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Armand Rosamilia on Patreon – Updated!

Posted in #amwriting, Arm Cast Podcast, Armand Rosamilia, fiction, giveaway, Giveaways, Patreon, personal with tags , , , on July 17, 2016 by Armand Rosamilia

I’m on Patreon. I started it not to become rich (but I won’t complain if I do) but to find another outlet for my writing and creativity. To that end I post a continuing Dying Days YA novella with a new chapter the beginning of each month. I have no idea when it will end. The fun is just writing another chapter and seeing where it goes. Hell, it might end up becoming a Dying Days YA epic novel before I’m done. That’s the fun of Patreon for me.

The other thing I like to do is post short stories many readers have not seen. Stuff sitting around collecting dust I find. And after writing for most of my life, I have quite a few. I’d have more if I hadn’t lost them on floppy disks and inside a word processor and all the other antiquated technology over the years. It allows me to share a few things with the readers who are definitely interested in what I’ve written or will be writing.

Yes, I get money for it. Mostly you donate $1 and you get to read anything I post. Simple as that. I do a weekly update with all of my writing and you get to see what I’m currently working on. You also get some cool stuff if you pledge more, too:

Pledge $1 per month

You get exclusive content like my weekly update for what I am writing as well as a new first draft chapter for my Dying Days YA novella before anyone else reads them as well as either an out of print or new short story each month or a new novel I’m working on chapter by chapter. As well I’ll be posting videos of random things I shoot like story readings, answering questions or general nonsense.

Pledge $5 per month

Besides all of the above you get a shout-out on my Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast during the month as a very cool person!

http://www.projectiradio.com/shows/arm-cast-podcast/

Pledge $10 per month

 Besides all of the other rewards you’ll receive a FREE audiobook from me of your choice! Listen to other people read the words I wrote!
Thanks in advance for all of the support!
Armand on Patreon

Armand’s 2015 Year In Review

Posted in anthology, Arm Cast Podcast, Arm N Toof, Armand Rosamilia, authors, Chelsea Avenue, contemporary fiction, crime thriller, Dirty Deeds, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, horror, Imaginarium, Joe McKinney, Kindle, Kindle Scout, Mark Tufo, movies, novella, personal, podcast, Still Dying, summer of zombie, thriller, winter of zombie, writing, YA, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

2015 was another solid year for me when it came to releases. While the amount of new product slowed, the same amount of words was released in my estimation. My goal each year is to hit 400,000 words written and except for a couple of short stories currently awaiting publication, everything else was released via self publishing or through a small press in 2015.

I had 30 releases, which was less than the 45 a year average I’ve done the last two years. I also went through my works and eliminated all of the serialized stories that made it into complete collections as well as redundant releases I did myself.

Box sets were still a big deal for me in 2015. A lot of my secondary sales through them as well as key Amazon ranking came because of the box sets and I hope to continue to be involved in a few more in the future.

OK, time for the breakdown by month for me and 2015…

 

January

Ultimate Undead Box

Ultimate Undead Collection: The Zombie Apocalypse Best Sellers Boxed Set (10 Books)

The last day in January Dying Days was published in this box set along with notables Joe McKinney, Bobby Adair, TW Piperbrook, Michaelbrent Collings, Sarah Lyons Fleming, Shawn Chesser, Rachel Aukes, David Moody, Timothy W Long and Eric A Shelman. The best part? it’s still only 99 cents!

February

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State of Horror: North Carolina

February 8th I was in another State of Horror anthology (you already know my initial involvement in the franchise, so I won’t digress) which featured some really cool stories by  Nathanael Gass, Frank Larnerd, Randal Keith Jackson, Kathryn M. Hearst, Spencer Carvalho, Kenneth W. Cain, Frank J. Edler, Stuart Conover/Kerry Lipp, Susan Hicks Wong, Matt Andrew, L.J. Heydorn andMargaret L. Colton

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State of Horror: Illinois

The audiobook for State of Horror: Illinois came out on February 20th (narrated by the wonderful Jack Wallen)

March

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Dying Days: Origins

The audiobook for Dying Days: Origins came out on March 3rd, narrated by Jack Wallen. Obviously I enjoy working with Jack on these audiobooks.

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Change Jar Books Complete

March 13th the audiobook version of this came out, narrated by Jack Di Golia, who did the entire seven book run for me. I couldn’t be happier working with him, either.

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Hollywood Hellmouth

Also on the 13th, the first part of a trilogy came out, a horror humor tale written with Jack Wallen, Jay Wilburn and Brent Abell. This was fun to write. We debuted this at Mid South Con in Memphis to rousing success. Fine, we sold 5 copies.

State of Horror: Louisiana Volume I available March 17th, 2015

State of Horror: Louisiana I

March 16th State of Horror: Louisiana I debuted, with more great stories, this time from Chad McKee, Pamela Troy, Tommy B. Smith, Amanda Hard, Allie Marini Batts, Sarah Glenn, Armand Rosamilia, Ethan Nahte, J. Jay Waller, Alexander S. Brown, Henry P. Gravelle, Jay Seate, and Margaret L. Colton.

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State of Horror: Louisiana II

March 30th saw the second part of LA being released, this time with stories by Stuart Conover, Herika R. Raymer, Teresa Bergen, J. Lamm, Nathan Pettigrew, Armand Rosamilia, Ambrose Stolliker, B.A. Sans, Edward Moore, Anthony Watson, Jonathan S. Pembroke, J.M. Lawrence, and Melodie Romeo.

April

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Fairly Wicked Tales: Dark Fantasy Anthology

April 19th Fairly Wicked Tales: Dark Fantasy Anthology was re-released and featured one of my short stories, “The Wolf Who Cried Boy.” Over 20 great stories are in this one, so buy it. Now.

May

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Anything but Zombies: A Short Story Anthology

On the 26th of May my short story “Down In A Hole” was featured in this Simon and Schuster release. Tim Curran, Jeff Strand, Rebecca Besser, MontiLee Stormer, Lee Moan, Tonia Brown, Jake Bible, Faye McCray, and Jimmy Pudge were all involved as well. Get it.

June

Tales of Magic

Tales of Magic and Misery: A Collection of Short Stories by Tim Marquitz

Tim put 19 of his stories together in this fine collection, and had other authors (such as myself) give him one of our stories to promote. He’s a swell guy. This came out June 6th. I had “Dying Days: Noah Stern” short in there.

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State of Horror: New Jersey

This audiobook came out on the 10th. Narrated once again by Jack Wallen and once again featuring a Dying Days short from me in it.

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Dying Days 5

June 16th Dying Days 5 was released. Putting this together I realize its my first self published full release for the year, as everything else was an anthology or audiobook previously out. I’d been writing up a storm up to this point in the year but most of it would be released later (as you’ll see) or written for the movie team and those books sometimes come out months in the future. Anyhoo… this is part 5 and it was released right in the midst of my annual #SummerofZombie blog tour.

July

This month saw the two year anniversary of Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast as well as the debut of Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast, co-hosted by Mark Tufo. Both on Project iRadio.

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Hoboken Hellmouth

The second book in our trilogy was released on the 21st. Another fun time was had by all: me, Brent Abell, Jay Wilburn and Jack Wallen.

August

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Bite-Sized Offerings: Tales & Legends of the Zombie Apocalypse

This was a really cool charity anthology to help a friend in need who is such a big supporter of zombie authors. Over 30 authors contributed a YA zombie story, including my first-ever, a Dying Days story featuring the children of the family. It will definitely lead into my first-ever Dying Days YA novella in late 2016, too.

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Highway To Hell

This is the updated version. I changed the crazy sex parts and over the top violence and made it more in line with the rest of the Dying Days books. So far people have enjoyed the less intense version, although it still isn’t for the kids. I’d give it a solid R rating instead of the NC17 it used to be.

September

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Children of The Grave

September 4th this cool anthology came out. It’s a shared world anthology and written by Joe McKinney, Armand Rosamilia, Tonia Brown, Joe Mynhardt, Aurelio Lopez III, and Alex Laybourne. You don’t get any cooler than that group. Am I right?

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Honolulu Hellmouth

On the 8th, right in time for the Imaginarium convention on Kentucky, we released the third and final part. Single digits of people flocked to our signing tables, creating such a noise the car alarms went off in the parking lot.

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Dying Days 4

On the 17th Dying Days 4 audiobook (narrated once again by Amanda Lehman) was released.

The Louisiana Incident: Former Navy SEALs Vs Zombies

I wrote this novella based on a movie that was filmed but some people weren’t happy with it. So (because it is Hollywood and beyond me) I was listed as editor, the cover is just words and it has distanced itself from the movie by changing the title. The book is much better than the movie, by the way. Much.

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Horror 201: The Silver Scream Vol 1

October 14th saw this extensive collection released. Nonfiction essays and interviews by film legends and authors such as Wes Craven, George A. Romero, Ray Bradbury, Ed Naha, Patrick Lussier, Stephen Volk, Nancy Holder, Tom Holland, John Shirley, William Stout, and John Russo. For some crazy reason they thought I had something to say on the subject, too.

Chelsea Avenue

Chelsea Avenue: A Supernatural Thriller

On the 30th Devil Dog Press re-released this book, one of my favorites and my first real full-length novel. Look for longer books from me in 2016, and most of them more thriller and less horror as I change things up a bit. This book is one of my favorites I’ve ever written, and you need to read it and tell me I’m right or wrong. As long as you read it.

October

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Paying The Ferryman

On the 18th this anthology was released. My short story, “Black Tooth Grin,” joined  Melodie Romeo, Rick Scabrous, Silas Green, D. S. Ullery, Brian W. Taylor, Diane Arrelle, Bryan Best, Tanya Nehmelman, Mariesa Inez, Rachel Hogan, S. H. Roddey, Jenner Michaud, Scott McCloskey, Heidi Lane, Brian Fatah Steele, Eric I. Dean, Herika R. Raymer, Lee Pletzers, and Jerry E. Benns writing fun stories about death.

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Bahama Mama’s Complete

The seventh and final release in the contemporary fiction Flagler Beach Fiction Series was out on the 20th. The audiobook followed in November, too, once again narrated by the great Jack Di Golia. This wraps up the series although I have a feeling we’ll see some of these characters again in the future.

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Middletown Apocalypse

Halloween saw the release of this cool anthology, where eleven authors took the kernel of the same basic story and made it our own. Hi-jinx ensued. Abel, Chesser, Evans, McKinney, O’Brien, Rosamilia, Shelman, Stallcup, Tufo, Wallen, Wilburn. So cool you don’t need first names.

November

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Highway To Hell 2

November 3rd, at the basic start of my annual #WinterofZombie tour I always release a new Dying Days book. I still technically did, and it nicely combines characters from the first Highway To Hell as well as Dying Days: Origins.

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Dying Days Ultimate Box Set 1

Four novellas set in the Dying Days world are included in this massive box set: Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days, Still Dying 2, Dying Days: The Siege of European Village and Dying Days: Siege 2
Plus… the two-story Dying Shortly set (now out of print except here) and 2 short stories previously only available on a website: “Dying Days: Downtown From Hell” and “Dying Days: The Scorpion”… Over 500 pages and more than 174,000 words in all! This special box set will only be available for a limited time at a special price of $9.99 but right now its only $3.49, so get a copy. Look for the second one in early 2016, too.

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Hellmouth Trilogy

November 23rd I released all three of these glorious books Jack, Brent and Jay and I had written in a convenient box set. Now you have no excuse not to read them. And its priced right now for only $3.49, so you really have no excuse at all.

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Flagler Beach Fiction Series Complete

I told you I liked box sets this year. On the 30th I put all 7 of the Flagler Beach Fiction Series books together in one massive 190,000+ word ebook collection and priced it at only $3.99. You’re welcome.

December

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Green River Blend: A Supernatural Thriller

My last release of 2015 and one of my favorite stories. I liken it to a Bentley Little weird tale and so far readers have agreed. A little different from my traditional horror work, which I will be getting slightly away from in 2016. I’ll still have many horror releases and more Dying Days but this book (as well as Chelsea Avenue, both released by Devil Dog Press) will further expand what I’m doing.

Also look for my Kindle Scout-winning Dirty Deeds crime thriller in early 2016, too! Mark Tufo and I wrote an apocalyptic tale together (no zombies!) featuring Darlene Bobich and Mike Talbot. Look for that in 2016 as well… big things on the horizon for me in 2016.

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Another 12 Months of Writing #amwriting

Posted in #amwriting, Arm Cast Podcast, Arm N Toof, Armand Rosamilia, ASOT2015, authors, fiction, personal, podcast, summer of zombie, winter of zombie, writing with tags , , on October 1, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

Two years ago my then-girlfriend Shelly asked me how much I wrote each year. I shrugged. Most days I didn’t know how much I’d just written. I never kept track. I just wrote and wrote and wrote until stories got finished.

I was curious to know, and also to find a way to minimize the days I didn’t write and get a better understanding on what I was actually doing. 

Since she is the smarter one (don’t let her know I said it, even though she already knows) she created a simple spreadsheet in Excel for me. I punched in my daily number and it worked it through the week, month and year to give me running totals. 

I decided my goal would be 1,500 a day or 10,000 words a week and 520,000 words for the year. I had no idea if it was possible or I’d crush the number, since I never really tracked any of this writing thing. 

October 2013 began this experiment. 

In my first year I wrote 477,000 words. My daily average was 1,308. I had 123 days without writing, which is crazy but real life does get in the way of sitting and writing every day. Some days I was burnt out or busy with errands and kids. Some days I wanted to watch a movie.

The second year just passed. Yesterday was my last day of year 2. How’d I do?

423,000 words. My daily average was 1,158. I only had 92 days I didn’t write, despite getting married and a honeymoon, several conventions and general life in my way. I wrote more days but less words each day as non-writing work (Authors Supporting Our Troops, Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast, Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast, social media promoting, Winter of Zombie and Summer of Zombie blog tours getting bigger, etc. etc.) got in the way of my actual words as well. 

What did I learn? I write a lot of words compared to some people and not enough stacked against others. 

Today marks the first day of my new writing year. I think I’m going to calm down a bit and settle in and relax. I have my rough schedule of work in the next 12 months laid out, which means nothing once a new contract or something interesting crosses my desk. Until then… I want to break 400,000 words in the next year. That’s only 1,096 words a day average. Very easy to beat. 

Will I do it? I don’t see why not. With my new way to write each day (#MandoMethod, where I write as many words in a 15 minute stretch without a break) I am averaging 600 words a sprint, so writing 30 minutes a day (in theory) will hit my goals easily. 

But, hey… only time will tell. 

Armand

Mando Method Of Writing #amwriting

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, writing with tags , , , on August 18, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

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Yeah, I know, I know… I surely didn’t invent anything and calling it the Mando Method is egotistical and unnecessary unless… you’re me. 

I find it comforting. Shall we move on?

I am easily distracted by Facebook and e-mail and Twitter and a myriad of other time-sucks during my day when I should be writing. 

I have a modest goal of 2,000 words a day, 5 days a week, for 10k a week, roughly 40k a month, and 520k for a year’s time. People ask me how it is possible to have 150+ releases for sale, and I point out my daily goal. Simple as that.

Except, it ain’t always simple.

Most days it feels like the pressure to write 2,000 words in an hour so I can go play is overwhelming. I just want to relax for a day and watch Netflix documentaries or read until I fall asleep in my chair and take a nap. I’m old and lazy, what can I say?

But then I hit on the winning formula for me, and I have Jonathan Maberry to thank.

On his excellent Three Guys With Beards podcast on Project iRadio with fellow hosts Christopher Golden and James A. Moore (also the home to my two podcasts, but I digress) Mr. Maberry mentioned setting his alarm each hour and writing for 50 minutes, then getting 10 minutes to play with Facebook, e-mails and maybe even rearrange his Hawaiian shirt collection. 

I tried it. It didn’t work. After half an hour I felt like I was ready to never write again. The ideas weren’t flowing and I threw in the towel. I decided to try something else the next day. 

What was it? The Mando Method (patent not coming anytime soon)

I realized I wrote in bursts, and the first few minutes sitting down and tapping away with two fingers usually got me the most words. So I decided to just write for 15 minutes and see what happened. 

493 words. Not bad at all 

So I kept going for eight hours, writing at the top of every hour for 15 minutes and then getting to check e-mails, Facebook, etc. the other 45 minutes. 

My results were great and so easy to get. I’m kinda mad I didn’t think of this sooner, because I could knock off a million words in a year like this… okay, don’t get ahead of yourself. It’s a couple of days. 

Hour 1 – 493 words

Hour 2 – 644 words

Hour 3 – 602 words

Hour 4 – 596 words

Hour 5 – 677 words

Hour 6 – 550 words

Hour 7 – 585 words

Hour 8 – 781 words

Total of 4,924 words. I could’ve easily done a 9th hour and broke 5k but I decided to quit while I was ahead. Besides, I had an episode of Mr. Robot to watch. 

There was no lagging during any of the writing time. I knew I was up against the clock and it actually made what I was writing better when I read back through at the end of the night. Each hour was a fresh start, and the 45 minutes between let me reset and think about what was coming up next, too. I’m a pantser so the thought process was important before I started to write again. 

Can I keep it going? So far so good. On day two so far I’ve hit 589, 767, 569, 580, 637 and 616 words and I still have 2 hours left to write. I’m already at 3,758 words on the day. 

Try it and see if it works for you… 

Armand

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

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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

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Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast Interview with Armand Rosamilia

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, contemporary fiction, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, horror, interview, Miami Spy Games, novella, short story, writing with tags , , , , on January 9, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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I had the privilege to be interviewed for this great podcast by Simon Whistler and his outrageous accent!

http://rockingselfpublishing.com/episode-29-prolific-writer-armand-rosamilia/

2014 #AStoryAWeek Challenge

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, authors, contemporary fiction, fiction, personal, short story, writing with tags , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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Jessica McHugh (I pronounce it McHug with a silent second H, like something you buy at a creepy McDonalds) has a great idea going for 2014, and since I dive headfirst into anything that keeps me challenged, I decided to join in as well… and special thanks to Jay Wilburn for keeping me alerted to more stuff to keep me busy… we’ll be the death of each other before this is all done… especially with another #24HourWritingChallenge or three this year… 

I’ll update it each week with what I’ve finished… 

2014: A Story A Week

2014 is the year of #AStoryAWeek. All you have to do is write a story a week. I know, I know, ALL you have to do–like it’s not hard. It will be hard at times, but some weeks will be easier than others. Hell, just scroll down through the list below. It’s not really that long. I actually copy/pasted way too many “weeks” and was pleasantly surprised at how few there were. 🙂

REMEMBER: a story is a story, no matter how small. It can be 6000 words or 60 words. It can be written, edited, and polished for submission, or it can be a super-rough first draft. It can be brand new, or it can be an old story you’ve finally completed. Just THINK IN INK and get those words down! I will update this list with my story titles to show how I’m progressing, and I encourage you guys to comment with your lists, too! GOOD LUCK!! YOU CAN DO IT!!

Participants
Jessica McHugh (www.JessicaMcHughBooks.com)
Jay Wilburn (http://JayWilburn.com/)
April Hawks (http://princessvespa3.com)
Lori Michelle (www.lorimichelleauthor.com)
Joseph Eastwood (http://www.josepheastwood.co.uk)
Laura Roberts (http://buttontapper.com)
Tonia Marie Harris (http://passionfind.wordpress.com)
Cina Pelayo (http://www.cinapelayo.com/blog)
T.R. Stoddard (http://t-r-stoddard.blogspot.com/)
Nelson. W Pyles (www.NelsonWPyles.com)
Brady Allen (www.bradyallen.com)
Josef Matulich (http://dalmatianalley.wordpress.com)
Rob Smales (http://robsmales.webs.com/)
Axel Howerton (www.axelhowerton.com)
Bill Coffin (http://billcoffin.com/)
Armand Rosamilia (www.ArmandRosamilia.com)
Erin Coughlin
Charlie Boucher (www.facebook.com/bouchercharlie)
Todd Banks
Mae March (https://www.facebook.com/madmaemarch)

Week 1 (Jan 1-5): Nerdz Part 3 (for the Flagler Beach Fiction Series), about 5,200 words – contemporary fiction
Week 2 (Jan 6-12): Nerdz Part 4 – about 5,700 words
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WOW!! YOU JUST WROTE FIVE STORIES! GOOD ON YOU!! KEEP IT UP!

As we enter February, maybe try changing up your genre or perspective. If you’re used to writing dark fiction or horror, why not give something lovey-dovey a try. Or at least make some people fuck. 😉 If you’re a third person omniscient writer, try writing limited, or maybe even second person! Change it up this month!

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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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Mini Update On My Writing

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, contemporary fiction, Cthulhu, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, Flagler Fish Company, horror, Keyport Cthulhu, short story, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

So far, so good… since beginning to actually keep track of my writing this past Tuesday (October 1st) I’m over 7,000 words on the week with two days left to write. My weekly goal is only 10,000 words, so 2,000 words a day with two days off to concentrate on marketing, e-mails, Red Sox baseball and maybe even talk to other humans is the way to go. If I write a bit on my off days (like I did on Friday, hitting 674 words in about a half an hour of writing) I’ll be fine. 

Yesterday was my daughter Katelynn’s 13th birthday and we celebrated with the Festival of Bacon in Orlando and then dinner at Kan-Ki Japanese steakhouse for her. No writing. Today, while she is out shopping with Special Gal I’ll be hitting my 2,000 word goal. And then hitting it again tomorrow, so hopefully getting over 11,000 words in my first tracked week. 

What will I be writing? Here’s going to be the challenge and the fun… 

In November I am definitely going to write the first draft of Dying Days 4 but it will only be about 35-45,000 words, so that won’t be a problem. I’ll write a few other things in there as well and write 7 days a week for the month. I’m excited to get back into the zombie series and I hope my readers will be, too. 

The problem will be having only 4 weeks left to write in October to finish a bunch of projects I have deadlines for:

1. Flagler Fish Company Parts 2 – 5 in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series (20k)

2. Nerdz Comics And More Parts 1 and 2 in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series (10k)

3. Dying Days: Origins finish (10k)

4. “Evil,” the fifth and final part of the Keyport Cthulhu series (5.5k)

So, about 45,500 words in 4 weeks… easy, right? An extra 10 percent and I do it. And all of these will then go to beta readers and editors and see the light of day very soon… as well as everything else currently in the pipeline with readers and editors. 

How will I do? 

Armand Rosamilia

Tracking The Next Year of Writing

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, Facebook, fiction, Flash Fiction, personal, short story, writing with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

When people ask me how much I write, I tell them I hit my daily 2,000 word goal most of the time. I’ve had days and maybe even weeks where I’ve been on vacation or sick or I’ve been really busy, so I might guesstimate 10,000 words a week. Which means (for all you math wizards) in a given year I can pump out about 520,000 words. 

I figured out, from about this time last year to now, I’ve successful sold and/or published everything I’ve completed except for one flash fiction piece. 500 words out of 520k has been sold. A decent chunk (about 180k) of that was for a Hollywood company, and some of those releases are still sitting somewhere, but I got paid upfront and paid well for them. Everything else has seen the light of day. 

But I never really kept track.  

(Dramatic Pause)

Until Now. 

Starting today (October 1st 2013 so you don’t have to find your calendar) I will be tracking every word I write. Well, not every word. Not Facebook posts, blog posts, letters to the editor, grocery lists or updating my dead pool picks. But everything else will be tracked… every flash piece, short story, novella, novel… all of it. I won’t bore you with daily details but I will give some weekly or monthly updates to it. 

My Special Gal has created an Excel spreadsheet so I can drop in my numbers at the end of the day and let the magic begin. Obviously, my goal is to not only break 520k for the 12-month period, but to keep on getting things published and sold. At the end of the year I’ll talk about my 2014 goals like I do every year, and hoping to step up to another level with my career. 

If you’re interested in seeing more about this in coming weeks, let me know… if you think it’s stupid and you could care less, let me know… posts like this will motivate me to keep it going , because if I get behind I will look like an idiot and you can call me out on it.

When I did my 18k run a couple of weeks ago, many people sent me messages about it. I’d like to think I motivated a couple of fellow writers to buckle down and get writing. That is another part of the goal. Well, let’s see what the next 12 months of writing can bring me!

Armand Rosamilia

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24 Hour Writing Marathon Update 2 of 6

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, authors, contemporary fiction, Cthulhu, dying days, fiction, flagler beach, horror, Keyport Cthulhu, novella, personal, short story, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , , on September 19, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

It’s 10:00 am and I’m feeling good… but might need to make another pot of coffee already. Not a good sign. 

 

10:00 am… worked on the horror erotica #3 story and wrote 862 words to start it out. So far so good. I have no idea where it’s going, which is why I didn’t break 1,000 words… I think. 

11:00 am… back to JandJ Fitness #5, and 1133 more words added to it. Over 3,000 right now. Feeling good about finishing this one today. It is my top priority on the list. 

High Noon… it sounds cooler that way. Not time to eat lunch but I am stuffing my face with Double Stuff Oreo cookies. They keep me going. Another 1138 on “Evil” and so far averaging about 1,100 words an hour or so. 

1:00 pm… exactly 1,000 words on erotica story #5. Good hour. Will need a cold shower soon.

So far, after 8 hours of continuous writing, I have 8,830 words in… still on pace for about 1,100 words an hour but don’t know if I can keep it up. Only 10,000 words from my goal of 18k for the day, and will finish a few projects. 

Armand

24 Hour Writing Marathon

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, Cthulhu, dying days, fiction, horror, Keyport Cthulhu, novella, personal, short story, writing, zombie with tags , , , , , , , on September 18, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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Thursday September 19th I am going to do the impossible… alright, that’s a bit dramatic. But for me it might, since I’m not used to being awake for long periods of time. Here’s the deal…

Thanks (or F.U. depending on how this goes) to Jay Wilburn and Max Booth III for the glimpse into a cool thing, and a challenge I have to tackle. I’m already pretty good when it comes to the One Hour One Thousand Words challenge, and try to hit one each day if possible. But this is going to be insane… 24 straight hours of writing. No real big breaks, just my fat ass in the chair slamming away on the laptop (and lots of coffee, snacks and maybe some Steel Panther when Shelly is at work). 

My goal was going to be writing the first draft of Dying Days 4, but then I decided to calm down. Just a bit. I envision it as being over 30,000 words at this point, and even writing at a thousand word clip, it would still fall short. So, I’m going to hit tomorrow running (OK, writing) at 6 am EST and not stop until Friday morning at 6 am (also, conveniently, EST). What will I write?

My lowest goal will be averaging 500 words an hour, so a 12,000 word day will be a victory for me. However, I believe the most I ever wrote in one day was 16,000 words. So my natural goal will be to break 16k. If I average 750 words an hour I see 18,000 words, a huge moral victory, and I should be able to put a dent in everything I currently have to work on. 

The important stuff to wok on (I call it my Top 6 List – how catchy, right?):

1.  JandJ Fitness Part 5 (5k goal)

2.  horror erotic story #2 (2k left)

3.  “Evil” – fifth and final Keyport Cthulhu story (10k goal)

4.  erotica story #4 (1k left)

5.  Dying Days: Origins (10k left)

6. Dying Days: 4 (30k goal)

That’s about 58,000 words to write… but I’ll knock off 2,000 of that today and then if I can get 18,000 in tomorrow I’m talking 20k done in two days… not bad at all. 

Can I do it? Can I stay awake? Will I have enough coffee? Expect a running update on Thursday so I can let you follow the journey with me, and also give me something else to do… since I never have enough.

Armand

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