Friday, February 18, 2011

Thanks, Malice-Goers!

It seems that the life of a writer is mostly sitting around in your cave banging on the keyboard. However—fortunately—that mundane existence is sometimes livened up by very exciting events. Getting an agent, signing a book deal, seeing your cover for the first time, garnering a good review, finally holding your printed book in your grubby hands—these all qualify.

So does getting an award nomination.

That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that DIAMONDS FOR THE DEAD was nominated for the Agatha Award in the Best First Novel category.

I’m honored to have my name/book mentioned alongside the other four excellent Best First nominees: Avery Aames, Laura Alden, Amanda Flower, and Sasscer Hill.

I’m especially happy for Avery and Sasscer, two writing friends who got their start about the same time I did. (And yes, I’m very much looking forward to meeting Laura and Amanda, too!).

Congrats to them, and to all the nominees in the other categories as well!

The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery and are presented at the wonderful Malice Domestic convention, to be held April 29 – May 1 in Bethesda, MD. Here is a complete list of the nominations.


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8 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Alan - I am so very happy for you! Congratulations! It's well-deserved and such good news!

Annette said...

Congratulations, Alan! I'm thrilled for you!

Terry Odell said...

Congrats. Quite an honor.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Patricia Stoltey said...

Wow! I just saw the news on my Omnimystery newsletter. Congratulations, Alan! Diamonds for the Dead is such a good book, and I'm thrilled it has been nominated for an Agatha.

Karen Russell said...

Right now I've got the book listed in the "books with a gem in the title" category for the "What's in a Name" challenge, and now there's the "Edgar Awards" challenge, too! Congratulations.

Alan Orloff said...

Margot - Thanks! I do like good news better than bad.

Annette - Thanks!

Terry - Thanks!

Pat - Thanks for the kind words!

Karen - Thanks! (For the record, it's an Agatha nom, not an Edgar. I know, it's easy to confuse dead mystery authors :) )

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations. Well deserved.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Karen Russell said...

Oops. Well, in that case, we'll just have to start an Agatha challenge!