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I Have Too Many Releases For Sale

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Jay Wilburn And Me

Jay Wilburn is a fellow author and good friend. I’ve had the privilege of doing several book signings with Jay over the last couple of years and many more are scheduled and will be done in the future. 

His philosophy is simple: don’t show all your books at once. Overloading potential buyers with too many books will only confuse and annoy people, or something to that effect. I always disagreed and piled 30+ releases on the table. 

Who usually sold more books? I don’t want to talk about it. 

I was interviewing a fellow author for my podcast (Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – HERE is the link. Go listen and then come back. I’ll wait) and we talked about having too many books and stories out and confusing readers. 

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Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I have too many choices and sometimes it might be overwhelming to figure out where to jump into my work. I used the short stories a couple of years ago to build up my numbers and get my name out there and it definitely worked. But now I worry I’ve over-saturated the market with smaller works. Right now on Amazon I have over 150 releases. Crazy, right?

So… I’m making an adjustment, which is part of the fun of being a self-published author. I know I can’t do anything about stories released by publishers but I can do my own stuff, right?

Right now I have 81 releases in Kindle Unlimited. I love the program and I make good money with so many pages read, so the problem isn’t having so much in KU, it’s what I have in KU to begin with. 

I’ll begin slowly working some titles out of the system over the next few weeks, but here’s the basic ideas so far…

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  1. All of my Flagler Beach Fiction Series releases except the Complete books with all 10 stories will go bye bye. Right now I have 5 parts plus the Complete of each of the 7 books and I’ll get rid of the 99 cents parts in favor of readers wanting to read all 10 stories of each at once. I think it makes sense. 

2. Same with Keyport Cthulhu. The five parts will now be deleted and the final collection sold only. 

3. In addition, I’ll be slowly pulling the early Metal Queens nonfiction books in favor of box sets with all of them together

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That’s just the start. 

A few other things I’ll be working on:

Doing more box sets with multiple books for a better bang for your buck

Revamping the main Dying Days series with new covers

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Pulling a few titles to rewrite/re-edit or keep out of print

Recently out of print works like Chelsea Avenue, Creeping Death, Tool Shed and Necromance updated and on sale

always adding new works to the pile

More information on these last few parts will be rolled out over the next few weeks and months, so stay tuned!

Armand

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Armand’s 2014 Year In Review

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2014 was another fine year for me and my writing, as well as other things in my life… as I’ve done for the last couple of years, I’ll spell it all out for ya… I also do this so I can go back and see what I’ve actually accomplished. I especially like to re-read these yearly posts when I’m struggling to write and feeling like I haven’t amounted to much so far. You know… typical manic writer stuff. 

Here goes the Year In Review for 2014

January

The first day of the year saw the Kokomo’s Cafe Complete audiobook released. Narrated by the wonderful Jack De Golia (who will end up doing the entire Flagler Beach Fiction Series), it is still one of my favorite set of stories I’ve written. And Jack’s voice adds so much more to each character. 

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Also released on the first of the year was my movie adaptation of the zombies vs. Navy SEALs story Zulu Six: Origins in paperback, ahead of the movie (actual movie release sometime in early 2015 as far as I know). I’m looking forward to seeing how the film matches the book, as i wrote it while they were filming and got to see the dailies to see the actors and action. 

January 2nd was the release of the beginning of the fifth book in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series with Nerdz Comics And More Part 1. It follows the rest of the series with the two opening shorts. 

January 7th the Epic Apocalypse – Apocalyptic Horror Box Set was released. I’m proud to be a part of this massive collection, with fellow authors Mark Tufo, Heath Stallcup, John O’Brien, Joe McKinney, Shawn Chesser and James Cook. 

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January 9th I released Nerdz Comics And More Part 2, with 2 more short stories to add to the growing series. 

A week later, on January 16th, Nerdz Comics And More Part 3 was released. 

On January 20th the audiobook version of Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer was released. Narrated by Carolyn Nicely, who did an excellent job. 

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January 24th saw another audiobook release, this time Golden Lion Cafe Complete, the second in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series and again narrated by Jack De Golia. 

January 27th was the release date for Zombie Football, another book for the movie company. Surprisingly enough, it’s about zombies attacking during a football game. Hopefully at some point they’ll get around to making the movie version of this one. 

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The next day the movie company released Football Espionage, another book I wrote for the movie guys. This one has no zombies (wild!) and pits the Russians vs. Americans trying to manipulate the Big Game. 

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January was a busy month for releases for me, with 10. What a great start to the year, right?

February

On February 18th the third short story in my horror erotica series (released by Hazardous Press) came out: Holiday In The Sun. Lots of sex and horror once again. 

February 20th the audiobook version of Keyport Cthulhu was released. Narrated by Mike Chadwick, who was able to capture the gloom that is an homage to Lovecraft. 

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Not a busy month as far as releases, but I got in some great writing in the small month. Stories that would see the light of day before the end of the year, too. 

March

On March 2nd I released Dying Days: Siege 1 And 2 Box Set. Both novellas I’d written with author Tim Baker in one handy eBook, and all for the great price of 99 cents (as of this writing… get it before it goes back to $2.99, still a bargain)

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Lets Scare Cancer To Death was released on March 8th, a charity anthology I had a Dying Days story in. Proceeds go to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. 

March 10th I released another box set, this time Dying Days: Double Set 1, which combined Dying Days: Origins with Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days. A bargain at $2.99 for both releases. 

March 25th the third Flagler Beach Fiction Series audiobook was released, J And J Fitness Complete. Once again narrated by Jack De Golia with his unique voices. 

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Also in March: The Authors Supporting Our Troops event technically came to an end. We collected 2,500 author-signed books for the soldiers in remote areas of the world. Want to learn more about the even bigger 2015 event about to begin? https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASOT2014/

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April

Not an April Fool’s joke, the Horror Within: 8 Book Boxed Set was released. Featuring my first Dying Days novella as well as books from Travis Tufo, Tony Baker, Eric A. Shelman, Ian Woodhead, Robert Chazz Chute, Mark Tufo, Scott Nicholson and JT Warren. And it is currently 99 cents so grab a copy!

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April 2nd saw Nerdz Comcs And More Part 4 released. 

The next day Flagler Fish Company Complete audiobook (the fourth in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series) was released with another excellent job from narrator Jack De Golia. 

April 14th and Nerdz Comics And More Part 5, the final release for this book, was out. 

On April 18th Nerdz Comics And More Complete was released with all ten stories in one print book. 

The rest of the month was spent writing and playing too much on social media. 

May

May 30th I released the Dying Days 2 audiobook, narrated by Amanda M. Lehman, who did a great job on this and the first audiobook in the series. 

And that was it for May! Of course I was writing and doing fun stuff like going to the World Horror Convention with Special Gal the beginning of the month. Yeah, it’s a dirty job but somebody has to hang at the bar with Mark Tufo, Joe McKinney and Brian Keene and look interesting… 

June

June 19th Dying Days 4 was released, right in the middle of my annual Summer of Zombie Blog Tour. I even planned it this way, if you can believe it. I’ll chat more about the blog tour on my Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast episode #28. I swear. 

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June 23rd the fourth Necromance horror erotica short from Hazardous Press was released, Downtown. More horror and more erotica and what more could you ask for?

Another slow month as far as actual releases were concerned. 

July

On July 4th the Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Podcast made it’s debut, with interviews with Mark Tufo and John O’Brien. 2014 will end with episode #28 (the Year In Review episode) and 2015 should still see new episodes every Friday. 

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A month almost passed before A Quick Bite Of Flesh: An Anthology of Zombie Flash Fiction was released on eBook from Hazardous Press, giving me an actual release for the month. One of my flash fiction shorts kicks it off. The print book has been out for a long time, so I’m not sure if July 30th is the actual date this version was released but according to Amazon it was, so… 

More writing in July without any real releases. I can distinctly remember wondering if all the work I was doing would ever see the light of day, as several short stories for invite-only anthologies were finished in these weeks without definite release dates. Some of them saw the light of day by the end of the year and a few are scheduled for 2015. 

August

On the 3rd of August Change Jar Books Part 1, the beginning of the sixth book in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series.

August 6th the Fairly Wicked Tales anthology from Angelic Knight Press was released, featuring my short, “The Wolf Who Cried Boy.”

August 11th Change Jar Books Part 2 was released. 

On August 19th the eBook version of the soon-to-be-released zombie vs. Navy SEALs movie, Zulu Six: Origins, went live. 

August 23rd saw the State of Horror: Illinois anthology from Charon Coin Press get released, with a new Dying Days short story. 

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The following day (according to Amazon) State of Horror: New Jersey anthology from Charon Coin Press was put out. It featured another new Dying Days short story. 

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August 28th I had yet another new Dying Days zombie short story in a new anthology, namely Fading Hope. This story is really, really dark. 

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It looks like some of those stories I’d been writing finally got released… 

September

On September 3rd an interview I did was added to the Interviewing Authors Anthology Volume 1 from Tim Knox, where I talk about writing zombie stories. 

September 8th brought out the audibook version of Nerdz Comics And More Complete, once again ready by Jack De Golia. 

Also on the 8th my debut full-length traditional horror novel, Chelsea Avenue, was released by Ragnarok Publications. After having written so many shorts and novellas, it was great to have a longer piece published after all this time. I’m damn proud of this story, too. 

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september 11th another short I’d been working on, a creepy horror tale, made it into Suspended In Dusk anthology, with an introduction by Jack Ketchum. How cool is that? 

September 16th Change Jar Books Part 3 was released. 

October

On October 6th Change Jar Books Part 4 was released. 

October 17th the final part was put out: Change Jar Books Part 5. You can expect the audiobook version (once again narrated by Jack De Golia) in 2015. 

Hallowed Horror was another box set I got to be in in 2014. On October 21st it was released and is currently only 99 cents so grab a copy asap! Featuring Mark Tufo, Christine Sutton, Scott Nicholson, Lisa Vasquez, Eric A Shelman, Chantal Noordeloos, Heath Stallcup, Jaime Johnesee, Eden Crowne, and featuring my “Tool Shed” horror novella you can’t find anywhere else! 

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November

November 11th saw Dying Days: Origins 2, featuring David Monsour (the character in the book and the real man on the cover), released right in the middle of the Winter of Zombie Blog Tour. More on the tour in the podcast. 

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Change Jar Books Complete came out November 16th, with all ten stories in it. 

Most of November was spent writing several projects, including another movie adaptation that should be filmed in early 2015 and then the book will be released as well. 

December

December 15th the audiobook version of Highway To Hell was released, and read by none other than Jack Wallen. Why did it take so long to get released? That’s a story for the podcast. 

Even by my standards December was a slow month. I worked mostly on a movie adaptation novel as well as a few short stories for upcoming anthologies in 2015. I wrote a big chunk of the first draft of Dying Days 5 as well. 

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43 more releases in 2014!

What will 2015 bring? Hopefully many more releases and many more new readers

Here’s to another great year coming up!

Armand

To hear the podcast version of this Year In Review, visit

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast Episode 28

Another Great Box Set I’m In! #horror

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Yep, I’m in another great box set with some great authors. I’ve been very lucky to have been part of three of them with author Mark Tufo so far… and hoping we do many more in the future together. But wait… there’s more than just Mark and I to peruse… 

First, the latest one… and only 99 cents!

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The supernatural comes to life in this limited edition box set. Featuring some of the best names in horror working with some amazing new talent, this collection is full of terror and suspense.

This set includes 10 paranormal stories of ghosts, demons, vampires, shifters, and witches. Grab your copy today. Any paranormal occult fan will love the creatures crawling within Hallowed Horror.

The Spirit Clearing – Mark Tufo
All the Little Children – Christine Sutton
Fangs in Vain – Scott Nicholson
The Unsaintly – Lisa Vasquez
Generation Evil – Eric A Shelman
Pride – Chantal Noordeloos
Whispers – Heath Stallcup
Shifters – Jaime Johnesee
Tool Shed – Armand Rosamilia
Dust to Dust – Eden Crowne

What’s fun for me is my offering, Tool Shed, is no longer available anywhere else in print. So this is the only place to read it right now if you haven’t, and you can read it for pennies. Pretty cool. 

Previously, we offered a killer box set and it is also only 99 cents!

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HORROR WITHIN: 8 BOOK BOXED SET

****8 Book Boxed Set**** For a limited time at $0.99! Something for every horror lover in this 831 page set.

Armand Rosamilia – Dying Days
Travis Tufo – Red Sky
Tony Baker – From The Ashes
Eric A. Shelman – Dead Hunger
Ian Woodhead – The Unwashed Dead
Robert Chazz Chute – This Plague Of Days
Mark Tufo – Zombie Fallout + Bonus Short Mayan Prophecy
Scott Nicholson/ J.T. Warren – Meat Camp

Tons of great zombie goodness in this set, and the introduction to my Dying Days series (currently working on Dying Days 5)

And the first one we did together… and also only 99 cents!

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EPIC APOCALYPSE – APOCALYPTIC HORROR BOXED SET – 6+ BUNDLE

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Welcome to the Apocalypse

Tis’ the season for all things that go bump in the night. Today’s top selling horror authors bring to you this boxed set of six full length apocalyptic tales and a teaser from award winning author Joe McKinney. Turn the lights off, enjoy the ride and find out what is lurking under your bed.

Mark Tufo – Zombie Fallout
“Working as both straight up survival fiction and comedy, Mark Tufo’s FALLOUT is a gory, laugh out loud tale of a community of heroes, cowards and misfits struggling against zombies. Tufo’s unlikely hero is one of the funniest and most endearing characters I’ve seen in zombie fiction.” – Craig DiLouie, author of TOOTH AND NAIL and THE INFECTION

Heath Stallcup – Return Of The Phoenix: Monster Squad
Stallcup’s debut is a fun, rollercoaster ride of a story, and easily the best that I’ve read all year. It’s part military fiction, part horror, with elements of fantasy and science fiction thrown in the mix. Yet somehow, this novel has the stark realism and well-researched detail you would expect to find in nonfiction. The author’s vivid characters and comfortable writing style left me believing in all the things that go bump in the night and more importantly, in the men and women who hunt them down! – Jaye H

John O’Brien – A New World: Chaos
Once I picked up this novel and began reading I could not put it down. The characters are well developed and the story is filled with edge-of-your-seat action. I dare you to pick up a copy and read it. – Troy D

Armand Rosamilia – Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer
Upon finishing this book, I asked myself “What makes this one different from all the others I’ve read?”. I’m here to tell you just that. Armand is meticulously descriptive, his characters are colorful & he doesn’t fail to leave out any gory zombie details. His zombies are still creepily human, with desires beyond eating brains. Darlene is loveable, strong, & heroic, while being fragile & very female at the same time. I found myself holding my breath more than once, wondering what was waiting around the proverbial corner for our little band of survivors. The end is surprising, & leaves you craving more. A wonderful, entertaining read. I’m a fan for life!! – Susan M

Joe McKinney – Dead Wait Teaser from Bram Stoker Award winning author
“One of those rare books that starts fast and never ever lets up. . . a rollercoaster ride of action, violence and zombie horror.” –Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry on Dead City
“Gritty suspense. . .You’re gonna like this guy.” –Tom Monteleone
“A rising star on the horror scene.”–Fearnet.com

Shawn Chesser – Trudge: Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse
Author Shawn Chesser has written a zombie story full of scares, excitement, sadness and kick-butt action. Unlike other authors, even some of the big names, Chesser understands female character as well as male. This is such an important thing in a book with strong characters that are of both sex. I would recommend this book to all zombie fans, it’s a good one. – examiner

James Cook- No Easy Hope: Surviving The Dead
I absolutely adored this book! The storyline and the characters kept my interest and I couldn’t put it down! This has to be in the top five of my favorite zombie books so far. For those that love zombie stories this is a must read! – G. Atkinson

Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer is the prequel to the Dying Days series. A novella I am very proud of. And you should read it. 

That’s a ton of cool books for less than $3.00 (I used a calculator)… seriously, if I wasn’t already in these box sets I’d be buying them myself!

Armand

Reblog: Coffin Hop Blog Tour With Armand Rosamilia

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“Tool Shed” by Armand Rosamilia is mentioned a time or two…

http://www.angelicknightpress.com/2013/10/coffin-hop-web-tour-starts-for-angelic.html?spref=tw

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“Kokomo’s Café” Huge Giveaway!!

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It’s so exciting I added two ! to the title!!

I’m going to be doing a huge giveaway once the print version of the ten story Kokomo’s Café in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series is officially released (June 28th). I’ll be giving away not only a signed copy of the Kokomo’s Café print book, but quite a few more goodies, such as:

1. A signed copy of Kokomo’s Café print book (I already said that!!)

2. an eBook version of Tool Shed by Armand Rosamilia (Angelic Knight Press)

3. A signed copy of Pump It Up by Tim Baker print book

4. A signed copy of Dying Days by Armand Rosamilia print book

5. an eBook copy of “Ancient” from the Keyport Cthulhu series by Armand Rosamilia

6. Misc. things I find around the house to give away (old books, bellybutton lint, stale cookies, etc.)

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You may now ask ‘what do I have to do in order to get this fabulous loot?!!’ (notice another two !! for excitement building)…

You need to post a review of one of the Kokomo’s Café stories… simple as that. Here’s the first one, and more will be added as they are released each week!!

Each Friday, another of the 2-story releases will be out, and you can review any of the five (and all of the five, obviously) … for every review posted by you on Amazon, Goodreads, your own blog, etc. etc. I will add you to the Giveaway list. On Friday June 28th I will announce the Winner. 

Every review post gets you another chance to win, AND if you review all five eBook releases I will DOUBLE your chances when i pick a winner. I don’t care if you give them 1-star reviews, you’re still eligible (but I hope you don’t, obviously). 

Just send me an e-mail or find me on our Flagler Beach Fiction Series Facebook group and let everyone know the review has been posted! And good luck!

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Reblog: Interview with Armand Rosamilia Yet Again!

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I’m interviewed again, but this time by Rebecca Snow! Read the interview, but even if you don’t care one iota about me, check out her site because… yep… there is snow falling on it!

http://cemeteryflower.blog.com/isolation-tank/armand-rosamilia/

Blog Hop With Armand Rosamilia

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Brent Abell (http://brentabell.wordpress.com/) was kind enough to pass me these questions along, and I am honored to answer them. Then I will choose three authors at the end to keep it going, and answer the questions themselves…

Questions for Armand Rosamilia

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What are you working on right now?

 

Besides keeping my weight over 300 lbs.? I am in the midst of Dying Days 3, my continuing zombie story. I should have the first draft done by May 1st and then it goes to the editor, with a late June release planned. I’m also working on 16 other stories at once, too…

 

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How does it differ from other works in its genre?

 

It is just better. OK, maybe it isn’t… but I like writing it, and other people like reading it so far. And it has zombies in it. But it’s more about the people. But it also has zombies in it.

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What experiences have influenced you?

 

I think you need every experience to influence you, either good or bad. As a writer I’m constantly people watching and committing conversations or ideas to memory. Monday, for instance, I witnessed a sixty year old woman breaking up with her fifty year old boyfriend because his kids are ‘animals’, as she put it. I eavesdropped on the entire conversation, and added a character or two to a future story.

 

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Why do you write what you do?

 

I can’t help it. I have always read horror and been fascinated by apocalyptic ideas and stories, so zombies are just another means to an end (pun intended). The old adage ‘write what you know’ applies to what you read a lot of as well. I’ve read a ton of horror books in my life so far.

 

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How does your writing process work?

 

Better some days than others. I set a daily goal of 2,000 words and then attempt to get there between 8 am and noon Monday through Friday, and get up early on the weekends and hit my goals before the kids are fully awake and bothering me to eat.

 

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What is the hardest part about writing?

 

The daily discipline. Some days I just want to play on Facebook and push it off until tomorrow. But then I know my goal for tomorrow will be 4,000 words and I’d be rushing. So I bust my butt to get it done. Or else.

 

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What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?

 

Getting out of my comfort zone completely. I’d love to write a romantic comedy or a straight action thriller, or maybe even a historical dramatic piece. I’ve dabbled in erotica and enjoyed it, and I know straying too far away from horror might piss off my fan base, but I will eventually expand my range.

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Who are the authors you most admire?

 

Anyone who braves the rejection and fear and just writes and completes a story. I run into so many people who swear they are going to write, and so many more who have something incomplete. Rare do you find someone who finished a story and submitted it or published it themselves, and then kept writing. I have over seventy stories/novellas/etc. on sale right now, and my goal is fifty times that… and that would be a lot of stories! (I can’t figure out the math on that)

 

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Who are new authors to watch out for?

 

I was recently in the Fifty Shades of Decay anthology, and I found some amazing authors in there I will be reading more of. Some might not be new to you, but to me they are. I love when I read someone’s work and it blows me away and I have to pile on their back-list and catch up.

 

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What scares you?

 

Fear of losing you… and dogs. Maybe dogs more.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to read this senseless crap. If you want to read even more senseless crap, next Wednesday go over to see authors Tim Baker (http://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/), Tonia Brown (www.thebackseatwriter.com) and Lisa Woods (http://LisaWoodsWrites.com) as they answer these fascinating questions and try to outdo me with my subversively interesting answers.

Reblog: Armand Rosamilia Interview on The Fifth Dimension blog

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It was a real pleasure to be interviewed by Stuart Anderson on his blog, asking some interesting and focused questions. Check it out! 

http://stuart66.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/an-interview-with-horror-author-armand.html

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Writer’s Block? Nope. Too Many Distractions.

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I don’t believe in Writer’s Block. I believe you can always sit down and write something. There is always more than enough ideas to put down on the computer screen, even if they are crappy ideas… 

There’s a great analogy I use from time to time about farmers. Do they get up in the morning, look outside at the fields and decide they have Farmer’s Block today, and go back to bed? I doubt it. They get on that horse (see what I did there?) and they do the job. 

As writers, we have to do it as well. My backup plan is to always have several projects going at once, in varied points of being finished. I always know the pecking order of them, especially if there is an actual publisher deadline associated with one of more. I work on the main story, but if I get lost or I’m not feeling it, I move onto something else. The bottom line is for me to write my 2,000 word a day goal and feel good by the time I go to sleep.

Of course, I don’t always hit my mark. Last week, faced with a severe deadline since I slacked so bad, I wrote 20,000 words (of a 40,000 word story) in three glorious days. I turned off the internet, ignored Facebook and twitter and e-mails, and just wrote. For hours. 

But that is not the norm. I wish it was. I see authors (notice I didn’t say writers) who set 5,000 word goals and/or 8 hour writing days, and they hit it like clockwork. They are professionals and they are building their career one word at a time. 

I feel like a fake half the time, even though I technically do this for a living (just don’t look too closely at where I live, what I drive, and how I finagle to pay some bills), and I put my head down some nights and know I could have done more. 

Social media is a necessary evil, but does endless hours on Twitter really sell more books for me? The smart part of my thinking knows I might sell an extra book or two a week by posting and commenting for 10 hours a week. The really smart part knows I could be writing an extra 10,000 words in the same period of time and getting that much closer to another release, and another potential way for readers to find my work, love it and then buy my back-list of titles. 

Factor in people talking to me, food all around me, radio and TV, and tons of blogs I just have to read… I waste about 6 hours a day on non-writing stuff. 6 hours! That would be quite a few extra words to write, and more projects done, and more chances to sell things, and…

Yet, I know it won’t happen with any real frequency. Sigh.

At least I know I don’t have Writer’s Block. There is that, right? 

Buy this book so I can retire, too… just sayin’ 

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Rethinking Publishing in 2013 – In My Humble Opinion

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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. 

Tying In Your Worlds You Write

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Recently, I co-authored a book with thriller writer Tim Baker, putting several of his characters from his books into the Dying Days zombie world with Darlene Bobich and John Murphy. Since Tim writes about the same area I do (Flagler Beach/Palm Coast/St. Augustine Florida) it was a perfect and easy way to get our work combined and tell a fun story, and hopefully garner new fans for each of us. The novella is Dying Days: The Siege of European Village.

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Combining characters also got me thinking about my own work. With so many characters in my Dying Days world, some are bound to cross over from story to story, and I’ve done that. But I wondered how other characters in other stories might fare if set in the Dying Days world. I’m going to find out.

First, and easiest, I added a cameo of Randy (Highway To Hell) to the upcoming Dying Days: Origins, starring Tosha Shorb. Since Highway To Hell came out and really kicked off what essentially became the Extreme Undead and Dying Days series, people have asked whatever happens to poor Randy. I had no clue, until I got the small idea to place him in this upcoming story. Once I wrote the chapter with him the ideas started flowing, and I’m already sketching some thoughts in my head for a possible Hell’s Bells: Highway To Hell 2.

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How would Harrison from the Keyport Cthulhu series and “Ancient” fare aganst undead hordes? The unnamed reporter from Bones. Death. Cenote face a zombie uprising? Michael Zaun and Larry from Tool Shed having to defend the farm against flesh eaters?

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There are many ideas and many stories yet to tell, and I plan on telling them all before this is over with. I hope readers will be interested in coming along for the ride.

This coming weekend I will begin the new serialized Dying Days story, and I hope you’ll be reading along and commenting as we go!

Armand

Working With A Great Editor Is… Well, Great!

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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 www.staceyturner-authorspot.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter: @Spot_Speaks. To contact her about editing, you can email her at princess.spot@gmail.com.

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 jenny.adams.editor@gmail.com

Armand’s 2012 Year In Review

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Another year gone by, and my first full year as a full-time writer. Has it been fun? Definitely. Has it been chalenging? Far more than I thought it would, especially in the last few months as Amazon and the eBook world made some big changes that affected me and every other indie author out there. Would I change anything? Not on your life.

Here is my recap of everything I published in 2012 and my honest opinions now that some of it has some distance. In 2011 I released 25 things, and in 2012 it was 23.

January 2012

On the 3rd the anthology Skeletal Remains came out, a project Keith Gouveia offered to me once the original publisher had some problems. I accepted, since I had a story in it, and I loved the idea and the other stories. I think it’s a strong anthology that got little fanfare, which is a shame. The 16th saw the release of the non-fiction Zombie Writing! book, where I put together 44 great authors with their own ideas and thoughts about writing zombie stories. I love this book, and I’m amazed at some of the great authors who agreed to help me with this. Finally, on the 23rd I released Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, which was the prequel to Dying Days. It amassed some of the short stories about Darlene I’d written, and I added new ones to fill in some of the time.

February 2012

Nothing released for me. Not by me, anyway. It was a month of stupidly counting all the money flowing in from Amazon, seeing my sales hit a couple thousand, and being an arroogant prick. I know it, you know it. I got full of myself, but luckily I also kept writing and kept promoting.

March 2012

The 12th saw the release of Dying Days 2, a book I am quite proud of. It kept the Darlene story going, added some twists, and introduced a slew of new characters I could write for years to come, if I wanted to.

April 2012

On April Fool’s I released Bones. Death. Cenote, a three-story eBook release. It features the unnamed reporter from my Skeletal Remains release and two new stories. I hope to someday go back to this character, because it was interesting to write about South America. On the 11th I put together a huge release called Metal Queens Complete, with all eight issues of the original non-fiction series. Sadly, I doubt I’ll have time to ever dive back into this series like I want to. On the 12th of April Undead Tales 2 was released, the followup to the successful Undead Tales anthology. While it had some phenomenal stories, it lacked the immediate star power of the first book, and sales have been sluggish, to be honest. It has long legs, however, and I hope it sees some steady sales in 2013.

May 2012

Another month of no new releases, but much writing done. Sales were starting to slide a bit but there was no need to panic. I was still doing well, and so was my indie brethren.

June 2012

 The only release was a cool one, when the Dying Days audiobook came out on the 4th, read by the wonderful Amanda Lehman. It was very cool to hear my words being read aloud.

July 2012

The month was geared toward my Keyport Cthulhu series, with the first two parts coming out: Ancient on the 4th and Barren on the 26th. The five-part series is a nice departure from my zombie stuff, and the real-life and creepy town of Keyport New Jersey makes for a nice moody setting. The cover art for all five by Jeffrey Kosh is also amazing.

August 2012

On the 25th, Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days was released, with 13 short stories set in the Dying Days world and introducing both new and old characters. On the 29th the first Miami Spy Games ‘episode’ was released by Hobbes End Publishing, the start of 12 short stories I wrote in 2012 for them. It is one of my favorite things to write, and I hope to have a longer blog post about it in the days ahead.

September 2012

Another wash of a month, but I had some personal things to deal with and came out the other end of them relatively unscathed. I did get out my second audiobook and one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written, when Kevin Giffin narrated Death Metal.

October 2012

The 23rd saw the second Miami Spy Games out, with the third on the 25th, the fourth on the 27th and the fifth on the 30th. Productive week, eh?

November 2012

On the 20th my Tool Shed horror novella came out via Angelic Knight Press, and it is one of my favorite traditional horror stories I’ve ever written. I hope more people take a chance on it, because it was a fun story to write and I hope a good one to read.

December 2012

December 5th saw the release of my first collaboration, when author Tim Baker and I wrote a wonderful tale, combining my Dying Days zombie world and some of my main characters, with characters from his own thrillers set in the area. The result, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village, has so far been a big hit in the Flagler/palm Coast Florida area where it is set, and from fans of both of us. The 7th saw my Skulls And Bones collection in print, with a combination of my Skulls and Bones. Death. Cenote collections in one spot. The third Keyport Cthulhu short story, Cabal, was finally released on the 16th. I also combined four Dying Days novellas into one big release with the Dying Days Collection, out on the 16th as well. The print version clocks in at nearly 400 pages. Finally, I ended 2012 with the complete run of Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, with all 12 episodes in one big release. I’m quite proud of this one and crossing my fingers Hobbes End Publishing let’s me keep writing the ACES team in 2013 and beyond.

Armand Rosamilia

Three Favorite Tales I’ve Written

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Someone asked me yesterday about my favorite stories or books, but when I started mentioning a couple (Watership Down, The Road, The Shadow Over Innsmouth) they wanted to know what were my own favorite stories I’d written. 

I thought it was a cool question, and decided to blog about it… and I’ll also be asking some of my writerly type friends to do the same thing, so look for a few guest blogs coming up in the near future, asking the same question… 

Three Favorite Tales I’ve Written…

1. “Cthulhunicorn”, the bonus story in the first Keyport Cthulhu release Ancient. It is co-written with my then-11 year old daughter Katelynn and combines her love of unicorns with my worship of Cthulhu. It might not be the greatest story I’ve ever written, but it was the most fun to write. And getting to share what you do for a living with your child was priceless. And the fact, after a few hours of writing it, she said she didn’t realize how hard it was to write a story. And then looked at the shelf with all my releases proudly displayed and laughed. 

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2. Tool Shed, my horror novella released by Angelic Knight Press. If you have read a large sampling of my work, you’ll notice this one (which I like to think of as traditional horror) is a bit different from my zombie books, or anything else I’d written. The ideas was started years ago, and updated several times. It was just a fun story to write, and it still has my favorite opening line of anything I’ve ever written… 

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3. Miami Spy Games (Episode One), my spy thriller zombie gun beginning to the series (13 shorts in total). I went into the series which trepidation, since this was a subgenre I’d never written in, but the zombies helped, even thoughthey aren’t traditional zombies I usually write. When the three main characters were given life, it was like old friends I hadn’t seen in so long. I knew these people, and it’s never felt like I was forcing them to do anything. They literally write themselves. Or figuratively. Whatever. 

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Think about your favorite stories you’ve written and why… and then feel free to contact me, because I’d love for you to write it up properly, give me and potential readers some insight, and garner some new fans.

Armand

“Tool Shed” Horror Novella from Armand Rosamilia

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TOOL SHED Horror Novella from Armand Rosamilia

 

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When Michael Zaun takes possession of his late grandfather’s farm, he finds out he inherited more than he bargained for. Dubbed the “Tool Shed Murders,” the details of the deaths of two girls on the property, and his grandfather’s, seemingly by his own hand, are a little murky. Was his grandfather a monster or a hero?

The discovery of his grandfather’s journal awakens within him a new confidence. But what about the demon his grandfather mentioned? Is it real or just the ranting of a diseased mind?

With the help of his friends, old and new, Michael will find not only the answer to that question, but a new strength within himself.

 

1. What was the inspiration for Tool Shed?

The initial idea for the story began many years ago, when I was buying every Leisure Books paperback I could get my hands on. I loved the stories that Don was editing, and they were all classic horror tales. I wanted to someday write a ‘traditional’ horror tale, with a monster or demonic entity harassing our hero. I originally thought it from the grandfather’s POV, with the murders happening on the farm. Then I put it away and began writing a dozen other stories. But while reading The Rising, or one of Brian Keene’s zombie books, I came across a point where he talks about dead cows in the field. The line ‘The cows had exploded’ came to me, and I immediately thought of my Tool Shed idea. I rearranged the story a bit and began writing.

2. What other books in the genre would you compare it too?

I’d love to think my story holds a candle to classic Leisure Books work from John Everson, Keene, Douglas Clegg, and Simon Wood. But those books are amazing, and the period when Dorchester was firing on all cylinders is still my favorite books to read and re-read. I started writing it with them in mind, to be honest. Then, when it all fell down and burned, I decided to find another publisher that I wanted to be associated with. That was Angelic Knight Press. I was lucky because they obviously loved it enough to publish it, and I didn’t have it sitting at half a dozen publishers, trying to get sold.

3. Is it a series? Will we get to revisit the characters?

Kind of. There is a longer novel I’ve written called Chelsea Avenue, ‘starring’ the elementals as well but set in Long BranchNew Jersey beginning in 1987. I’m doing edits on the story and hope to get it ready to make the rounds as well very soon. It’s another story that is many years in the making, and another more traditional horror tale.

4. What made you step away from the zombies that populate some of your other writing?

I never set out to be known as a zombie author. I wanted to write horror stories, period. When I wrote Highway To Hell it was only my second zombie story, after the flash fiction piece “Anything But Luck” starring Darlene Bobich (who has been my main character in all the Dying Days zombie stories) and I thought I wouldn’t be writing too many more. Wow, was I wrong. The zombie stories struck a chord with readers, and I still find myself adding more and more to the Dying Days universe. But I still write horror stories, and just released a print horror short story collection, Skulls And Bones, that contains nine stories and none of them are zombies. I swear.

5. The main character, Michael, is a large man. No chiseled abs or buff physique there. And yet, he’s basically the hero. Why write him that way?

I’m a big guy, pushing 300 lbs. I can relate to the character and his physical limitations, although I’d like to think I’m in better shape than Michael. I didn’t want a Vin Diesel He-man in the story. I wanted a group of normal people, and even his best friend is more geek than anything. Characters that are relatable to a reader, instead of buff male strippers hanging out with super-hot chicks. I only do that in my real life.

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he eats too much, drinks too much, and doesn’t worry about the impending zombie apocalypse. And it is coming. He is the author of many, many stories and novellas (which are all awesome… seriously!), and his Dying Days zombie series is pretty cool, too. He loves talking to fans and friends about horror, zombies, Boston Red Sox and Heavy Metal music. Feel free to e-mail him at armandrosamilia@gmail.com or visit his blog at http://armandrosamilia.com. He also loves speaking in third person.