heading in the ToC to mark where I stopped. Then every morning, I go back and delete the marker from three days earlier, then read through and edit the last two days work before starting new words.
Bad Blood is now on preorder on Amazon.

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you mention word count: I’m curious on how many words would correlate to around 300 pages ?? 1 of the Titans of science fiction “David Weber” usually averages 600 to 800 pages per novel. I can’t fathom how many words would be necessary for a 800 page novel

Can hardly wait!

Pre-ordered Bad Blood.

Cool seeing a sneak peek into another of Jesse's adventures come to life. As a side note of historical insignificance... Jesse & I share the same birthday/date (3/20/62). Happy 62nd next month dude! Look forward to the finished product Captain!

Readers Up!

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