Friday, September 28, 2007
A quick answer about the quill award....

Normally if someone asks me a question over e-mail, I just answer it directly. But if I get the same question several times, it lets me know I should post up the answer in a blog for everyone to see.

Over the last week I've had five people send me e-mails similar to this one:

Hey Pat,

Yesterday my friend Jake who is also a big fan of your book asked me if I'd gone and voted for your book for the quill award. I explained to him that you'd already won the quill award. We argued for a while, then, since I was right here by the computer, I thought I'd ask you directly.

I'm right, aren't I? You already won, didn't you?


P.S. Congratulations, by the way. You rock.

Luckily Suz, this is one of those situations where everyone is right.

You're right because I did win the Quill in the Science-Fiction/Fantasy category. I'll be heading out to New York and you'll be able to see me wearing a tux on NBC.

BUT, Jake is right too, because right now the voting is going on for the BIG quill award: the Book of the Year award.

You see, the winners for the individual categories (Romance, graphic novel, etc.) are voted on my a bunch of booksellers, librarians, and literati. But the Book of the Year is determined by popular vote. Which means you could go over there and vote for me, if you were so inclined.

And by over there I mean OVER HERE. (After you click, you need to click again on the link in that press release that says, "vote here.")

I think a lot of the confusion has come from the fact that they aren't running this award the way that we're used to seeing it. It's not like the Oscars where all the nominees show up and then the winner in each category is a big surprise. The only real surprise at the quills will be who wins Book of the Year.

Hope this clears things up for those of you who have been confused....


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Blogger Paixe said...

*just voted for you*

The whole thing is pretty awesome. Congratulations on the guaranteed win, and here's hoping for the BotY! (silly acronym)

I bite my thumb at all the people who wouldn't take your book in the first place. HA to them. :-D

September 28, 2007 3:32 AM  
Blogger Chris Pierson said...

Good luck with the voting, Patrick. I voted for you, don't worry. But you're up against The Road, so it'll be a tough haul.

(People should read The Road, by the way -- don't let the fact that Oprah endorsed it discourage you.)

September 28, 2007 7:38 AM  
Blogger KYDS3K said...

Just voted! And will do so again at home, and at any other IP address I can get my grubby paws on . . . !

September 28, 2007 8:07 AM  
Blogger Jordan R said...

You have my vote!

Gore/Rothfuss '08!

Good luck!

September 28, 2007 9:24 AM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

I voted. :-)

Chris- loved your comment.
Oprah's endorsement is normally a guarantee that I won't read a book. The will make it rough for Pat though. I work at a library and I assure you that many patrons consider her word as law.

September 28, 2007 10:09 AM  
Blogger Major Sheep said...

I've actually become a bit of a voting guerrilla, sneaking into dentist's offices, libraries, and high schools, then voting on every computer I find. So, when the Quill awards reveal that most of your fans reside in Washington, you'll know why.

September 28, 2007 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pat,

Just voted for NOTW as book of the year.

So, now that I have done something for you, you need to show up for gaming again. :)


September 28, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger Chris Pierson said...

Major, if you're capable of sneaking into dentists' offices, you can probably be doing even more interesting things than voting on online polls. :)

September 28, 2007 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted, although I had to find IE on my computer 'cause that site doesn't open in Firefox. :( Good luck!

September 28, 2007 2:32 PM  
Anonymous thislaura said...

done and done.

and i work at kinko's, so i have access to at least, lessee, 10 computers.

let's see how the oprah drones stand up against the fightin' rothfuss cheaters!

...or would that cheapen the win for you?

oh, and i started here as 'laura,' but in my absence, i notice that another one of me has popped up, so i will now be 'thislaura'

September 28, 2007 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

I just voted as well, and I promise to vote not only on the other computer, but on any other one I can get my hands on. Good luck with the win Pat. I'll be sure to catch the airing on NBC so I can see you in a tux. It's one of those things I think you need to see to believe. ;)

September 28, 2007 3:56 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

Ditto to all above vote-related comments.

September 28, 2007 4:16 PM  
Anonymous sienged said...

I voted, but I can't help but feel bad because I haven't read any of the other books.

Have you read any of them Pat?

September 28, 2007 5:50 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I'm almost tempted to write a script to clear my cache/cookies to vote over and over again.

But then I feel confident enough in your work that I don't think it's necessary.

September 28, 2007 11:29 PM  
Blogger BrianB said...

Voted for you just now.

Also, I just bought my own copy of your book :D

Good luck with the awards!

September 30, 2007 6:23 AM  
Blogger Mr Pudifoot said...

I just voted, however I was confused by the ballot and accidentally voted for Pat Buchanan. :-/

September 30, 2007 7:05 AM  
Blogger Scriblet said...

Darn. The site won't let me vote twice! ;)

October 1, 2007 3:12 AM  
Anonymous .:Becca:. said...

I work in the computer labs at UWO and usually around 9:00 on a Thursday night theres no one there so I can virtually go onto all 60 computers and vote. If this doesn't work I don't know what will. I work in three different computer labs during the week!

October 1, 2007 7:49 AM  
Blogger Haplo Peart said...

Does my Vote count as my something cool?

October 1, 2007 9:30 AM  
Blogger Wysen said...

You got my vote. I'll make sure my wife votes from home this evening.

October 1, 2007 2:20 PM  
Blogger Homunculus said...

Just voted for you from Germany.
I hope my vote counts. ;-)

Hopefully this strong community will bring you the book of the year!

October 3, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger Jeremy Mohler said...

Hell yeah, I voted for you. Good luck!

October 3, 2007 1:13 PM  
Blogger Inarticulate babbler said...

Hey, you got my vote. AND I've been a word of mouth factor for a couple more sales and votes.

October 6, 2007 3:53 PM  
Anonymous name said...

Nice Article.

October 27, 2007 1:23 PM  

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