BIG ANNOUNCEMENT time!
A lot of you are probably wondering what’s up with my new novel, The Con Season. I know some of you are wondering because you’ve been emailing and Facebook messaging me for months.
I’ve posted excerpts from the book, talked it up in interviews, hell: Brian Frickin’ Keene wanted to buy the option for the movie rights ON AIR when I was lucky enough to be a guest on his podcast!
When asked about it I’ve been saying “soon…” and then fleeing the room in a pall of smoke.
But today’s the day where you find out what’s up!
First of all: the cover.
Ain’t it a beaut? It’s got that summer camp slasher vibe. A good vibe to have, if you’re me. That’s the work of George Cotronis. Inside that cover is 50,000 or so words by me (so this is a shorter novel, but believe me: it’s all killer with no filler) that were edited by Broken River maestro J. David Osborne. I thank both of these gentlemen for their help in making this the most professional product possible.
What’s it about?
A group of B-level celebrities who get brought to a new “fully immersive” horror convention only to find that they’re thrust into a real-life slasher movie. There’s thrills, there’s chills, and there’s some light commentary about what fandom means. You’ll love it!
But, Adam: How and when can I get a copy?
Well, that part is up to you. Starting today the book is part of Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. Which is a little like The Voice for books, but you don’t have to listen to me sing.*
If you’re unfamiliar with how Kindle Scout works, here’s the highlights as I understand them:
- You look over the site, read a few pitches and excerpts, and then “nominate” (or vote) for a book you like. Maybe, say, The Con Season by Adam Cesare.
- The editors of the program will take your nominations into account and review the books that are “hot” enough to warrant perusal.
- If the editors select the book for publication: the author gets a nice little advance (cash, Jack) and everyone who nominated the book gets a FREE EBOOK COPY.
That’s it. There is no threshold for nominations that gets a book automatically published, everything is still at the team’s editorial discretion, but by clicking over to the book’s Kindle Scout page and nominating it, you’re helping me get in front of more readers. And you get a free copy of The Con Season for your efforts, if things go well.
But Adam: what if things don’t go well? Also, I hate computers, will there be a paperback?
There are contingencies in place. And plans for a possible paperback.Even if you’re one of my old school readers (and there are a few of you, I can respect your book-collector spirit) who doesn’t prefer ebooks: please nominate the book anyway!
Ever the optimist, I’m not going to talk about those contingency plans now because I want/need your nomination!
We can win this thing! Let’s make Horror great aga…
Uh. Sorry. Got carried away there.
What Can I do to Help?
Now I know it’s a lot to ask for you to get spammy. But if you could share this link as far and wide as possible: it would help me out so much.
This is a huge, kinda-terrifying step for me to take, since I’ve been so used to working in the small press (and that one time working with a big press) and having other people in charge of this stuff (promotion, editorial, etc.). Huge and kinda-terrifying, but also hopeful, because I believe that in a month’s time The Con Season could be in front of a lot of eyes. I believe that because you guys and gals have been so warm and supportive of my work thusfar.
The Con Season is a special book. It’s a thriller, a horror novel, and a wiseass satire all-in-one. For those of you familiar with my work: it’s halfway between Tribesmen and The First One You Expect. Which means it’s got more of “me” in it than any of my other books to date.
And I can’t wait for you to read it. So why don’t you head over to the Kindle Scout page and start on the first three chapters now? Then maybe hit that nominate button (I believe you’re already registered if you’ve got an Amazon account.
My deepest thanks,
*If you want to listen to me sing, author Ronald Malfi and I will be performing a karaoke duet in two weeks at Scares That Care Weekend in Williamsburg, VA. You should come to that.
P.S. If you want to hear me grovel more. Or you want to hear me talk about the one time I made eye contact with John Carpenter: this week’s YouTube video is a discussion of my Top 5 John Carpenter Flicks. As usual, like, comment and subscribe if you want more of this stuff.