Souldancer Is Free on Amazon
The only good reason to become a professional writer is having stories that you are maniacally driven to share with people. The only way to stay a pro author is to write for your fans--not for editors, not for critics, and not for yourself.
Most authors are insecure introverts who write, at least partially, to seek validation. That's why so many of them sign away their rights to big New York publishers and chase awards.
I don't work with the Big Five. I work for you. Entertaining readers is how I stay in business, so it had better be my number one concern.
Likewise, I could take or leave winning awards. While I've done some light campaigning, most of my efforts have been focused on getting nominated, which helps new readers find my work. The truth is that winning awards doesn't help an author's career much.
Author Nick Cole recently told me an Oscar-related proverb that's well known in Hollywood: "You want to keep getting nominated. You don't want to win."
My main goal as a writer isn't to win awards. It's to do right by the readers who pay my bills.
Recently I was nominated for a Campbell Award. Worldcon considers you and me to be the wrong kind of people. They sent a public message that our kind aren't welcome by voting me below No Award.
Worldcon is a private enterprise. They can blacklist whoever they want, but they can no longer pretend to give awards based on quality. The public now knows that the Hugo Awards are a fraud, and Worldcon is dying.
I would be content to let the Hugos die a slow death of a thousand self-inflicted cuts, but Worldcon made a serious mistake. The insulted my readers.
You said I was one of the year's best new writers. Worlcon said you were wrong.
You liked my work enough to put your money where your mouth is and nominate me for a Campbell. Worldcon says you're cretins with horrible taste.
Some of you even voted for me to win, though it boggles my mind that anyone would vote for me over Andy Weir or Pierce Brown. But hey, you're the readers. You call the shots.
Worldcon drowned out your voice under a lockstep chorus of No Award.
The Hugos used to be the only game in town. The right kind of author kissed up to win, and the wrong kind of author--if he somehow got nominated--took a lot of abuse and quietly went home.
But now there's an alternative. Now a far larger group of fans, in fact fandom as a whole, can honor their favorite works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror across all media. Now we have the Dragon Awards.
The Dragon Awards are administered by Dragon Con, a major Atlanta SFF convention with fifteen times Worldcon's attendance. In stark contrast to the elitist Hugos, voting in the Dragons is free. You don't even need a convention membership.
The SJWs in trad publishing and the legacy media are terrified of the Dragon Awards. They know that a true people's choice award will fully expose the fraud of the Hugos once and for all.
For the sake of my fans, I'm going to help you expose Worldcon's petty award rigging by vindicating your faith in me.
You have nominated my novel Souldancer for Best Horror Novel at the first annual Dragon Awards. I'm deeply grateful, and what's more I will win.
Having the unbiased votes of fandom as a whole take my work from last place in the Hugos to first place in the Dragon Awards will vindicate you and deal a crushing blow to Worldcon's delusions of relevance.
Winning an award offers far less of an economic windfall than I already got from Larry Correia's Book Bomb! I'm not in it for the trophy. I'm doing this for you, but I can't do it without you.
So to help you make an honest, informed decision on your Dragon Awards ballot, I've reduced the price of my nominated book Souldancer to zero. From today until Saturday, Souldancer is totally free in the Kindle Store.
My book is available for free. Voting in the Dragon Awards is also free, and the deadline to register is August 28th. After you register, you'll be sent a ballot via email. Voting closes on September 1st, and the Dragon Award winners will be announced over Labor Day Weekend at Dragon Con.
Register for a free Dragon Award ballot.
The old publishing establishment and biased media are dying. Nontraditional publishing models and free, open forums are rising up to take their place. The era of trying to control people's opinions is over. Successful artists understand that they are called to serve their audience.
We can prove that the reign of oligarchs who handed out careers and awards to favorites as if artists were vassals is over. We can send this message by doing something as simple as voting for a humble SF/horror novel to win an award.
You are the readers. You call the shots. I'll keep working to entertain you while waiting patiently for you to express your will.
Hugo delenda est.