I am thrilled to announce that my urban fantasy novel, The Hollow Boys: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 1, is a finalist for Canada's 2023 Aurora Awards for Best Young Adult Novel.
The Auroras are fan-voted awards recognizing the best of Canadian SF & Fantasy published the previous year. You can view the full 2023 ballot here.
Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident may vote for the Auroras. If that's you, I hope you'll consider voting for me.
Below, I explain how to vote, as well as how to download the Voter Package with your complimentary copy of all the nominated works.
How to Register to Vote
To vote, you must be a 2023 member of the Canadian SF & Fantasy Association, the body that administers the Auroras.
(If you nominated works for this year's awards, you're already registered and can skip this step. Just jump down to "How to Vote.")
To register for 2023, go here and click on "Not a Member Yet?"
Enter your info, then select a username and password. (If the password box contains black dots, hold down "DELETE" to clear the box, then enter a password.)
Registration costs $10 CAD, which lets you vote and download all the nominated works.
Registration closes at midnight July 22.
How to Vote
Log in to the Aurora Awards site, then go to the Member's Home page. From there, click on "Voting," which will take you to the live 2023 Aurora voting ballot.
The Auroras use a ranked voting method (more info here).
To vote, sort your choices from 1 (your favourite) to 5 (your least favourite), by dragging your selections with your mouse (or finger for touch screens).
Drag your choices above the voting line (the line that says, “No pick underneath this line will be counted”).
As you do this, your choice will display its ranking. If you make a mistake, just move your choice to a different position or back below the voting line.
You do not have to rank all nominated works in a category, and you do not have to vote in all categories.
I hope you will at least vote for my novel, The Hollow Boys: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 1, nominated under the category "Best Young Adult Novel." Here are some reasons to consider the book.
The Hollow Boys
The book has been widely praised by the top publishing review sites. You can see some review highlights in the graphic at the right and can read the full reviews here.
Readers agree, rating The Hollow Boys from 4.8 to 5 stars (out of 5) across the major retailers and book social media sites:
- Amazon 4.8 ⭐
- Barnes & Noble 5.0⭐
- Kobo 4.8⭐
- Apple 5.0⭐
- Google Play 4.8⭐
- BookBub 4.9⭐
Hopefully, you've read the book and agree with those reviews and ratings. If you haven't read it yet, read on to find out how to get it as part of the Voter Package.
Submitting Your Ballot
When you've ranked all your choices for the categories you’re interested in, click the “Send Ballot” button at the bottom of the form. This will lock and submit your selections.
Do NOT submit your ballot until all your selections are done. Unlike the nomination process, you will not be able to edit your ballot once submitted. Also, if you close your ballot before submitting it, your choices will be cleared and not saved, and you will have to start again.
In other words, don't start to vote until you know everything you wish to vote for and can complete your voting in one session.
Remember, for your ballot to count you must click the “Send Ballot” button at the bottom of the form. Voting closes at midnight on Thursday July 29.
The Voter Package
The Voter Package contains electronic versions of all nominated works, made available through the generosity of the nominees and publishers so that voters may read the nominated works and make an informed decision when voting.
You can download the Voter Package from the Member's Home page (or directly here). Access to the Voter Package closes at midnight July 22, the same day registration closes and a week before voting closes
Thanks for any consideration you might give to voting for The Hollow Boys. Regardless, thanks for being a fan and supporter of my writing.