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The Mando Method

The Mando Method Podcast, where publishing veteran Armand Rosamilia and relative newcomer Chuck Buda try to find the answers to their writing and publishing questions each week. Whether it’s social media or the craft of writing or a plethora of other relevant topics, these two authors will tackle them with no holds barred! Also features the Marketing Morsels segment with PR guru Erin Al-Mehairi and so much more!
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Feb 22, 2017

Co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda, of the award winning The Mando Method Podcast, revisit Twitter as their subject this week. You can never get enough Twitter talk. Am I right? They also talk about coffee and a bunch of other random things like they always do, too. 

Marketing Morsels is still on hiatus while we try to locate Erin Al-Mehairi and her Yeti fiance. Recent reports claim a sighting in Kodiak, Alaska hosting a basic cable show about ice sculpting. 

Feb 15, 2017

Keywords. They're more important than you think for a writer. The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda delve deeper into their own feelings about keywords and what positive and negative things they're doing to help/hinder their own usage of them. 

Marketing Morsels with Erin Al-Mehairi is still on hiatus while she decides if she wants to live in Alaska and learn how to build an ice castle or return to sunny Ohio and eat at chain restaurants like a human being again. 

This week's episode is sponsored by Subculture Corsets & Clothing

Feb 8, 2017

Pitching to publishers. Nerve-wracking. Vomit-inducing. Something every author who wants to work for a publisher might need to do at some point. 

The Mando Method co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda give their own thoughts on the pitching process as well as offer unsolicited advice on what authors should do if they're about to pitch a book to a publisher. 

Then, Erin Al-Mehairi and her Marketing Morsels segment offers hidden highlights from her elopement with her Yeti boyfriend, who couldn't secure a visa in time to  move to snowy Ohio and live happily ever after. Or maybe there is none of this segment this week. 

Sponsored by Subculture Corsets & Clothing (this episode, not the elopement)

Feb 1, 2017

Face it: We all judge a book by its cover. Having the best possible representation of your work is the first step to successful sales. Why take the chance on having a bad first impression?

The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda break down their own experiences with cover art and what they see as the good, the bad and the ugly in the publishing industry. 

Erin Al-Mehairi and Marketing Morsels promises to be back soon... just as soon as she can get the proper visa for her new Yeti boyfriend and a razor sharp enough to shave him. 

This week's episode sponsored by Subculture Corsets & Clothing

Jan 25, 2017

Not to be confused with black matter in space, back matter on books is what The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda are talking about this episode. Maybe when they get their honorary doctorates from NASA they'll talk about black matter and cool space stuff.

For now they give insight on what should go at the back of your book in ebook and print and how to keep the reader reading what you want them to read, which is more of your books. 

Erin Al-Mehairi couldn't be with us again, as the bounty on the Yeti she was hunting went up a few thousand bucks. We understand. Hope you catch him! 

This week's episode is sponsored by Subculture Corsets & Clothing

Jan 18, 2017

The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda have both delved into putting their work on audiobook. Is it a viable option? A massive waste of time? A nefarious scheme hatched by an alien race? They meander in and out of talking about audiobooks as well as stuff they really shouldn't be talking about. 

Marketing Morsels host Erin Al-Mehairi is still not back from her yachting around the world in 80 minutes excursion, but as soon as she's able she'll bring this show back to a level of professionalism sorely lacking. 

 

Sponsored this week by Subculture Corsets & Clothing

Jan 11, 2017

Book Reviews

Authors need them to survive. They read every review they get. They obsess over them. They want to know if they're really as important as people make them out to be. Co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda have no clue, but they still manage to talk for quite awhile on the subject in this week's The Mando Method Podcast

Marketing Morsels host Erin Al-Mehairi had to take a break this week because of a secret mission she was on that involved cupcakes and an attic fan. We can't say anything more than that

 

This week sponsored by Subculture Corsets & Clothing

Jan 4, 2017

New Year, New Goals

2017 is upon us, in case you forgot or don't use calendars or common sense. The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda reassess some of the things that worked and didn't work in 2016 and map out a loose game plan for tackling the coming year as writers. We'll see what happens.

 

12 Things To Start Anew in 2017

Erin Al-Mehairi chats about the dozen ideas that will hopefully make your marketing strategies pop for you in the coming year in her Marketing Morsels segment. A nice list of items to help you out.

Then everyone eats black-eyes peas for good luck and watch Chuck drink moonshine, which might be bad luck for him.

 

Dec 28, 2016

What an end of the year treat! The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda are joined by Marketing Morsels host Erin Al-Mehairi and the three go through the previous sixteen episodes as well as answering questions from the listeners and just chatting happily as 2016 comes to a close.

 

Sponsored by Subculture Corsets & Clothing

Dec 21, 2016

Jekyll Comic Convention Report

The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda are joined by author Jay Wilburn as they chat about the Jekyll Comic Con and dive deep into the good and bad, especially when it came to Chuck and his table, selling style and clothing options. 

 

Why Am I Not Selling Books?

Erin Al-Mehairi talks about a frequent question writers ask on her Marketing Morsels segment. What are they doing wrong and why aren't they making millions... or at least selling as many books as they think they should be selling. 

 

Then everyone has an ice cream social and a sock hop while binge-watching Happy Days

Dec 14, 2016

Writer's Burnout

The dreaded scourge of every author... just not wanting to continue to sit down and write. Co-host of The Mando Method Podcast Chuck Buda is going through it. Other co-host Armand Rosamilia is kinda going through it. Time of year? Mental exhaustion? Too much holiday eating already? They examine the pros and cons of writer's burnout.

 

Amazon Author Pages

Erin Al-Mehairi takes her Marketing Morsels segment into territory every author, new and veteran, needs to utilize: your Amazon author page. She'll tell you why you need it and how you can best get it to work for you.

Then everyone gets to swim in a vat of chocolate while fans throw graham crackers at them. 

Dec 7, 2016

Mailing Lists

Co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda discuss the pros and cons of their mailing lists, what they've learned and done wrong with them and pretty much anything else associated with having one. They talk about other stuff, too, going off on tangents but somehow get back to mailing lists at the end

 

Goodreads

Erin Al-Mehairi dives into Goodreads in her Marekting Morsels segment, giving a broad view of what an author can do to make it work for them and gain new readers, interactions and another great tool to have as a writer.

 

Then the trio spend the next three days making pizza together while listening to Erin singing Christmas songs. 

Nov 30, 2016

Another exciting week where The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda talk it out like gentlemen.

 

Convention Etiquette

The basic, common sense do's and do not's are discussed, along with anything else pertinent to going to a convention. What to do to make a lasting impression on not only potential readers but the aspects of networking with other authors and vendors. Then...

 

Publicists

Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi discusses what a publicist can do for you as an author and the many parts of their work you might not know. She breaks down everything you need to do to make a decision if it comes time for you to hire a publicist on the latest edition of Marketing Morsels.

 

Then the trio make Italian ices and sing Huey Lewis and The News songs until the police are summoned. 

Nov 23, 2016

Twelfth episode of The Mando Method Podcast with co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda

Post Book Signing

Chuck just did his first book signing with author (and Bizzong! Podcast host) Frank Edler, so Mr. Frank joins the chat to talk about the pros and cons, what they did right and what they need improvement on. Lots of Jersey talk, too.

Pinterest

Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi gives you the scoop on Pinterest during her informative Marketing Morsels segment, going deep into the hows and whys of using it as another great author resource. 

Then we discuss our love of Monte Cristo sandwiches for the last six hours of the podcast. Or maybe we got so excited we forgot to record during the food part. 

Nov 16, 2016

All writers get put on the spot with the age old question 'what's your book about' and co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda do their best to break it down for the listeners who can do it well or do it poorly. The hosts make no judgments.

After last week's three-legged racing incident, Marketing Morsels host Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi needed a few days to recover so her segment will return on next week's episode. Feel free to go back and listen to the previous ten because there will be a test. 

 

Sponsored by Subculture Corsets & Clothing!

Nov 9, 2016

On this week's episode, co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda chat about various promotional tools to use as an author, touching on a few items to help you. Then they wander about a bit and finally grow tired and end this week's The Mando Method Podcast.

But not before Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi swoops in with her Marketing Morsels segment, talking about Instagram and how an author can use it to their advantage.

The episode concludes with all of the hosts having a picnic and taking turns doing three-legged racing and dunking for apples. 

 

 

Nov 2, 2016
 Pre-orders for your upcoming releases seem to be all the rage right now. Will the trend continue and be a viable option in weeks and months and years to come? Or will they go the way of the Dodo bird, video rental and beeper stores? We don’t have the answer to any of that hot mess but co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda tell their own personal feelings about doing a pre-order on your book. The Mando Method Podcast tackles all issues, big and small and sized between those two choices. Then, and only then, Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi answers more of the listener’s questions about marketing and more on her Marketing Morsels segment of the podcast. Followed by Chuck’s world famous fish stick sandwich recipe, which he makes while wearing his favorite pair of yoga pants. Luckily this is an audio only show.

Oct 26, 2016
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NaNoWriMo. The month-long writing marathon you either love or hate or have no idea what we’re talking about. Co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda will break it down for you with their own thoughts on the subject as well as who's excited about it. Who's leery about it. Who's worried about Denis Leary. They talk about other stuff, too.

The Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi swoops in with her Marketing Morsels segment and answers some of the many questions posed by our listening audience. Great questions and great answers ensue.

Followed by giant bowls of chili and a food fight to last the ages.

Oct 19, 2016
 Book signings… most authors do them, but do they do them well? We have no idea because we don’t go to every single book signing in the world. But we can give our opinions on the ones we’ve been to and have done, right? The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda chat about all facets of doing a book signing like setup, pricing, reality of sales, swag and so much more. Then, Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi talks more about blogging on her Marketing Morsels segment, delving deeper into the subject. Finally, Armand shows off his culinary skills by making the greatest French toast in all the land.

Oct 12, 2016
 Giveaways, whether through Goodreads or the author, or another way, have pros and cons to it. Giving away books just to give away books? The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda discuss.Then Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi chats about blogging during her Marketing Morsels segment, followed by a rousing hot apple pie eating contest.

Oct 5, 2016
 Blogging is the topic this week for co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda as we delve into our own thoughts (right or wrong) about the relevancy of using your blog as an author in this day and age. Then we talk about some other stuff. Meanwhile, Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi talks about some upcoming show ideas for Marketing Morsels and what you can expect in the coming weeks. Then Chuck makes us all pork roll, egg and cheese sandwiches.

Sep 28, 2016
The Mando Method Podcast is back with another action-packed episode. Co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda have a lively discussion about authors separating their private and public lives from potential problems. Then they talk about other stuff...

Sep 21, 2016
 On this weeks’ stellar episode of The Mando Method Podcast, co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda chat about the pros and cons of hiring an editor, self-editing, and what an editor might do for you. Or not. Pros and cons, remember? Then Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi is locked in on her Marketing Morsels segment telling everyone about the importance of guest posts. Then we got to make our own cheesesteak sandwiches.

Sep 14, 2016
 The Mando Method Podcast co-hosts Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda talk about series priorities and when is the ideal time to finish a series or start a new one. They talk about other stuff, too. Chuck gets homework and then the boys have a rap battle for street cred. Or maybe not that last part. Plus, Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi talks about branding on her Marketing Morsels segment. She already has enough street cred.

Sep 7, 2016
On the premier episode of The Mando Method Podcast, Armand Rosamilia and Chuck Buda properly introduce themselves and talk about what the podcast will actually be about and what you can expect in the weeks to come. Erin Sweet Al-Mahairi also introduces her Marketing Morsels segment for the podcast and then we all have pizza…

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