Monday, January 16, 2006

Awards Policy

In e-mail over the weekend, a couple of these came in: PBW, just to let you know, I've nominated you for [award] . . .

I appreciate the compliment, but I don't accept awards of any kind. I have had my name and/or my work removed from everything for which they have been nominated since 2002, and with the exception of one romance rag, everyone has respected my wishes. I hope you'll save me the headaches and do the same.

There are many, many other writers out there who deserve recognition and rarely get it. Please nominate one of them for your favorite award.


  1. Anonymous10:39 AM

    An interesting PR move...

  2. Anonymous10:58 AM

    Would you mind explaining why?

  3. Anonymous11:25 AM

    Anonymous wrote: An interesting PR move...

    Just a personal preference. Like all the other weird ones I have.

    Virginia wrote: Would you mind explaining why?

    Writing is not about awards for me. I've also witnessed what RWA, SFWA and other industry entities do to writers with their awards processes, and it made me so sick that I boycott all of them, and have since 2001, I think.

  4. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Heh, wasn't going to post anonymously. Something slipped :-). I mean, at first it looked to me like the anti-publicity kind of publicity some show business celebrities like to display. Like, loudly saying they shun the Oscars, which makes the media mention and quote them, giving their (if not shocking but at least less trivial) moment more attention than some other obedient ceremony-goer gets.

    As a writer, though, I don't have a big interest in awards, but I wonder what kind of infuence they make on the business side of it. Is the general audience ever aware of the awards--especially the smaller ones? Do they trust them? If a reader buys and reads a much-awarded book and finds it badly written, would it make them stop giving any credit to the awards? Perhaps the writing world needs more buzz about the awards anyway. So far, most of them, again except the biggest ones, seemed more like a nice thing to show to your own peers :)

    PS and we all know that the publishing world is just a bit less cruel than that of high fashion, right? No broken glass in my shoes, but then, who knows... at the conference, anything can happen :-)


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