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Spotlight On: Paul Mannering

Posted in authors, fiction, guest blog, horror, interview, pro market, Spotlight On, zombie on November 5, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Paul Mannering

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Tankbread – post-apocalyptic sci-fi, zombie, horror

 

Quick description of it.

Ten years ago humanity lost the war for survival.

Now intelligent zombies rule the world. Feeding the undead of a steady diet of cloned people called Tankbread, the survivors live in a dangerous world on the brink of final extinction.

One outlaw courier must go on a journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia. Fighting his way into the very heart of the apocalypse in the desperate search for a way to save the last humans and destroy the undead threat. 

His only companion is a girl with an extraordinary secret. Her name is Else, and she’s Tankbread.

 

Something unique about it.

Tankbread features a female protagonist with the body of a fully grown woman, but the blank slate brain of a newborn.  She only has a 30 day life span and holds the secret to saving the entire world.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Tankbread-ebook/dp/B00BVRQN0W/permutedpress-20

 

Your promo links.

https://www.facebook.com/NZPaulBooks

www.manneringbooks.com – site is under construction

http://www.tankbread.blogspot.com – blog

www.brokensea.com – Audio Drama website

 

Your short Bio.

Paul Mannering is an award winning writer living in Wellington, New Zealand.

Paul has published dozens of short stories and radio plays in a range of genres across many different international markets. In 2007 he co-founded BrokenSea Audio Productions, which podcasts free audio drama each week to an audience of millions.

Paul lives with his wife Damaris and their three cats. 

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Juggling So Many Projects As An Author

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Miami Spy Games, personal, pro market, spy, thriller, writing on April 19, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I talked yesterday about writing outside my comfort zone with a project on my mind. I’m currently finishing up Dying Days 3, the latest in my zombie series. But I have an idea I want to pursue right after that, and it is very different from anything I’ve written previously. 

The good news? I already have a solid publisher looking to talk about it, even though it is only a 6-sentence concept at this point. I’ve come a long way, I guess. Plus, I have a big mouth, I can B.S. with the best of them, and I have a track record… fingers crossed we can get this done, and I can start writing it with a contract dangled in front of me, right? That always makes it better. 

The bad news? I have a ton of projects sitting in my queue, waiting to be completed. Another contract means they get pushed aside again, like what happened when I wrote Miami Spy Games. Nineteen projects will sit for a few weeks until I complete this idea, and if it takes off I might do sequels or get another contract for another idea. How cool would that be?

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Of course, I’d need to squeeze in some of the writing on the other stories between finishing and submitting this new idea, and getting in as many words on at least one other project so I feel like I am accomplishing something. I wrote three projects under contract right after Miami Spy Games, but none of them have been released so far. To the reader, they only see me not putting out new things and they move on to other authors. When I can set my own pace, I can put out work on some semblance of a schedule, but with a contract I have to honor it first and foremost (it is paying the bills, after all)…

Yeah, I guess I’ll stop crying like a bitch because someone likes me enough to offer me money in advance to write something… but I need to rethink my schedule again, and roll with the punches, and squeeze in one of these nineteen projects to complete before I forget what they were even about. 

Armand

Rethinking Publishing in 2013 – In My Humble Opinion

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, dying days, horror, JA Konrath, novella, personal, pro market, pro sale, short story, Tool Shed, writing, zombie on March 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I haven’t technically released a new story so far in 2013… on my own. Sure, I have a great little story in the Fifty Shades of Decay anthology from Angelic Knight Press, but I’ve yet to release anything self-published in 2013. I’ve written three contracted novellas for a company but I have no idea when (or if?) they will be released for sale. All I know is: I wrote them, I got paid for them, I loved writing and getting money for them. 

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I’m working on Dying Days 3 and Dying Days: Origins novellas right now, but at a leisurely pace. There is no strict deadline or panic if I write less than 2,000 words a day. The way Dying Days 3 is shaping up, it should be longer than the typical 25,000 word zombie novella in the rest of the series, and I’m happy with it. I’ve also been dancing around the issue of doing a synopsis for my Chelsea Avenue horror novel and sending it off to a actual agent who wants to take a look. 

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… agent?! In this day and age?! I’m a huge fan of reading the JA Konrath blog on an almost daily basis when he has something new to say, and I get what he’s accomplished and what he’s pushing to be successful. But I’m not selling 6,000 eBooks a month and if I get 5 Amazon loans I’m ecstatic. 

I’ve seen my numbers dry up, and my back-list (heck, I have 67 items for sale on Amazon) not selling the way it used to. I peaked about a year ago, selling almost 2,800 eBooks on Amazon. Now? Um… a lot less. A lot. 

Why?

No clue… or maybe I do. This post isn’t about bitching and complaining the way Amazon does business, because they are a business and they are in the business of making money. They aren’t our friend (I don’t think they are the enemy, either). But the rules keep changing for us indies and we need to adapt. I’m going to adapt or die trying.

How? By pitching to an actual agent and see what happens. By actively looking for small press publishers who have something to offer, like some new readers and a marketing plan. I feel like I’ve hit a ceiling with my readers, and while I absolutely love those who are loyal to my work, I don’t think I’m reaching many new ones. I can almost guarantee what the sales will be for any zombie books I release, because the rabid fan base is there, but I need to capture new readers. I don’t think I’m doing it anymore.

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I released what I consider my best traditional horror story, Tool Shed (coincidentally, also out by Angelic Knight Press), but the sales have been slow. It’s the story I’ve always wanted to write and sat in my head for many years before I refined it. I love it, but I actually had a conversation online with one of my more vocal Dying Days readers who said they wouldn’t read it because it had no zombies in it. Hmm. 

My new goal for 2013 is to start getting more releases out in a timely manner, and spread them out. I’m gong to begin looking at solid anthologies out there to submit to and spread the word, and finish up a few novella and novel ideas this year and look for small press companies I want to work with, and see if they want to work with me. 

I’ll still self-publish a few things, especially the Dying Days series, unless some publisher steps up and gives me a big chunk of cash upfront to re-release it. Otherwise, it’s all mine. My 2013 goal is to mix it up a bit, and see what works and doesn’t work. 

The rules have changed yet again, and as authors we need to change with the times. Not stop in place and bitch about it, but be proactive and do something about it… or die trying. 

Guest Blog – E.Z. Graves of Horror On The Installment Plan

Posted in authors, guest blog, horror, pro market, short story, Uncategorized on August 19, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

Horror on the Installment Plan’s New Issues

I’m Jim Musgrave, or “E. Z. Graves” as I’m known on the pages of my new horror ezine, Horror on the Installment Plan.  I’m happy to say that my stories are now available in all formats (even print), and I’d like to give a shout out to the authors and the stories they’ve created.

Issue 1:  “Zombies and Children” (review thanks to horroraddicts.com)

In our introductory issue we have five stories and an interview with up-and-coming dark fiction author, Nat Robinson.  We also post interviews with our authors on our Purgatory Blogs.  You must register and login to view these interviews.

The first story in the June issue of Horror on the Installment Plan is The Flesh Eaters by Andrew F. Rey. It’s about a guy named Dwayne who is living alone in a California town looking for food and keeping away from the zombies that seem to be everywhere. This story reads like any other zombie story but has a twist ending that makes it a good read.

The next story is by Stacy Bolli called The Undead Addiction. This story includes zombies but is not your normal zombie story. The zombie outbreak has been contained but now there is a different problem. It has been discovered that a highly addictive drug can be made from a female zombie’s brain called zombion. One dose of zombion leaves you addicted and if you go into withdrawal you’re as good as dead. Problem is there aren’t a lot of zombies left and people are killing each other to get the drug. I loved this story because it was an original look at the aftermath of a zombie outbreak.

Basic Nature by Karen Dent is next up and looks at a father trying to save his daughter from himself as he changes into one of the undead. This one is followed by Back Seat Letter by Chris Castle which is told from a letter written by a little girl who is in a back seat of a car trying to escape a zombie infestation. Both of these stories were great character driven pieces and a lot of fun to read.

The last story in this magazine was by the publisher E.Z. Graves and called Born this Way. This was a fun little zombie tale that has a very funny musical part. Each story in this issue of Horror on the Installment Plan was a very different look at the zombie genre and each story was an excellent read. I’ve read a lot of horror magazines in my time and it’s very rare to find a magazine where all the stories are good but this issue of Horror on the Installment Plan succeeds. The best part is that this magazine can be purchased on Amazon for 99 cents.

Issue 3:  “Home Alone”

Were you ever left home alone?  McCauley Culkin made a career for himself out of the experience, but perhaps you were less enthusiastic.  There are always sinister shadows lurking about, windows that bang open, and creaking floorboards that  echo when you walk.

     This week’s theme brings you four stories that involve circumstances that happen inside our abodes.  Whether in the basement or flying around outside above our heads, danger and evil can occur when we’re home alone.

     For example, in our lead story, The Basement, author Jeff Poole brings us a situation we may have all faced.  Somebody we know may be missing, and we are aware of where he could be.  But, should we enter to find out?  You will find out when you enter “The Basement.”

     Next, J. T. Seate, in his second HOTIP appearance, takes us inside This Old House where the rivalry of two sisters leads to a tale of horrendous proportions.  This story could just as well have appeared on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” back in the day.

     The third story is from yours truly, and it concerns a problematic search on the web where a military wife finds out a lot more than she ever bargained for.  Are drones becoming the new terrorist weapon of choice?  Find out in Pterodrone.

     Finally, to complete our quartet of stories for this week, we have HOTIP regular, J. G. Faherty’s True Love Never Dies.  This story is a cozy little tale about a husband who has trouble getting to sleep.  What keeps him awake will also keep you awake.

Issue 4:  “Freaks of Society”

Freaks are popular because they represent the misshapen values of commercialism and our need for freaks to make us look better to ourselves.  However, in the film, these freaks take out their revenge on the strong man, and in this week’s issue of Horror on the Installment Plan you will see other freaks who also get some amount of revenge.  However, in J. G. Faherty’s Jennifer’s Body, the woman becomes a freak at the very hands of our specialized medical profession.

     We hope you enjoy all of these stories, and that you’ll continue to subscribe each month for another roll of the dice in our themed issues.  Freaks are merely unlucky with the genetics they are given, and any one of us could be a freak due to fate or accidental dismemberment.

     We introduce Nick Medina, a writer with a flair for the dramatic, and his On the Edge of Town, gets down to earth about our freakish souls.  Following his fascinating story of freaks, Tracy Carbone gives us “Etta and Jojo,” which, she tells us, was inspired by the painting of a lunatic asylum.  Finally, Best Foot Forward, by writer extraordinaire, Troy Seate, takes us into the life of a modern-day hunchback.  It reminds us that we are just an accident away from freakdom, and we must count our blessings, lest we forget the lessons these stories teach us.  Until next week, enjoy the inner world of Horror on the Installment Plan!

Download samples at our web site:  http://www.contempinstruct.com

Scatterbrain This Week With Writing

Posted in bones. death.cenote, dying days, horror, Horror Writers Association, HWA, personal, pro market, pro sale, short story, submissions, writing on June 29, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

This is not shaping up to be a good week of writing for me… Hell, last week wasn’t so hot, either. And when I look back the last three months… ugghh…

I always set a daily goal of 2,000 words and figure wherever my head is, I’ll write. It all works out in the end because (in theory) as long as I’m writing something projects will get completed and I’ll have plenty of continuous products to hawk… except it isn’t shaping up like that.

Let’s see.. the last release I put out wasn’t actually a new thing, as the Dying Days audiobook came out on June 4th 2012… and nothing the rest of the month. The last time I had a brand new release? April 1st with Bones. Death. Cenote, my three-story collection. Sure, I re-released a few Rymfire Books anthologies in print in April but nothing new from me.

And what am I working on? About 167 different things all in different levels of completion. But none of them finished, which is killing me. Lately my 2,000 a day goal consists of writing 400 lousy words on 5 different projects, which are all hovering around the halfway mark.

I’ve finished three horror shorts this past month but they immediately got submitted to pro markets since I’m still hoping to get three pro sales and join (or not join) the HWA. You can read about that here. So I don’t count them in my gripe as to work I plan on self-publishing.

When I started the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour I was hoping to have my Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days completed, but I’m about 3 short stories shy of that right now. My readers/editors are spot-on and ready for the next part but I can’t seem to finish any of them.

I really, really want to set a simple publishing goal for July and say one new release each Friday. That gives me about a week to hammer out a few stories and get them to an edit. If I complete just one within the next day or so (I’m talking short stories), I can get my beta readers to rip it apart for me and can (in theory, here we go again) have it up and live by Friday, July 6th.

I already have the first short story in a six-story arc at the finale, so I might work on that one and then have it prepared. Hell, the awesome artwork by Jeffrey Kosh has been done. Yep, just waiting on my sorry ass to finish it now.

So, I’ll be off to finish four short stories (at least) and get them out in July. Wish me luck!

Now, what are you working on and where do you stand with your latest work?

Getting Eligible To Join HWA – But Will I?

Posted in horror, Horror Writers Association, HWA, personal, pro market, pro sale, submissions, writing on June 10, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I’m not posting this to elicit pros and cons of joining the Horror Writers Assocation (HWA) because that’s pretty much beside the point at this point… get the point?

I go back and forth about it all the time. On one hand I think it’s a great group, and I know so many present members who talk about the wonderful things they’ve learned by being a member and the cool people they’ve met. It’s also one of those ‘you made it’ points in a career (well, to me it would be).

On the other hand, former members and writers who have no desire to join rip it or just think nothing useful can come from being a member. I can see some of their points, and I’ve been on the fence for a long time.

So, I decided to do something about it. I have no desire to be a supporting or affiliate member, though. That wouldn’t be the goal. I’ve decided to set my own goal and then figure it out from there.

I’m pretty much going to ignore everything I’ve ever sold and start from this moment to get the proper credits to become an active member: sell three short story pieces totalling 7,500 words or more for pro rates of 5 cents per word…

And then, at that point, figure out if I want to join. When I get the three sales (and I’m not being arrogant… it could take me five years to get three pro sales, if ever) I’ll have no excuse to not think about it.

That’s the goal. Sounds like a plan.

Now, to find three pro horror markets… oh, and write three stories… that’s the easy part.

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