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Back from New York, BEA Recap, and Updates

I got back from Book Expo this weekend and have a lot of catching up to do. If you are waiting for an email I will be spending today trying to get through all of those. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on.

Book Expo was interesting. This was my second BEA. It isn’t a convention. It’s a trade show for the entire publishing industry. Sci-fi and fantasy make up one tiny fraction of this thing. I gave away ARCs for Son of the Black Sword, met with buyers, vendors, and sales reps, basically lots of schmoozing, then Baen has a little reception/gathering, and then we do a nice dinner.

There are a few people that I get to meet with whenever I go to New York who are just wonderful folks. I don’t just mean to work with, but to hang out with too. Baen’s marketing wizard, Corinda, is the best. I love working with Barnes & Noble, Audible, and Simon & Schuster.

I had some very interesting business conversations, many of which I can’t post about in public. I was worried that I’d catch flack because of all the negative media attention related to Sad Puppies, and the many CHORFs screaming about how I’ve ruined my career, will never work in this town again, blah, blah, blah. Basically, most of the publishing industry hasn’t heard or doesn’t care about the Hugos, it is a non-issue to them, and those who did talk to me about it were either on my side, or weren’t on my side but thought the stagnant little pond still needed a rock thrown in it.

There were also some interesting political conversations. The vast majority of the publishing folks live around and work in New York and are usually politically liberal. Everybody is nice, but at party conversations, people like me are a weird fly-over, red state curiosity. No, really, I do own like that many guns. 🙂 I had a fascinating and too brief conversation about how Simon & Schuster realized after Bush’s reelection that there were actually lots of people in America who are not liberal and did not think that way, and maybe they should start some imprints to publish conservative political books, and New York publishing was all like no way, nobody believes that stuff. But S&S started some imprints aimed at conservative audiences and shockingly enough, made buckets of money.

I know all of you guys in the rest of America are like, well, yeah, obviously the other half of us like to read too… But it is hard to explain. It’s like for many of them most of us who live/believe differently don’t even register. It isn’t malicious at all. It is just a cultural blind spot of an industry that overwhelmingly swings one way and lives in one region. Sharp business people, regardless of their personal beliefs, see that market exists and realize that there is money to be made by providing products aimed at it, or at least offering products that don’t actively insult that market.

I always enjoy visiting NYC, but I’m a country boy at heart. My tolerance for crowded cities is measured in days. Everything is loud. Everybody is up in each other’s business. However, the food is amazing. So for a few days I eat like a king, and when I’m not going to meetings, I play tourist. After a few days, my brain is fried and I just want to go back to my home county that has more cows than people, not a single stop light, which Manhattan would fit into one corner of, and not hear sirens or honking every second.

Now for the updates. First off, the new website is looking pretty good. Thanks for all your hard work, Jack. I know he’s been making tweaks all week based upon you guys’ feedback. If you guys have any issues with the website, Jack reads the comments and has been working on them.

The next Book Bomb is going to be for Peter Orulian’s Trial of Intentions. After that it will be Peter Grant’s latest, War to the Knife. Dates to follow as soon as I figure out when exactly I’m around.

I owe you a calendar of tour stop dates. I’m going to ALA and DragonCon this summer, and then I’ve got 3 weeks worth of stops in October and November around the country. I’ll get that posted soon.

Baen made a book trailer for Son of the Black Sword, I’ll get that posted too. It is pretty nifty. I have had a book trailer before this, but it was for the Czech version of Monster Hunter, and it was SO METAL. Man, I love the Czechs. But anyway, American book trailer for Son of the Black Sword coming soon.

It looks like I’m going to be doing some book signings in Europe pretty soon too. More to come on that. I’ve got to renew my passport. The last time I did that was when I applied for that accounting job in Baghdad. Yes, you can tell how much I enjoy travel. 🙂

Trailer for Son of the Black Sword
Do not be alarmed.
H.P.
Guest

Do yourself a favor and apply for Global Entry (which comes with TSA Precheck) after you renew your passport.

Miguel
Guest

Glad to have you back in the Safe Zone. We were starting to send cryptic radio transmissions just to make sure you were safe: The Chair is against the wall. 😀

BobtheRegisterredFool
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BobtheRegisterredFool

I think I saw Orulian in the bookstore the other day. Guess I need to go back have a look at it.

Kevin
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Hopes you come to Nashville TN area this year. I was extremely sick during you 2013 visit. Would love to meet you and get a book signed.

J. C. Salomon
Guest

“…which Manhattan would fit into one corner of…”
And, of course, where all the people would fit into one Manhattan corner.

“…and not hear sirens or honking every second.”
How do you guys sleep with all that quiet?

Dave H
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Crickets. I had a friend who grew up in the city and he didn’t sleep for weeks when his family moved to a farm. The crickets kept him awake.

greatUnknown
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There used to be a cassette tape [which dates me] of city sounds like traffic, subways, and sirens to help New Yorkers sleep when they were on “vacation” out in the sticks.

Lea
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Crickets. I had a friend who grew up in the city and he didn’t sleep for weeks when his family moved to a farm. The crickets kept him awake.

Apparently the cicadas are back where I live and 911 had to issue a statement that the noise you are hearing is cicadas. Please do not call 911 about it. Heh.

Mike
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I do not miss living in Manhattan (or Brooklyn, or northern NJ to do the bridges and tunnels things) AT ALL. The restaurants range from good to amazing even if their pricing can be shocking. My bank leased Per Se’ for an evening. The bill was more than I paid for my first house. The museums are likewise amazing – the Met is in the top 3 museums in the world – the others being in the range of the BM, the Louvre, some of the Smith’s in DC etc. I am with you – being in The City is… Read more »
LostSailor
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I’ve been to Per Se once. Yeah, food and wine will set you back over a grand for two (but, hey, no tipping allowed!), and it’s definitely an experience. The food is superb.

Keith Glass
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I haven’t been to NYC since the early 1980s. Don’t particularly feed a need to visit any time soon. . .

Mike
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The trick with Per Se is to make sure that someone else’s expense account is paying.

Brian Niemeier
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Where’s your favorite place to eat in New York?

Mike
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I’m not LC (obvs). However, lets play! Hard to cover all the categories – any objection to starting with best steakhouse? Following categories could be Italian, Latin, Asian, French etc.

I’ll go first: Delmonico’s near Stone St., hands down.

Brian Niemeier
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“…any objection to starting with best steakhouse?”

How could anyone object to that?

“Delmonico’s near Stone St., hands down.”

Never been. Have heard good things.

How about Italian?

someone
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Babbo

Mike
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I favor Frank near East 14th.

LostSailor
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For steak, I’m partial to Keen’s on 36th near 6th. They’re also the only place I know where you can get a mutton chop.

Ray
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We escaped in 1984, but Sapporo is still there http://www.sapporo-nyc.com/ Most of our other favorite small places are gone.

Petie
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I haven’t commented here before, but been reading you and several other SP blogs (and books & stories) for a while. I’ve read SF/F on & off since the late 60’s, but much less in recent years. My tastes run more to history these days. However, at some point, the CHORF’s finally pissed me off enough that I registered for Sasquan. I’m diligently reading through the nominations, but one of the extra bonuses in the packet, was a new Grimnoir story, and I had to read that right away. Lots of other great stuff to come, in a packet that… Read more »
Ray
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Glad you’re home. 2nd the opinion on big cities. Hug your wife, hug your kids, hug your guns. Okay, maybe not your guns.

Jack needs to add links to older post archive. Otherwise, looks good.

Bruce
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Actually, hugging your guns is acceptable. Recommended even, right before you squeeze the bang switch. 🙂

Gabe
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No Gencon stop?

Zsuza
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So basically the entire publishing industry is in “How could Nixon have been reelected? No one I know voted for him” mode? As far as NYC restaurants go, I’m afraid that my time in New York left me less impressed by them than most other people. Yes, there are some really good ones, but there are also some really terrible ones: unquestionably the worst experience I’ve ever had at a restaurant was in New York. Overall, I believe that New York restaurants are no different on average than restaurants everywhere else, but the fact that there are so many of… Read more »
Mike
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That’s reasonable. All of my truly execrable dining experiences have been overseas – India, North Africa and London particularly. Also, skip the hotdogs in NYC Central Park, no matter how hungry you are.

Max Florschutz
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Welcome back! Sounds like you had a fun trip!

Alan
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I’m looking forward to your Book Bombs. My tastes in news and real-world events are complex shades of gray, but my tastes in f/sf are romance, adventure, and happy endings (sex, violence, and happy endings). A good story where the hero wins and gets the girl satisfies my escapist fantasies. Please keep the recommendations coming.

James May
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NY used to be the everything capital of America with the exception of its cousin rising in Calif which took 2 of its baseball teams in ’57 and eventually even The Tonight Show in ’72. Book and magazine publishers, ad executives, commercial artists, TV executives, actors and writers, Broadway producers all colluded to produce a look and feel to America as a business, even to every year’s officially approved colors, a thing still distributed to whoever’s paying attention. That was back when America still liked itself. When that stopped NY went into a severe decline until the ’90s though the… Read more »
Doug Loss
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My experience with NYC is that its reputation (not least, in the minds of New Yorkers) is as being cosmopolitan, but in reality it’s one of the most provincial places I’ve ever seen, in that many there know nothing whatsoever about the world outside of city limits.

J. C. Salomon
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The New Yorker’s famous cover, View of the World from 9th Avenue exists for a reason:comment image

James May
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Seems pretty snazzy to me.
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Kevin Findley
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NYC is great for someone who never leaves NY except for Atlantic City. Once a person sees Paris, Florence, etc., NYC is exposed for what it really is: a poseur desperately wanting to be accepted by the grown-ups.

Justin Watson
Guest

Yeah, seen Paris, and Florence. They’re fine. NYC is more fun.

Jim Richardson
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re: Book bombs,
I read vociferously, (5+ books a week, thanks to a long commute) and I really appreciate the book bombs, I’ve found the books to be worth reading, and a good introduction to new (to me anyway) authors. Keep them coming, and I’ll keep buying them.

BigFire
Guest

Odd that you didn’t include the trailer for Son of the Black Sword trailer. Well, here it is:

LostSailor
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Fairly regular reader, brought in with the SP campaign, but first-time commenter. I, too, was at BEA and was sorry to have missed your signing (damn meetings), but glad you enjoyed it. BEA is a weird animal as far as trade shows go and it’s far, far smaller than it used to be (and seems to shrink a bit each year). One thing I noticed, and a somewhat telling one at that: Both the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America had double-sized booths at BEA (across the aisle from one another) and seemed to have a… Read more »
TRX
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What exactly was it we needed the SFWA for, again?

LostSailor
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Beats me…

Brian Niemeier
Guest

“Both the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America had double-sized booths at BEA (across the aisle from one another)…”

Those seem like optimal conditions for a water balloon fight.

Kevin P.
Guest

Wait, Larry’s coming to D:C? Sweet! I had originally decided not to go this year but this changes everything. I’ll be there with my PUFF Exemption coin. If you have a kaffeeklatsch, I’ll buy the first round.

Ted N
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Yeah, now I’m wishing I’d skipped some stuff and put that money towards D*C.

William Eckman
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Larry needs to sell those coins in the store!

P.Mullane
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While most of Europe, including my own homeland, now make NYC seem fairly staidly centralist – may you be be welcome on this side of the Atlantic.

Brandi
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Hope you can make it to North Carolina! I’ve just read through the Grimnoir books and loved them! Will be reading MHI over the summer.

Beleth
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The one thing I want is full text RSS feeds. You used to have it but now it’s gone.

fast richard
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Peter Grant’s new one is the sequel to War to the Knife. It is Forge a New Blade. I’m in the middle of it now. I seem to be reading quite a few books by folks I originally met via blogs, including you, Peter, Marko, and Old NFO who I was fortunate enough to meet at your book signing at Uncle Hugo’s last year.

Peter Grant
Guest

“The next Book Bomb is going to be for Peter Orulian’s Trial of Intentions. After that it will be Peter Grant’s latest, War to the Knife.”

Thanks very much for the shout-out, Larry. Just one minor correction: my new book is “Forge A New Blade”, the sequel to “War To The Knife”. Please book-bomb the new one – or both of them, if you like! 🙂

The third and final volume in the trilogy, “Knife To The Hilt”, will be published (God willing) in November.

Thanks again!

Old NFO
Guest

Yeah, DEFINITELY get Global Entry… Worth the $100 every time I use it.

Fruitbat44
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Book signing in Europe? Interesting. Btw, does “Europe” include England?

James May
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James May
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Here’s the original:
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JAWolf
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Your chat with the S&S guy brings to mind not only the quasi apocryphal Pauline Kael story, but Charles Krauthammer take on Fox New’s niche audience- half of America.

And when I am in NYC- I always (if I can( go to Katz’s to get a hot pastrami on rye.

Syme
Guest

Welcome home. Completely understand your point about the cultural blind spot. I have friends and relatives in a certain part of upstate New York and there’s a homogenous mindset that bends in strange directions when you start to question their assumptions. Forbes had a page last month about the value of other types of diversity, beyond skin color and gender. One was ‘cognitive diversity.’ How you can have a room full of Harvard graduates that look like a Benetton ad but they’re all thinking the same thing, and it constrains your company’s creativity.

BiocheMiker
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Will the ILOH be making a stop in Minneapolis, this fall? Perhaps at Uncle Hugo’s?

John R. Ellis
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I love that I love in an era where BOOKS get their very own kickbutt trailers. 🙂

Redjack
Guest

Agree with the blindness of people in major cities. I had a guy in Chicago ask me how the surfing was in Nebraska

Pete
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Dear JC, When are you planning on opening up the Monster Hunter series to short story submissions for an anthology a la Man Kzin Wars? Yes, I’m sure the idea has been mentioned many times before. Yes, I’m sure it’s potentially a bad business idea for a plethora of reasons. If you ever do something like that, please yell really loud so that those of us who are interested can submit a story. I have two in mind (which is your fault, since you forced me to enjoy your series and stimulated my imagination.) 😉 Regardless: thank you for your… Read more »
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Nighthawk
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Congrats on your success Larry and I hope this is only the beginning for you. Of all your post, the thing that really caught my eye is Dragon Con. I love going to Dragon Con, but haven’t been in a couple of years. I’m going to try my best to get there this year.

Mikw
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The “real NYers” may be scared of the shadow of a gun, but jump on the MetroNorth out to Westchester and Connecticut, and you’ll find that many of us are armed to the teeth, and love the shooting sports.

Alex B
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Suggestion for the new site (at least the mobile version). There should be a “next post” or “previous post” button or link at the top or bottom of the page. I have to scroll back up to menu and then home to check out other posts.

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