GRAND CENTRAL ARENA: Coming soon to The Big Idea!
I've just sent in the text for my appearance in John Scalzi's
special feature The Big Idea
. I could have done it on either GCA or Threshold
, and John did advise me that in general he sees better results for the book coming out closest to the Big Idea feature (which would be Threshold
I decided nonetheless to focus on Grand Central Arena
, for two reasons:
First, speaking purely from a marketing point of view, Threshold
already has considerable boost behind it; it's a sequel to a book that did quite well (more than earned out in HC and sold a lot of paper copies) and was quite well received, and it's got a vastly bigger SF author's name on it. It's GCA that NEEDS publicity to pull it up, if publicity can do it.
Second and, I think, more importantly, there's so much more Big Idea in GCA than in Threshold
-- and the biggest ideas in Threshold
are really from Boundary
, for the most part; moreover, the big ideas in Threshold
are only part mine -- the other part being Eric Flint's.
So I've written a piece on Grand Central Arena
's Big Ideas. I could have gone on a lot longer, but I also didn't want to go to a boring length. If I get enough response from it, I may expand on that essay; it was fun to write (but difficult; I spent two hours on it and managed about 1100 words -- which is about half my usual writing rate! I was writing, then deleting, rewriting, deleting again, something rare for me.).