A few votes are still trickling in on our latest poll, but the results are looking pretty stable so we feel confident in looking at the results. As usual, the numbers voting are very small, but if the results are representative then they are very interesting.
Roughly 40% of respondents say they find authors bringing their works to the attention of potential voters useful. However, just under 25% thinks that authors who do this embarrass themselves, and a similar number thinks that the whole process is demeaning and cheapens the awards. So a 40% OK vote should not be taken as a recommendation to authors to pimp away – there are still lots of people who will be unhappy with people who do.
The most interesting result, however, is that several of those who appear to be against pimping your work, including Jo Walton, have said in comments that what John Scalzi does is OK. That tells us something important. It is easy to think, “oh, Scalzi is always bringing his work to the attention of voters, and everyone loves him, so I can do it too.” But when John does this he does it very carefully, and in such a way as not to offend the sensibilities of the voters. So the real lesson from this poll, we think, is “watch what Scalzi does and learn from him – he’s good at this blogging lark.”