Nathan Bransford, Author


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Moving to New York


After six years in San Francisco, these vagabond shoes are longing to stray.

Yep. As the song goes, I'm going to make a brand new start of it in old New York in just a few weeks.

When I moved from New York to San Francisco in 2006 I had barely started a fledgling Myspace blog, I had never written a novel, and was a junior literary agent making the leap to full agent.

Now I've been blogging ever since, I've written four novels, three of which have or will be published, and I'm making my career in social media, which barely even existed when I moved.

I'm going to miss San Francisco and my Bay Area people a lot, but I'm also really excited to be reconnecting with my New York friends and to have new adventures in a new place. I'm also happy to be staying with CNET; I'm just transferring over to the New York office.

Oh - and if anyone has apartment leads in New York: all appreciated!

Sorry to those I haven't gotten to tell in person, and if you're in New York, let's hang out when I'm there!






61 comments:

Kate Sheeran said...

Speaking for New York, we'll be glad to have you!

Ghost Girl (aka, Mary Ann) said...

Godspeed, Nathan!

Matthew MacNish said...

Wow. Enjoy!

Kristina Jean-Conte said...

Just moved here myself from Boston! Always looking for more people to hang out with!

Miri Thompson said...

Welcome back! I'll be waving to you from the Jersey side of the Hudson!

Samantha said...

YAY! Join us! It's a great place to live :D

Andrew Leon said...

I'm near SF. Are you saying we could have hung out?

Jaimie said...

Lol @ Andrew.

This is so exciting! Best of luck finding an apartment. I'm apartment hunting myself, but in a much less glamorous city.

Peter Dudley said...

Your transition to the dark side will soon be complete.

Gianetta said...

Welcome back!

Mr. D said...

But you'll always be a Californian at heart.

abc said...

Wow! Well, wave down to Iowa when you fly over. And buy a good coat.

Anonymous said...

Good for you!

It's the best time of year to be moving here.

Josin L. McQuein said...

You're going to freeze. I don't care if it's summer, it's a scientifical fact that if you move from a sunny state like California, to New York, you will freeze. So I guess your next book will be Jacob Wonderbar and the Zamboni from Another Dimension. :-P

Good luck, Nathan. I hope the move goes smoothly.

Steven J. Wangsness said...

If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere.

JohnO said...

Congratulations. I'd add an exclamation point, except that Northern California has some of the best weather on earth, and for years afterwards (in my case, almost eight, and counting), you'll miss it.

D.G. Hudson said...

Good luck with the move. A change of place is good every now and then, until you find the place you like the best.

What Steven says, too>

Darley said...

Good for you, Nathan. Good luck.

JeffO said...

Moving can be difficult, but it sounds like it's for all the right reasons. Good luck with it!

TIFFANY said...

That's amazing! 420 W. 42nd St. has some great apartments starting around $2500 a month for a one-bedroom, full-size kitchen and living/dining space. Huge bedroom too. Oh, and unbelievable views of the city and Hudson. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge for me. Good luck!

Rebecca Taylor said...

How exciting! Good luck and I look forward to reading your "From NY" posts.

Nan said...

Enjoy your new life, Nathan, although I'd counted on meeting you for supper at Fog City Diner next time I'm out to visit the kids. :-( Oh well...

Laura said...

*sigh* NYC. Lucky NY! We'll have to do drinks! When I'm in NYC from Boston! :P which is generally during BEA.

d u okonkwo said...

Good for you - I think there's somethign quite poetic about writers living in NY.

Ruthy said...

I'm not sure why this excites me, but YAY!! The east is about to get a little better. :)

Anonymous said...

All the best to you!

I can't comment homes in NY but am planning to relocate my family from the sweltering Great Plains to temperate San Francisco! Any good neighborhoods I should consider?

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

It depends on your budget but Noe Valley, Glen Park and the Sunset are all good neighborhoods for families.

maine character said...

Dress warm.

And welcome back to the East Coast!

Ava Jae said...

How exciting! Best of luck!

Robena Grant said...

I'm green with envy. I get to visit a relative once a year and always wish I had enough money to live there. I love, love, love Manhattan.
Anyway, good luck with the move, and the new position, and remember that change is good. : )

Linda Cacaci said...

You lucky dog! I moved from New York to Florida in 2005 and I miss Manhattan soooo much. It is dead where I live now. If I could afford to live in Manhattan, I'd be there right now! Good luck to you. Manhattan is full of excitement and chemistry you cannot find anywhere in the world!
Linda Cacaci
LinCaca3@aol.com

Kristin Laughtin said...

Pretty funny that you're moving there after leaving agenting! But seriously, New York is a fun city. I'm sure you'll love it.

Sevigne said...

I'm with Kate Sheeran. New York is delighted to have you back. Safe travels, Nathan, and God speed.

Anonymous said...

YEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeaaaa, Nathan! GO, YOU!

Nett Robbens said...

We'll be neighbors, Nathan. Jersey, here. Welcome to the east coast!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on the move. Hope it's great for you.

D. Michael Olive said...

I hope it's a fantastic experience for you. I know you've had some tough times lately, so fresh starts are good, and you deserve the best. I don't know you personally, but I enjoy your blog immensely. New York is a great city. When my parents divorced, my Dad moved to New york and I have fond memories. When you get there, buy a couple of tickets for the Central Park carousel and enjoy life like a kid again. Best of luck to you

Jackie Brown said...

Welcome back, Nathan, you're just what we've been missing around town.

TL Conway said...

Oh, exciting! I wish you nothing but the best of luck and the most hassle-free move possible. Congrats on your new endeavor!

wendy said...

I'm beginning to wish I lived in New York. Wondering why the move, though it's none of my biz, of course. Still, it's exciting. Will you take a gazillion of stuff with you or will you start again?

Best of luck! :)

Rachel said...

Awesome! I just moved here myself, so apartments have been on the mind. What part of town are you looking in?

Gretchen said...

Nooooo! I'll miss you. :( Not that we've ever actually met, but the chances are much slimmer now that you'll be on the opposite coast.

Good luck, and I hope your vagabond shoes come back to Cali eventually! :)

Helen W. Mallon said...

Wow, I was just in San Francisco for the first time seeing our son off to grad school. After a life time on the East Coast -(Philly) where the humidity today was 300% - Are you suuure you've thought this through?

Mira said...

Aw, I'm alittle sad. We didn't see each other, but it was still nice to think you lived around here.

Every now and then, while I took a nap in my office, I'd think about you down the street at the CNET office, working your fingers to the bone. That was comforting.

On the other hand, I've known some people who moved here from New York who would kill to move back there. It sounds like an incredibly fun place to live. A fresh start for you in an exciting place where you have old friends could be a great thing. :)

On the other other hand, though, you're going to re-connect with all your old publishing folk, and my subtle campaign to get you to see things my way, i.e. the right way, will get even harder.

On the other other other hand, I can always announce what lovely weather we're continuing to have here in the Bay Area whenever I comment on your blog.

That will be fun.

Okay, I can live with this.

Best of luck in the move, Nathan! :) I know you'll be very happy there!

Nathan Bransford said...

Rachel-

I think Brooklyn, but I'll see what I find.

And thanks so much for the well-wishes, everyone!

Anonymous said...

No rush decisions Nathan . . . . Wales is a very nice place to live too . . .

:)

Marilyn Peake said...

Best of luck to you, Nathan!

Marion said...

You've come so far in the blogosphere and the book-o-sphere in 6 years! Gives new hope to those of us who are feeling mired.
Hope NY is a fun and productive place for you.

Terin Tashi Miller said...

Hey, former one-time "Mr. Agent Man," drop me a line when you're settled.

I'll take you to a bar and get you liquored up to get the straight dope on the publishing bidness.

Seriously, sorry you're leaving where you've been and enjoyed. Glad you're heading back this way, if only because I might finally get a chance to share a beer and conversation face-to-face with you.

Allbest, and congratulations? on the move...

Life is an adventure, after all.

Allbest,
T

vibolp said...

All the great time in the CNET SF office, we are going to miss you here. I've never been to NY but I hear its where dreams made of. Do we hear best seller! Enjoy!

kriswaldherr said...

Ditmas Park in Brooklyn by the B express to Manhattan. Best 'hood in NYC. Tons of literary types, affordable apartments in prewar buildings and Victorian houses. Best coffee shops in NYC (Qathra and Cafe Madeline). Within walking distance of Prospect Park. Trust me on this—it's a not-so-well-kept secret.

Dawn Simon said...

That's exciting! Good luck with the apartment hunt!

dianastaresinicdeane said...

This will be an adjustment. You're one of the things I think of when I think of San Francisco.

dianastaresinicdeane said...

This will be an adjustment. You're one of the things I think of when I think of San Francisco.

dianastaresinicdeane said...

I have no idea why that showed up twice.

David Gaughran said...

Congrats, Nathan. I'm sooooo jealous.

*curses US immigration rules*

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, sir.

J. T. Shea said...

Amen David, particularly given how Ireland welcomed me when I emigrated as a child from New York to Cork many years ago.

Nathan, I hope you flourish in New York at least as well as you did in San Francisco. Incidentally, is New York not your wife's home town?

Rachel said...

Brooklyn, nice! You might be neighbors with Sarah Jessica Parker :)

Meghan Ward said...

Oh! We'll miss you here. I hope you'll make it back to the Bay Area when your books come out because I'm willing to trek across the Bay but not across the country to attend your readings! Good luck with the move, and I look forward to the New York incarnation of your blog.

http://ericksongypsycaravan.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/friedrichshafen/ said...

A long time coming, Nathan, but congratulations on the move. Growth always comes w/ change and that's always good.
I've lived in seven states, D.C., and two foreign countries. Each made impressions on me, most good,
a few less memorable, but they all went in the experience bag that we all carry around.
I spent 20 years in D.C., traveled all the way from Maine's rocky coast to beaches of Florida but find
CA fits my lifestyle now. Like a pair of old shoes.
Good luck w/ all your adventures to come!
Jack

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