This year, the Hugo Awards were hit hard by the Sad Puppies, resulting in several awards going to no one rather than a Puppies-approved entry.
My thought is simple, maybe extra simple from someone still trying to break into the industry:
Write Better Books.
Isn’t that what we’re always trying to do with our books?
You didn’t get nominated for an award? You got nominated but didn’t win? Write a better book.
A book winning a high-tier award should be memorable, right? It’s not a matter of choosing a particular demographic to celebrate. This is a case of whining about not getting your way instead of pushing yourself to new creative heights.
I don’t consider myself exempt. If I’m going to make something of myself, I have to write the strongest, most engaging stories I can write. Hopefully, all of you can do the same.