Eating Bull, ThrillerFest, And New York In A Nutshell

No pussyfootin’ around today. I’m getting straight to the good stuff.

I am happy to announce I will not look like this before Eating Bull sees the light of day.

skeleton in car

Last week I signed a contract with a small publisher that specializes in science and medical thrillers. So although Eating Bull didn’t get selected by Amazon Kindle Press, the visibility it received opened a new door. Plus, given it’s already spit-polished and has a book cover and reviews, a fall release is anticipated, in both e-book and paperback forms.

An additional cherry? I met with the publisher in New York recently when I attended ThrillerFest, an annual conference for thriller writers.

Yes, me the introvert.

Met with someone I didn’t know.

Believe it or not.

Granted, she was the only person I met with, but I consider that progress.

Let’s move on.

ThrillerFest X

Thrillerfest sign grand hyatt

In the Grand Hyatt lobby

You know that tingling sensation you get when you’re about to enter a world you love? Well, when I stepped into New York’s Grand Hyatt hotel on East 42nd Street, I was so awash in it, I was practically seizing.

  • Nelson DeMille
  • Kathy Reichs
  • Clive Cussler
  • Sandra Brown
  • R.L. Stine
  • Scott Turow

Those authors and more were on hand. Oh, and did someone say free books? Yeah, I picked up fourteen of them. And I even got a book signed by one of my favs, Kathy Reichs, the forensic anthropologist whose fiction series was developed into the TV show Bones.

So, so titillating.

So, so titillating. And so, so free.

New York

As if that wasn’t enough, I got to enjoy five days in New York City with youngest teen son. Given he’s a magician, seeing Penn & Teller on Broadway was a must. But that also means I spent more time in Tannen’s Magic Shop  than I would have if I’d gone to New York alone (which in that case would have been no time at all). Same goes for Midtown Comics.

But my dear son deserved those respites. After all, he suffered these visual assaults in Times Square:

Just be grateful I didn’t include one of the Naked Grandma.

If only I’d snapped one of the Naked Grandma.

and

Sexy Baby? Try Creepy Baby.

Sexy Baby? Try Creepy Baby.

Not to mention the pain and humiliation he withstood while his mother took this picture:

Anatomically perfect V-Man.

Anatomically perfect V-Man

But I assure you, my extracurricular photo-taking was due solely to my medical appreciation of human anatomy. I’m not a weirdo. Promise.

Er…I plead the Fifth.

Er…I plead the Fifth.

Okay, enough tooting my giddy horn. But between Kindle Press’s public rejection of my manuscript after a month of uncomfortable promotion (whoo wee, slap my knee, that sure as heck was fun!) and my husband losing vision in one eye, June sucked a big, fat lollipop. So I figured you’d allow me to toot a bit.

But June is gone, my book has a home, and though not resolved, my husband’s vision problem is better. So life is fine.

Well, at least until August when oldest teen son leaves for college…

Hope your summer is going well. What have you been up to? Come on, toot your giddy horn for me.

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Rubin4Carrie Rubin is the author of The Seneca Scourgea medical thriller. For full bio, click here.

292 Responses to “Eating Bull, ThrillerFest, And New York In A Nutshell”

  1. Celine Jeanjean

    Congratulations Carrie! That’s so exciting! I can’t wait to read it once it’s out, and I’m so happy to hear you found the right publishing path for you.

    I’ve never attended one of those write conferences before, but I’ve heard from numerous sources how good they are for making new contacts in the industry. Had you spoken to your publisher beforehand, or did you meet them for the very first time at the conference?

    Enjoy all the free books! 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! I had queried the publisher before New York, and we’d communicated by email, but that was the first time I’d met her.

      It’s only the second writers’ conference I’ve been to. I tend to stick to myself so haven’t really made any contacts. I need to do better with that. Next time maybe…

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  2. My Inner Chick

    Endurance.
    Perseverance.
    Talent.
    Believing in your story & cause.
    You pretty much KILLED it!
    Remember the little people when you’re on Oprah! xxx

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Haha, I wish I shared your delusions. But I’m just happy to be moving forward with it, and I think this boutique publisher will be a good fit. Thanks! And thank you for the Twitter share too. 🙂

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  3. roughwighting

    I am so excited about your news! Whoopee!! You deserve this, and I will be one willing and able reader. How ‘thrilling’ to be in the same space as those writers. I think my favorite author of the ones you listed is Scott Turow. But I’ve always wondered about the difference between a ‘thriller’ and a ‘suspense.’ Is there one?
    CONGRATS!!!!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! It was indeed thrilling to be there. I think there’s a lot of crossover between thrillers and suspense novels. Thrillers have action and are meant to pick up speed as they go, with little downtime in between. A suspense novel can play around a little more with pacing and not necessarily have as much action. But oftentimes the two go together.

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  4. Aquileana

    Hi dear Carrie,

    congratulations on the contract with the publisher… I am guessing that those technical skills related to science and medical thrillers would provide you a good background and a sort of specific audience at the same time… Which is an advantage and bonus!.
    The New Yorker pics are stunning…. The Baby Dude is my favorite! . Ha… Very neat!. All the best to you, and happy weekend! Aquileana ⭐

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! Having a medical background does indeed give me fodder to work with in my novels. And yes, the giant New York babies are quite unusual. Tough not to stare at them!

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  5. Andrea Stephenson

    Congratulations!!! But not enough horn tooting I don’t think – that’s great news about the book and I think we could have stood more tooting 🙂 Glad you had some fun too.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! It feels great for sure, but nobody likes an over-tooter. 😉

      New York was a blast with my son. I had more fun than when I went alone. I’m not one to venture out much by myself.

      By the way, I switched over to a personal Goodreads page–I wanted my author and reader accounts separate. I sent you out a friend request, because I’d like to continue following your reviews from my new account. 🙂

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  6. Arlene

    Awesome, Awesome news Carrie! Congratulations!! All that hard work and hours bent over the computer screen paid off!!! So happy for you!! 🙂 Sounds like your trip to NYC was a blast – your bound to run into something you’ve never seen before when you visit. Gotta love it!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Arlene. It’s wonderful to finally be moving forward. And yes, New York is quite the visual feast. Not sure my son will ever be the same. 🙂

      Hope you’re having a great summer and getting some writing time in!

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  7. Inion N. Mathair

    Congratulations on the publishing house, Carrie. So glad you had a fun-filled New York experience with your son… though the sexy baby is extremely creepy…. had to scroll down quick on that one. LOL Also so awesome about the Thrillerfest X swag. Fourteen books?! And signed by Kathy Reichs no less. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 😉 Mathair and I have been toiling away with the next installment of The Perfect 7 series, The Crazy 8, as well as a new series we have coming up about witches. It’s been pretty chaotic with the workload but we’re just happy to be doing what we love. Have a great weekend and hope your husband’s feeling better. 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you on all counts. New York was wonderful as was the conference. I’m just glad I was able to get all those books home in my luggage!

      Sounds like you guys are being as productive as ever. Happy writing!

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  8. Sue Archer

    Wow, congratulations, Carrie! That’s great that you’re with a publisher who knows your genre – I’m sure that’s going to work out really well for you! Good for you getting out of your comfort zone to go meet and greet.

    And I am super jealous of your opportunity to get 14 free books…clearly I am attending the wrong kind of events!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! It feels great to have a home for my book. As for the free books, I know, right? It was so cool. I tried not to be greedy, and I only took ones I thought I’d read, but every time I went near the big lecture hall, more books were laid out. Pure heaven. 🙂

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  9. Kourtney Heintz

    Congrats on finding a small publisher for your book! All that extroverting paid off. Thrillerfest is a huge conference–go you! So sorry to hear about the bad stuff in June. But July got a lot better! Hugs.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Kourtney. Yes, it all worked out for the best. Everything we do with our work lays the groundwork for its future, so it was great to see this outcome.

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      • Kourtney Heintz

        That’s a great way to think about it. 🙂 And such a well timed and speedy outcome. Yay!

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  10. Jennifer J. Chow

    Great pics, Carrie. And a huge congrats on securing a small publisher! Summer’s been super crazy here. I’ve been promoting my cozy mystery, Seniors Sleuth, [toot toot] and gearing up for a book signing. I’ve also been editing a YA novel to come out later this year through a small press. And I’m juggling kids since school is out, along with other things…

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you!

      I love how you’ve written different genres. Literary fiction (which I consider The 228 Legacy), a cozy mystery, and now a YA novel. Impressive. Good luck with it all!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! And yes, the Naked Cowboys are alive and well (I swear I saw two of them). Times Square is quite a visual feast. And not always a tasty one. 😉

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  11. Curmudgeon-at-Large

    I was out of town performing as a naked cowboy when all this good news happened. Congratulations! If your book Eating Bull gets turned into a TV series, perhaps there is a place in it for naked cowboy or the creepy naked baby.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Well, if there’s not, I certainly know what characters to include in my next book!

      Thank you! Enjoy your naked singing.

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  12. Roy McCarthy

    Ah brilliant Carrie, so happy for you. Roll on the launch and all the excitement that goes with it. Can’t wait to read it either and I’m sure it will be popular.

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  13. Maddie Cochere

    Congratulations, Carrie! I was so excited for you when I read this. I wish you great success and for the book to be a best-seller. How cool was that being able to meet with your publisher in New York! You’ve hit the big time.

    I’m in the midst of playing with dolls and letting a six-year-old paint my nails and put makeup on me. I had to put my foot down when she wanted to cut my hair. 🙂 My little bit of exciting news is that I got an email from BookBub yesterday that they’ve accepted Murder Under Construction for a spot in August. I’ve been submitting every month for five months!

    Again, congratulations! I’m really looking forward to reading your book. I love your style, and the preview was stellar.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks so much, Maddie! Big time? Haha, not quite. Small boutique publisher, but I’m really excited to work with her. And in the ThrillerFest bookstore, I saw paperback copies of books she’s published, and they look wonderful. And the paperback will be priced more reasonably than my first book too, so that will be nice.

      Congrats on the BookBub promotion for MUC! That’s very exciting, and I’m so glad to see it will reach a larger audience through there (though you’ve already developed a nice following). Best of luck with it. As for your playing dress-up, I don’t blame you for drawing the line at a haircut. You could end up with a mullet if you’re not careful. 😉

      (Thanks for the ‘friending’ my new account on Goodreads. I’m switching over all my book reviews to a separate profile from my author page. Makes more sense to me, but it’s taking forever to transfer them. Ugh.)

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  14. pegoleg

    Hey, that’s wonderful, wonderful news, Carrie. Whoo hoo! You deserved a fabulous July after that rotten June.

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  15. moylomenterprises

    Yay, so happy to hear of this good news!!!
    A bit of horn-blowing is certainly in order.

    What’s this about hubby’s vision? So sorry…Hope things can be resolved soon. Sending good, healthy energy your way…

    But how can you come to NYC and not say hello? Pouting as we speak .

    Best wishes on all your adventures… stay motivated!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! And yes, hubby’s eye is improving on meds so we’re very happy for that.

      As for New York, I didn’t realize you lived there. Then again, we introverts don’t tend to seek people out. 😉

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      • moylomenterprises

        Haha, just messing with yah!
        And of course we introverts need at least a month to prepare ourselves mentally for socializing…even if it’s with people we’ve known for years. My friends would sometimes get annoyed that I needed to pencil them into my schedule but it’s the only way I knew how to function — I needed time to get ready!

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