I was ecstatic when I found out that it had been chosen to be a finalist in two different categories. But I almost didn't go to the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards ceremony last Friday night. What was that all about?
Everything is a pathway to something else. If you get a bunch of awards for your book and figure your work stops there, that's a big mistake. Follow the path to something else. At some point at the end of that road you'll likely be selling more books.
Paralleling the classic competition between behemoth Microsoft and plucky Apple, I cast the Clarke Award in the David role, claiming we were the only award that could 'think different' and were somehow an infinitely cooler upstart than our Goliath cousin from over the water.
I'm not a statistician. I'm the author of the picture book Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria. Many bloggers and librarians focus on mock Caldecott award winners. I try to guess who will win the Coretta Scott King Awards.
Why are 90% of the books reviewed by the New York Times Book Review from white authors? What's going on behind the scenes to create such an unrepresentative body of reviews for an increasingly diverse nation of consumers?