I still need to do a wrap-up on WorldCon. Suffice to say it went far, far, far better than I could have planned, for professional reasons I can’t be explicit about at this moment. Hopefully, in the fullness of time…. (grin)
But I can talk about the Campbell Award, which is given out each year at WorldCon — alongside the venerable Hugo award — for the best ‘new’ professional writer in the skiffy business. My roommate Larry Correia was up for it, as was our mutual friend Dan Wells. Looking at the numbers it seems Dan and Larry did in fact split the vote, as many of us who were rooting them had feared.
The surprise (for me) was that I’d even placed in the initial nomination ranking. 13 people voted to say that they thought I was the best new professional writer in fantasy and science fiction in 2010. That’s quite remarkable, given the fact I had only two professional publication credits for last year, and was absolutely unknown outside of my small circle of friends. Thank you, my Lucky 13, for casting in my favor. I hugely appreciate it. And though I didn’t make the final ballot, I’m encouraged that people want to see me stick around. Muchas gracias!
ETA: according to the rules, I am still eligible for 2011, as a 2nd-year pro. It will be interesting to see if I’ve got any more traction as a sophomore?