Virtual Book Fair

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in General Chaos | 1 comment

You might be wondering what exactly I mean by a Virtual Book Fair. Julie Dawson (aka the Sith Witch) over at Bards and Sages Publishing is putting together a great event called the eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair August 17th through 19th this year. It’s free to participate and meant to raise awareness of independent eBook publishing. There will be workshops, panels and lots of awesome prizes! I’ve signed on to be a staffer for this event, in charge of the Scavenger Hunt. It’s going to be a blast, so sign up for it!

One event she’s got planned is the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. Go check out the nominations in various categories and join in on the discussions about the best independent books. Here’s a link to the eFestival Amazon store if you would rather browse the covers while looking through the books. I was amazed to see that I was nominated in the Best Thriller category. Thank you, whoever you are! 🙂 Here’s the press release:

eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards

Bellmawr, NJ: The eFestival of Words Virtual Book Fair announces the nominees for the first Best of the Independent eBook Awards. The complete list of nominees can be found at

The eFestival of Words, scheduled for August 17-19, 2012, is the first virtual book fair designed specifically to highlight the best of the independent digital publishing community. The awards program is one of many events being ran in conjunction with the fair.

According to Event Coordinator Julie Ann Dawson, “The goal of the eFestival of Words Awards is to highlight those independent authors and publishers that have worked to raise the bar in terms of the literary quality and production value and of digital books. Many people still think of ebooks as nothing more than scanned pages of print books. We hope that both the fair and the awards will help readers discover the amazing wealth of original content being produced in digital formats.”

Dawson, who has operated Bards and Sages Publishing since 2002, says that all nominees were nominated by their peers in the industry. Only authors, publishers, and others involved in the production of digital books were invited to submit ballots. Nominations were accepted in over two dozen categories, including genre categories (horror, romance, thrillers, etc), format-specific (short story, novella, novel) and a few just-for-fun categories (such as The “I’ve Been Shyamalaned” Award for Best Twist Ending).

Each category will be narrowed down further seven finalists, which will be announced July 1, 2012. Final voting will be opened to all registered attendees of the eFestival of Words, with winners announced on the last day of the fair. Registration is free and entitles the attendees to not only vote in the final awards, but also participate in panel discussion, author chats, workshops, and more.

For more information on the fair and the awards, visit

One Comment

  1. Thanks so much for this post Coral. I didn’t hear about this. I went ahead and signed up and offered my soul … LOL. Hope you have stopped thumping your head long enough to write.


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