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Author Shireen Jeejeebhoy Named as Mystery Category Judge for Global Ebook Awards
Shireen Jeejeebhoy joins over 250 other writers, book reviewers, and literary experts as a judge for Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards.
By: Gaughen Global Public Relations
Dan Poynter’s second annual Global Ebook Awards is for a type of book that is usually ignored by mainstream writing competitions:
According to Poynter, founder of the Awards, “What is unique about these awards is that they are for the ebook edition of current titles, and there are more than 100 categories. For example, a leadership book only competes with other books on leadership. Books on cooking and humour/comedy have their own categories. Some book award programs have a single category for all ebooks. [That means an author’s] work of fiction is being compared with an ebook on motorcycle repair.”
When Poynter put out the call for judges, Jeejeebhoy decided to apply. Ebooks have become her book of choice in the last few months, and the opportunity to judge ones in her favourite category – mystery – was too good to pass up.
The Global Ebook Awards has an advantage over awards for printed books. Judges retrieve the books they want to read from Smashwords.com, a writer- and reader-friendly company that Jeejeebhoy has used to publish five fiction and nonfiction ebooks since 2010. Judges have a choice between PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Sony, Nook, etc. so that they can read on their favourite device. And the global Ebook Awards headquarters does not have to absorb the expense of shipping heavy paper books to the numerous judges.
Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards has appointed over 250 judges; most are evaluating more than a single category of ebooks. That means each of the 101 categories of ebooks will have several judges. In an award contest, the more judges, the more thorough and objective the judging. While the judges’ subjective evaluation is most important, The Awards headquarters supplies judges with a score sheet to aid them in their objective evaluation.
Judges represent a wide range of category experts but have one thing in common: each love the category they are judging. They love to read, talk about, and write about just one genre or category. Jeejeebhoy joined Goodreads.com to do just that and has been reviewing books and ebooks steadily since early 2011.
Once an ebook is entered into nomination, judges read the ebook and often tell others about their new read. Judges range from book bloggers to reviewers, librarians, book club, and reading circle members, as well as professional critics and subject matter experts in the category they prefer.
For categories, see: http://globalebookawards.com/
The Second Annual Award ceremony will be held in gorgeous Santa Barbara on August 18, 2012. Look for Jeejeebhoy’s Global Ebook Award reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and her website at http://jeejeebhoy.ca after that date.
The Global Ebook Awards are the brainchild of Dan Poynter, who has been a publisher since 1969. He is the author of 127 books, many of them on book writing and publishing. Poynter both publishes and reads ebooks.
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