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October

NYCC Roundup

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Okay so … NYCC was …

Let me put it this way: Imagine that *all* your life, the only thing you’ve ever really wanted to do was be a fan­tasy writer. And you’ve been going to cons for all that time dreaming about the day when you’d be up there on a panel, and doing a signing *espe­cially* at one of the majors like New York Comic Con. And then you get to DO IT. And you have a book coming out, and you’re sit­ting next to heavy hit­ters like Jack Camp­bell and Taylor Anderson and after nearly 15 years of breaking your­self against the rock of resis­tance, you punch through that bas­tard and you are SIGNING YOUR BOOK for people.

Well, yeah.

The euphoria, folks. I’m drowning in it. Every cell in my body is screaming I DID IT (except for the ones in my brain that are screaming I HOPE I DIDN“T MAKE AN ASS OUT OF MYSELF).

New York Comic Con is the nerd vortex of the east coast, a funnel of every­thing that most jazzes me from novels to comic books to video games to movies to oceans of geek swag. I believe the head count over the 4 days is in the 100k range, and I got to check out the range of cos­tumes, thrill to game trailers for Star Wars: Old Republic and Assassin’s Creed, spend entirely too much money on t-shirts and even find romance:

Evil, mind-bending gods are sexy as hell

I got to attend two awe­some panels: The first fea­turing a range of Del Rey authors including my favorite, Peter V. Brett, and a really thoughtful panel on female writers where Patricia Briggs had some insightful com­ments on the merits/challenges of self-publishing that were def­i­nitely worth taking note of.

I got to meet some of my long time heroes, like Joe Schrieber and Mar­jorie Liu. I got to hang with a crowd of people, jammed shoulder to shoulder in the exhi­bi­tion hall, all of whom get the inside jokes and know the secret handshake.

My tribe.

The best part? Finally sit­ting down to do my panel, and watching the ner­vous­ness fade

Look, mom! I have friends!

away as I real­ized that this was nothing more than a room jammed with a bunch of my bud­dies, people who grew up playing D&D, reading comic books and spending their allowance on paper­backs same as me.  It was like finding long-lost family in the last place you expected.

If you want to see video of the panel, there are YouTubes posted in 3 parts:

part 1 = http://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​-​W​B​t​R​R​u​s​5lM
part 2 = http://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​v​v​O​7​v​k​C​X​w60
part 3 = http://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​F​N​d​C​J​S​n​S​emA

Of course, the euphoria is tem­pered by some stress. We gave out about 100 ARCs (Advance Read Copies) of my first novel in the SHADOW OPS series, CONTROL POINT. I have also been receiving sev­eral emails from bloggers/book reviewers let­ting me know that they have received their copies and have started reading. These are people who don’t know me and have no reason to like me. They will judge this book on its merits. In a few months, their ver­dicts will begin to be published.

The smacking sound you hear is the rubber hit­ting the road.

But for now, I’m just going to try to float for another night on the rush of the con, the crowd and the over­stim­u­la­tion of being buried in cool people and toys for 4 long days, at long last a pro, after wanting it SO BADLY and pushing for it SO HARD for SO LONG.

Tomorrow, it’s page proofs. Tonight, it’s squee.

To everyone who came out, made it to the panel, to the signing, or just chatted me up on the show floor, thank you thank you thank you. You’re the reason I serve in the guard. You’re the reason I write novels.

You’re all the rea­sons I need.

That’s my book I’m signing. HOLY CRAP THAT’S MY BOOK I’M SIGNING!
  • Gar­rett Jones

    And it was great meeting you, too!  By the by, made it through chapter 1 this morning.  I. LIKE.
    :)

    • Anony­mous

      Thanks, man. That’s awe­some to hear. Great to hang out with you.

  • Joeschreiber1

    Great meeting you in person on Sat­urday, Myke.  Sounds like you had an awe­some time.  Looking for­ward to CONTROL POINT.  Rock on, ride free – 

  • SheckyX

    Couple of chap­ters in and I’m hooked!

  • Qwill/Sally

    What a great post! I’m so glad that I met you on Friday since I could not be there on Sat­urday. I’m looking for­ward to reading YOUR BOOK!

  • http://profiles.google.com/kpm171 KP Murphy

    Awe­some!  I’m sorry I couldn’t make it this round, but I hope to see you at another one of these soon.

  • Verena

    Let me just yell with you: YOU MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *insert infinte amount of excla­ma­tion marks here*

  • Teena

    Con­grat­u­la­tions Myke!!!  After all these years, I’m so excited for you!!!  I can’t wait to read this and see how it com­pares to the early drafts.

  • Dennis Mattei

    Hello Myke ! Im glad you had a great time ! I did too! 

     I’m loving the book. I am around page 170.  Have spotted a couple mis­takes though, hope they all get fixed so theres no hitch :D