Wednesday, May 8, 2013

EPIC eBook Award Competition – Get Your Entries Ready!

This week I'm interviewing EPIC's fearless eBook Award Competition Chair, Debi Sullivan.

Hi, Debi, thanks for stopping by. First, please tell us what EPIC is. Why should anyone be interested in joining?
EPIC (The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) is an organization comprised of epublishing professionals from all facets of the electronic publishing industry: authors, publishers, editors, artists, and others. Incorporated in 1998, EPIC’s mandate is to provide a strong voice for electronic publishing and our members work together in a unique collaboration to further this mission within the industry.
Interested parties should stop in and visit our website ( and blog and see what we are about.  IMHO, once they see our focus and passion for the industry, are exposed to the vast knowledge and comradery of our membership, see first-hand what they gain by joining EPIC, they will be ticked it took them until now to find us.
And, just between us, it requires a secret handshake and complicated password before you can join our merry band.  *lol*   Doesn’t that sound fun? But I’m just kidding!  If there is a secret handshake to join our eclectic group, somebody forgot to share it with ME…and I’m the Queen of All Things Competition. *wicked grin* 

You have been managing this contest for quite a few years, akin to herding cats. How long have you taken on this challenge?
I initially volunteered to work behind the scenes and started out as a judge, moved to category judge coordinator, then inherited *grin* the Competitions Chair position in 2007. At the time I was already the New Voices Young Writers Chair, which made for a VERY chaotic and wacky first year as EPIC’s overall Competitions Chair.

What are the biggest challenges you face?
Entrants following the rules; doesn’t matter if they are young or old, folks just don’t pay attention to the details. *sigh* Best suggestion I can give any entrant: Read the RULES! *grin*

How does a book qualify for entry?
Any English-language e-book published and available for sale to the public between June 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013.
How many entries do you usually receive, and how many awards are presented?
We usually average 700 entries within a 4 week period.  The numbers of awards we present vary as we constantly update the current categories to reflect genres within the electronic industry and past entries. This year we are offering 24 categories for the eBook Competition and 11 categories for the Ariana eBook Cover Art Competition.

How do you recruit judges? Who is eligible?
I am blessed to have a loyal group of volunteers who step up every year, for both the eBook and New Voices Young Writers competitions. But we can always use more. For eBook, we seek published authors, publishers and/or editors; for New Voices, we add teachers and librarians to that mix.

What makes this award different from other writing competitions out there?
EPIC's eBook Competition has garnered a reputation for excellence from both entrants and judges, a reputation that continues to shine as we move into the future. I am extremely proud to know that I play an integral part in the progressive changes to our competitions.

What do the winners receive? How about the finalists?
Our eBook and Ariana competition finalists receive gorgeous certificates and are prominently posted on our website.  The category winners receive stunning trophies and are honored at our annual EPICon ( awards banquet before being announced on our website.

What is EPICon?
EPICon is EPIC’s annual convention.  It is three days chock full of marvelous and informative workshops reflecting the current needs of the industry, both electronic and print. You never know who will be there - whether it is a well-known author or the latest marketing/promo guru and/or agent. It is the perfect venue to mingle with publishing peers. And there is so much going on that there is sure to be something for everyone. 

Can only members attend EPICon?
Any industry member, or reader, is welcome.  I would definitely suggest checking to learn about the fabulous events they have scheduled for March 2014.  And it is taking place in one of my favorite cities – San Antonio, Texas!  What’s not to love about cowboys, ghosts (the Menger is chock full!), the Alamo, the Riverwalk, great food, the Reader eFiesta, door prizes, and incredible workshops?

When does the contest begin this year?
Both the eBook and Ariana eBook Cover Art Competitions open for entries on June 1, 2013. 

Where can authors get more information?
There are links to all our competitions at 

You've expounded greatly about EPIC, now tell us a bit about Debi Sullivan. What have you published? Can you give me a bit about your background? Is there a book you'd like to promote here?
I am a freelance editor, not author or publishing house or cover artist as some folk might think.  I have the privilege to guide and consult wonderful authors (both published and new to the craft), to interact with houses, to be a sounding board for fellow editors, and to recommend other industry professionals as needed. 
 I have been blessed to have the opportunity to live my dream.  Who wouldn’t want to be exposed to magic every day? Anyone in this business will tell you - Magic is in Words.  And I believe in magic. :D

~~ So there you have it. Authors, if you have a book whose release date qualifies for the EPIC awards, get your submission ready for June 1, and good luck to all!
~~ Cris Anson


  1. What a wonderful post! I really enjoyed being a judge in this contest last year and would certainly do it again!

  2. This all sounds great :-)

    What category would erotic romance go into though, erotica or romance?

    1. Lily, that's a tough one. Just like in most competitions, it's up to the author to decide. I think if the romantic line makes you sob or sigh, it would be romance. But if it has strong elements of kink (menage, BDSM, spanking, etc.) rather than just an amorous couple who spice up their romantic life, it would definitely be the erotica category.

  3. Love EPIC. It's a great organization and this year's conference is going to ROCK!

    Thank you for sharing about the contests. EVERY author should enter!

    1. I agree, Sabrina. It's THE contest for the eBook author.