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My Awards Pitch for 2015

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Calendrical Regression

It’s that time of year where authors flock to the internet to blatantly proclaim all that is mighty and good of their works from the previous year. Some people consider this a tad unsavory, while others have pointed out that if the author cannot stand proudly for his/her own stuff, then who can?

Speaking as someone who is published by small presses, I tend to err on the side of pragmatism: the odds are good that most people haven’t seen my work and anything that helps them to encounter my fiction is a “good thing.”

And that includes an annual bit of blog-inspired self-promotion, so let’s get to it.

For your reading pleasure and award consideration, I present my novella, Calendrical Regression, published by the fine folks at NobleFusion Press as a slender trade paperback, but also available from their site as a free ebook (both ePub and mobi formats).

This is the third novella in the past three years that I’ve written in the Amazing Conroy series of tales. It came out late in the year (November 6th, 2014) and from an even tinier small press than ever before, which basically means despite the thing being an utter delight (hey, would I lie?), most people simply haven’t seen it.

So let me tell you a bit about it.

Calendrical Regression features Conroy, my stage-hypnotist-turned-wealthy-CEO protagonist as he attempts to slip away for a little downtime performing for conventioneers in the midwest. Some well-meaning aliens show up, intent on luring him down to Mexico with the promise of gourmet cuisine. They want him to hypnotically regress the descendant of a Mayan priest, with the intention of unraveling the mystery behind the ancient calendar that apparently predicted Earth’s contact with the rest of the galaxy when its grand tun ended in December of 2012. I could tell you more, but, spoilers! Suffice to say that complications ensue, some amusing and some dire, and the whole wraps up at under 20K words.

This is probably a good place for a bit of the ol’ “full disclosure.”

I mentioned above that this is my third Conroy novella in as many years. I should add that the previous two efforts both landed on their respective Nebula Award ballots. I’m not sure if that’s happened before, consecutive novella nominations from the same universe, but I feel confident that if SFWA members decide to put me on the ballot again this year, the resulting “hat trick” will be something of a record. And that’s kind of cool.

But that can’t happen if people don’t read it, which, again, is why we have posts like this one. I encourage you to follow the link, download a free copy of the ebook, and give it a read.

If you’re a SFWA member and you’d prefer a different format, this URL (http://j.mp/SFWA2014Schoen) will take you to my page in the SFWA 2014 Fiction archive where “Calendrical Regression” is available as a downoad in not just ePub and mobi, but in PDF and DOC formats as well.

 

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Nebula Voting / Hugo Nomination Deadline 2014 Edition

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If you’re a card-carrying Active or Lifetime member of SFWA :

The deadline for casting your vote for the Nebula Awards (and Norton and Bradbury Awards) is just days away.

Similarly, if you :

* have an attending or supporting LonCon 3 membership, and/or
* had an attending or supporting LoneStar 3 membership, and/or
* have an attending or supporting Sasquan membership:

The deadline for submitting your Nomination Ballot for the Hugo Awards (and Campbell Award) is also about to land.

Specifically, it’s next Sunday, March 30, 11:59pm PDT for the Nebulas, and Monday, March 31, 11:59pm PDT for the Hugos.

To vote online for the Nebulas, SFWA members can go to http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/vote/.

To vote online for the Hugos, convention members can go to http://www.loncon3.org/nominations.php.

And now that we’ve got that covered, let’s shift from Public Service Announcement to Self-Serving Reminder. My novella, “Trial of the Century,” has been nominated for the Nebula Award for BEST NOVELLA.

It’s also eligible for a Hugo Award in that same category.

If you like my work, and you’re empowered to vote or nominate, I hope you’ve read my novella and that you’ll cast your ballot accordingly.

In the event that I actually win either award, I promise to have a Klingon acceptance speech.

Now, go and do your part!

A Wonderful Phone Call

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Trial of the Century

Last week while I was toiling away at the DayJob, I received a phone call with some really nice news about this year’s Nebula Awards, specifically that my novella, “Trial of the Century,” which appeared in the World Jumping anthology from Hadley Rille Books, had found its way onto the ballot.

Sitting on this news for the past week (as requested by the Events folks at SFWA) has been maddening. All they told me was that I’d made the list. Now, seeing the other names and stories, I’m even more blown away and humbled (a word that I try to avoid using) at the company I’m keeping.

Thank you to everyone who read my novella. Time is every writer’s most precious commodity, and knowing some of my fellow SFWA members have burned some of theirs in reading my work is very gratifying. Even more thrilling is that some of those folk liked it enough to nominate it. This in turn increases the likelihood that other SFWA members will give it a read (now that it’s on the ballot), and that makes me really chuffed indeed. Who among us doesn’t want to be read, and more, read by our peers?

Congratulations to all the nominees, and especially to Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages, Vylar Kaftan, Nancy Kress, Veronica Schanoes, and Catherynne M. Valente. I look forward to seeing you all in San Jose in May.

If you haven’t yet read “Trial of the Century,” here are some links to help you fix that tragic oversight:

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mobi
pdf

 

For those of you who like award trivia, let me hook you up:

This is my second year in row being nominated for the Nebula for Best Novella. Both novellas are from the same series, my Amazing Conroy universe. And both novellas were published by a small press, Hadley Rille Books.

Finally, for those of you who are not members of SFWA but who do have nominating rights for this year’s Hugo Awards (which opened just the other day), feel free to download your own complimentary copy of “Trial of the Century.” Despite landing on the Nebula ballot, last year’s novella didn’t make the Hugo ballot. Let’s try and correct that this year, okay?

 

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My Awards Pitch for 2014

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Ten days from now, nominations for the Nebula Awards will close. Before that happens, I’m hoping many many members of SFWA will read my novella, “Trial of the Century,” and write its title on their ballots.

Trial of the Century

Mind you, I’d also be happy to see any of you who attended last year’s Worldcon in San Antonio, and/or have memberships in this year’s Worldcon in London, to go ahead and nominate it for a Hugo. And while we’re at it, let’s also include those among you who have nominations rights for this year’s World Fantasy coming close to home in D.C. in the Fall.

Okay, having pimped my work for this year’s raft of major awards, let me go on record as saying I have mixed feelings about authors posting notices about what works they have that are eligible. On the one hand, part of me thinks it’s kind of crass. On the other, who am I kidding, right? This is all part of how it’s done, and I’ve benefited from it in the past. And yet…

Because no one should have to live with such cognitive dissonance, let me share with you the reasons (excuses, justifications, rationalizations) that I point to to make it, if not “okay” then at least acceptable, for me to behave in this way:

  • It’s a novella (and chances are you don’t read a lot of them, if for no other reason than because, relatively speaking, not very many are published).
  • It was published in World Jumping, an anthology from a small press (which is also a polite way of saying that it didn’t get the kind of promotion and distribution that would put it in front of a lot of readers).
  • The anthology’s release date was December 26th, 2013 (meaning it snuck in for eligibility with all of five days to spare, and again, hasn’t been around long enough for lots and lots of people to have read it).

So here’s the deal: click on one of the icons below, and you can download an electronic version of the novella, free of charge, no questions asked. If you like it, well, obviously I hope you’ll consider it for your nomination pleasure. If you don’t, sorry, sometimes that’s just how it goes.

Finally, let me just add that, there’s a lot of great fiction out there, and if you’re able to nominate you really should take the time to do so. This is your community, and you should have your say.

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WSFS Small Press Award Nomination 2013

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We interrupt your otherwise peaceful Sunday afternoon to share the news that for the second year in a row I have been nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award. This time the nomination is for “Coca Xocolatl,” from ReDeus: Divine Tales, edited by Robert Greenberger and Aaron Rosenberg (Crazy Eight Press), the first volume of the ReDeus shared universe series.

My thanks to both Bob and Aaron, not only for accepting my story into their anthology, but for creating such a cool world in which to write (I’ve continued the same character with stories in the subsequent two volumes, both of which came out this year).

This is a very wonderful way to begin the last week of August, and to send me off to San Antonio for an awesome Worldcon.

The winner will be announced at Capclave, which runs October 11-13, 2013.

Other nominees include:

“Astrophilia” by Carrie Vaughn.
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu.
“Bottled Spirits” by Pamela K. Kinney.
“Good Hunting” by Ken Liu.
“Mornington Ride” by Jason Nahrung.
“The Six Million Dollar Mermaid” by Hildy Silverman.

I’m really pleased to be on this list again, and to once more get to represent the small press. I was already planning on attending Capclave, and I’m looking forward to seeing the other nominees there too.

Eating Authors: Chuck Wendig (Campbell Award nominee)

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Chuck Wendig

The second Monday in July means it’s time for a visit from the second of this year’s Campbell Award nominees here at EATING AUTHORS. Our guest today is Chuck Wendig, who according to the bio on Amazon is a novelist, screenwriter, and a game designer. My first encounter with his work was the amazing Blackbirds, and its sequel, Mockingbird, is even now glaring at me from my to-be-read stack.

But the thing I want to mention here is that in addition to his fiction, Chuck also produces no nonsense advice on the craft of writing and the vicissitudes of being a writer with such titles as Revenge of the Penmonkey and 500 Ways To Be A Better Writer. After you finish up finding out about his most memorable meal here, take a moment to check out his website over at terribleminds.com; you’ll be glad you did.

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Eating Authors: Zen Cho (Campbell Award nominee)

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Zen Cho

It’s July (but you knew that) here at EATING AUTHORS, and that means something special. It’s the month where we focus on those authors who have been nominated for the coveted John W. Campbell (not a Hugo) Award for Best New Writer that will be handed out at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio, TX this year. Authors only have a narrow, two-year eligibility window for this prize, and for many that period comes and goes without them even noticing they had a shot. For this reason, and because I had the great fortune to have been nominated myself for this thing back in the day, I’m happy to do my part to increase the signal about the award.

Of the five nominees this year, four are in their second year of eligibility and two were actually nominated last year (Mur Lafferty and Stina Leicht). These two fine authors have already done a stint here at EATING AUTHORS, so they won’t get a repeat — I choose to take them at their respective words from last year as to their most memorable meal — but do take a moment to click on their names, (re)read their gustatory recollections, and familiarize yourself with their work. The point of this month’s posts is to introduce you to some new talent that you might not know about, and motivate you to vote (if you’re in a position to do so) for this award.

That said, over the next three Mondays we’ll hear from the remaining nominees. We begin this week with Zen Cho, who describes herself as a Malaysian author living in London. Her short story “First National Forum on the Position of Minorities in Malaysia” was a finalist in the Selangor Young Talent Awards in 2011, and has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Like many Campbell nominees, she’s made it to the ballot on the strength of her short fiction, but she recently completed a novel and I’m sure we’ll see more in the future. In the meantime, check out “The Terracotta Bride” in the Torquere Press anthology, Steam Powered 2: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories, edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft, as well as “The Four Generations of Chang E” in Aliens: Recent Encounters, edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane and released last month from Prime Books.

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2013 Hugo Awards Announced

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The word went out at four different conventions, but as I was at none of them I had to find out about it via the internet. In case you haven’t heard yet, here are the particulars of primary interest to authors:

Best Novel
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)
Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

Best Novella
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)

Best Novelette
“The Boy Who Cast No Shadow”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
“Fade To White”, Catherynne M. Valente ( Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
“In Sea-Salt Tears”, Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
“Rat-Catcher”, Seanan McGuire ( A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)

Best Short Story
“Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard ( Clarkesworld, June 2012)
“Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“Mono no Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Zen Cho
Max Gladstone
Mur Lafferty
Stina Leicht
Chuck Wendig

Congratulations to all nominees!

I’ll be sitting in the audience in San Antonio waiting to see who walks away with a shiny rocket!