November 23rd, 2009


Andre Norton Award

So, it came to my attention through the wonderful maryrobinette last night that Fairyland is eligible for the Andre Norton Award.

For those of you who don't know, the Andre Norton award is associated with the Nebulas and announced and voted on at the same time, but honors YA work.

I had no idea. I assumed self-published e-editions were out of the running. That it would be eligible when the print edition comes out from Feiwel and Friends.

Turns out, it will not be eligible when that happens. It is only eligible this year, when it first appeared in English.

This is Fairyland's shot at this.

Now, obviously, I have a vested interest in this, as being nominated for and winning awards is awesome, and to even be nominated before a traditional print volume appears would be amazing.

But outside of my personal considerations, wouldn't it be cool for something this independent, this unique and tribal and viral, to be nominated for one of the big awards in the field? Wouldn't it be cool to shake things up, to show that this kind of thing, if the quality is good enough, can be considered alongside shiny hardback bestsellers?

Only SFWA members can vote. But I humbly ask that if you can vote, consider this one. Consider the book, which I am so proud of, and consider the impact. Spread the word to voters you know, if you can't vote yourself.

Of course, a lot of people think campaigning for an award is yucky and I kind of do, too, but for an online work that even I didn't know was eligible til last night, which will not be eligible when it comes out in print, I feel it's within my yuck parameters to post about it, and ask for--not votes, just consideration.

The book is complete and can be read in its entirety on my website for free.
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