My Own Year In Review (Armand’s 2011) Part 2

Now, onto the actual 25 books I released in 2011…

We’ll start from the beginning of the year and I’ll give you my honest opinion and thoughts on each book (good or bad)…

January 2011

Metal Queens Seven (released January 1st) – This release was something I felt like I had to do, that last issue of a series that had run for over two years sporadically… the issue itself is solid but I think I rushed it, jamming as many bands and fans that were female into it just to have it finished… in my mind it was getting old to do, and I had a huge idea for another slightly different product of Metal Queens (more on that in February)… at this point I remember thinking it was done and over with, and I even toyed with pulling all the issues at the end of the year… glad I didn’t, as these original issues still sell a few copies each month and find new fans…

February 2011

A month later, on February 2nd, the first State of Horror anthology was released, State of Horror: New York, even though it was the second actually finished. This was an idea I’d played with back in my Carnifex Press days a few years ago, and I’d actually started it with the Florida Horror: DarkTales From The Sunshine State book (now out of stock)… on February 13th the much longer State of Horror: Louisiana was released, eight stories instead of the five in SoH:NY… it was, again, a solid collection and culled from dozens of submissions… On February 25th I closed out the month with the aforementioned Metal Queens release, Metal Queens: Models, what I thought was a can’t-miss collection of super-lovely (i.e. hot) models into Heavy Metal, showcasing their pictorials and interviews. It didn’t sell well at all short-term, although each month I still sell more than the last. Can’t figure it out…

March 2011

On March 12th I released Dying Days, which was a zombie novella I’d been working on since I released Highway To Hell the previous August and that zombie novella contained a short story featuring Darlene Bobich. I loved the character, loved everything about her, and decided to continue her story. Glad I did… March also saw two simultaneous releases, Revenant and Revenant II, on the 16th… and they became a sore-spot for me, because neither has ever sold much… even though they contain some great ghost stories, and I had so many great stories I split them into two volumes with an initial eye toward another volume at some point… March 22nd brought State of Horror: Pennsylvania, six stories set in PA that I loved…

April 2011

Slow month… only two releases, with the 6th bringing the re-release of my horror novella, Death Metal, that I’d gained the rights back to, and State of Horror: Texas dropping on the 16th… both solid books and both sell decently each month…

May 2011

Bad month… the only thing I released was an old fantasy novella from my Freehold series that never made any waves and I destroyed in the debacle that was Carnifex Press back a few years ago, where I burned many bridges, owed many great authors money and almost killed my publishing career before it got started… I’ll touch on that garbage in another post at another time… anyway, Freehold: Betrayal was the novella… its actually a good tale with a great character but I don’t know if I’ll ever be back in the fantasy mindset to finish what was started… sales are minimal so I doubt it would be worth it…

June 2011

Two of my favorite releases were put out in June, first Undead of Winter on the 4th and then Undead Tales on the 27th, both with some phenomenal zombie stories…

July 2011

There was only one release in July but it was State of Horror: Georgia, and by now I was loving the evolving State of Horror series because the seven stories in this one are all solid…

August 2011

Yep, State of Horror: Massachusetts came out on the 18th and it contains six more horror tales I loved to read…

September 2011

This is where the wheels started to fall off for me personally, but Rymfire eBooks was stronger for it… on the 3rd the post apocalyptic anthology Post Apocalyptic Raids was released, and it had no zombies in it, which was nice for a change, lol… I put out my own short story collection as an eBook only, Skulls, on the 5th and took the rest of the month to do a blog tour (dubbed Skulls World Blog Tour – genius, I know)…

October 2011

On the 6th State of Horror: California was released, another great chapter in the series, and the 25th I released another short story collection, this time my zombie stuff, called Zombie Tea Party thanks to inspiration from the cover art… it is still the best-selling Rymfire book, although its not making the numbers I thought it would (or any book at this point, for that matter)…

November 2011

Metal Queens Monthly #1 was my newest brain-child to revamp the stagnant series, released on the 5th, with new interviews, finding killer bands with female members, and picking and choosing each woman in the book… our stab at erotica was next, Rymfire Erotica, combining horror and sex, on the 20th… we liked the book so much we decided to release a new imprint for 2012 called Rymfire Erotica (catchy, right?) to go along with the new Rymfire Undead imprint…

December 2011

Seems like so long ago… anyway, this was a busy month and had some killer releases that only time will tell if they sell enough copies for me to not freak out everytime I hear the mailman outside… the 9th brought us the second installment with Metal Queens Monthly #2… I have been writing so much in the last few weeks (got my groove on!) that I decided to release some zombie short stories in preparation for so many releases in 2012, so Dying Shortly was borne of blood and fire (Slayer lyrics) on the 21st with a great cover by Nic Burgess… love his work! On the 28th I put out a great non-fiction book and an idea I thought I’d done in Blair E. Gibson’s From The Minds of Madness: Origins of Heavy Metal Band Names, which I spent more time reading than editing and had to keep going back… its officially going to be released on the 6th of Janaury but i couldn’t wait… lastly, Dying Shortly Volume 2 just came out, continuing with the zombie short stories theme from yours truly… oh, and the very last release for 2011 (although there’s still plenty of time!) will be my Extreme Undead Collection, putting together all four of my zombie novella releases into one super-sized – about 100,000 words – eBook Amazon Kindle-only release… I’ll link it when it goes live!

I hope you enjoyed reading the Rymfire Books ups and downs of 2011… and hoping next year at this time we’re all reading about the huge peaks while I’m sipping champagne and welcoming the mailman to visit…

One Response to “My Own Year In Review (Armand’s 2011) Part 2”

  1. […] I’ll be posting my 2012 Year In Review for me in the next few days, so look for that… last year I did one and got a great response, so I’ll follow the same basic format… here are the links to the My Own Year In Review (Armand’s 2011) and My Own Year In Review (Part 2) […]

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