Friday, February 5, 2010

And here it is, the big news: the Whitney Award Finalists are in

[Placeholder for a breaking news story that will boggle your mind and possibly change the world as you know it forever.]

Okay, here's the story (seven hours later): The Whitney Award Finalists have been announced this morning. Check out the link.

I'm particularly excited for several of my authors who made it into the running: Stephanie Black, Gregg Luke, Betsy Brannon Green, David Farland, and Julie Wright. And I'm also thrilled to see one of the best novels of the year in the running: The Chosen One, by my dear friend Carol Lynch Williams. I wish Carol were one of the authors I work with. I read an advance copy of The Chosen One and believe it to be one of the more meaningful books of the year--about a girl growing up in a polygamist compound who gets "assigned" to be her lecherous uncle's new bride. It's a very thought-provoking and engaging story. I'm also excited to see John Brown's Servant to a Dark God as a finalist. I read an advance copy of his debut novel and really enjoyed it. I reviewed it on my blog here. And Jeanette Rallinson's on the list, too. She is a class act, for sure.

Anyway, I'd like to start an anonymous poll going of who the winner will be in each category. Please send me your votes, and we'll post them as a total on the blog.

And to all the authors on this finalist tally, congratulations and best of luck to you! I'll see you all at the Whitney's banquet.


  1. Not when it's really a placeholder for a breaking story. :)

  2. Okay, you win. That's a pretty great story!

  3. My name is Kirk and I'm so cool 'cuz I get advanced copies of books...

  4. What can I say...advanced copies rock! Especially from really good writers.

    And that's great you're changing your name to Kirk, Deb. It's worked well for me so far. ;)

  5. I've decided that someone needs to start a mockumentary-style comedy TV show about a writers' group. Great potential there. They should have done that before doing Parks and Recreation...

  6. I've been wanting to read something of Julie Wright's for a while. I think our library only has one of her books. I'm going to put her on my immediate "to read" list.

    Kirk, I think you have a great idea for a show! Just the banter between you and Deb would provide much fodder.

  7. Hey, Blush, you still know anyone in Hollywood? I am liking Kirks Mockumentary idea. The Inkers would make great fodder for fun. Hehehe.

    So Kirk2 How's it going? Now that Kirk the first has changed his picture can we please title him Sir Kirkalot?