Retiring from FBMG

As many of you already know, I’ll be leaving FBMG sometime soon.  

I love what I do, I love the company that I helped build. Unfortunatly when you run your own business, it pretty much consumes your entire life.  At the same time I’ve been trying to make it as a writer, which also takes a lot of time. I’m going to be leaving the gun business in order to have more time to write. If I don’t do this, and push when I’ve got the chance, then I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. 

I’ve been with FBMG for almost 4 years now. We started out as a tiny little 2 man shop. We’ve moved into a giant building and are in the process of building an indoor range. We went from a little hole in the wall shop to the coolest gun store in the state. 

I’m going to miss the guys that I work with. My crew is absolutely amazing. The Minions rock. My partners are like my brothers. I’m leaving FBMG in good hands. 

I’m still going to work there, just not nearly as much. I’m basically selling out as an owner and becoming a Minion myself. I’ll still be coming in to help with paperwork and to teach CCW and pistol. I love teaching, I just won’t be doing it quite so often. There have been months in the past where I taught six different nights and two weekends, in addition to the regular job.  That kicks your butt.

I will be getting another job, but just a normal, human, 40 hour a week type job. I thought I had something lined up, but that is looking doubtful now since that company took a massive hit in the recent financial turmoil.  With my usual cunning, I arranged to get out of the gun business back during the summer when the gun business was really hurting and the regular economy was doing okay, and now I’m getting out when the gun business is booming and the regular economy is imploding. Basically if you want to invest, just check with me, and do the opposite of whatever it is I’m doing.

I’m not that worried about it yet. Financially, the Correias are debt free except for our mortgage, and I’ll have enough in the bank from selling out to live for several months as an unemployed writer/bum.  In a few months though, if anybody needs a window squegee guy or hired muscle, give me a call.

I’ll still be around the shop for a bit. I would have been gone awhile ago, but it has been crazy busy around the store, so I’ve stuck around. I’ll probably be out sometime in the beginning of the new year.

MHI on Amazon

I posted last night that Monster Hunter International is now available for preorder on Amazon.

Right now I’m #12,373 on the bestseller list. Not bad for one day! I’m already ranked higher than a bunch of other preorder books from much more famous authors. I want to get this Baen version ranked higher than the POD version was before it is even released.

Thanks for spreading the word guys. It is much appreciated.

EDIT: #9,331 on 12/1/08 in the morning.  Getting closer.

EDIT AGAIN: #6,498 on 12/1/08 after lunch.

EDIT HOLY CRAP! 12/3/08 12:00

Amazon.com Sales Rank: #4,642 in Books

That is now higher than the POD version achieved.

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