Monday, September 22, 2008

Join the eRevolution

I'd like to welcome you to EPIC's eRevolution. For those of you who don't know what an eRevolution is, here's a short and sweet explanation: We live in a wonderful electronic age where virtuosity in the virtual world is the hot ticket. There are websites, online bookstores, and MySpace, Blogger, Twitter, iPhones, iTunes, iPods, Kindle, Live Journal, Facebook and some thing called Zwinky for you to join. As we tend to be visual creatures this is a plethora of information for our visual senses. If it isn't already online, it probably will be in the near future. Our children know more about this than the average adult.

But for writers there is an organization called EPIC that caters to the e-published world. We are an industry organization of e-authors, e-publishers, and e-editors who exchange information and ideas on a daily basis. We have a yearly contest for the best in e-books called the EPPIEs as well as the yearly EPICon. This organization offers the e-published author information of how to promote their career, how their contract really works, and help on issues in the virtual world. While publishing is publishing and books are books, e-books and e-publishing do have some differences from what most people are used to when getting or writing books. First and foremost being, the books are produced on the computer and are exclusively read through some sort of e-books reader or on one's computer.

This is the place for you to learn the nuances of the e-publishing world in hopes of bringing you to our side of the fence. We have a lot to sit back and buckle in...and again, welcome to the eRevolution!

Carol MacLeod
EPIC President

EPIC Author Spotlight: Shiela Stewart

Raised on a rural farm in Saskatchewan, Shiela Stewart relied on her vivid imagination to fill her days. Never did she realize that her need to tell a story would someday lead to becoming a published romance author. In the fall of 2006, Shiela’s first book was published and she hasn’t stopped since, letting her imagination run free, pouring her heart out in words, living a fantasy through the characters she creates.

When not writing, Shiela spends time with the love of her life, William, and their three children. She has a strong affection for animals, which is evident in the five cats, one dog, three turtles and ten fish she owns. Aside from writing, some of her passions include drawing and painting, and she proudly displays her artwork in murals in her home.

Her favorite time of day is sunset and she loves to stargaze.

You can visit Shiela's web site at
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With the cloak of darkness surrounding Jacob’s Cove, Dante Vega must work to protect the humans from the blood-thirsty vampires trying to take over the human race. When a half-naked young woman races into his arms begging him to protect her, he is compelled to help despite the fact that she is a vampire.

Before all hell broke loose, Gypsy Dawn was an average woman carrying on with her ordinary life…until she’s turned into a vampire. With no family and nowhere to go, she clings to Dante. Aside from his dark, mysterious, good looks, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him. And when his life is threatened she discovers just how protective she has become.

Trying to bring back the sun is not easy, especially when the creature responsible, has gone into hiding. With Dante’s long lost brother working with the enemy, one friend is killed and another is taken hostage. Will Dante be able to save him before it’s too late?

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To purchase books by Shiela Stewart please visit
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Join the eRevolution! EPIC
Electronically Published Internet Connection

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Announcing...A Contest

EPIC, the Electronically Published Internet Connection, proudly announces the annual EPPIE contest. This is the premier contest in the book industry that celebrates the outstanding achievements of electronic books by authors and publishers. The EPPIE Awards have been given annually since the first EPIC conference to recognize outstanding achievement in ePublishing. The contest deadline for entries is October 4, 2008 at Midnight CST.

Categories are judged by volunteers, the largest percentage of which are members of EPIC, an organization consisting of electronically published authors and industry professionals. Guest judges, all of whom are either published authors or publishing professionals, are used only as deemed necessary by the EPPIE Chair/Committee.

The First Round Judging delivers our EPPIE Finalists, whose works are forwarded to a second panel of judges before the winners of our thirty categories are selected. Winners from each judged category are announced at the EPIC conference's gala award ceremony, taking place at the annual EPICon Convention, taking place March 5-8, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

EPIC is also the proud sponsor of the QUASAR/ARIANA Awards for excellence in graphic cover art for eBooks.

For contest guidelines, please

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To view previous winners in the EPPIES and Quasar Award
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