Unscheduled Announcement By Your Fearless Leader

Okay, so this has nothing to do with normal operations here at ROW80.  But I started ROW80 as a community of other writers to help support each other through all the trials, tribulations, and joys of the writing life.  It’s grown by leaps and bounds over the last year and I’ve met so many awesome and wonderful people.  And lest you think this is leading up to some announcement that I’ve had something awful happen and I’m shutting down the site, FEAR NOT.  We are not going anywhere.

WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE JOY STUFF!

So unless you were living under a rock (or were, you know, not online yesterday), you probably saw the news flying by on Twitter that my YA debut Red was nominated as a finalist for DABWAHA.

For those of you not in the know, DABWAHA is the Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors.  Every March Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Dear Author team up to present a Final Four Style Tourney for books.  Same kind of concept as basketball but with votes instead of an actual game.  From the DABWAHA website:

We’ll put out a slate of 64 picks.  8 categories and 8 books in each category.  In each category, the books are seeded 1-8.  The books then face off against one another with book 8 going up against book 1, book 7 going up against book 2, book 6 going up against book 3.  And so on and so forth.

The books compete against each other through the use of a poll and readers pick which book is going to win.

This would be awesome under any circumstances.  The nomination is beyond epic because, as far as I can tell, I am the only indie author in the field.  :GULP:

Now I’m up against Rae Carson and Veronica Roth (among others), so I know I’m not going to win my category.  I’m just NOT THAT WELL KNOWN.  As I said before, it’s a total honor just to be nominated.

But let’s face it.  I’ve got a competitive nature.  :mischievous gleam:

I think with the support of the awesome people of my networks, I might possibly stand a chance of at least making it out of the first bracket (assuming it’s not Rae or Veronica I’m immediately matched up against).  That’s where you come in.  I mean, seriously, what is the point of building a community if you can’t mobilize them?

So ROWers I am ISSUING A CALL TO ARMS (or, you know, to vote).

There are a lot of steps to this depending on how things go, so I have created a brand-spanking new, special DABWAHA Newsletter that you can sign up for to be notified of what to do where and when.  This is separate from the ROW80 posts to your inbox.  And it’s separate from my normal newsletter (if you happened to be signed up for it).  I normally only send out newsletters when there’s a new release (so a couple times a year).  The DABWAHA Newsletter is a time-limited campaign that will involve periodic blasts over the next 2 weeks.  I promise, I’m not normally all up in your inbox.  Once the DABWAHA Tourney is over, the emails will stop.  Remember, this is totally separate from my normal newsletter, so if you still want to receive notices of new releases and, you know, news, be sure you’re signed up here (for the regular newsletter).

Now, you don’t actually get anything out of this.  I don’t have prizes or anything (that would be considered bribery, which would be very unsportsmanlike).  All you get out of this is a chance to earn my undying gratitude and an opportunity to help me try and show up the big girls.  Let’s show ‘em Red is the Little Indie (Book) That Could!

Between now and March 13th, you can help by ENTERING YOUR PICKS per the instructions here on the DABWAHA website.

Feel free to tweet, FB, share, reblog, or flag down total strangers to squee.  Whatever you gotta do to share.  And don’t forget to sign up for the DABWAHA Newsletter!

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