Dragon Award Finalists

This week the finalists and ballot were released for the Dragon Awards which will be awarded at Dragon Con at the end of this month.

I am not on the list. Not surprising since I didn’t put any effort into rounding up fans to nominate it. I have other projects down the road that I would like a Dragon Award for instead.

There are several authors I know or recognize on the list, but still haven’t had time to get many books finished. I guess I should get on that before voting ends at the end of the month.

There are two categories that I’m dreading, Post Apocalyptic and Horror, which are my two favorite categories.

Declan Finn has a book in each of these categories, up against other writers I know. I’m most likely to get the 2nd book in the Horror category, Blood of Invidia by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten, read before voting ends. I don’t know if I’ll get any other books read before then. Blood of Invidia is classic horror (Lovecraft style). It’s going to be very hard for me to choose. I may have to resort to accepting bribery.

Nominees may send me goodies…it’s up to you to read my mind on what I like. And if the bribery is sufficient, I may vote for your book. We’ll see.

I’ve noticed that a certain segment of the internet is trying to disqualify the authors who were finalists because of x, y or z reasons. But, unlike the lists of reviews on useless websites like Goodreads. I mean honestly, the site can’t even distinguish the cover artist from the author. It lists my reviews as author reviews when in fact I had nothing to do with the creation of the book other than pretty cover art.

In an award like the Dragons, the only thing that matters is whether readers are motivated to nominate the work. Nominations are open to anyone with access to an email account. It really is no ones fault but those complaining if they are too incompetent to use email or help drum up support for their favorite books/authors. They can go pound sand while the rest of us support our favorite authors.

Anyway, congratulations to everyone who made it on the lists. Next year you’ll see my name up there.

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