an open letter to the Dragon Awards

The following is something I sent to the Dragon Awards, via their official contact page, inspired by my dear friend and fellow tie-in author David Mack, who put out this particular call to arms on Twitter:

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My name is Keith R.A. DeCandido. I’ve been an author guest at Dragon Con fairly regularly since 1998.

In the press release for the Dragon Awards, you say that the categories cover, “the full range of fiction, comics, television, movies, video gaming and tabletop gaming.”

And yet, there is no category that covers media tie-in fiction. This is a major subgenre of the SF/F/H experience, one that is the entry point for many people into the wonderful community that we are all a part of.

This may seem self-serving, as a large chunk of my own bibliography over the past 23 years is in this category, but this isn’t for me or for my colleagues, it’s for the readers who devour the Star Wars novels and World of Warcraft novels and Star Trek novels and movie novelizations and X-Files short stories and HALO novels and Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics and all the other tie-ins. The Dragon Awards are supposed to be for all fans, but by leaving out this segment of the genre, some fans are being underserved.

I therefore ask that you guys consider adding a category for media tie-ins for 2018.

Thank you for your time.

—Keith R.A. DeCandido

(I realize this may seem odd after my previous rant about awards, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive. If the Dragon Awards are going to be as all-inclusive as they say they are, they should include tie-ins. That has nothing to do with me, as I said above, it has to do with the readership and fan base — which is also the voting base for the awards — which should get all their entertainment represented.)

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