Thursday, December 2, 2010

GoodReads Choice Nomination

Today I was greeted with a congratulations tweet from Jamie Todd Rubin, a local sci-fi writer who posted the arcane message: "Congrats for being a GoodReads Choice nominee" This was confusing as I had no idea there was such a thing as a GoodReads Choice Award, much less that I was nominated, or had the ability to be nominated. Mr. Rubin knew more about me than I did.

I followed this link and discovered I was indeed in the running for best in fantasy for 2010. There are only 15 books in my category, and if we were playing the "What thing doesn't belong" game, The Emerald Storm, would be the easy choice. Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Guy Kay...these are all big names, all put out through major publishers. And then there is Emerald Storm? That's sort of like, lion, tiger, bear...spaceship.

Something like this happened once before, about six months ago when Avempartha was nominated for the BSC’s fourth annual Book Tournament. Pitted against a number of similarly accomplished authors, my book did manage to win, but that was a far more limited pool where my fans were able to take bully-clubs and bats to the opposition. Voting on the BSC site ranged in the forties; GoodReads has well over a million users. I don't think my Riyrian Army has much of a chance against those odds.

Granted I didn't expect to survive my first round on the BSC and ended up winning, but given the difference here, given the dramatic change in venue, and the quality of my fellow nominees; I think this is one of those situations where I can truly say, it's enough to just be nominated. Well, actually, it's amazing, shocking, astounding, and even a bit bewildering--but in a good way. So thanks to those GoodReaders who put me on the list. And thanks to Jamie for the heads-up. Now I have to figure out who I should vote for.


  1. I've never heard of those awards either, but that doesn't diminish the accolade. Congrats!

  2. I love the Riyria books. I am not a reader but recently felt like reading. The last series of books I read was when I was in 7th grade and it was the The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander I am so thankful to you Mr. Sullivan for bringing me back to reading. I am in dire need of Percepliquis. In the meantime I was wondering if anyone can recommend similar book series that I guess are called or referred to as Tolkien style fantasy. I am on a path to give up video games and pick up books.

  3. I really need to check back here more often. I've gotten so used to people not commenting on my posts that I often don't think to look.

    Ahynes12, if you are looking for a Tolkienish series you might consider David Eddings, or Raymond Feist. Or more recently Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss. If it is the style you like, I would actually suggest Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series.

  4. I don't post often, but I have to agree with ahynes12. Before I got Crown Conspiracy for my Kindle app, I had forgotten how much I enjoy reading. Thanks for reigniting a long-forgotten and long-smoldered passion! =D

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