Sean Meriwether has been working is own brand of magic on the page. His immersive fiction has been transporting readers into a tumescent landscape populated by dangerous men, darkly charming outsiders, and not so innocent young men. He has published short fiction in multiple venues including Best of Best Gay Erotica 2, Best Gay Love Stories, and Lodestar Quarterly. His collection of short fiction, The Silent Hustler, was released by Lethe Press (2009).
Meriwether is best known as the founder and managing editor of 2 online literary magazines, Outsider Ink and Velvet Mafia. The venues were launched in 1999 and 2001 respectively to publish “homeless” alternative and queer fiction and poetry and developed a platform for niche authors to reach their audience. Meriwether published book excerpts, interviews and book reviews, leveraging the global reach of the Internet to garner an appetite for the physical books; he utilized new media to support traditional media.
His original goal was to rebuild the community that was destroyed when hundreds of small and gay bookstores closed. The combined audience of both magazines reached over 1,000,000 reads per quarterly issue and sold thousands of books published by small and mid-list authors during their 12 year run.
Meriwether, a champion for reading in “meatspace,” attributes the success for the print edition of The Silent Hustler to the community of readers and writers he brought together via the Internet. Although both magazines were recently shuttered, the queer-friendly audience that he built continues to support one another by buying and promoting each other’s work via word of mouth, GoodReads.com and Facebook. He viewed every submitting author as part of his audience and worked with them to develop their stories, acting as a mentor and editor. His dedication to community building has earned him comparisons to the Bloomsbury Group and the Violet Quill Club, and Outsider Ink was named one of the hottest markets for New Writers by Writers Digest.