It's time for our January poll.
I was delighted to receive multiple e-mails from W.A.W. readers about you taking to your bookshelves to find nominations for this month's poll, and discovering how HARD it was to find non-white authors. The publishing industry's whitewashing is something many avid readers are not really aware of.
So in that regard, this poll is already a success. But more to the point, now it's time for them to duke it out.
This is an author poll, not a book poll. Consider the author's whole career and all the books they've written. Especially their speculative fiction titles. We don't have quite as many offerings as we normally do. There were a lot of nominations, but only a few authors got seconded.
Everyone will get three votes (3). Before you simply vote for your favorite three, consider that you somewhat dilute the effect of each--as there is no ranking of those three votes. So if you have a genuine favorite--or pair of favorites--it's better to use as few votes as possible.
The poll itself is on the left side at the bottom of the side menus. It is black and will be rather long. (Hur hur.)
Please don't forget that Polldaddy (the program that runs the polls and tabulates the results) will log your IP address for only a week. After that, you can vote again! Since I can't really stop people, I might as well work it into the system. Vote early! Vote often! Drive around town voting from every library. Call your friends. It's all traffic to me.