Do Authors need to be contacted when you recommend their work? Only if you know that the other side plays dirty.
From the keyboard of George R. R. Martin:
Also… really, when you come down to it, this whole “were they contacted?” thing is a false issue. Torgensen says he contacted almost everyone, but missed a few. Some of his slate say no, they never heard from him… but does it really matter? I have been trying my damndest to get Alan Lee and John Howe nominated for Best Artist for years, and I never asked if I could. This year I wrote a long post about the brilliance of STATION ELEVEN and why it should be nominated in Best Novel, and I never contacted Emily St. John Mandel to ask if I could. I will not condemn Brad Torgensen for failing to do what I never do myself.
George is on record stating he dislikes the SP3 slate, as a thing. Not the contents so much, but as a…
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