The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a finalist for the Andre Norton award!
Thank you to everyone who nominated it, I am so terribly grateful. This is the definition of an underdog book, and I am so excited and thrilled and honored to have it up there with the big kids. It won't win and I don't care. Just to have it counted is a win for me. Especially thanks to maryrobinette , who discovered it was eligible and alerted me, without whom I'd never have even considered it a possibility. Mary, for those of you who don't know, is a Hero of the Revolution, making SFWA awesome one step at a time.
Thank you, everyone. I'm giddy over this. When I got the call I bounced like a Tigger. And congratulations to all my friends who made the ballot, cmpriest , zakbar , saladinahmed , kijjohnson , rachel_swirsky , scalzi , Paolo and Jeff. It's a beautiful ballot and I'm proud to be on it.
And I can't wait to see what this will mean for the world of crowdfunding.
Because this is the hybrid approach I meant. A book that doesn't exist in print yet on a major award ballot--but one which will be printed in a beautiful illustrated edition that will add so much to the online story. Not either, both.
I'm not entirely sure what the level of "firsts" here are. It's definitely the first electronic-only book to be anywhere on the ballot, but it might well be the first e-only on a major genre award ballot at all. It's got to be the first crowdfunded project nominated for a major award, since crowdfunding is pretty new. If anyone has any info on this throw it my way.
We will be going to the award banquet--because it is in Cape Canaveral, and it coincides with a shuttle launch, and it has been justbeast 's dream to see one, he's been trying to make it happen for years. I would probably sit home with ice cream and happily lose from afar, but for him I want to make it down, so he can sit on the beach with so many of his science fiction heroes around him, and watch a space shuttle fly.
Which means I'll need a dress. I rather think it'll have to be orange.