Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cleveland Concoction

Although I am sure that all my readers and followers know of and have probably already signed up, I will be participating in Authors Alley this weekend at Cleveland Concoction.
Not only will I be participating, at this year's event I will be releasing my newest book!
Build Your Authors Alley is a hybrid work. This “Tales from” crossed with a “How to” not only gives a look into how some improvising led to an annual literary event, but how you can create your own.

Here's a snip-it from the "Tales from" aspect:
   "After a few minutes, security arrived, opened the door, and asked the crowd, “Could the authors please raise their hands?”

In that moment you could hear crickets chirp. I glanced around, much like the other attendees, but no hands stood over the crowd. Thinking quickly, I hesitantly raised mine.

“Great,” he barked, motioning me forward. “Just you?”

After a quick explanation that I wasn’t supposed to be running the panel, he shrugged, said, “It’s all yours,” and walked away.

I was astonished, but now the crowd was staring at me. Leading them into the large banquet room, I introduced myself and took the stage to talk about my books and experiences. The panel went well, considering it was completely improvised, and I followed up with a Q and A session. None of it was planned or orchestrated, for I hadn’t even met the convention volunteers, aside from security, but my experience speaking in front of classes allowed me to slip into the role."

And now from the "How to" aspect:
   "Networking is a task many people find arduous or simply don’t understand, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. When you network, you are simply getting to know new people in the industry. Authors, publishers, and editors—no matter who they are—are people. Just treat them respectfully like you would anyone else and build friendships. If you are running an Authors Alley, networking needs to become second nature. You will deal with people of varying levels of celebrity, and connecting with them on social media can prove beneficial down the road. You never know who is friends with someone else, whose recommendation could change your convention overnight, or what the future holds. However, if you are outgoing and friendly and maintain an online connection with your panelists, it can open unexpected doors."
As you will read in BYAA, things do not always go as planned. Such is the case with this release.
That being said, for the time being BYAA with only be available in E-book format.
You can get your E-book on Amazon today.

For those who prefer to have a physical copy, preorders can be requested with me at Authors Alley.
As a thank you for those who do, I will autograph your copy when it becomes available.

As always, I look forward to seeing and interacting with you all.

Just in case you haven’t signed up yet, tickets are still available.
You can check prices and details here.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Help Build Your Authors Alley

I am happy to announce that I have a new nonfiction book set for release this March. It's about my experiences developing Authors Alley for Cleveland ConCoction and how to adapt those experiences for other conventions. (See below for a brief summary.)

Recently conventions have started modeling their literary departments after ours and I have been asked to provide information for convention boards to review for potential improvements. Considering this information is proving helpful to conventions in surrounding states, I figured I'd do what I do best and write a how-to book based on my experiences. It is currently titled "Build Your Authors Alley: A Convention Story". But that is a working title. I am considering changing it to "Build Your Authors Alley: A Convention How To Guide" because I think that would fit better since the focus is not on telling the story, but using the events to help build and update future literary departments at other conventions.

And that is where you can help. Please weigh in on the title and let me know which cover attracts your attention best. If there is anything that doesn't quite work for you as a reader, what is it? Simon Critchell, the cover artist for Build Your Authors Alley, has created two with varying texts. Which do you like better, A or B? Please leave a comment and let me know.



Brief Summary

Cleveland ConCoction did pretty well the first year. I even got to see the fruits of the volunteers' labor, but their literary side was nearly nonexistent. In fact, the one literary panel on the schedule that I attended had no panelists. When the organizer asked the group at the door if published authors would raise their hands, surprisingly I was the only one to do so. So, I wound up improvising and leading that panel when I meant to attend and see how it was done. Talk about being thrown into the lake to learn how to swim. Shortly afterward I was asked to step in as the department head and make the literary department something to be proud of.

Now, four years later, Authors Alley is thriving, our volunteers are passionate about helping authors and readers, and nearly 30 authors attend annually. Panelists range from self-published and newly published to New York Times, Amazon, USA Today, and international bestselling authors. They include esteemed Bram Stoker, Hugo, Nebula, Elgin, and Robert A. Heinlein award winners, and some are included reading on the International Space Station.

Using my tried and true experiences, you can confidently build your own Authors Alley or update your current one. Build Your Authors Alley will be available March of 2018. Look for its official release at Cleveland ConCoction 2018.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Read with Me Reviews A Life of Death

I was happy to hear from Julie Eason over at Read with Me just the other day. She finished the third book in the A Life of Death series, Sacrifices, and her reviews have been truly exciting her followers. Check out her thoughts on the trilogy at Read with Me.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Friday, October 13, 2017

Impromptu A Life of Death Trilogy Sale

I love impromptu sales, so here's a great one. October 15-18, get each of the A Life of Death books in the trilogy for .99. You can't beat that deal for a 5 star paranormal mystery of this caliber. Join Alex as he seeks justice for the dead.

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances

Monday, October 2, 2017

Boundless Reviews Sacrifices

It didn't take long for Stormi to get through book 3. Sacrifices is the final book in the A Life of Death trilogy. It turns out that the series went over well at Boundless Reviews and received yet another 5 star review. I love what Stormi had to say. They even prepared an image I had to share.

Thank you for the feedback and sharing your reviews, Stormi and the rest of the crew at Boundless. Much appreciated.

Happy reading!

Weston Kincade ~ Author of the A Life of Death collection, The Priors, and Strange Circumstances