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Don’t Believe Your Own Hype

Posted in #amwriting, anthology, Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, dying days, Facebook, fiction, florida, Horror Writers Association, HWA, Joe McKinney, Mark Tufo, movies, personal, Pinterest, radio gig, Twitter, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

the thought process

Open letter (OK, blog post, get off my case) to Myself today from Me three years ago… 

I’m damn proud of you. It is unreal how much you’ve accomplished and how many goals you set before you and have surpassed. If you’d said three years ago you’d have over 100 releases on Amazon, worked with some great small press companies, attended World Horror and other conventions not just in Florida but in many other places, had stories published in some great anthologies with other great authors, had a couple of your story ideas turned into upcoming movies, signed a thirteen book deal with a Hollywood production company, got on the actual radio to talk and play the songs you grew up with, met the woman of your dreams and STILL own the beat-up Kia AND it still started, I’d have laughed. 

All amazing things, and a ton more you’ve accomplished in the last 36 months or so. You got away from a horrible, mind-numbing relationship filled with daily fighting, jealousy over a potential writing career and following dreams you’ve had since you were twelve years old. You set many goals and keep setting goals, and you are easily in the best place you’ve ever been in your life. 

Pat yourself on the back, smile as you sip $20 a pound Death Wish Coffee and eat expensive meals in fancy restaurants and live comfortably in a big new house watching the 55 inch TV you bought with some of your earnings over the 36 months. Pat that growing belly, filled with that expensive food and coffee, and keep smiling. 

And then…

Stop acting like a Big Shot, because you haven’t written a damn word in the last three days and your daily writing goal of 2,000 words a day is kicking your ass. When is the last time you actually hit the goal, or hit it feeling good and not just relieved you actually made it but dreading what tomorrow was going to bring?

When was the last time you actually shut Facebook off or didn’t answer an e-mail immediately? How many Pinterest and New MySpace followers do you actually need? Is breaking 70,000 Twitter followers really more important than writing today? Right now?

Remember Joe McKinney at World Horror Convention? While you drank and laughed with a bar filled with other authors, Joe was upstairs in his hotel room writing. Yep, working. Why? Because he gets it. You have a deadline, remember? Which is now getting closer and closer. 

Sure, you finished Dying Days 4. It only took you about 14 months since Dying Days 3 was released, which you swore wasn’t going to happen. God forbid you start on Dying Days 5, right? By the time that comes out Mark Tufo will be on Zombie Fallout 19

So… sit back and Google your name again and read another wonderful review about a release you wrote two years ago. Enjoy the praise from your many, many followers and your peers in the writing world. 

Who, if they are better than you, got that way because they don’t stop writing and doing the important things, the top three…

1. write

2. write

3. write

Now, shut up and turn off the damn internet and get in your work before you check your Amazon sales for the fifth time today. 

Armand Rosamilia


Spotlight On: Mark Tufo

Posted in anthology, Armand Rosamilia, authors, dying days, fiction, guest blog, horror, interview, Mark Tufo, short story, Spotlight On, Still Dying, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia


SPOTLIGHT ON: Mark Tufo (depending on who’s looking for me)


What is the title of your story in Still Dying 2?

Lucifer’s Revenge


Quick description of it (no spoilers)

It’s about a monsignor that reluctantly finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.



Something unique about it.

It’s about a monsignor that reluctantly finds himself in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. (and he has a sword)


Your promo links.



Your short Bio.

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA (and an advanced degree in partyology) and later joined the US Marine Corps. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution, after beginning his climb up the corporate ladder he found himself laid off. His wife, Tracy who was desperate to keep him out of her hair dared him to write a book, and the Zombie Fallout series was born.

He wrote the first installment of the Indian Hill trilogy in college, it sat in his garage until July 2009 when he published it on Kindle. Mark is currently working on the continuation of the ZF series and a new book due out in February of 2014. He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs. 


Kindle ($3.99):

Print ($12.99):

Things To Do…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 19, 2011 by Armand Rosamilia

I pride myself (like an idiot?) on always keeping busy, between writing and publishing… but even I think I’ve stretched myself a bit thin these days…

I decided to set some deadlines for myself and get some things finished, especially with an actual Rymfire Books schedule starting next month… crossing the fingers and toes that I can finish a plethora of ideas by the end of January (or as many as is humanly possible!)…

Things that need to be finalized and finished include (but sure aren’t limited to):

Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer novella (doing the final edits and waiting on the cover art)

Extreme Undead Collection Volume One (going to be putting four zombie novellas – Highway To Hell, Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, Dying Days and Zombie Tea Party) out in one omnibus edition)

A few short stories for anthologies: one about a teddy bear, one about a chapel and a horror western tale

A shared world Zombie novella (halfway done, due January 15th)

Releasing an awesome non-fiction book about Heavy Metal (more info once the contracts are officially back, looking at an early January release)

Releasing an awesome horror novella from an author (yeah, I know, but contracts need to be signed first, and a late January, early February release if possible)

Another five novellas currently on the table that I need to decide on for February-March-April release dates

Metal Queens Monthly #3 due January 13th (have enough, just need to format it)

Zombie Writing! non-fiction zombie book with so many killer authors involved your head will spin (lots to do, lots to still get in, but a January 20th release date is not that bad)

Organizing and formatting a handful of erotica short stories by K. Lee Thorne to publish (hopefully beginning in February)

Dying Days 2 zombie novella (currently getting donations for this one so it can be big, info at

Still Dying: Scenes From Dying Days novella (added stories from minor characters in the Dying Days world)

Blog tour eBook release (a FREE collection of my many blog posts and added bonus material)

Chelsea Avenue horror novel rewrite (first draft done, needs to be ripped apart and revamped in early 2012)

Tool Shed horror novel (finish first draft!)

Hammond Beach horror novel (finish first draft!)

There you have it… almost twenty things on my lap to finish, not to mention all the extra stuff that gets added like new anthologies, promoting everything out, anthologies/novellas currently making the rounds that are going to be accepted or rejected and re-sent… and I wouldn’t trade any of this chaos for nothing…

Authors Helping Authors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 2, 2011 by Armand Rosamilia

I am a big believer in us authors banding together, helping one another out, and working to get readers to buy our books…

That’s why I propose a simple thing to do to help each other out… go to my Amazon page (or anyone’s Amazon page) and simply hit the ‘Like’ button and then go down and like all the ‘Tags’… this really helps authors in the search engine (as well as sales, obviously)… Do it for me and I will do it for you, just let me know you’ve done it and I will get right on it… I usually do 3-5 of your releases if you have as many… anything to help…

Here is my page for “Zombie Tea Party”

I’m also interested in hosting guest blogs, especially if you are a fellow horror writer and especially a zombie writer…

Finally, I want to thank everyone taking the time to read and/or subscribe to my blog here and my facebook pages and buying my eBooks and print books…

Armand Rosamilia

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