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A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath’s Publishing Predictions 2014

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, fiction, JA Konrath with tags , on December 30, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

JA Konrath with some bold predictions for 2014… and he’s usually pretty darn close when doing it… 

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Konrath’s Publishing Predictions 2014.

Writing: A Career Or Your Hobby?

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, fiction, JA Konrath, personal, writing with tags , , , , on October 23, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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Writing: A Career Or Your Hobby?

 

            I write full-time, as anyone reading this blog will know. I have been for the last two years, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I can think of no better job than being my own boss, creating something from scratch each day and then having to do most (if not all) of the work to make money doing it.

            For years I wrote between work schedules, kids, marriages and divorces and a hundred other things. I wrote sporadically and I wrote random stories and have a ton of unfinished and/or vague ideas on hard drives, thumb drives, floppy discs and a dead Brother word processor. I wrote when I could and I just sat down and wrote something with no real goal in mind and no real focus.

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            Until two years ago, when it was sink or swim. I had no financial backing, no spouse to fall back on to pay the bills. I tried to find a ‘real’ job but there’s nothing out there for a forty-something retail manager who made really good money and worked really long hours.

            I decided to give this writing thing a shot and gave myself twelve months. I read every blog I could about writing and publishing and asked advice, learning from guys like JA Konrath and Scott Nicholson, authors who were already in the trenches and making an honest living doing this.

            I set a personal dollar figure goal but also wanted to put out at least 12 releases in the year because from my research I knew the more you had for sale the better off you were with potential readers finding you.

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            I am very lucky in that I can write fast and can focus each day to hit a 2,000 word day. I usually do more. My record in one day is 18,000 words, done in a little over 16 straight hours. I have a nice 10,000 word a week goal, so anything over 520,000 words a year is a bonus.

            But I’ve run into authors who put out one 25,000 word novella in a year, buy 500 copies in print at $7.00 a book and then end up selling 10-20% of them locally. And consider themselves having a career in writing. I suppose you could argue they do, but is it really a career or a hobby? Too often I see the bored housewife syndrome. Writing is something for them to do to fill up their time, and that is not a bad thing. Writing is a great release and helps with stress and getting away from reality, but when you suddenly decide you are a legitimate author you need to back it up, have some actual goals in mind and try to get somewhere with it.

            Or else it’s a hobby.

            Not everyone strives to be a successful author, published and making money and enough to pay their monthly bills. I’ve talked with dozens of authors who just wanted to put that first book out to say they could do it, and other authors who have a steady income and do the writing gig on the side when they have time, and enjoy doing it.

            But the goal is to know what you are and who you are, and know your limits. Taking on too many projects and never completing them is a sure way to let people know you aren’t serious, and feeling you don’t need to be on Twitter or have a blog of your own or do any of the leg work is another way to always be known as the quirky local author but never getting enough sales to justify you proudly exclaiming you’re a legitimate writer doing this for a living.

            Because it is a hobby to you.

            The first year I did this full-time I had 26 releases published, more the next. This coming November alone I will have 10. Which might be more than the hobby people have in their career. Why? Because I’m focused, and if I don’t sell another book I don’t eat.

            This is my career and I’m living the dream doing it.

            How about you?

Armand

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This Internet Stuff Is Forever… Usually

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, Blogging, death metal, dying days, horror, JA Konrath, personal, Twitter, wordpress, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

This weekend, besides getting into the homestretch of the Dying Days 3 zombie novel, I’be been culling some of my favorite blog posts and interviews from this website and they will eventually all be bundled together, along with many new ones you’ve never seen, into an eBook titled Shut Up, Old Man! Random Thoughts, Posts, Interviews, Lies and Help from Armand Rosamilia

I’m not going to pretend to know anything, but after the last 18 months I’ve learned a few things, and I wanted to put my journey into perspective and see (for myself) how far I’ve come or haven’t come. It’s fun going back and reading posts I did a year ago, and remembering where my mindset was at that moment. And seeing how it’s changed. 

I also began pulling every interview I’ve done and putting together a sort of ‘Best Of’ interview, with every question I’ve been asked and the multiple answers I’ve given for each… so far, I talk a lot of crap. 

One thing that alarmed me, however, was the many dead links I am seeing. I have done a ton of guest blogs and interviews, and linked them to my website. However, when I click on them to find them, they are gone. Erased. Deleted. And these are websites that still exist. 

I contacted two bloggers this morning to see if maybe they changed the names or archived them, only to be told by one ‘Nah, that interview was old (it was 9 months ag0)’, and the other said ‘I only want current stuff on my blog’… 

Huh?

The greatest part of the internet is the perpetual flow of it, and the fact I’ve had new readers who found me based not on my latest Twitter post, but because they read an interview when I was first promoting Dying Days or Death Metal, and they looked me up and started reading my stuff. You never know where a reader is going to jump into your career, so you hedge the bets the more chances for them to see you the better. 

Thank about any author you’ve read. Did you see them as an up and coming writer with their first book, or maybe jumped in when they got a buzz from people you trusted on the third book? I’ve stumbled across great interviews with authors and wanted to dive in and see if they were any good. 

Keeping an interview or guest post on your website doesn’t hurt anyone, especially you. I have hundreds of posts and things on my site, and I’m using about 3% of what they gave me. For free. Unless you are running crazy apps or tons of video, that isn’t a valid excuse for deleting stuff. There’s a blogger I really like on a personal level, but won’t send him my guest blogs anymore, because he takes posts down after two months. I have yet to see what the point is. I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post titled “JA Konrath Is The Devil”, and it still finds its way into my top five posts each week, no matter what. It’s been out for months, but people still find it and follow my blog and keep coming back to read more and more. 

By some folk’s reckoning, I should have deleted it months ago and only posted ‘relevant’ things… well, guess what? If an interview or guest post talking about an old book still in print  helps me find even one more reader and gives them another reason to read your blog and maybe like your own work, I say it is more than relevant. 

Armand

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