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?

Suz

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....

pat

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I've Been Nominated for a Quill Award.

More specifically, NOTW has been nominated for the award.

Huh. You know, I think that's the first time I've used the abbreviation for my book instead of its actual title. I don't think I like doing it... It feels weird, like cheating. Names are important things, you know.

Anyway, the news. I've been nominated for a QUILL AWARD. Don't feel bad if you've never heard of it. I hadn't either, before I got this news.

Apparently it's like the Oscars, except it's for the publishing world instead of the movie world. It's only been around a couple years, but the award carries some weight, and the ceremony is a big black-tie dealio. Gala, or so they say. They show it on TV and everything. So the good news is that I have an excuse to wear my tuxedo. The bad news is that I'll probably need to get a haircut, and probably lose some weight. I'm too shaggy and round to look dashing right now. I look more like a muppet than James Bond.

The Quills have 18 Categories. Naturally enough, I'm in Sci-fi/Fantasy, and I'm going up against some real heavy hitters.

Farthing: by Jo Walton

Getting to Know You by David Marusek

Brasyl by Ian McDonald

The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod


While I haven't had to read any of their books yet, I know their names. And I have to say that I'd be proud to get my ass handed to me by any of them. Right now my money is on Jo Walton, I've heard nothing but good stuff about Farthing.

That's all for now, back to revisions on book two....

Best,

pat

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