I'm at the end of my tether and I also realize this post might piss some people off but I've got to say it before my head explodes.
I'M NOT VOTING FOR ANYONE! FOR ANYTHING. EVER.
Please don't ask because I'm not changing my mind. For over a month now, every loop imaginable is running some kind of contest to honor authors, and it never fails...every group is inundated with a gazillion begging, pleading emails saying...woohoo, I'm happy dancing, squeeeee. Vote for me because I've just been nominated for the best head-banging sex scene or I've been nominated for having the best hung hero. OH. PLEASE. SPARE ME.
This has gotten so ridiculous that I've set almost every single loop to digest and I automatically delete these posts. It has become glaringly clear not only to me but many other authors that these contests are designed to generate membership. You have to join the group in order to vote for this author whose book you didn't read. Nope. I belong to enough groups already, thank you very much.
I'm not saying there aren't legitimate contests going on. Midnight Seductions had a really cool and legitimate contest with judges and entries that were anonymous. There's nothing wrong with that. Others are perfectly legit, too. I'm speaking of the contests where it's well known that authors get their friends to nominate them and then rig the voting. OR...the author really has balls and nominates herself. When I first started out in this writing biz, I thought from the way everyone was carrying on, these contests were important. They AREN'T. The begging for votes has gotten out of hand to the point it simply makes the beggar look desperate. Who wants to look desperate? Nope. Not me.
Don't we write our stories for READERS? For romance lovers? When did what we do become some kind of pseudo beauty contest amongst ourselves? In the beginning of my career, I'd vote in these things but I'll admit I was conflicted. Not only would I have a number of friends up for the same award but lots of times, I hadn't read the books involved. How could I honestly cast a vote under these circumstances? Yeah, I've been nominated some too but to me it's not a big deal. I'm human and therefore flattered, but you won't catch me asking for votes. I don't want a vote in a popularity contest and that's what these little loop contests are...popularity contests.
So please don't squee at me or ask for my vote. You can happy dance, tap dance or dance on your head. Unless I've read your book and think it worthy, I won't be voting.