The WYATT! podcast ( #Wyattonair ) does a deep dive into those timely and critical issues that impact Gay/SGL (same-gender-loving) men with a diverse set of LGBTQ+ movers, shakers, and change agents. WYATT! is absorbing, informative, provocative–and sprinkled with sly, spicy (and sometimes a wee bit) scandalous humor! The fast-growing podcast airs on both YouTube and Spotify.

A major mandate of WYATT! is to present a showcase for LGBTQ+ indie (independent) authors–particularly those of color.  And this time out, an indie publisher pulls up to the mic.

This eppy’s special guest is Eddie S. Pierce, Jr.( @seron1914 ) founder of Rainbow Room Publishing.  He provides a unique perspective into the publishing world, and just what it takes for authors to be successful.

Pierce, Jr. and I begin our sit-down by walking through the “Corridors of Time,” to explore his childhood. His answers to the question, “What three qualities best describe you as a little boy, a nipper?” will make you, well…chuckle! (Smile)

We fast forward to his college days: the businessman earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Chicago State University. He describes how that experience shaped him.

Eddie reveals that after discovering he was HIV positive, he became clinically depressed. He explains in heartfelt detail how the depression manifested itself–and how he eventually healed by using writing as his “safe haven.”   

Next, the multifaceted talent, who refers to himself as a Black Christian HIV-positive SGL (same-gender-loving) writer, discusses the three works he’s penned: LOVE: Something Infinite, LOVE: From Behind, and LOVE Changes. Afterward, I ask him about the challenges he faces as a Black Christian HIV-positive SGL writer, and how he reconciles the Christian and SGL parts.

After learning that his first work would be “nearly impossible” to be accepted by traditional publishers, Pierce, Jr. devised a solution: the creation of Rainbow Room Publishing. He expounds on that journey, which includes the push to include LGBTQ+ HIV-positive characters. 

The publisher also clues us in on the innovative plans he has in store for the company.

Lastly, the indie publisher/author and I have a lively, in-depth chat on what it takes for aspiring and already published authors to achieve a level of success. Particularly, we zero in on effective marketing and promotion.

So, there ya have it! This new WYATT! is one helluva inviting, intriguing, and invigorating episode!

Y’all, undisputedly and undeniably, WYATT! is “Eargasm Fo’ Tha Grown Folks!” Sho’ Nuff.