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Russ Colchamiro

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Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure Crossline, the hilarious scifi backpacking comedy Finders Keepers, and the outrageous sequel, Genius de Milo, all with Crazy 8 Press.

For fans of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Christopher Moore, and Josh Whedon.

Russ lives in West Orange, NJ, with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ is now at work on the final book in the Finders Keepers trilogy.

As a matter of full disclosure, readers should not be surprised if Russ
spontaneously teleports in a blast of white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being sucked through a tornado.

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A: Write because you love it, write for yourself, and write every day. And if you can make money at it … all the better.

On a more technical level, work with beta readers and editors who will give you actionable feedback that helps you improve the story you’re working on — and your craft — in very specific ways.

If you’re getting feedback like, “oh, I like that” or “eh, I didn’t get it,” then they’re not really helping you.

Be highly selective, choosing people who will tell you what you actually need to hear, not what you want to hear. And keep your world of trusted ‘advisors’ on the small side. Feedback from too many people will distract and confuse you.

Ultimately … only you can decide what having “success” means to you. There’s lots of disappointment and rejection in being an author, so having a healthy sense of self-worth and realistic expectations will go a long way towards keeping your sanity.

Remember that once you’ve finished your novel and, if it’s published, you are no longer in ‘author’ mode, but in ‘retailer’ mode. You’re trying to sell your books, and that’s an entirely different skill set and experience than writing.

That’s why it’s important to try to manage your expectations and define how you define success.

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Russ Colchamiro Being a writer isn't just what I do, but who I am. I love the writing process itself. Clacking the keys, doing revisions ... letting these crazy ideas…moreBeing a writer isn't just what I do, but who I am. I love the writing process itself. Clacking the keys, doing revisions ... letting these crazy ideas flow from the ether and out through my fingertips. Maybe I'm an addict, I'm not really sure, but at my most basic level I'm happiest when I'm writing and grumpiest when I'm not! Writing isn't so much a choice for me, as a calling. I simply have to do it. Aside from being with my children, nothing energizes me as much as when I'm writing.(less)
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Thanks to author Joyce Strand, who graciously requested this interview about my life as an author, and in particular about my novel CROSSLINE. This Q&A was conducted via email. http://strandssimplytips.blogspot.com/ Thursday, May 18, 2017 WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: Russ Colchamiro, Author Colchamiro has also written the Finders Keepers sci-fi comedy series, including,FINDERS KEEPERS, GENIUS DE [...

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Russ Colchamiro Thanks, Lucinda

Congrats on winning Crossline! It's in the mail today, so you should have it in a week or so.

Hope you enjoy it.

:)

Russ


Lucinda Dear Russ,
Thank you for acepting my friendship request here on Goodreads. I am delighted to have won a copy of your novel Crossline and i really look forward to reading and discovering your work.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


message 7: by Jenna

Jenna thanks for friending Russ!

-jenna
http://www.coffeebooksandme.blogspot.com


VampireNovelFan Thanks for the friendvite, Russ!

VNF
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Harlequin Books Hello Russ, it is a pleasure to meet you. If you ever have any questions about Harlequin or our books, please feel free to ask.

Kim S, Harlequin Books ambassador


message 4: by Russ

Russ Colchamiro I'm glad to hear it! You can buy Finders Keepers from me directly, or through Amazon.com. (although you'd have to pay shipping overseas).

Alternately, the e-book is available anywhere, for all formats.


Maurizio (matemati) Hi, thanks for the friends request.
Your book really intrigues me, hope I can find it soon.


message 2: by Russ

Russ Colchamiro Sure thing!

:)


message 1: by Nina

Nina Thank you for the friend request :)


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