“But Jim, isn’t it really tacky and uncomfortable to jump up and down saying ‘Look at me, look at me!’ every year around award nomination time?”
Uncomfortable, yes. Tacky? That depends. Everyone has their own sense of where the line is between acceptable self-promotion and By-Asimov’s-Mutton-Chops-Will-You-Please-Shut-The-Hell-Up-Already?
Personally, I don’t see a problem with reminding folks what you did last year that might be eligible. I did go ahead and cancel that skywriter I hired to spam the sky with my publications, though.
Anyway, welcome to award season. May the odds be ever in your favor.
Nebula – the nomination ballot is here, and is open through February 15. Active, Lifetime Active, and Associate SFWA members can nominate works for the Nebula Award.
Hugo – the nomination ballot is here, and is open through March 31. “Members of Loncon 3 who have an Attending, Young Adult Attending or Supporting membership by 31 January 2014 are eligible to nominate for the Hugo Awards … Equivalent members of LoneStarCon 3 (the 2013 Worldcon) and Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) at that date are also eligible to nominate.”
My eligible work from 2013:
Short Story: “Stranger vs. the Malevolent Malignancy,” from Unidentified Funny Objects 2. In many ways, this is the thing I’m most proud of. It’s a humorous story. About cancer. And superheroes. The idea came from a blog post by Jay Lake, in which he talked about humor as a coping mechanism. The story will eventually appear on PodCastle, but for the moment, my contract prohibits me from posting it online. However, I’ll happily email a copy to anyone who will be nomming for awards. Just drop me a line at jchines -at- sff.net.
Best Related Work (Hugo): The 2014 Year of the Poser calendar I did is eligible as Best Related Work. If you choose to nominate this, please list both Jim Hines and Amy Hines. My wife should be credited (or blamed, if you prefer) for all of her work to help make this happen. You can order the calendar (autographed!) from the Worldbuilders website and support a good cause, or download a .pdf of the 12 months of images here.
Best Fan Writer: I said in my 2012 acceptance speech that I was recusing myself from this category. Please don’t nominate me for this one. There are far too many people writing brilliant, insightful, important things about our genre. Go nominate them.
So, what are the award-worthy things you read or saw last year?