Hey y’all! Greetings from Dallas, Texas as I write this (I am on an epic road trip — yes for work — and will be posting about that soon). I would love it if you could vote for me in the 2012 GoodReads Awards for Best Horror for ON DEMON WINGS.
Can you imagine my surprise when I was told today that I was nominated? I mean, what the fucking fuck? I’m not being weirdly humble or anything, but I seriously am a wee little indie author. NO ONE KNOWS WHO I AM. Hell, three of the big six publishers turned down my series in the past month due to the lack of romance and “saleability” (crushing my wee little soul and hopes and dreams) and I’ve had to push back my sixth book in a series that I feel is the red-headed stepchild of the publishing industry.
PEOPLE, it’s not been a fun ride in Karina Halle’s writing world, let me tell you that much. Rejection sucks, and it sucks more when you have some fans because you’re like…well, THESE people like the books, don’t you think the rest of the world will? They like it and they’re awesome people, isn’t the world full of like-minded folks? And the answer is…NO. They won’t. According to the way the industry is and what is selling. Not because I’m being dramatic. But because I know the nature of the game. The way sales are made.
My books are weird little beasts that don’t fit into any motherfucking mold. But that’s the way they have to be and I’m sticking to my motherfucking guns by letting Dex and Perry live out their lives and relationships the way I intended. Doesn’t mean I don’t feel insanely shitty when I see every indie book rise up the charts but that’s life and that’s what I get for being so damn…I don’t know…Dex-like
I’m not saying all this to complain, though it’s been weighing on me for weeks and weeks. But that’s me and my personality…I’m a sensitive, perfectionist soul. But I am saying this to say OMG I have been nominated for a GoodReads Award! Do you know what this MEANS to me? It means a fucking lot. Sorry for swearing so much, but this is one of those cases where normal words don’t work. This is INSANE!!!!!!!
I mean, I tear up thinking about it. People, I rarely cry and I’m almost bawling over this!
According to Goodreads, “This is a tremendous achievement as the Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards chosen by readers.” AND “Instead of consulting publishing experts or a judging panel, we look to readers to find the best books of the year. We analyze statistics from the 170 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2012 and nominate based on a book’s number of ratings and average rating. So a nomination is truly an honor because it comes straight from the readers!”
HOLY HELL! So, man, I am so fucking humbled this happened. I am so fucking happy and I truly, TRULY feel honored. Thank you, thank you, and THANK YOU. You have no idea how much I needed this news, to make me feel like I should continue writing and that some people really, truly do care.
SO, what can you do to make this event even brighter? Well vote HERE: http://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-horror-books-2012
If I make it to the semi-finals, I will write a scene that is fan-chosen. That’s right. Fans will chose what Experiment in Terror scene I write.…this could be anything, including Dex and Perry goes to Target or a certain ON DEMON WINGS scene from Dex’s POV (you all know what I mean, I heard your cries of protest) or whatever! So, if you’re an EIT fan or you just like me as a person and think my books suck ass, help me out with a vote. I would LOVE On Demon Wings to win Best Horror 2012