That said, you know what? At the moment I’m not feeling a huge need to try to convince you all that you need to run over and vote for me now now now right now. 2013 was a fine year for me, awards-wise. I’m okay with spreading the love around for the rest of year. I’ll catch up with it all in 2014.
Also, to be blunt, the Goodreads Choice Awards has three rounds of voting in the space of a month, and wants all of us nominees to spend a lot of time and energy exhorting everyone we know to vote at each round of the contest. That’s a lot of pestering over not a lot of time. I don’t mind reminding people about nominating and voting for Nebulas and Hugos, which are spread out so the advertisements for one’s self are not overwhelming. A month-long constant drumbeat of vote pleading, on the other hand, doesn’t seem like a whole lot of fun to me right now.
So: Here’s a link to the science fiction opening round for the Goodreads Choice Awards. There are some fine nominees there, written by lots of people I know and like both as humans and as authors. Vote for one of them instead. I especially encourage you to tip your hat to the newer nominees in the genre, because that tip of the hat can be both meaningful and useful to them. I’m a fan of making people aware of the next generation of the genre and the excellent writers in it.
Science fiction is only one category out of twenty. Here’s the landing page for all the categories. Vote for as many as you like and/or have opinions about. Enjoy yourself.
Congratulations to all the others whose works are nominated this year, in all the categories but especially in science fiction. I hope one of you who is not me wins.