i just heard about this whole ITW awards stink. check out the lipstick chronicles and sandrablabber for more details.
WHAT I REALLY WANT TO SAY:
Yes, i was a judge for the ITW awards. I'm proud of ITW, and i'm proud to have been a judge for best hardcover thriller of the year. My team was FANTASTIC. We worked so well together and I'm proud of all of them. Shortly after the finalists were announced some people were horrifed to find there were no women nominees. Here was my response to that issue:
"I was one of the judges in the best novel category, and I can say we would love to have seen a female on our list. We chose the books we thought were best whether they were written by a man or a woman. I'm not sure what the numbers were as far as
male/female entries. I remember before all the books were in I did a count and had less
than a handful of female entries. By the end I would guess maybe 15% were written by women."