April 14th, 2008

Hugo Trophy

Culture Clash

An interesting discussion of how appropriate it is to tell people of your eligibility for popularly-voted SF awards like the Hugo Awards and the Locus Awards. There are clearly people convinced that even mentioning those awards is Evil Campaigning And Must Be Stopped At All Costs, while others see any level of begging for votes as appropriate. There is certainly a middle ground, which is where I stand.

Actually, in my opinion pimping yourself too much tends to backfire -- people get annoyed and vote for other candidates or No Award. But simply saying something like "I'm eligible; if you want to vote for me/my work, here's how to do so" seems fine to me.

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Comments disabled here; go post on SFAW on the subject of promoting yourself for awards if you're interested.