In the software world, we have the Jolt awards. These were originally run by Software Development magazine and are now run by Dr Dobbs magazine. My books have won a couple of ‘productivity awards’ - which are essentially the runner-up awards - but I’ve never snagged to top award (now called the ‘excellence award’). This year my [DSL book] was up for an award and [won a ‘finalist award’][dsl jolt] (essentially this means I was runner-up to the runner-ups).
So I failed again, but this year I would have been very annoyed if I had won. I’ve argued all year that Jez and Dave’s book on [Continuous Delivery][cd book] was the most important book released this year, and so I’m glad that Dr Dobbs [agreed with me][cd jolt] and gave them the excellence award. Congratulations to Jez and Dave in joining the long list of people who have kept me away from this award.
Although I keep missing the top prize, my signature series has a very good record with these awards. The 10 books in my series so far have picked up 1 finalist, 4 productivity and 2 excellence awards. Not a bad hit rate.