I'm nominated all over the place at eFestival of Words o_O

  • Posted on: 2 May 2012
  • By: MeiLin

Nominations were released yesterday for the eFestival of Words awards. The eFestival is an indie/small press virtual book fair that'll be happening this August. I have to make this quick because I'm due somewhere, but this is all the stuff I've been nominated for somehow--I have NO idea who nominated me:

--Best Short Story: "The Gratification Engine" (SERIOUSLY? not my best work)

--Best Short Story Collection, single author: "Accounts"

--Best Novel: "Son in Sorrow"

--Best Cover: "Son in Sorrow"

--Harvey Award (book we'd like to see made into a movie): "Son in Sorrow"

I'll be surprised if I win in any of these categories looking at who else I'm up against, but as the cliché goes it's an honor just to be nominated--except I really mean it. Smile

Comments

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

Do fans get to vote, or is this a panel of impartial (ha!) judges that read ALL of the books and decide?

MeiLin's picture

Most High

The nominations were by peers (how collected I don't know). The finalists will be chosen by festival staff/judges, and the winners will be chosen by festival attendees.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

And I expect that you might be. We all know how bloody much work you've poured into these things.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

...or everyone would win everything. Smile We'll see. I think I've been nominated more than anyone else, or darn close. That in itself is amazing.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

Yeah--your work shows. Clearly.

Terri Bruce's picture

Congratulations!!!! It's always great to receive a surprise endorsement from your peers! You're right - it might be cliched but it IS an honor Smile Hey, sometimes it's a cliche because there's no better way to say it!

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... anything on those lists except your works. But still.

MeiLin wrote:
--Best Short Story: "The Gratification Engine" (SERIOUSLY? not my best work)
Maybe not, but it is an appealing, fun story. We'll see.

MeiLin wrote:
--Best Cover: "Son in Sorrow"
[...]
I'll be surprised if I win in any of these categories looking at who else I'm up against[...]
Honestly? You should win that one, IMO. OK, so maybe I'm a wee bit biased, but I don't find any of the other covers all that appealing or even interesting - they are all pretty much the same old visual clichés you see everywhere.
MeiLin's picture

Most High

I wouldn't be surprised if that won. But in actual fact, I'm betting it won't. That style of cover is very much out of fashion--the hand-drawn. Manipulated photos are very much the thing; it's felt that otherwise, readers are too stupid to know what the book is about.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

MeiLin wrote:
it's felt that otherwise, readers are too stupid to know what the book is about.

... comes up with idiotic crap like that? I mean, sure, there's a lot of bullshit at all levels of the advertising business (which cover design essentially is), but really?! No wonder the publishing industry is in difficulties if that's the level of wisdom they operate at.

Let's recap this then: the function of the cover is to grab your attention and spark your interest. Nothing more, but certainly nothing less. A book whose cover is essentially indistinguishable from every other cover on the same shelf fails miserably at its sole task. It's the blurb that needs to tell the reader, once the cover has done its job and grabbed the reader's attention to the point that they actually take it in hand, turn it around and read the blurb (in dead tree) or click on the product page and read about the book (in electronic), what the bloody thing is all about. And all too many blurbs fail miserably at that task, too. (Cue the blurb doctor. :-P)

*shakes head, wanders off in agitation, mumbling invectives*

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