Book Awards

I’ve heard different opinions about book awards from different publishers. On the one extreme, I’ve had publishers say awards don’t mean anything. They don’t really make any difference in book sales. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve had publishers say awards are critical. They can make a book and a writer’s career. I’m somewhere in the middle (maybe I lean a little towards “Awards are important”). I think a book award can absolutely sell books. A book award can increase awareness. A book award can open doors that might remain closed otherwise. A book award can move a career forward. But…why do I feel that way? I feel that way because I know some readers look for “Award […]

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Good News Everyone!

Today is a red letter day. It was just announced that Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience has made the Prix Aurora Award Ballot for 2017. Read about that here. This is my second time on the ballot (first appeared with Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero) and, with your help, this might be the year. To vote, you must become a CSFFA member (at a cost of $10 Cdn). What that membership gets you in relation to this ballot is ebook copies of most of the books that are on the ballot (including mine). That’s over twenty books for $10. A deal by any definition. I would love your support on this. Every vote is important (last year, the difference between first and third place was […]

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Nominate Scouts of the Apocalypse for a Prix Aurora

All, Prix Aurora awards season is here again. Please take a moment to get a $10 membership and nominate Scouts of the Apocalypse for a Prix Aurora (YA Best novel). And while you are at it, nominate Suzy Vadori’s The Fountain in the same category. Membership gives you the ability to nominate AND you will get e-book versions of the finalist books when they are announced for free. Please do this by Saturday (March 19, 2016). Go here: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/ Thank you,     -Michell

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