Monthly Archives: January 2012

Transition

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In the next week or so, I’ll be completely separating my own personal work onto this site (http://armandrosamilia.com) and only adding stuff that is relevant to me as an author like new books I have out, new anthologies, random posts, and stuff like that…

For all your Rymfire Book needs (which includes Rymfire Undead, Rymfire Erotica and Carnifex Metal Books) go and hang out at http://rymfirebooks.wordpress.com and there I’ll post the latest releases (if it’s a book by me or with me in it, expect a cross-post), the latest Rymfire news, new reading periods, and where we stand on certain anthologies in 2012.

Thanks!

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I Went To A Bookstore

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Twice this week I’ve accompanied Kim shopping (kicking and screaming, whining about deadlines and breaking my concentration and all that B.S.) because the particular shopping center she went to has a Books A Million store in it.

“Fine, fine, I’ll go,” I yelled, trying to remember how to put pants and shoes on. I envisioned my own shopping spree, with a handful of new books to read and a smile on my unshaven face (I’m now down to shaving once a week as a ‘full-time author’ – pretty much when it starts itching so much) and afterwards going home and settling into my comfy chair and reading until the metaphorical cows came home.

Instead, I came away empty-handed. Twice.

Yesterday she handed me a crisp one hundred dollar bill (I think it was even real) and didn’t even impose a spending amount,  just handed it over like we had all the money in the world to waste on books and such. I walked to the Books A Million with a step in my step I hadn’t had in weeks. I also hadn’t moved this much in weeks, so I was a bit winded by the time I got inside.

I wandered the store, smiled at the staff, and tried to settle down. Would I buy ten books or one big huge one, or maybe some magazines and a book, or any combination I could dream up?

The first thing that got me bothered were the book shelves themselves… they still had the same amount of space for them, but the books themselves were… weird…

Not the actual printed books, but the way they were displaying them now: two books spine-out, one book showing the cover… row after row. What the heck?

I asked one of the freaky chicks who worked there what the deal was. She looked at me (42, fat, gray-streaked goatee and crazy unshaven face under a backwards-not-cool-anymore-to-wear-like-that Red Sox baseball cap and smiled… I think that’s what she did, hard to say under all the face piercings and crazy tattoos on her neck.

Anyway, it turns out that they do that because… wait for it… they aren’t getting as many print books as they once did. So they spread them out, set up less book displays and more Star Wars/anime/manga/gift cards/Nook displays.

I wandered, I picked up a few books, I smelled one (at least they still smell good), and didn’t find a damn thing to buy. Why? Well, the few books I saw I liked I already owned (three mass market Joe McKinney paperbacks but nothing else from him; a couple of John Joseph Adams and Christopher Golden anthologies I already own on my Kindle; Jonathan Maberry zombie books front-faced in the Sci Fi/Fantasy section) and the rest were things I didn’t care enough to shell out $16.95 when I could buy it on Kindle for half that price, if I even wanted it.

90% of my reading these days is by indie authors from small-press companies unless it’s from someone I collect in print and have to have a complete library of (Brian Keene, Richard Lee Byers, John Everson, Jeff Strand, and Joe McKinney to name a few). Even the magazines seemed dated, with information I could find online and updated.

The publishing industry – the old model – was foreign to me. Why go to the store, buy a print book, wait in line, run my card, wait until I got home to read it, when I could click one lousy button and drop it into my TBR Kindle pile?

I gave Kim the hundred dollar bill back (OK, when she saw no bag she immediately put her hand out) and went home.

The only good part: I can put my pants and shoes back in the closet. I won’t need them for awhile.

Unless she wants to take me to dinner, something fancy like Sonny’s or Golden Corral.

Branding

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If I’m being honest with myself, my sales are sporadic and… shit. There, I said it.

I’ve read a half dozen eBooks in the last week about being an author and self-publishing, and there were some good ideas presented (for the most part)… some of the ideas I’ve already started to implement include updating and working my Twitter account (https://twitter.com/#!/ArmandAuthor) and not worrying too much about how many friends I can amass on Facebook without any real thought to who they are…

One idea that I only found in a couple of the books but is so important is Branding.

I asked myself… ‘Self… what is my brand?’

I decided on three keywords that summed up what I am doing (trying to do?) with my career, things that people would see and say ‘Why, yes, that sums up Armand Rosamilia the Author like nothing ever before!’… and then I imagine balloons falling from the sky and white doves flying around, popping the balloons…

Horror. Heavy Metal. Zombies.

OK, so technically it’s four words, but three concepts about my writing. Most of my work can be classified as Horror, and lately most of my work has been Zombie-oriented. I still write the Metal Queens Monthly non-fiction Heavy Metal series, and plan on putting out several more releases in those veins in 2012.

Horror. Heavy Metal. Zombies.

I like that. Now, I need to convert it into actual sales and actual fans…

Guest Blog – Wakefield Mahon

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Tell us about your story appearing in the “State of Horror: Pennsylvania” anthology (no spoilers, please!)


The Boeman was first inspired by the frequent trips that my wife and I take through Lancaster.  At first, we only passed through on our way to Hershey Park, but our appreciation for the area has grown.  I mean come on; the area has a town named after me.  Okay maybe the town came first, but we still get a kick out of every time we drive through Wakefield.  The thing that really struck me was the contrast between Downtown Lancaster, the Tangier Outlets and Amish country.  One day we lost our way exploring that beautiful Amish country and well…

 

Your thoughts on self-publishing vs. traditional publishers?

I have heard people complain about the lack of quality in self-published titles.  While there are certainly some examples of lazy or careless authors, I might never have been introduced to “I Wish” by Wren Emerson or one of my favorites “Every Last Kiss” by Courtney Cole if I had to wait on the big publishing houses to recognize their talent.  Not to mention I have read some dreadful books from established publishing houses.
That being said, I would be more than happy to “sell out” if a major publishing company happened to look my way.

 

What do you think of the horror story genre these days?

I read an article some time back about the changes in the horror genre.  I get that some people love the blood and guts.  I even have a few stories that get a little messy, but my favorite horror stories will always be in the style of Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson along with classics like Bram Stoker and Le Fanu and Poe.

 

Some of your favorite authors that inspired you?

My favorite authors are not particularly exotic really.  I love Mark Twain and Langston Hughes for their mastery of language, especially the colloquial style.  Jane Austen and Sheridan Le Fanu taught me that setting can be a major character and CS Lewis taught me it’s alright to write what you believe in.

 

What is your ultimate – realistic – goal as a writer?

You mean the New York Times Bestseller list isn’t realistic?
I would love to garner a Nebula or a Bram Stoker, but primarily I would just like to be able to write for a living.  I think the day that I first see one of my books in the hands of a complete stranger will be one of the happiest days of my life.

 

What are some of your influences?

That is an interesting question.  I suppose you could say everything.  I grew up listening to music and watching movies.  There are so many stories in everything around us and I am in love with stories.  Lately, my work has been heavily influenced by Japanese anime and classical fables.

 

Give us a typical day in your writing schedule.

The only good thing about my four-hour daily commute is the opportunity to write on the train.  Without it, I wouldn’t have any time to write at all.  Typically, I will write in the morning and edit in the evening when I am more alert.

 

What story/book of yours are you most proud of, and why?

I love all of my babies.  I guess I am most proud of “Transylmania”, it was my first published story, in a collection called “Monster Party” and the first time I pushed myself past trunk stories into serious writing.

 

What are you working on now?

I am always working on several things at once.  Currently, I’m working on a story about a man in love with two women.  I’m also working on a new paranormal crime series called Full Moon City and of course, “Turquoise Wind” the follow up to my first novel, “Jade Dreams”.

 

Shameless plug time… where can we find your work and you?


Jade Dreams, along with some of my anthologies are available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Wakefield-Mahon/e/B004UZO4JE)
You can find out about all of the writing, music and other projects I’m involved with on my website http://www.wakefieldmahon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skeletal Remains release

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Rymfire Books is Proud to announce our latest Horror Anthology

SKELETAL REMAINS

The Skeleton—the supporting system for so many organisms. Rip off our skin, strip down the meat, and underneath we’re all the same. So why has the skeleton frightened us for so many generations? 

The answer may lie inside these pages.

From the iconic Grim Reaper to the dancing figurines celebrated in Mexico’s Day of the Dead, human skeletons have personified death. Often portrayed as mindless creatures summoned to do unspeakable things by their master, the skeleton is brutal in its simplicity. Much like the zombie, their strength is in numbers and their immunity to attacks that would only harm their non-existent flesh. Join these brave authors daring enough to put nightmare to paper and unearth these Skeletal Remains.

Jonah Buck • Lorne Dixon • Keith Gouveia • Giovanna Lagana • Lisamarie Lamb • Matt Peters • Suzanne Robb • Armand Rosamilia • Rebecca Snow

Only $2.99 eBook and $7.99 Print

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Zombie Writing release coming soon

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I was going to wait closer to the official release date (January 20th 2012) but… well, I can’t…

Zombie Writing! is a non-fiction idea I am putting together, and I wanted it to be special… but I had no idea just how special it was going to be until I started reading through the submissions and editing it…

The idea was simple: put together the bext zombie authors I could find, have them submit varied pieces about their own writing, advice about writing zombie fiction, and their own take on the genre…

I don’t have everyone involved finished submitting, but so far the book will include:

Neil Kloster, Mark Clodi, Richard Lee Beyers, Joe McKinney, Jason S. Hornsby, Rie Sheridan Rose, Christian Jensen, Mainak Dhar, JD Gillam, Mark Justice, Michael D. Griffiths, Dane Hatchell, T.S. Charles, David Moody, Todd Brown, Craig DiLouie, Lee Pletzers, Andy Taylor, Kevin Coryell, Brent Abell, Sharon M. White, Kelly M. Hudson, Chantal Boudreau, Carole Gill, Marissa Farrar, Tim Waggoner, W.D. Gagliani, David Lee Summers, Lou Antonelli, Shawn M. Riddle, Keith Gouveia, and so many more…

Stay tuned for further details, and a killer cover from Nic Burgess as well!

On The Other Side…

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I went through 2011 with no actual writing or publishing goals… I just wrote as much as I could and submitted it as quickly as I could without no real sense of goals.

For 2012 I’ve decided to set some goals… of course, I won’t call them New Year’s Resolutions, since that doesn’t ever work… instead, I’ll call them Goals (notice the capital G!)… here are my own personal ones (I’ll get to the publishing ones in another post)

Short Stories – I think selling four or more short stories to anthologies (not including Rymfire Books, of course) would be a realistic Goal for 2012, with the eye toward more than that. I’m also going to only count the sale if it is an actual paying market, regardless of what the pay is. I think for 2012 I won’t even bother to submit to non-paying markets…

Novellas – Two different parts to this Goal… I’d like to finish both horror novellas I’ve been sitting on, Tool Shed and Hammond Beach, and submit them to solid small-press publishing companies… in 2011 I would have finished them asap and then simply released them via Rymfire Books and started making money (in a perfect world, anyway…)… but I want to expand my career and reach new potential readers, and I think working with another publisher or two would be a great fit… the other part to the Goal? To release four zombie novellas in 2012 via Rymfire Books that tie into and expand on the Dying Days series…

Novels – I’ve been working on Chelsea Avenue,my horror novel set in Long Branch, New Jersey, for a couple of years on and off… I finished the first draft in December and had some solid readers give me a ton of ideas to make it infinitely better… I’ll be doing the rewrites by the end of January and hoping to submit it to a bigger publisher this year…

Why focus on getting published by a big publisher? That’s for another day and another post…