Sunday, January 13, 2013

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE. (Or two.)

Shockingly, with over 1,000 votes cast over two weeks for The Qwillery's Cover of the Year edition of Cover Wars, at close of voting DEAD HARVEST was tied for first with Chuck Wendig's also-stunning BLACKBIRDS cover!

You read that right. Cover Wars ended in an Angry Robot sweep. Which, for the record, sounds like the greatest dance-floor move in history.

Thanks so much to all those who voted (with an extra-special shout-out to the 492 who voted for me). And to my army of volunteers who manned the phone banks, organized rallies, or went door-to-door marshaling people to the polls... um, never mind that didn't happen. MAYBE IF IT HAD I WOULD'VE WON OUTRIGHT.

(He kids, kiddingly.)

And, of course, huge thanks to Sally Janin for putting on such a cool contest; designers rarely get the props they deserve for making our books look so fantastic, and the dozens she's highlighted throughout the year definitely deserve their props. To that end, congrats to my editor, Marc Gascoigne, and Martin Stiff at Amazing 15 for collaborating to create such a kickass cover for DEAD HARVEST (and for the two kickass covers that followed). And finally, reluctant grumbly congrats to Chuck Wendig and Joey HiFi, the latter of whose gorgeous cover design renders any accusations of widespread vote-tampering and election fraud preposterous. Fact is, it's so pretty, I'd hang it on my wall in a heartbeat.