For those of you not in the know, today marks the start of the 2013 New York Comic-Con! My writing partner, Kevin Dilmore, is there, representing his employer, Hallmark, as they pimp out all sorts of ornaments and other cool stuff tying into various licensed properties.
Yes, I wish I was going. Among other things, and even more so than San Diego, the con in New York represents an opportunity to connect with many of my east-coast writerly friends. Publishers with vendor presence at the con are also more likely to have editors and other folks from the production side of things on hand, and I have a growing list of friends from that world, as well. Then, of course, there’s the whole “Getting your geek on” aspect of the con. So far as con trips go, I’m seriously considering waving off future jaunts to San Diego in favor of New York. I’ll have to give that some thought for next year.
Speaking of fun things to do at the con, I got an interesting con-related e-Mail from Random House Audio. I’ve been on their mailing list for years, as I happen to be a big audiobook/audio drama fan. This one, for some reason, caught my attention even more so than usual:
“Going to New York Comic-Con? Experience what it’s like to be an audiobook narrator! Stop by the Random House Audio Booth #1121 and narrate one of four excerpts from Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire.”
And there’s a list of recording times, and a reminder that they’ll be giving away stuff throughout the weekend.
Now, maybe I’m just being more nerdy than normal, but the whole “be a narrator for a few minutes” thing looked like fun, with the added benefit of getting a small peek into just part of what goes into creating audiobooks. As I said, I love audiobooks and audio dramas, and I definitely have my favorites so far as narrators of such works go. Heck, I just got done listening to an audio version of Nelson DeMille’s The Lion, and sent a gushing Tweet to reader Scott Brick, who is perhaps my current favorite audiobook reader. I seem to have a man-crush on the dude, as a sizable number of the audiobooks in my collection are narrated by him.
(I’ve rambled about audiobooks before, but that was a while ago and I may need to update that list.)
I’ve given thought to creating audio versions of some of my stories (not the Trek stuff, obviously. That would be a no-no.) which could be offered to fans at low/no cost. I only have one short story that’s been adapted for audio (“Stop-Loss“), and the first few Star Trek: Vanguard novels have been adapted for audio in German! As for other stories of mine, I think it could be fun, particularly a couple of stories which are told in first person.
So, I think maybe I just want to be Scott Brick when I grow up.
Anyway, if you’re going to the con, be sure to stop by the Hallmark booth and tell Kevin “Howdy,” and do the same for the folks at the Pocket Books booth. For my friends who will be working or signing at the con, have fun! I wish I could be there, but hopefully our paths will cross again soon.
Meanwhile, I’ll be over here in the corner,
talking to myself reading one of my stories out loud.