Why do you only accept PDF? How about a nice txt or Word doc?
The biggest reason is that our judges are international and PDF is a universally accessible format which can be read on a PC or MAC, and on most eBook reading devices.
What does "as the product sells" mean?
The eBook Competition is for electronic books which have been professionally published and are for sale to the public Your entry should be a PDF of the work which any customer could purchase. We have received a staggering number of Advance Reading Copies (ARC), and even a few obvious Word-generated PDF versions of manuscripts. When the filename includes such things as "ARC," "edited version," or "print proof," it gets closer scrutiny. If an uploaded file is found to be an ARC, edited manuscript file, or a proof or galley, it will be disqualified. Entries should be clean, well formatted, and free of errors. Judges will consider these items as part of the evaluation process.
Why do you ask for so much information?
Are you nosy or something?
Not at all. Entries in the eBook Competition have a wide range of content. In the same way, our judges have a wide range of content preferences. We use the Sexual Heat, Explicit Language, Excessive Violence, Religious Content levels, as well as BDSM and GLBT information, to match our judges to your books. This way your entry will be placed with a judge who will already be excited about reading it. After that, it's up to you to have written a sparkling book that will get high scores.
A few words are in order here about bondage, domination, sadism, masochism (BDSM). These practices are generally depicted between consenting adults. If one of the practitioners is not consenting, the acts constitute torture. In this case, the entrant should indicate a higher level of Extreme Violence on the entry form. This will allow us to place the book in the hands of a judge who will be more comfortable with the content and less likely to mark it down because it's uncomfortable for them to read.