The title of this blog is deliberately misleading. I do not intend to slight NYC by likening it to a hornet’s nest, I simply wanted to attract your attention. The fact is that I am in New York as I write this… and, in case you missed the announcement, the audiobook of my narration of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest is about to be released in the US.
Now, I’m not going to go into the details of this book here, they can be found with a simple web search if you so desire, but I do want to celebrate the fact that this is probably the biggest selling recording I have been associated with to date – and who knows when the next blockbuster will come my way. Don’t get me wrong, I love Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope as much as the next man (well, the man next to him, maybe – if he knows his classics) but they don’t set the world on fire these days as much as the final installment of a too-soon-deceased Swedish author (Stieg Larsson) whose first two novels sold millions of copies around the world. So please excuse my little thrill…
Why am I in New York, you ask? (or don’t ask, whatever, I’m going to tell you): If you’d seen the ‘Coming Events’ space on the home page and in the menu bar (honestly, I don’t know why I carefully craft these things if you don’t pay attention) then you’d have noticed that the Audio Publishers Association Conference is taking place here on Monday 24th (tomorrow, as I write) and then on Tuesday evening this year’s Audie Award winners will be announced at an event taking place at the Museum of the City of New York – and I’ll be dressing in my tuxedo and announcing a few of said awards as I have been so nicely asked to do in each of the past four years (I bought this tux 20 years ago for when I sailed across the Atlantic on the QE2 – then it went into mothballs until I attended my first Audies in 2006 – Oh, and I wear a waistcoat I bought at the Edinburgh festival in 1983… a whole other story, or stories… boy, do I ramble).
Clearly I haven’t quite got the hang of this blog thing yet. You see, I had planned to tell you what I thought about travelling and hotel rooms and all sorts of random things, but I took up most of the time telling you about the title I chose for this blog and I’m really not sure how much more I should write.
So let me just end by mentioning that I’m up for a couple of Audies myself and who knows what could happen. I’d like to be a winner, but it’s not really the reason I do what I do. After all, the important thing is not the destination, it’s the journey we take to get there and… Aw! Who am I kidding? I’d love to bag another – who wouldn’t?
PS. The photo at the top of this blog is the view from my hotel room…I love New York!
Took the audio out as it was getting to be a headache trying to make it work in all browsers – give me time and it will be back!