Monday, June 20, 2016

Last month to vote in the Dragon Awards

UPDATE: Well, that was embarrassing. I need to stop writing these blogs at 3 in the morning. If you don't know what I mean, then I'm not going to explain it. Trust me, I'm better off with you not knowing. :)

While I really want to call the Dragon Awards the "Flight," I won't try imposing that name just yet.

Anyway, the important thing is that the Dragon awards nomination process is now only a month away.

That's right, you remember the Dragon Awards, don't you? I mentioned them about a month ago now. If you are unaware, the Dragon Awards are coming soon, to a DragonCon near you.

Granted, that's near only if you are anywhere near Atlanta.

This "small, regional" convention, to use the SJW term, is host to 60,000 people on an off-year.

Anyway, again, DragonCon now has their own awards, the Dragon.

And we are four weeks away until the nominations process closes.

As their materials say:
These awards will be by the fans, for the fans, and are your chance to reward those who have made real contributions to SF, books, games, comics, and shows. There is no qualification for voting – no convention fees or other memberships are needed. The only requirement is that you register, confirm your email address for voting purposes, and agree to the rules. This ensures that all votes count equally.
I don't think that I can highlight that enough, really. There's only a month left.

And remember, this is an award you don't have to pay money to vote for. You just go to their website and you vote.

All it costs you is time.

I would like this award. I have no idea how I'm going to get this award, but I suspect that it might help if I get nominated.

This is where you come in.

I know I have about 20 fans out there (they voted for me in Sad Puppies 4). I don't know if that's anywhere near enough to compete in Dragons.

But dang it, I'm going to try.

Obviously, my only eligible book from last year is Honor At Stake.

This is the purchase link if you haven't already grabbed it.

I hope I'm not asking too much. Heck, at most, I'm asking for $2.99 on Kindle, and that's assuming you've been to this blog and have not purchased it already.

Technically -- and I stress the technical part -- I'm just asking you to vote for the book, not to buy it, but, if we can be honest, between you, me and the internet, I would really rather prefer that you've read the book, enjoyed the book, and then vote for the book, rather than just cast a vote.

I suppose that, yes, if you don't have anything else to vote on, sure, fill in the blank with my book if you like. But I would really rather prefer you have read the novel.

And yes, as far as I can tell, my book came out last year, and is then eligible for the Dragon this year. My rerelease should not impact it in any way. You're voting for what came out last year. It's the same bloody book, just a new edition. If different editions and a cover change impact things in any way, I'd be seriously confused.

As for the categories that Honor at Stake is eligible in....
Best Science Fiction Novel (yes, really. There is science in there. It goes metaphysical, not physical, but it's there.)
Best Fantasy / Paranormal Novel (Obviously. Because Vampires)
Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel (I originally meant it for a YA audience. Shows what I know, eh?)
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel (Maybe .... I do have a paramilitary strike force in the Vatican ninja, and an engagement of forces at the end, but this is a stretch.)
Best Horror Novel -- I've actually gotten one vote in that category already.
You could vote for it in all of them. Heh. (No, I wouldn't suggest it. Not even I did that. Then again, I voted for John C. Wright and John Ringo ... Ringo in at least two categories for the same book. And no, don't ask me what else I've voted for, I don't really recall. I some I voted for Somewhither. I believe Jim Butcher's latest, the Areonaut's Windlass, I think).

While you're there, also think about what you'd vote for in
Best Alternate History Novel
Best Apocalyptic Novel (My choice was Ringo's last zombie novel)
Best Comic Book
Best Graphic Novel
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectable Card / Role-Playing Game
Anyway, at the end of the day, it's all up to you. I don't really have anything else here. Just remember that you are running out of time. There's only a month left. Make good use of it.

DragonCon award sign up link is here.


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