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Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 1

Posted in anthology, Armand Rosamilia, authors, contemporary fiction, Creeping Death, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, Flash Fiction, florida, For The Night Is Dark, Golden Lion Cafe, Hazardous Press, Heavy Metal, horror, Kokomo's Cafe, Miami Spy Games, movies, novella, personal, short story, spy, tim baker, writing, zombie on December 16, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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I had a killer 2013… there is no doubt about it. And not only in my writing and publishing career, but in my personal life. I started dating a wonderful Special Gal in December of 2012 and we’re still going strong, I began spending more and more time in Jacksonville and really growing to love it, I got a radio gig on an actual radio station with fellow author and great friend Tim Baker, and even starred in a music video. OK, I just stood there with sunglasses on looking all menacing and sexy, but I was the real star, and not The Cherry Drops.

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What’s really left for me, with my bucket list of things to do before I die? Maybe act in a movie… but I’ll save that one for 2014 so I have something to look forward to. 

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Truth be told, 2013 started out very slow release-wise. I wrote three novellas for a Hollywood company that still have not seen the light of day, although the pay was nothing to laugh at, and was riding the wave for sales of Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun. Unfortunately, it meant no new releases for me until February, and even then it was a flash fiction piece in the Fifty Shades of Decay zombie anthology from Angelic Knight Press. 

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Over a month later, at the end of March, I had another story published in an anthology, this time in For The Night Is Dark by Crystal Lake Publishing. A couple of days later I had my first official release of 2013, but it was a non-fiction one with Metal Queens: Models 2

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April was a lot of writing for me. Even though I didn’t have many things out at this point, I’d been writing, editing and getting my work beta read like mad. I’d been pounding away at a huge project, one that was totally different for me: a contemporary fiction series that would eventually encompass 70 short stories in 7 print releases and over 40 eBook releases: Flagler Beach Fiction Series

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The first of this series was released on May 15th, Kokomo’s Cafe Part 1. Part 2 was released a week later. Then Part 3 came out at the end of the month, one new two-story part each week. June saw Part 4 and Part 5 as well as the print version of Kokomo’s Cafe and all five parts in one eBook, Kokomo’s Cafe Complete

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In the meantime, at the end of May, I finally released Dying Days 3. It had a few twists and turns longtime fans weren’t expecting. In June I released Creeping Death, a collection of my short stories released by Hazardous Press. 

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The last weekend in June saw the beginning of the second part of the Flagler Beach Fiction Series when Golden Lion Cafe Part 1 was released. Part 2 was released the first week in July, followed in subsequent weeks by Part 3, Part 4 and then Part 5

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From the 1st of the year (with some breaks) through the end of July, I had 17 releases. I think I had 23 all of 2012, so 2013 was already on pace to beat it… but I had no idea how much more I was going to be putting out in 2013… 

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May Goals For Armand

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, dying days, horror, Horror Writers Association, HWA, Miami Spy Games, movies, novella, personal, SCW, short story, spy, thriller, wordpress, wrestling, writing, zombie on April 30, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I can’t remember the last time I jotted down some actual goals for my writing (I’m sure it isn’t as far back as I remember, but I’m too lazy to look). So far, my behind the scenes writing has been stellar, but my actual output for sale has been meager, to say the least. 

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I put out Metal Queens: Models 2 out on April 1st… and that’s pretty much it so far in 2013. I’ve been in a couple of great anthologies but nothing else. I spent most of January and February writing three different zombie novellas for a Hollywood film company, and hopefully they’ll eventually see their time in print and/or on the big or small screen. And that isn’t even including Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, which I did in 2012 for them.

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I finished Dying Days 3 and it’s currently off to the editor and a goal release in June 2013. I’d love to have print copies available for New Orleans and the World Horror Convention/Horror Writers Association events June 13th through 16th. I’ll also be pitching my horror novel to two publishers that weekend, and I’m quite excited about it. 

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But what about May? I don’t have too many finished stories to release, and that is bothering me. With an average of one release every two weeks last year and the year before, I am definitely too slow in 2013. I’m hoping that will change. 

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Yesterday officially started my foray into Contemporary Fiction, with a series of short stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe in Flagler Beach Florida. My daily goal is 2,000 words a day and 6,000 words per ‘episode’, to be released every Friday starting May 10th through July 12th (10 serialized parts), followed by the print version a week or so after. 

I’m also going to work on Dying Days: Origins, with the goal of it being a July release as well. 

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I’ll begin doing initial interviews for the upcoming non-fiction pro wrestling book SCW: All Access Pass sometime in May, and I’d love to have it out by the end of summer. 

Metal Queens: Models 3 should be out in mid-May (about six weeks after the 2nd book was released), with an eye to do a 4th book in July. 

My blog post/interviews/observations/bullshit eBook, Shut Up Old Man! will see the light of day before May ends as well… as long as I can work on it a little each day for the next few weeks. 

I’m hoping by 2014 I can look back at the slow start of 2013 and see all the positive I set up for the latter part of the year, and hit my 26 releases goal without a problem, and break it. 

Armand

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

Death of The Novella?

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, Cthulhu, dying days, horror, Keyport Cthulhu, Miami Spy Games, novella, short story, spy, writing, zombie on March 22, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Two years ago I did my homework. I tried to find a unique niche I could put my stories into, and quickly found the big hole when it came to novellas. So, I ended the first Dying Days zombie book on a cliffhanger ending and stopped it at around 25,000 words. The original idea was about twice the length. It sold quite well, and still does in my opinion. Right now it’s only 99 cents, too. 

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Then I began writing nothing longer than 25k, getting novellas out into the world like a madman… but no longer pieces, unless you count short story collections. Which I don’t. But a funny thing happened along the way… please, allow me to explain…

I had a couple of Skype conversations with the wonderful Robert Chazz Chute, who is a wealth of information and also a cool guy to just chat and laugh with, one of the people on my list I hope to meet some day (Alyssa Milano is at the top of the list, btw), and we like to pick each other’s brains about stuff going on and what works now and what worked then, and where the hell we are going in order to stay afloat. We don’t do the negative All Is Lost talk, which I like. I’m negative enough. No, we talk about what each of us is doing to get sales and new readers. 

One interesting subject was the length of our releases, and he is currently very high on serializing, which I dabbled in with Miami Spy Games to mixed results. But novella-length stories are not the wave of the future in my opinion. The readers want more… or less. 

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My feeling is there are two distinct camps of readers right now for me… your results will vary. Anyway, I have a nice rabid following for my short stories selling for 99 cents, like the Keyport Cthulhu stories (Ancient, for instance) but my novella sales have slipped. I think it is a combination of things, like Amazon devaluing anything priced under $3.99 and new readers having a hard time finding my work, but also the length of them being in the 25k range and at $2.99. I won’t jack the prices up to $3.99 unless I think it will attract new readers. I want there to be some value to my work in both length and price (and content, let’s be honest).

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So, my immediate goal is to write longer pieces (50k or so) and short stories and shy away from novellas and see what happens. Will I succeed? Have I found the secret formula? Have I figured out the key to selling a million books, cash and new cars, Alyssa Milano calling me? As usual, I have no idea.

But I’m going to figure it out. 

Armand 

Reblog: Vixie’s Stories: Words with… Armand Rosamilia

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, dying days, guest blog, Heavy Metal, horror, interview, Miami Spy Games, personal, spy, Steven Brack, thriller, writing, zombie on February 15, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I am featured on a great website, Vixie’s Stories, and I talk about so many exciting things you might want to read only a few lines a day to pace yourself…

http://vickiejohnstone.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/words-with-armand-rosamilia.html

Miami Spy Games – Hobbes End Publishing Interview

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, writing, zombie on January 23, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Today an interview with Jairus Reddy, owner of Hobbes End Publishing, went live on JE Gurley’s Quill and Ink blog, in which he talks about “Miami Spy Games”…

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A Review of “Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun” by TW Brown

Posted in authors, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, writing, zombie on January 22, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

TW Brown was nice enough to review my Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun book…

http://twbrown.blogspot.com/2013/01/miami-spy-games-russian-zombie-gun.html?spref=fb

Planning The Story Arc

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, guest blog, horror, interview, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, writing, zombie on January 21, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I’m featured on another blog today about Miami Spy Games, by the great author Patrick C. Greene… won’t you join me?

http://www.patrickcgreene.com/2013/01/guest-blog-with-man-armand-rosamilia.html

“Miami Spy Games: Deeper” New Short Story

Posted in #amwriting, Blogging, guest blog, Miami Spy Games, short story, spy, thriller, writing on January 20, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I wrote a new short story set in the “Miami Spy Games” world and Quinn Cullen was nice enough to share it on her wonderful blog:

http://authorquinncullensscribbles.blogspot.com/2013/01/miami-spy-games-deeper-new-short-story.html?spref=fb

Special Thanks to David Royall for help with the boating terms and reality of sailing

Adding Real People As Minor Characters

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, writing, zombie on January 17, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Another reblog of one of my amazingly insightful and life-changing posts… or maybe it’s just some poorly written sentences strung together. Anyway, thanks to Guy Anthony De Marco for sharing his space with me…

http://guyanthonydemarco.com/2013/01/miami-spy-games-armand-rosamilia/

These Zombies Are Different From My Other Zombies

Posted in #amwriting, Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, personal, spy, thriller, writing, zombie on January 17, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Today I am honored to be a guest blogger of the great dark fantasy author Tim Marquitz on his The Dark Fantastic!

http://tmarquitz.com/blog/?p=1145

Q&A About Miami Spy Games

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, guest blog, horror, Miami Spy Games, spy, thriller, writing, zombie on January 16, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

Another reblogging for ya, this time on the wonderful Skippy & The Six-Gun Wizard blog… and I never said anything bad about Kerry King, they did!

http://sixgunwizard.blogspot.com/2013/01/guest-blog-armand-rosamilia-talks-miami.html

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