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Meet Sylvester Barzey of Storyteller Media

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sylvester Barzey.

Sylvester, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m an 8 year veteran of The United States Army and a final year Marketing Major. Back in 2010 before The Walking Dead took over Georgia on AMC, I was writing a few zombie short stories that I called Planet Dead. I had always been a writer, originally it was a hobby I enjoyed but I never really thought anything of it. So when I shipped off to basic training in October of 2010 I put the story away.

When I deployed in 2012 with The Big Red One I decided to pick Planet Dead back up and really work on it as a project to be published. I returned from deployment, started up college again with Thomas Edison State University, I got married and had a son. I was doing everything I set out to do with my life but I still had that creative passion burning inside of me so I sat and I worked on my first novel and published Planet Dead in May of 2017 and I’ve been writing ever since then. I have 3 books out for the Planet Dead series that focus on strong, brave minorities as the main characters and I’ve been published in a few Anthologies.

I started a small media company to help authors who can’t afford some of the necessities Of self-publishing. I provide free marketing and design work. Slowly I’ve been branching out to other small businesses as well, trying to help entrepreneurs put their best foot forward, all while creating powerful fiction with strong representation along the way.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Honestly, it hasn’t been smooth at all. Self-publishing and building a media company is a lot of hard work. Dealing with deadlines, clients and readers. It’s all a lot for one introvert to handle but I do it for my son. My son Ayden has autism and I guess I push myself to show him no matter what happens, you should always chase your dreams. I just want him to know he can do anything and I feel I have to be the example for that.

It’s been really hard moving a story with black and Latino main characters, mostly because horror has always been a place for White final girls and white heroes. At times people avoid Planet Dead because they think it’s gonna be filled with social justice messages but it’s just a really good zombie book with a strong black woman who likes whiskey and shotguns.

Storyteller Media – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a writer, I specialize in horror and fantasy that’s normally based in the south, places like Georgia, Texas and Louisiana. I focus on putting out great stories told through different eyes.

My media company specializes in videos and eye-popping graphics. The number one thing I’m proud of is the amount of writers and entrepreneurs that I’ve been able to help promote and brand their companies. Everyone has been so grateful for the help and I enjoy being able to help.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I moved over 2,000 copies of Planet Dead in a day. That blew my mind! It was a Friday The 13th Promotion and People went crazy. I didn’t think that many would go and I ended up #1 on Amazon’s charts that day. It felt really good.

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