It was announced this morning – my debut novel State of Decay has officially won the 2011 Compton Crook Award! So, I will be flying to Baltimore tomorrow not just to attend Balticon, but also to accept the award and I couldn’t be more excited. The folks running the con have been absolutely fantastic about getting me setup and keeping me in the loop in spite of my inherent disorganization. They really do run a rather slick operation.
I am especially glad to have won the Compton Crook because (as I understand it) while I may be eligible for other awards in the future, each author only gets one shot at this one – it’s for best first novel of the year, and State of Decay was and will always be my first.
The second reason I’m looking forward to this may be a slightly more obscure one but apparently as part of being named the winner, I’ll in turn be presenting an award for Balticon’s Young Authors contest. Back when I was a young lad in elementary school, I used to compete in a Young Authors competition and I remember really enjoying that…it was one of the first things that took writing outside something I did for myself, family and teachers and it will be great to lend any support I can to the endeavor.
They’ll also be auctioning off (among other items) a book signed and illustrated by me at an auction to support RIF. Here’s a look at what you can win, and the money goes to a great cause:
I’ll be on at least one panel at the con, and they are setting up both readings and signings so I hope to see some of you there.