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Instant Gratification: Short Story Writing

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, contemporary fiction, Cthulhu, death metal, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, Golden Lion Cafe, horror, keyport, Keyport Cthulhu, Kokomo's Cafe, novella, personal, short story, submissions, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , on August 5, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

For the past couple of months I’ve been writing stories in my Flagler Beach Fiction Series, starting with ten stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe and I just finished the ten stories set in Golden Lion Cafe. Each story is about 2,500 words. I sell two stories (5,000 word total) each Friday or Saturday for 99 cents and then once all ten are released via eBook I do a complete eBook and Print book of them before moving onto the next book’s stories. 

Kokomos 4 Cover

It’s allowed me to get quite a few releases out for each book (5 eBook 2-story releases, 1 complete eBook and 1 complete Print book for each, so 7 for each)… at this point it will be 7 books, so in theory I’ll have 49 releases just for the Flagler Beach Fiction series. That’s quite a lot of places for new readers to start with me, and it keeps my loyal readers constantly having new things to read. Each week, in fact. 

Golden Lion Print Cover

Besides that series, I’m also releasing other things as well, but right now the short stories seem to be taking precedent. The last two stories in the Keyport Cthulhu series, “Dagon” and “Evil” are being worked on for a release soon, and I have other short pieces currently being edited or first drafts completed. 


Which all makes me very happy, because I’ve preached this a million times but it bears repeating: keep giving the people what they want. 

Now, for the downside… 

Dying Days: Origins… my unnamed zombie novella set in a diner… Death Cult: Death Metal 2Dying Days 4… 

All of these longer pieces are suffering because I’m only nibbling on them each day, adding 250-500 words if I’m lucky. I’m ignoring them because it will take me weeks to finish each, and (in theory) I can knock out a short story in 2-3 days and get it into the edit/rewrite/final draft system and get it either out for submissions to an anthology or a publisher, or self-publish it myself. 

I also keep adding more and more projects, which I cannot stop doing. I have an addiction. 

But, after going through and seeing the two dozen index cards I have set up with all my various projects, I’ve decided to do something radical about it. 

I’m just going to keep writing whatever I want to write, and if it’s a new batch of short stories… so be it. I just hope you keep reading everything I’m putting out. 


February 68k Writing Challenge for Armand

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, Cthulhu, dying days, Facebook, horror, Keyport Cthulhu, novella, submissions, Twitter, wordpress, writing, zombie on January 28, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

It’s not really a challenge but it sounds cooler in the title, right?

I’ve been contracted for not one… not two… but three! Count ’em, three! new stories to write. I can’t tell you the details and can’t really tell you much more (what a damn tease I am), but I can say they are going to be two 14,000 word and a 40,000 word novella.

Since my math skills are super-sharp (and there is a cute calculator feature on this laptop) it comes to 68,000 words in 28 days… which comes to 2,428 words a day to get everything written (first draft) and submitted on March 1st.

Wish me luck!

The downside to getting it is the back-burner status of all the other projects I was working on, like Dying Days 3, Dying Days: Origins, the next two stories in the Keyport Cthulhu series, and another hundred things.

But I’ll eventually get to them, and get in a few pages here and there when I have time.

Until then… don’t expect a ton of Mando on social media, since I need to really buckle down and write, write, write…


Working With A Great Editor Is… Well, Great!

Posted in #amwriting, authors, dying days, horror, personal, submissions, Tool Shed, writing on January 3, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I had the idea for this blog post a couple of days ago but needed to get the background bio’s from the two editors mentioned. In the meantime, my good friend and fellow author Billie Sue Mosiman posted a great blog about editing, so I have to link it quickly here. Go read it, and then come back and read mine. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Who is and who is Not an Editor in today’s new Digital Landscape?

Thanks for coming back. If you didn’t… well, then I’ll be wasting my breath cursing at you. Anyway…

I’ve had the privilege of working with quite a few editors over the years, both as an author and running my own small press publishing houses. Most of them are good at what they do, whether a line edit or deeper edit is called for. But, like Billie says, not all of them are worth the time and especially the money. But every writer worth his salt needs a good editor. You can look over your brilliant words a hundred times and not catch a spelling mistake because the story is in your head and from your mind. Trust me.

I’m not going to bash editors, but I have worked with some inept ones. Editors who are wanna-be writers and try to change your ideas and make them in his or her image, and that isn’t what an editor is supposed to do. They are there to make your thoughts better, and not to rewrite entire pages and change characters because they thought it sounded better in this voice. Um… leave my voice alone and suggest things.

Two editors I want to praise that I’ve worked with: Stacey Turner and Jenny Adams.

Stacey Turner has been reading my short stories on and off for quite some time, and she is one of those selfless go-to people I can count on. No matter how busy she is, she will always help me out with an edit on a short story I just finished and I’m submitting it to another market besides hers. I love working with her, and she has such fresh ideas for me. Each story has gotten better thanks to her. When my Tool Shed horror novella was accepted by her company, Angelic Knight Press, I was so happy to be working with her in an actual project she would be putting out. Of course, the red pen came out and she marked my pages like a madwoman, and mentioned (in passing, of course) that if she saw the word THAT one more time in my manuscript she would kill me. And you know what? I agreed with every single red mark she made, and the story was so much better because of it. She understood my voice, and she made suggestions to the storyline and to my grammar. I hope I can work with her again and again.

Jenny Adams is my second editor I want to do a shout out to. She came in at the right time, when Tim Baker and I were co-writing Dying Days: The Siege of European Village, and she took a no-holds-barred approach to our writing. She was nice but firm when it came to our words, and relished the challenge of working with two different authors and two different approaches to style and writing. But when we wrote together we found a great middle ground, one which made the story amazing, if I do say so myself. My favorite quote from her, when editing parts Tim Baker had written: “Tim Baker has a fleeting acquaintance with commas”. My prose was perfect. OK, maybe I did that THAT thing again… and another couple of things, but I digress. I loved working with her so much, and she asked many many questions about not only sentence structure but style and thought. I rightly handed her my Chelsea Avenue horror novel to edit for me before it is submitted to an agent. She is someone I also hope to be working with in the future on several projects.

I’m blessed to have found two great editors to work with, and I hope to keep working with. I hope every writer out there finds someone who understands what their raw first draft is trying to say and finds the greatest help in shaping it to be perfect.

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Stacey Turner lives way out in the country in West Central Illinois with her husband, son, and 5 cats. Most of her time is taken up with running Angelic Knight Press and editing, but she still finds time to review books & interview authors, write a blog about her absolutely ridiculous family, and write fiction. You can find her Author blog at or follow her on twitter: @Spot_Speaks. To contact her about editing, you can email her at

She enjoys editing, because she’s bossy. And also because she enjoys helping an author polish their work. She has edited several anthologies, including the upcoming No Place like Home: Tales from a Fractured Future, as well as many novels & novellas for a variety of authors.

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Jenny Adams holds a degree in English and has experience teaching college Composition and Business Writing courses. She has written instruction manuals and policy and procedure documents. Her editing work includes essays, research papers, business writing, and fiction manuscripts. She has edited several pieces, including the upcoming horror novel Chelsea Avenue by Armand Rosamilia and Dying Days: The Siege of European Village, co-written by Armand Rosamilia and Tim Baker. Jenny can be contacted via email at

This Week’s Writing Goal

Posted in #amwriting, Blogging, dying days, horror, short story, submissions, writing on July 30, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I don’t have one. See everyone next week. 

Seriously, this week I’ve decided to go back to basics for me and write whatever the Hell I want to write. It’s not because I didn’t hit my goals last week. In fact, I got every single one of them in, almost to the word. But that was boring, and I felt like I had to write a certain amount of words for all three projects instead of writing what I was feeling at the moment. The short story I wrote was possibly my best work to date, if I do say so myself. I hope an editor out there somewhere feels the same way.

Hence, this week I will stick to a 1,500 word a day clip (10,500 words in all) on whatever I feel like writing. Will it be a new short story? Some flash fiction? The start of a new novel? Continuing work on Death Cult: Death Metal 2 (now at 15,000 words), working on Dying Days: Origins (over the 8,500 word mark), or something I haven’t thought about yet? 

Someone asked me if my blog was geared toward other authors or toward readers… that is an interesting question, one I hope to answer soon enough… ideally, I’d love to say both. I’d love to have a ton of writers and readers perusing this blog, but wonder who I am catering to?

What do you think?

Are You A Prolific Writer?

Posted in Cthulhu, horror, submissions, writing on July 6, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I whined the other day about not having a new release for sale in June, and I’m almost a week into July and nothing for sale (although, in all fairness, my Ancient: A Keyport Cthulhu Tale short story, will be out sometime today or tomorrow). Here is the post for those who haven’t read it. I’ll wait until you get back to continue.

Anyway, I am in constant touch with other writers, especially fellow horror authors, and see some of them still pushing the same short story from months ago and talking about starting that novel any day now… and on the other end of the spectrum, authors who are constantly writing, submitting and self-publishing stories. They seem to have a steady flow of work for sale and their fans respond.

I used to be what I would call a prolific author, and have about 40 releases to prove it, most since 2009. That’s about a release a month, but most months (especially when I ramped it up) I had 2-4 releases at a time. Lately? Not so much. I’m still writing 2,000 words a day but not finishing anything, just slowly moving things toward the finish line.

I’m curious what you think the term prolific author signifies… not writer, but someone publishing work for sale (either as shorts in anthologies, self-publishing, and/or being published by other publishers)?

What prolific writers do you follow, and how does their steady imput or huge backlist help you as a reader?

And, are you a prolific author?

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.

Publisher Deadline Vs. My Deadline

Posted in submissions, writing on May 11, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I’ve been lucky over the last couple of years, because I’ve gotten most of my writing published. A steady stream of my short stories have been published in anthologies and my longer works (mostly published by me through Rymfire Books) are available.

But I’m not happy simply putting my novellas out myself and short stories in other publisher’s anthologies. I’ve also submitted 3 novellas and 2 novels out recently to other small-press publishers, in the hope of building my audience, working with some new people and having new readers find my work.

One of those novels is currently being worked on by a major small-press publisher, one I’m very excited to be working with. Of course, working with a professional organization and professional editor means upping your game. Right before New Year’s I had a deadline to suddenly write 25k in 5 days, which I did. I’ve since had several smaller rewrites, and the novel is coming along nicely.

The problem for me? I just successfully finished another deadline and I’m feeling great about the direction the book is taking. The editor is excited and the book will end up being 100% better than the first vision. But…

My other stories have been sitting on the backburner, and there are no actual deadlines to finish them. Sure, a couple of the short stories need to be finished, but if you read this blog you know I do it last-minute anyway.

The novellas I’m going to be publishing through Rymfire Books, especially the Dying Days upcoming releases, have no rush on them and no set deadlines. Heck, even if they had a deadline it would be of my own making.

I’m starting to see my problem. I can set any date I want, but there’s no repercussions if I miss a deadline because I’m ultimately the publisher. Same with missing an anthology deadline: oh, well, another one will come up. I’ve hit most of the anthologies I’ve set out to write for, but know in the back of my mind if the story isn’t done in time I can still finish it and maybe release it myself later or another anthology will surface.

Working with another publisher means that deadline has to be met or I won’t be working with that publisher anymore. I respond to that positively and hit the mark.

Do you have this problem, trying to set your own deadlines?

Whining About Reviews

Posted in dying days, personal, submissions, writing, zombie on April 21, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

In the last few days I’ve gotten some reviews in, and I’m quite happy… two came in for my Bones. Death. Cenote three-story collection in the last 3 days, a 5-star and a 4-star review. You can read them yourself… I’ll wait… here.

For my zombie novella Dying Days I got a new review, a 4-star review. Read it here. It’s a solid review, and the reviewer points out what they liked and didn’t like about the story, and I can’t complain about that. I have five 5-star reviews already, so I’m quite happy with all 6 reviews so far.

I also just posted the review links on Facebook maybe twenty minutes ago but already had several ‘congrats!’ comments from other authors, friends and fans, which is neat.

Then I had some e-mails, and most were also good… except for one. I’ve already told the person I would be sharing their views in a post and asked if they cared. They encouraged it, thinking they had the right point. I won’t judge it here, I’ll let you, and I’d love some feedback from authors and readers alike… I ommited their name because I thought it would help… either way…

(Author) Saw that review of Dying Days. What an asshole.

(Me) Really? No way. I thought it was a great review. They pointed out the good and bad of the story in their opinion, and I think potential readers will make an educated guess based on that.

(Author) Is that guy a writer? He seems like he’s trying to point out the bad things like spelling and grammar but even says he couldn’t find many. whats the point of that?

(Me) Again, I don’t see a problem with the review. I’ve purchased more books off of in-depth 1-star reviews than 34 5-star reviews for a book that only say ‘this was great’.

(Author) Just seems like you don’t do that to a fellow writer. if they are any good themselves they know how hard tis is and will give slack to a fellow author. and he talks about cliches in zombie books!!! so what! aren’t all zombie books cliche?

(Me) I don’t think so. That’s like calling all vampire books cliche and dismissing them. Or all horror books, or all romance books. And actually he said that the cliches in my book are handled well enough that they don’t ruin it, and I’ll accept that. He liked it, he gave his opinion, and now that will lead to others reading the review and making their own decision on buying or passing on it. Simple as that. And your point of a fellow author not giving slack? Don’t buy that argument. I read and review as a reader, not a fellow author. If I like it I like it, if not you’ll know. Honest reviews. I’d never want someone to sugarcoat a review for me because they are a fellow author. Rather not have the review that a fluff piece as my friend.

(Author) Iguess we still have some differing opinions on how this business works.

(Me) I guess so. But isn’t that the fun of being in this at this point in time, anyway? Anything can happen, the rules are changing every few weeks or months, and we’re all on the learning curve.

(Author) Still think it’s wrong to do, like publishing your own work. yep bringing up that arugment again.

(Me) You can have your opinion. I don’t agree with it, and not sure why you’re bringing it up again.

[side note: we’ve recently ‘argued’ because another writer made a comment on their facebook page that they would NEVER publish one of their stories in an anthology they publish with their company, even though that author had published their first work that way… and called any company that does a vanity press. I guess Rymfire Books is a vanity press, because I publish all my Dying Days books myself and use the imprint instead of my own name, not that it’s any difference. My opinion: if the story goes through the same rigorous hoops as the other stories, and isn’t just added, i have no problem with it. I’ve bumped several stories I wrote with an anthology in mind but the accepted ones were just better.

And someone pointed this out to me this morning: “Michael Korda was editor-in-Chief of Simon & Shuster, the company that published his novels and auto-biography. Not quite a vanity press. So as long as all the quality is the same I see no problem with publisher/editor being published by their own company.”

But that argument is for another day… just want to illustrate that this isn’t the first time we bumped heads on things, although to me it is great dialogue, letting the other know our honest opinion]

(Author) To show you you’re wrong again.

(Me) Wrong about what? beacause I don’t agree with your thought process?

(Author) yes. i’d be mad at that review. if I ever got one lower than a 5-star I’d be mad because there are no errors in my books, the plots are great and my writing has been compared to King and Layman.

(Me) Then you should probably stop worrying about my reviews and bask in the glory of yours. Have a good day. Any objections to me posting this e-mail on my blog? You’ve given me a great idea for a post.

(Author) Not at all. I’m sure most people will agree with me.

(Me) We’ll see. Either way I’d like to stop wasting my time going back and forth with you everytime I post something, if that’s OK. I think we’re both losing writing time. Would you agree?

(Author) no.

(Me) LOL… off course not. We’ll butt heads tomorrow over that. For now, I’m going to sign off and go post.

Well, what do you think?

Guest Post: Rebecca Besser

Posted in submissions, zombie on April 20, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I’m not only a horror writer but I’m a reader, so when Rebecca told me about her unique series and asked if I would post a quick not about it, I jumped at the chance. I’m looking forward to reading the series as it progresses!

Check it out!

The Series of Fears has been unleashed on the world! In this series, written by Jim Bronyaur & Rebecca Besser, fears are explored…but not in the way you might think!

In each book of the series, they take a fear and pair it with a horror element. For instance, in book one they pair the fear of glass with zombies, and you get zombies encrusted with glass. They aim to scare you in new ways with things that you might not have thought to be afraid of…or maybe you have!

The first book – Crystallophobia (fear of glass) – is now available for Kindle and Nook!

Kindle Link:

Nook Link:

The next book in the Series of Fears will be on technology and demons, so stay tuned to what they have going on!

You can keep up with the latest news by liking the Series of Fears Facebook page where they announce blog posts, reviews, and upcoming releases!


If you’d like to learn more about the authors (Jim and Rebecca), you can visit their websites:

Rebecca Besser:

Jim Bronyaur:

When You’ve Written So Much For So Long…

Posted in dying days, personal, submissions, writing on April 14, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I’ve had another great day of writing, promoting and editing today… even caught up on some e-mails, read some stories for the upcoming State of Horror: Florida anthology, and had a big meal of spaghetti and meatballs. Great day, prefect day, sun at my back as I write, cool breeze blowing , the swimming pool behind me…

I finished a short story for the upcoming Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days collection, and finished another chapter for Dying Days: Origins as well as added another thousand words to a short story, “Serial Famous”. I have no idea where the short will end up once I’m done with it, but I decided to finish it first and figure it out later.

While I was going through my e-mail I noticed an ‘invite only’ for an upcoming anthology and was intrigued. I’m still amazed when someone thinks of me for these things, and enjoy it. I looked at the theme and knew I had a story for it, already finished from a couple of years ago, and just needing another edit to catch it up. Piece of cake.

Except I can’t find the damn thing. I have an external drive, two thumb drives and a bunch of hard disks I can no longer get to (damn laptop) but I’m almost positive it’s not on there.

You also have to remember that I’m 42 and used to type my stories as a kid on a typewriter before moving up to a word precessor and those little hard disks. When I moved up to a computer in the mid-90’s it was heaven, and I quickly bought boxes of the newer hard disks and put all my stories, ideas, fragments, scenes, sentences, etc. onto (literally) a hundred of them since they never held too much info.

If the younger readers are confused, I apologize. Go ask your mom or dad about it, they remember this crap.

Anyway, back to the problem at hand. As I was going through my external drive (which I’d dumped everything from the hard disks onto and took up about 3% of the room on it) I started to see short stories that I’d finished years ago and trunked, fragments of short stories, a bunch of unfinished work, and random scenes and things I don’t even remember writing).

Two hours later, here I am… still haven’t found the story but I’ve amassed so many ideas I forgot my head is spinning. Like I didn’t have enough to write as it was.

I’m thinking of putting a list together of my stories, into different categories:

1. Finished and Published

2. Finished and Unpublished

3. Unfinished (and obviously unpublished, I’m not that good)

4. Fragments, Ideas and Thoughts

How do you keep track of everything you’ve written, whether you’re a new writer or someone who’s been doing it for years and years?

I’d love to get some advice before I lose another story I know I’ve written…

I know it’s here somewhere… I just hope it’s not one of the handwritten ones from high school… that would suck…


How My April Writing Is Going – Day 1

Posted in dying days, submissions, writing on April 1, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I woke up nice and early, wasted too much time on Facebook playing games and commenting on stupid pictures (I eally need to shut that down for a week and see if I can survive without it) before getting my second cup of coffee and jumping into the writing.

Today starts ScriptFrenzy, so I pulled up the rambling version of my Dying Days movie, the edit Jeff Freeman of Reality’s Edge Films started for me, and decided to delete them both. Neither was what I was looking for. I’m going for the old tried and true ‘turn my book into a screenplay’ without all the added filler scenes or cutesy opening parts. I love this book, dammit, and that’s what I’m writing. The goal was three pages, I’m currently on page five but all the good shows are coming on tonight so I think I’ll call it a day…

I wrote and finished a 2.5k story for the Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days zombie book, so I’m 500 words over the limit writing today, which is a great start.

This morning I got two short story rejections, which was a bummer but drove me to write more. I’ll trunk both tales unless I see an anthology that they fit. If nothing else, they become two more choices for that next short story collection I will be putting out.

I figured out I’ve had eight anthology sales out of twenty submissions now, so about a 40% success rate, which isn’t too shabby. I have six more stories currently floating and I’m always adding more.

Finally, today was April Fools Day. As an Italian-Irish Jersey boy I tend to be sarcastic no matter what day it is, so today I was over-obnoxious with the ‘Wow, you look nice – April Fools’, stuff to mess with the kids like my parents did to me growing up,Vicous Cycle and all that.

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