Sunday, March 09, 2008

EPPIE winners--veinglory

Edited to add a question: Would you be more likely to buy a book based on an EPPIE win? Have you ever bought a book after looking it up following the EPPIE announcements?

Category A - Action/Adventure: Murder By Proxy by Robert L. Hecker—Hard Shell Word Factory

Category B - Children/YA: Grizzelda Gorilla by K. D. Huxman—Dragonfly Publishing/Imprint – Kittycat Books

Category C - Contemporary Romance (TIE): Perfectly Good Nanny by Paty Jager—The Wild Rose Press & Thin Ice by Liana Laverentz—The Wild Rose Press

Category D – Erotica: Woman of the Mountain by Angela Caperton—eXtasy Books

Category E - Erotic Romance Contemp/Suspense/Mystery (TIE): Too Good To Be True by Marie Nicole Ryan—Samhain Publishing & Craving Candy by N. J. Walters—Ellora’s Cave

Category F - Erotic Romance Historical Fiction: Let Me Love You by Mary Wine—Samhain Publishing

Category G - Erotic Romance Fantasy/Paranormal: Rated X-mas: Spiritual Noelle by Jet Mykles—Loose Id

Category H - Erotic Romance Science Fiction/Futuristic: Hara's Legacy by Bianca D'Arc—Samhain Publishing

Category I – Fantasy: North Star by Pier Giorgio Pacifici—Calderwood Books

Category J - Fantasy/Paranormal Romance: Rapture by Renee Field—Ellora’s Cave/Imprint - Cerridwen Press

Category K – GLBT: The Lost Temple of Karttikeya by Laura Baumbach—Loose Id

Category L- Historical and Western: Black Crossing by C. K. Crigger—Amber Quill Press

Category M - Historical Romance: By The Sword by Alison Stuart—Wings ePress

Category N – Horror: Labyrinth by L. B. Milano—Mundania Press LLC

Category O - Inspirational Fiction: Meagan's Chance by L. C. Monroe—Samhain Publishing

Category P – Mystery: Underdead by Liz Jasper—Ellora’s Cave/Imprint - Cerridwen Press

Category Q - Nonfiction: General/Category R - Nonfiction: Self Help (combined): Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction: Volume 1 by Michele Acker, Jeanne Allen, Piers Anthony, Milena Benini, Orson Scott Card, Carol Hightshoe, Ian Irvine, Dave A. Law, Wil Mccarthy, Michael Mcrae, Tina Morgan, Bob Nailor, Darin Park, Kim Richards, Simon Rose, Bud Sparhawk—Dragon Moon Press

Category S – Poetry: The Swing by C. S. Fuqua—Uncial Press

Category T - Romantic Suspense: Bed of Lies by Pam Champagne—Samhain Publishing

Category U - Science Fiction: Twisted Tales II: Time on Our Hands Volume 1 by J. Richard Jacobs—Double Dragon Publishing

Category V - Science Fiction/Futuristic Romance: A Noble Sacrifice by Ciara Gold—Champagne Books

Category W - Single Title/Mainstream: Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume III: A Jewels of the Quill Anthology by Christine DeSmet, Liz Hunter, Nancy Pirri, Jane Toombs, Cassie Walder, Karen Wiesner, C.J. Winters—Whiskey Creek Press


Maura Anderson said...

Congratulations to ALL the winners.

The screaming in the back of the room would have been myself, Jade Buchanan, Tayla, Raven and Jo.

Course I'm brain dead today because we went and celebrated in the bar until 2am....

Erastes said...

Congrats to the winners!

I would probably be more likely to look up a book if I saw it listed in a list of winners, but I'd still assess whether I bought it on the blurb, cover, sample, reviews as I normally would

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the winners!

Am I more likely to purchase them... uh, no.

Considering that EPIC doesn't really do much other than give out awards and suck up money from the members... I'd rather see them do something about the e-pubs that don't get books out on time or don't pay royalties when they say they will. You know, publishing stuff.

Teddy Pig said...

They would rather suck up to those pubs anon. Instead of telling it like it is about Vanity Presses.

Why else would they not have a promoted carefully researched ePublisher list that refuses to include the bad apples when they can just hand out awards and act like there is nothing wrong.

BrennaLyons said...

I've looked up winners before...even finalists, but like Erastes said, I don't purchase the book, unless it passes my other tests of buying a book.

As for what EPIC does or doesn't do, people obviously don't know what EPIC is. EPIC doesn't promote publishers. Nor does EPIC "recognize" or otherwise "vett" publishers. Industry members are allowed to list their publisher on the publisher page. Nothing more and nothing less. It's not even a rubber stamp for them. The authors are listed on the author page and the publishers on the publisher page. Neither do we have...or ever intend to have...a wall of shame for either publishers or authors, because rest assured, we could legitimately do both. The ones for publishers already exist, and we send people to them. As far as I know, no one keeps one for problem authors.

EPIC is, simply put, an information clearinghouse (and yes...we do pass information on the lists (and off list, if someone asks) about what publishers are having problems and what authors can do about it...just as we pass information about what rights publishers have when dealing with an unscrupulous author, because that happens too, and we aren't going to exclude the needs of the publishers), a networking community, a support network, and a professional organization.

EPIC isn't for everyone. If it's not for you, find a group that is. There are plenty of them out there.


Teddy Pig said...

So you don't do anything really besides providing a forum to gab about stuff and a couple of links to other peoples websites.

Anonymous said...

watch out - D-man's going to be showing up soon and screaming like a yeti!


ps. - liked the implied threat about blacklisting authors. Nice.

veinglory said...

I would note that this leaves individuals like Piers and Dave to provide this kind of listing service, and face the resulting legal problems. Which is nice of them and all but perhaps the sort of thing a 'guild like' organisation really should look into doing.

I think many of us do know what EPIC is and more power to those who enjoy belonging to it. The con is nice (but charged for separately). There are a lot of good people in the room but also a lot of other stuff.

Ultimately I am not sure what is provided via EPIC that is not available elsewhere for free. I am not sure I heard about anything first from EPIC unless it was actually about what EPIC was doing.

So, more power to EPIC, but I do see a gap in the market for something a little more muscular which will be able to act on behalf specifically of authors and look at developing some tangible perks of membership even if it is just a newsletter, list of legit contract lawyers and other relatively simple resources.

Teddy Pig said...

As far as I know, no one keeps one for problem authors.

Yeah, but I could start one about whack jobs egomaniacs giving bad legal advise first.