What Stace had to say on Friday, December 10th, 2010
Totally Uncool Excitement

Lookie! I got nominated for an award! Goodreads is doing its “2010 Goodreads Choice” awards–I guess it’s for best or favorite books of the year, I couldn’t find something that said exactly what, and it doesn’t matter much anyway–and CITY OF GHOSTS is one of the fifteen Paranormal Fantasy nominees!

I think it’s totally obvious I’m going to win, considering what nobodies the other nominees are. I mean, whoever heard of Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, or Jim Butcher? Or any of those other totally unimportant names, like Patricia Briggs and Jeri Smith-Ready. Or Joe Hill. (I’m also quite excited that my darling friend and fellow Reluctant Adult Carolyn Crane is nominated for her excellent DOUBLE CROSS!) (My other darling friend and fellow Reluctant Adult, Richelle Mead, has of course been nominated for everything, including some awards I suspect they made up just for her: Where did the “Best Redheaded Author” and “Name that Sounds Most Like Michelle but Isn’t” categories come from, and why is there only one nominee?)

I’m actually planning a careful smack-talk Twitter campaign against Mr. Hill, so he better watch out. Did you hear that he likes to spit at kittens? Seriously. What kind of man does that? Not the sort who should be winning an award, that’s for sure! I’ve got your number, Hill.

I showed the hubs–I actually saw on Twitter other people mentioning nominations, and said to him, “Let’s look at the nominations list I won’t be on,” before I clicked the link–and while he’s very happy and all of that even he acknowledged there is a bit of a “One of these things is not like the others,” sort of vibe. Which there totally is. Which makes it even more amazing. I’m really really stunned.

See, “Best of” lists and award nominations are fun and exciting, and everyone wants one. We do. I’m sorry, but if a writer tells you they don’t want to be nominated for an award, they’re lying. They may not be when it comes to a *specific* award, but any award? No. Think of your work. You might not want Elvira the office hypocrite to tell you she loves your whatever, but you’d like *somebody* to love your whatever, right?

Not to mention how happy it makes our publishers and what a difference it could conceivably make for us. I’m not saying it does or that all contests are equal in that regard, but it’s entirely possible that, much like the Emmys did for Arrested Development, an award nomination and/or win could be really helpful career-wise.

But anyway. Here’s the thing. While awards are all well and good, they are, like everything else, subjective. One reviewer may not have liked your book, so they’re not going to nominate it for anything. A group of reviewers may not agree about your book, so they don’t nominate it. Or maybe they just think you look funny or smell of elderberries. Subjective.

But the Goodreads awards are reader-picked, essentially, and that’s why this is so awesome and special and makes me all smiley and emotive in a very uncool way. It’s like I’m a Real Author or something now; look, I got nominated for an award on this huge international reader site! My mind will never stop boggling, seriously.

OMG! I just went to see if I could figure out how the nominations were put together, and saw that I’m nominated for Favorite Goodreads Author too!

(And, in a totally fucking bizarre OMG, Alice Clayton is also nominated for Favorite Goodreads Author. Why is this totally fucking bizarre? Because Alice and I went to high school together and were good friends. And used to write ridiculously purple-prosed porn stories together. No shit.)

Anyway. This is a huge deal for me, that actual readers actually liked my book enough to get it nominated. That’s amazing, and I’m totally stunned and grateful and all of that. Thank you, each and every one of you.

I could swear there was some other stuff I wanted to tell you all about. But I don’t recall it at the moment, and I do need to get to work; it’s just after midnight at the moment, but I’ll be posting this in the morning. So you’re reading this now, which means the morning is gone and it’s already been posted, which makes this whole thing very meta, doesn’t it?

ETA: To add to the meta, now it *is* Friday and I’m adding to this before I post it! Creeeepy. Anyway, I woke up to two emails from Goodreads informing me I’ve been nominated for awards (look at that!) and telling me that the “Goodreads Choice Awards reflect what readers like. There were no secret committees. We did not defer to experts or look at book sales or previous awards. Goodreads nominated 15 books in 23 categories by analyzing statistics about books read by our members from the 47 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2010. Official nominees were selected based on a book’s popularity and average rating among Goodreads members,” so this really is doubly triply exciting. It wasn’t even a write-in campaign or anything, it was just site statistics or whatever. Again, thank you all so much.

So that’s it for now. Oh, and be afraid, Joe Hill. Be very afraid.

21 comments to “Totally Uncool Excitement”

  1. Kevin Riley
    · December 10th, 2010 at 1:16 pm · Link

    You totally deserve the nomination! Best of luck, but most importantly, keep writing so I can keep reading!

  2. Allie
    · December 10th, 2010 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Well duh! We keep telling you how fabulous you are πŸ˜‰

  3. Chelsea / Vampire Book Club
    · December 10th, 2010 at 4:01 pm · Link

    You know, it’s kind of like you think we were liars for telling you how awesome the Downside books were….hmmm. Kidding. πŸ˜‰

    Very happy for you!

    • Stace
      · December 11th, 2010 at 1:20 am · Link

      No, no, I never think you’re lying, I just think there are only like fifteen of you in the whole world who think that.

  4. TravelingGal
    · December 10th, 2010 at 7:20 pm · Link

    Way ahead of you – LOL. Saw this earlier this week and voted for you in both categories! Despite the really stiff competition, the Downside books are the best series I have read this year. πŸ˜€

    And on a separate note – what’s up with the smoky cover? Not one I recognized.

    • Stace
      · December 11th, 2010 at 1:22 am · Link

      Thank you!!

      That’s the UK cover, published by HarperVoyager. It’s a beautiful cover–I love the UK covers a lot–but yeah, I’m a little confused as to why they used those instead of the US editions.

      I’m certainly not complaining, though!

  5. Patti (Book Addict)
    · December 10th, 2010 at 7:42 pm · Link


    That’s funny you and Alice Clayton went to school together – you’re both authors whose books I adore that I discovered this year! (There’s got to be a better way to say that, lol)

  6. Claire Gillian
    · December 10th, 2010 at 8:20 pm · Link

    I accidentally stumbled across the Goodreads voting and wrote you in for best book of the year before I even realized there were categories. When I saw “City of Ghosts” already nominated in paranormal fantasy, I went back and wrote in book #2, Unholy Magic, because it’s actually my fave of the 3 so far and it was a 2010 book too. That ending is just killer and it deserves equal if not more recognition than City, IMHO.

    Good luck to you!

  7. LBomb
    · December 10th, 2010 at 11:14 pm · Link

    I admire your “Down the Hill” efforts- and I have no doubt you can take him- It’s his dad that scares the piss out of me! Please, Stacia! Beware of gypsys, St.Bernards, people who say, “let me in, I’m your friend” and room 217. But MOST importantly stay clear of sissy spacek and her dirty pillows, Herman Munster and AC/DC.

    You’re my fave! Good luck Mama!

  8. Mardel
    · December 11th, 2010 at 4:37 am · Link

    See? It must be those Downside books. Everybody loves them!


  9. BernardL
    · December 11th, 2010 at 8:07 am · Link

    The ‘Downside’ series is the most innovative writing out there. You took more chances as a writer than any author in decades and pulled it off with seamless efficiency, creating a world, dialogue, and characters unlike any before. Congratulations on the nominations but you’ve already won in my opinion.

  10. Moonsanity (Brenda)
    · December 11th, 2010 at 7:36 pm · Link

    I could give you an award just for you– I have several I think you should receive:

    Author With the Best Blog Posts
    Author With the Most Flawed Heroine
    Author With the Most Unique Character Names

    I could go on, but then you’d just think I was brown nosing :mrgreen: Congrats on the cool nominations!

  11. Noodle
    · December 14th, 2010 at 5:24 pm · Link

    Wow. I mean, wow! That’s great! Let me tell you, I think that your last book was a masterpiece, the greatest so far. It was one of my favorites. I’m so glad that you got nominated! Wow! I hope you knock all the rest of ’em outta the park! πŸ˜€

  12. Ash
    · December 15th, 2010 at 5:47 pm · Link

    You deserve the nomination for sure!

    Downside series is seriously the best series I have ever read. Your in a couple of best seller sections in Australia (Melbourne) too!

    They use that “smokey cover” in Australia too, they’re the only one’s I’ve seen unless I look on the net.

    again though congratulations!

  13. Sakura~~^^
    · December 16th, 2010 at 2:03 am · Link

    That’s soo awesome!!!
    congrats, i hope u win
    actually. fuk that. i know u’ll win πŸ˜‰

  14. Keisha Carver
    · December 24th, 2010 at 12:05 am · Link

    **I plagiarized a comment here! I’m a plagiarist!**

    • LBomb
      · December 24th, 2010 at 7:41 pm · Link

      I’m a little confused about ure post my friend-
      It looks very familiar- what gives?

      • Stace
        · December 24th, 2010 at 7:43 pm · Link

        I’m not sure what you mean, LBomb?

      • LBomb
        · December 25th, 2010 at 2:25 pm · Link

        I commented on the thread awhile ago…then it looks like someone named Keisha re-posted what i wrote…
        it confused me, which honestly isn’t hard to do.
        SOooo, I was asking Keisha why.

        Hope your holiday was cool-

      • Stace
        · December 25th, 2010 at 2:30 pm · Link

        Damn!! Do you know, when her comment came through my email I thought it read familiar, but I thought maybe it had been stuck in spam? I hadn’t read the whole comment thread here because comments are emailed to me, so if I want to reply I click the link and it takes me right to that comment, you know?

        Actually, maybe it *was* spam.

        Either way I’m deleting it now, but let me see if it was indeed spam/if there’s an email address.

  15. LBomb
    · December 26th, 2010 at 8:41 am · Link

    Holy SHIT! Look how cool I am- I was plagiarized!

    I would like to thank my Gramma, Bob Barker, Ghandi, Jack Black, Horus, Stacia “I’ma BadAss” Kane, and of course my boyfriend Terrible!

    Thank You (blows kisses) Thank You, Thank You!


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