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We are delighted to welcome Jack Getze back to Reviewed by Liz. Jack is hitting the road again to promote his second book, BIG MONEY. We read, loved, and reviewed BIG MONEY and you can read our review here. If you missed the BIG NUMERS World Tour, check out the category on the right of the same name. Jack entertained us with stories from the road as he traveled to exotic destinations, survived wardrobe malfunctions, signed books, and endured a hailstorm of frogs. Yes, frogs. Read it and find out.

With his latest adventure from the road, Here’s Jack!

LOS ANGELES — Celebrities are easy to spot in Southern California if you know what you’re looking for–specifically, handsome people in baseball hats and sunglasses.

“That’s Ted Turner in front of us,” a stranger says to me.

“Hard to tell with that hat,” I say, “but the woman with him is definitely not Jane Fonda.”

“Jane Fonda? Oh, honey, they haven’t been together for ages. Where have you been?”

Good question. Let’s see. I started the year in Florida, studying fiction and doing radio interviews between classes. Then it was Denver, Washington, Pittsburgh, Houston, Dallas, Providence, South Pasadena, Whittier, and finally, Los Angeles, home to Book Expo 2008, where the stranger and I spot Ted Turner on the escalator.

“I’ll bet he’s here promoting his new book,” the stranger says.

“Aren’t we all.”

* * *

“Hey! Have you heard about Mouse Puzzles? It’s the next Sudoku. Come on over, let me show you.”

It’s the guy in the booth next to mine. He’s a math whiz, and not a bad hawker. He came up with an idea for a new puzzle, published game books on his own, and now offers them to each and every passerby.

“Do you ever read mysteries?”

That’s my pitch. Everybody with a booth has one. That’s what Book Expo is–about one-thousand pitchmen behind banners and displays and sample material. Mostly it’s books, but there’s lots of other stuff. Candy, office equipment, library cataloging systems. Everybody’s selling something.

“Do you ever read mysteries?” I say to a middle-aged man.

He approaches. “No, but I know who does. Do you have a public relations program?”

Oops. Seems like not all the pitchmen are behind booths.

* * *

I gave away over 100 books at this year’s Book Expo. Can’t say what good it’ll do me, if any, but last year, Book Expo people took 85 copies of Big Numbers and I developed half a dozen book signings and library appearances from those contacts. I’d like to think I found some new readers, too, people who may have bought Big Money since then.

The way I look at it, mystery writers who make money on their first few books are rare. They may not even exist. The idea is to build readership with each new book in the series, finally reaching mystery stardom after, say, five or six books.

Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

* * *

“Let me ask you something, okay?”

It’s the guy on the other side of me, one of two online publishing partners from Singapore. They don’t have much of a pitch, but they don’t care about selling books either. They say they are in Los Angeles to meet women.

“If the street is named Rodeo Drive, why do people here say ‘row-DAY-o.’”

“I have no clue,” I say. “And I grew up here. I think you probably want to ask the next woman walking by in sunglasses and a baseball hat.”

Check out Jack’s web site at www.jackgetze.com.

Get your copy of Big Money from Amazon

Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com (c)2008


Comment from Pat Reid
Time: June 22, 2008, 7:51 am

Glad to see your post.


Comment from Diane
Time: June 22, 2008, 10:25 am

I enjoyed Big Numbers, and will definitely check out Big Money!

Comment from Jack Getze
Time: June 22, 2008, 1:14 pm

Thanks, Diane. Nothing more I like to hear.

And yeah, Pat, I’m still a little worried about Liz being in a play. What if she gives up blogging for acting lessons?

Comment from Pat Reid
Time: June 28, 2008, 8:01 am


Maybe she will become a big star and invite us to her plays and wine and dine us too.

Comment from Jack Getze
Time: June 30, 2008, 1:38 am

I grew up in Los Angeles. Trust me. Once they become stars, they forget their friends.

Comment from heather (errantdreams)
Time: June 30, 2008, 10:07 am

Ha! Wonderful pithy commentary on ‘the life.’ Says so much in such a short space.

Comment from Lesa Holstine
Time: September 22, 2008, 7:11 am

Liz – Tag. You’re it for quirky facts. Check out my blog at http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com if you want to participate. Don’t feel obligated! It’s just for fun.

Comment from Jack Getze
Time: November 17, 2008, 10:16 pm

I’ve decided I was right back in June. Liz must have been a bit hit in the play and moved to Hollywood. I sure do miss her!

Comment from Seanna
Time: April 22, 2009, 3:58 am

Good post.

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Time: October 19, 2009, 5:38 am

OK, this post made me laugh. Good post.

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Time: January 11, 2010, 1:56 pm


My name is Rebecca Kaplan, and I’m working on a media list for Random House. It would be really helpful if I had an e-mail address for this blog so I could add you to get mailings from Pantheon/Knopf.

If you’re interested, please send me a contact e-mail.


Comment from Erin
Time: September 13, 2010, 12:50 am

I loved this book! :)

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