Science Fiction Awards Watch

New Owner Sought

For various reasons, Kevin and I are unable to continue running this service. We (and Petrea) are happy to continue to help out from time to time, but the site needs new owner/editors. If you are interested in taking over the site, please get in touch.

You should be aware that there is a fair amount of work involved, and that, unless you want to build a totally new website, experience of WordPress is required. The site has not produced any income for us.

If we do not hear from a suitable new owner by the end of October we will take the site offline.

Update:

A number of people appear to have got the idea that we have put the site up for sale. This is not the case. We are happy to give it to someone who will provide it will a good home and maintain the service.

Also, we have had a number of expressions of interest, which is very encouraging.

8 Responses to “New Owner Sought”

  1. on 05 Oct 2011 at 12:07 amMarkus

    Very sad to see this. I love this site, it propably is one of the few sites I regularly visit to keep in touch with the Sci-Fi world. I’d be a shame to see it go. Maybe you guys can start some sort of donation program that allows to people to support you.

  2. on 05 Oct 2011 at 2:52 amCheryl

    That’s very kind of you to say so, Markus. If I thought there was any way I could make enough money out of this site then I’d certainly try to do that, but I’ve been running it for a long time and I have no illusions about the profitability of such things.

    Of course if we could do without sleep, that would be different. It is really a time problem, not money. Except that we both need to devote more time to things that do make money, rather than those that don’t.

  3. on 05 Oct 2011 at 1:48 pmLloyd Penney

    I certainly understand the time constraints when it comes to keeping a site or list on the go. More and more, we have less money for the fun things, and we have to concentrate more on paying the bills. I hope someone will take it over, but if not, thanks to both of you, Cheryl and Kevin, for this valuable and informative service.

  4. on 07 Oct 2011 at 8:17 amKenny

    I am sorry it has come to this. I occasionally wrestle with the same issues that have brought you to this decision.

    I have found this service to be very valuable. Where else is one to go for awards announcements? Many genre awards seem to rely on an unofficial word-of-mouth network in lieu of press releases. A service such as yours–run by knowledgeable people jacked into the genre grapevine–is really the only way to get timely info on even the most obvious things…like ballots and winners.

    So, so sorry to see you pulling the plug.

  5. on 07 Oct 2011 at 12:23 pmEditors

    Kenny: All of the big awards are well covered by Locus. That’s one of our problems. The things that most people want to know, they go elsewhere for. Our added value is all of the smaller awards we cover, but most people are not interested in those.

  6. on 08 Oct 2011 at 6:58 amBill Longley

    I’d be sorry to lose this site, ISFDB doesn’t have anywhere near as complete coverage as you do.

  7. on 19 Oct 2011 at 10:36 pmBreeze

    Hi Cheryl

    Could you give your visitors a quick overview of just what is involved. Time wise, bandwidth wise and probablyly most important information wise aka does it come to you, or is getting, tracking down, the info a huge part of the time.

    Thanks for your years of service!

  8. on 25 Oct 2011 at 4:07 amJohn berzins

    Hi Cheryl, I could be genuinely interested in taking over the site, I see the need to accept it will always be an act of trying to carry the flag against eternal headwinds ,none the less a great site ,subject well covered and a stepping stone for present and future writers please let me know.
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    Very Kindest John