OK then – to the microwave! Let the water-cooler gossip of the fringes of fandom continue!
Sarah Hoyt has replied to Brian N on Facebook (but using the ‘don’t mention who you are talking about’ protocol) https://www.facebook.com/sarah.a.hoyt/posts/10210097267296418?pnref=story
“To whom it may concern: People are you out of your minds, actually?
I did not say people who won the dragon the first year were “small time authors.” Yeah, because, you know, I would totally call Larry Correia a small time author. If I were tripping LSD HARD.
What I said is that it was stupid to campaign hard for nominations. Some people snagged them last year on the “campaign hard” model and got into the finalist slots. That’s because it was the first year. BUT even in the first year they didn’t have enough votes to win. And this is going to get WAY harder as more people become aware of the award.
As of RIGHT NOW I’m not big enough to win (unless I way misjudge my place in the game.) I MIGHT have enough people who read my book to nominate me, but I don’t have enough people who’ve read it TO WIN.
So? So, going after awards is a mug’s game. I’m keeping my head down and writing more and better, and you should too.
And that’s the whole of my opinion, and you people need to take a chill pill. I’m at a con and working on a novel, and I don’t have time for this sh*t.”
I mean, she is maybe more right than wrong here but…well I’m finding it hard to reconcile this insight with everything else said over the past few years. Ho hum. As for the details what she specifically said was: “The Dragon is bigger than any of us. Some small names got in last year, but they were just because it was the first time. Right now I’m not big enough for the dragons, and I doubt any who covet it are either. ”
As for the Dragon Awards, their ethos seems to be very much campaign hard. e.g http://awards.dragoncon.org/banners/
Or in their candidate FAQ:
Is it okay to push my fans to vote for me?
Yes, the Dragon Awards are a fan choice, and it is perfectly acceptable for you to encourage your fans to vote for you.
So, hmmm. Yup Hoyt’s right to be sceptical of all this scrappy-dooness, and I think right that the Dragon Awards really need more appropriate winners that Brian Neimmeier’s book was, but…what she is saying does seem to be at odds with the way the Dragon Awards are pitching themselves.
Anyway, as far as I can tell all the main players in this minor flap are all at LibertyCon.