Dragons, and Puppies, and Innocent Bystanders, Oh My!

The nominees for the Dragon Awards were released August 3, and some authors who campaigned energetically for it succeeded in their quest to get on the ballot.

Color-coded below are the nominations from three of the strongest marketing and promotion efforts.

  • AUTHORS WHOSE BOOKS WERE PART OF JON DEL ARROZ’ ODYSSEY CON BUNDLE are GREEN (if they are not already coded in either of the first two groups.)

Surprisingly, three of Vox Day’s recommendations did not make the ballot. Whether this reflects the level of competition or carelessness about eligibility (a problem with his Hugo slate) is unknown.

Lou Antonelli’s nomination also should be noted, although he isn’t part of any of the three color-coded groups.

The Dragon Awards administrators never released any voting statistics from the first year, so just how much support it takes to get nominated is a matter of conjecture. But if voters are rewarding effort and a profound desire to be nominated, my personal opinion is that Declan Finn’s two nominations are probably the most deserved.

  1. Best Science Fiction Novel
  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  • Space Tripping by Patrick Edwards
  • Rise by Brian Guthrie
  • Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli
  • The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  • Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey
  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu
  • The Secret Kings by Brian Niemeier
  1. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
  • A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day
  • Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter
  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo
  • The Heartstone Thief by Pippa DaCosta
  • Dangerous Ways by R.R. Virdi
  • Beast Master by Shayne Silvers
  • Wings of Justice by Michael-Scott Earle
  1. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel
  • Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • Firebrand by A.J. Hartley
  • It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett
  • Swan Knight’s Son by John C. Wright
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
  • The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  1. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
  • The Span of Empire by Eric Flint and David Carrico
  • Starship Liberator by B.V. Larson and David Vandyke
  • Caine’s Mutiny by Charles E. Gannon
  • Invasion: Resistance by J.F. Holmes
  • Cartwright’s Cavaliers by Mark Wandrey
  • Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz
  • Aliies and Enemies: Exiles by Amy J. Murphy
  • Iron Dragoons by Richard Fox
  1. Best Alternate History Novel
  • Breath of Earth by Beth Cato
  • Witchy Eye by D.J. Butler
  • Another Girl, Another Planet by Lou Antonelli
  • No Gods, Only Daimons by Kai Wai Cheah
  • A Change in Crime by D.R. Perry
  • 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught by Eric Flint
  • The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville
  • Fallout: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove
  1. Best Apocalyptic Novel
  • The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz
  • A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys
  • ZK: Falling by J.F. Holmes
  • Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  • Codename: Unsub by Declan Finn and Allan Yoskowitz
  1. Best Horror Novel
  • The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  • Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells
  • Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn
  • The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood
  • A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau
  • The Bleak December by Kevin G. Summers
  • Donn’s Hill by Caryn Larrinaga
  • Blood of Invidia by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten
  1. Best Comic Book
  • Motor Girl by Terry Moore
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa
  • The Dresden Files: Dog Men by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo
  • Wynonna Earp Legends by Beau Smith, Tim Rozon, Melanie Scrofano, Chris Evenhuis
  1. Best Graphic Novel
  • Stuck in My Head by J.R. Mounts
  • Girl Genius: the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne, Book 2: The City of Lightning by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio
  • Clive Barker Nightbreed #3 by Marc Andreyko, Clive Barker, Emmanuel Javier
  • March Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
  • Love is Love by Marc Andreyko, Sarah Gaydos, James S. Rich
  • Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
  • Lucifer, Fox
  • Westworld, HBO
  • Stranger Things, Netflix
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC
  • Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Sky1
  • Doctor Who, BBC
  • The Expanse, Syfy
  • Wynonna Earp, Syfy
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
  • Doctor Strange directed by Scott Derrickson
  • Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve
  • Passengers directed by Morten Tyldum
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story directed by Gareth Edwards
  • Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins
  • Logan directed by James Mangold
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 directed by James Gunn
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
  • Titanfall 2 by Respawn Entertainment
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda by Bioware
  • NieR: Automata by PlatinumGames
  • Final Fantasy XV by Square Enix
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by Nintendo
  • Dishonored 2 by Arkane Studios
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
  • Sky Dancer by Pine Entertainment
  • Fire Emblem Heroes by Nintendo
  • Monument Valley 2 by Ustwogames
  • Con Man: The Game by Monkey Strength Productions
  • Pokemon GO by Niantic
  • Super Mario Run by Nintendo
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk by Avalon Hill
  • Hero Realms by White Wizard Games
  • Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games
  • Scythe by Stonemaier Games
  • Mansions of Madness (Second Edition) by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Terraforming Mars by Stronghold Games
  1. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
  • Pulp Cthulhu by Chaosium
  • Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon by Wizards of the Coast
  • A Shadow Across the Galaxy X-Wing Wave X by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Star Wars: Destiny by Fantasy Flight Games
  • Bloodborne: The Card Game by CMON Limited
  • Dark Souls: The Board Game by Steamforged Games

100 thoughts on “Dragons, and Puppies, and Innocent Bystanders, Oh My!

  1. JJ: Antonelli isn’t currently listed on their contributors roster — that’s what I went by. You’re correct, he has written for them in the past.

  2. I’m not typing quickly enough! https://camestrosfelapton.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/dragon-award-analysis-first-look/

    Antonelli is an interesting case. He was pushing his book in the comment sections of other slates and I see that the “Happy Frogs” are now including them in their final slate for the Dragons.

    While many Rabid nominees didn’t become finalists, Castalia House novels more consistently made it. Not that I’m implying that Vox’s publishing house may have stuffed the ballot box because that would be an unfounded and indeed scurrilous claim to make and one which I am not making due to a lack of evidence.

  3. Camestros Felapton: Have you researched the three items on Vox’s slate that didn’t make it — could they have been ineligible? Hard to believe that he didn’t round up enough usual suspects.

  4. Cam, your analysis says that The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood is not a nominee, but it actually is.

    ETA: You’ve got it on your list twice.

  5. JJ on August 4, 2017 at 1:27 am said:

    Cam, your analysis says that The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood is not a nominee, but it actually is

    Thanks – I’ve corrected it on my spreadsheet but not on the blog.

  6. I was surprised to receive a ballot; I guess they’re using last year’s mailing list as well as this years…

  7. So:
    1. Best SF novel: 4 credible candidates, one known puppy and 3 who the are these guys?

    And it’s downhill from there.

  8. Mike Glyer on August 4, 2017 at 1:13 am said:

    Camestros Felapton: Have you researched the three items on Vox’s slate that didn’t make it — could they have been ineligible? Hard to believe that he didn’t round up enough usual suspects.

    Albion Lost is listed as 31 January 2017 on Amazon
    THE RETREAT #4: ALAMO is listed as 16 June 2016
    Legends of Callasia, Google says its initial release date was 10 June 2016
    Total War: Warhammer, Google says its initial release date was 24 May 2016

    So that looks like one miss on eligibility.

  9. NickPheas: So:

    4 credible candidates and 4 unknowns (one  two self-published puppies, and 2 self-published “who are these guys”?)

    And yes, most of the other categories are just as bad, or worse.

    But really! This award is for the POPULAR books that thousands  MILLIONS of fans have voted for!

    I think it’s really sad. I was really hoping that DragonCon would take ownership of the awards this year, promote the hell out of them, and come up with a ballot that would reflect really well on them after last year’s fiasco. Instead, it’s just more of the same ballot-box stuffing by mostly arriviste self-published authors. 😐

  10. Hi, I would just like to say that this situation was brought to my attention this morning and I emailed the organisers and asked for The Hidden People to be withdrawn from consideration. I have not asked anyone to vote for me in the Dragon Awards, let alone any campaigning group – I have not had any contact whatsoever with them. I just wanted to set the record straight – it’s good that you’re bringing this to people’s attention but it’s certainly not the case that all the authors involved have “campaigned energetically”. Thank you.

  11. I did a quick not terribly scientific numbercrunch. Can’t use this as anything other than finger in the wind, but the number of people who have rated each book on GoodReads.

    A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers 7171
    Space Tripping by Patrick Edwards 32
    Rise by Brian Guthrie 74
    Escaping Infinity by Richard Paolinelli 23
    The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi 8899
    Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey 13040
    Death’s End by Cixin Liu 10270
    The Secret Kings by Brian Niemeier 11

    A fairly stark divide. Really Brian, only 11 people have been prepared to admit to reading your book?

    Fantasy is less cut and dried:

    A Sea of Skulls by Vox Day 37
    Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter 2847
    Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo 1602
    The Heartstone Thief by Pippa DaCosta 59
    Dangerous Ways by R.R. Virdi 326
    Beast Master by Shayne Silvers 529
    Wings of Justice by Michael-Scott Earle 62

    From which I take that Faith Hunter is probably a well regarded in her field Paranormal romance writer and that the evil forces of Big Publishing are repressing poor Teddy after his attempts to game the system.

    (Obviously Goodreads is not the only measure)

  12. It’s worth remembering that the publicity for the Dragons fairly explicitly expects authors to promote their own works; they seem to see it as self-evident that ‘fan’ means ‘fan of a particular author’, so it is for each author to mobilise their fans. The results could therefore be expected to reflect which authors actually did any promoting.

  13. To continue. And yes, there will be a noise effect depending on just when the book was published

    3. Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

    Rachel and the Many Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter 31
    Firebrand by A.J. Hartley 73
    It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett 158
    Swan Knight’s Son by John C. Wright 63
    A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas 65190
    Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray 2434
    The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan 25888

    Don’t think I’ve ever heard of the lady, but obviously has a following

  14. 4. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

    The Span of Empire by Eric Flint and David Carrico 167
    Starship Liberator by B.V. Larson and David Vandyke 484
    Caine’s Mutiny by Charles E. Gannon 123
    Invasion: Resistance by J.F. Holmes 2
    Cartwright’s Cavaliers by Mark Wandrey 415
    Star Realms: Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz 67
    Aliies and Enemies: Exiles by Amy J. Murphy 30
    Iron Dragoons by Richard Fox 250

  15. 5. Best Alternate History Novel

    Breath of Earth by Beth Cato 386
    Witchy Eye by D.J. Butler 109
    Another Girl, Another Planet by Lou Antonelli 7
    No Gods, Only Daimons by Kai Wai Cheah 33
    A Change in Crime by D.R. Perry 10
    1636: The Ottoman Onslaught by Eric Flint 360
    The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville 2395
    Fallout: The Hot War by Harry Turtledove 321

  16. 6. Best Apocalyptic Novel

    The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz 53
    A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys 84
    ZK: Falling by J.F. Holmes 49
    Walkaway by Cory Doctorow 1298
    American War by Omar El Akkad 6067
    The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin 12120
    Codename: Unsub by Declan Finn and Allan Yoskowitz 6

    Oh, Declan… Admittedly not the lowest rated book, but still

  17. 7. Best Horror Novel

    The Changeling by Victor LaValle 677
    Nothing Left to Lose by Dan Wells 339
    Live and Let Bite by Declan Finn 9
    The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood 210
    A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau 75
    The Bleak December by Kevin G. Summers 22
    Donn’s Hill by Caryn Larrinaga 21
    Blood of Invidia by Tom Tinney and Morgen Batten 4

  18. My friend Alison Littlewood was unaware of this nomination and of its provenance, and has withdrawn her novel from the ballot on learning of the situation.

  19. Nickpheas, thanks for doing that data collection. The results don’t look any better this year than when I did the comparison last year. I’m not going to go through and propose more popular alternates, as I did last year, but there are some obvious omissions such as Linda Nagata and Marko Kloos’ books in MilSF, Colson Whitehead and Ben H. Winters in Alternate History, William R. Forstchen in Apocalyptic — and yegods, that Horror ballot lineup is just embarrassing.

  20. So, I noticed that Allies and Enemies: Exiles is misspelled here. Please don’t tell me it was a cut and paste from the actual ballot.

  21. Well, I don’t think the horror lineup is entirely embarrassing – Alison has received the Shirley Jackson award, after all, and has been nominated for several other awards. I think the sad truth is that she could have been legitimately nominated for this one. And Victor LaValle is no embarrassment, surely? Or Dan Wells?

  22. Well, I don’t think the horror lineup is entirely embarrassing

    Not entirely. Though by the pure (and unsound) Goodreads measure, the 8th most popular Horror novel has 4 readers, and there are no really high rated works in there.Most other categories have at least one writer who can make 4 digits, some 5.

    MilSF is worse of course.

  23. Ramsey Campbell: Well, I don’t think the horror lineup is entirely embarrassing – Alison has received the Shirley Jackson award, after all, and has been nominated for several other awards. I think the sad truth is that she could have been legitimately nominated for this one. And Victor LaValle is no embarrassment, surely? Or Dan Wells?

    Of course those 3 entries are quite legitimate and not embarrassing at all. It’s that the other 5 finalists in that category… not so much.

    I mean, I can see why it might be harder for people to come up with strong entries for Alternate History and MilSF — those are always more niche genres. But Horror? We’re really in a boom period for Horror (I’m not sure that we’re ever not in a boom period for Horror). I’m sure that the big Horror fans here, like Hampus, could easily come up with 8 strong finalists for that category.

    So either the participation in the nominations process was pathetically low, or the ballot stuffing by multiple e-mail addresses was really high — because there’s just no excuse for having 5 out of 8 entries in the Horror category be so weak.

    And I appreciate Littlewood’s integrity in asking to be removed from the ballot. But honestly, it’s entirely possible that she would have gotten there without any help from the Rabid Puppies, and I’m really sorry that she was put in the position where she felt that she had to decline. I would appreciate it if you would pass that on to her.

  24. Ramsey Campbell on August 4, 2017 at 5:31 am said:

    Well, I don’t think the horror lineup is entirely embarrassing – Alison has received the Shirley Jackson award, after all, and has been nominated for several other awards. I think the sad truth is that she could have been legitimately nominated for this one. And Victor LaValle is no embarrassment, surely? Or Dan Wells?

    I think she could’ve been legit nominated as well, and LaValle and Wells aren’t embarrassing inclusions at all. Her declining honestly makes that whole category all the weaker for good Horror representation. I get why someone wouldn’t want any confusion about whether they were block voted on versus fan appreciation, especially considering the source of the block voting, and respect her decision while also thinking that the category as a whole suffers from her absence.

  25. Your choice of green text on white, and not a more visible, colorblind-friendly style like bold, or white on green background or something, makes me unhappy and unwilling to spend the effort to read this post. It’s definitely not a superversive choice, I’d say.

    Preparing to be lambasted for this.

  26. Just looking over the list some interesting choices and also shows how easy it was for a couple slates to game the choices to make sure they took up one slot. Of course part of the ease of that was the fact that aside from those slates/self promoters I didn’t see info about the 2017 nominations anywhere other than here or Camestros’s blog. Apart from the slate votes in book categories it’s stuff I either have never heard of or things that I thought were good but not amazing.

    In gaming FFXV had a lot of launch issues up to and including the climax chapter of the game that got a patch to try to fix some of the glaring plot holes. But it’s pretty popular so I wouldn’t count it out. Titanfall 2 managed to do everything well and the grappling hook sets up some good times. NieR: Automata combines a bizarre but fascinating SFF world with Platinum Games ability to construct awesome fighting mechanics but doesn’t have the massive popularity of the FF franchise behind it.

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild though is Legend of Zelda. It’s going to win GOTY awards all over the place and has a pretty dedicated fanbase. If FFXV won over it the award is going to get mocked in gaming communities.

    Horizon Zero Dawn however is a game that’s odd to see omitted over Dishonored or most of the other titles. Not just a fun game, it’s also one of the best looking titles graphically, and it features one of the best SFF plots I’ve experienced within a game.

    Pokemon GO is just going to crush the mobile platform no matter what goes against it.

  27. My OdysseyCon package group is a weird thing to focus on when I had a full on slate, that I might add, every single one made it save for Mobile Game and Graphic Novel, which weren’t things I particularly cared about. Congratulations to all the nominees. Some really great books on here including ones off my slate. Mil SF in particular has a full category of amazing books, and I’m honored to be among them.

  28. Until I broke my knee, Pokemon Go was consuming a serious chunk of what used to be bookreading time.

    Should I be disappointed that Boaty McBoatface failed to make the finals of any category?

    The Dragon is a popular vote award, one that doesn’t even require e.g. DragonCon membership(so ballot stuffing is trivial to do), the chance of it ever accruing prestige is minimal IMO. The shambolic way the inaugural edition was run doesn’t help either. But hey, at least some works got nominated and some works will win right? Right?

  29. Just looking over “Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game” and “Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectable Card / Role-playing game”, I’ve got to say one or two things.

    First, Gloomhaven may be on Vox Day’s list, but it’s a legit contender – it had a second kickstarter that blew off the doors and has attracted a lot of positive reviews. I’m not sure what Hero Realms and the Betrayal at House on the Hill expansion are doing there, but personally I think it’s going to be decided between Gloomhaven, Scythe, and Terraforming Mars.

    Second, what the heck are “Bloodborne” and “Dark Souls” doing in the Mini/Collectable/RPG category? They’re both clearly board games.

  30. Re: declining a nomination that was probably due to genuine popularity

    As a small press author in non-mainstream field (i.e., LGBTQ+ publishing), I’ve done a lot of thinking about industry and fan awards. There are a good handful of awards in the LGBTQ+ publishing community with various levels of recognition and prestige, most of which require active submission for consideration (and, conversely, are open to anyone who submits their work for consideration). I looked a lot of them when my first novel came out are tried the waters with a few. My eventual conclusion was that I would not submit my work for consideration for an award unless a review of past winners left me with the feeling that I would have been proud to have been on a short list with those works.

    I could easily see that someone looking at the prospects for Dragon Award results might come to the conclusion that it would do their work no favor to appear there.

  31. John Fiala on August 4, 2017 at 8:55 am said:

    Second, what the heck are “Bloodborne” and “Dark Souls” doing in the Mini/Collectable/RPG category? They’re both clearly board games

    Trying to figure that one out as well, Dark Souls even has The Board Game in it’s title!

    Bloodborne is a collectable cardgame though, there’s no board though there’s state sheets/tokens/dice.

  32. @Soon Lee: perhaps someone should put together Booky McBookface: Selected Filer Ramblings in time for next year’s Dragons!

  33. I’ll second the comment that green text doesn’t work for me as a somewhat color-blind reader.

    (It could be worse–to my grandfather, the entire world was in shades of gray.)

  34. Just looking at finalists I haven’t heard of but that weren’t in the known group pushing efforts either, Space Tripping by Patrick Edwards and Rise by Brian Guthrie both seem to be linked by being published on Inkshares and having won different Nerdist contests.
    Other Inkshares books in the list include The Seventh Age: Dawn by Rick Heinz, A God in the Shed by J-F Dubeau, and It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett.
    AFAICT Inkshares works a bit like a kickstarter for print books – you have to get a certain number of pre-orders pledged – so I guess that either it has a community that got interested in the dragon awards, or possibly that the author skills and/or social media skills required to get pre-orders for Inkshares translate very well into getting nominated for a open voting award as well 🙂

    Looking at various other new-to-me names in the finalists, a lot seem to be fairly prolific self-pub authors who presumably have a decent following they could ask to nominate them.

    So, the bar for getting nominated without a group campaign behind you isn’t absolutely on the floor, but it ain’t very high either….

  35. The interesting one is Beast Master by Shayne Silvers which is apparently book 5 in The Temple Chronicles series. The Amazon page with a blurb that starts “Nate’s To-Do List: De-pants Ganesh. Drop-kick the Fae Queens in the chesticles …” definitely makes it sound as though it isn’t aimed at me.

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  37. I go to Dragon Con every year and the way these awards have been captured by the puppies is a real bummer. I wish that the process were transparent – who is running the awards? Who is counting the votes? How many votes were there? Who decided what the dates of eligibility would be? It’s also going to be too bad if good writers who aren’t associated with Puppy-slates decide to pull out because it will mark Dragon Con itself as somehow politically reactionary.

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  39. My impression (take with a box of kosher salt) is that the people running the Dragon Awards are sympathetic to some of the Puppy complaints regarding lefty message fiction, literariness (WTF my spell checker agrees that’s a word), and too much choosing based on identity, but were not necessarily sympathetic with the paranoia about commies, the religion-justified bigotry, the neo-fascism, the misogyny, racism, and/or the slating*. If that’s the case, I would imagine the Dragons wouldn’t necessarily cater to all the Puppy complaints.

    * To clarify for those who may think I’m painting the Puppies with too broad a brush: I’m not suggesting that all Puppies were or did any of these things, but those traits and actions were all prominent within the movement (JCW’s religion-justified bigotry, VD’s neo-fascism, the general commiephobia of the MGC crowd, the rabid misogyny and racism of the Dread Elk, the slating of both SPs and RPs…

  40. Well, I’m just happy to have made the list! (Yup, I’m Rick Heinz from The Seventh Age: Dawn) in Apocalyptic Fiction. Most of the support came from the Nerdist and Geek & Sundry group. (I GM at a lot of cons (Shadowrun, Vampire, Eclipse Phase).

    I am totally a first time author and there are some great books in my category! So… I’m just flippin’ happy that I made the cut. As for reviews… oy… getting reviews is hard as hell lol. My book only came out not that long ago and its a smaller publisher (despite being tied to Nerdist).

    But, thanks for putting together those stats! It’s sort of great to see them all lined up.

    (And yeah, I totally found this website by virtue of the The Verge).

    But I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at Dragon Con!

  41. @kathodus Thanks so much! Excuse me while I run around flailing like a wild muppet! I mean… I know its a popular vote kinda thing, but the fact that enough people who read my work felt compelled to nominate is heartwarming and totally makes my plan to keep plugging away on the sequel tonight (instead of PokemonGo) a better choice.

    For us authors that are first-timers, even being nominated helps us out.

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