I and the other Board members have great dreams for EPIC, but it will mean taking things one small step at a time. A few weeks ago, the Board met in person to discuss just what those steps might entail. Today, I'll share a few with you.
To become a force, we must become a source
A source of what, you might ask? EPIC members have a wealth of knowledge. We've been around since the ePublishing revolution began. We need to leverage that knowledge to become a sought-after source of information for all things related to ePublishing. We've already made baby steps in this area.
On our Facebook page, I post articles relating to the publishing industry as a whole. These articles include marketing, industry news, writing tips, and anything else I think will be of interest to readers. Does it get a lot of conversation? No, but people are reading the posts and taking note. Currently, we have 733 page likes and it's growing weekly.
The Board has obtained a special organizational subsciption to Publisher's Weekly online magazine. It's only accessible on EPIC's website, so if you're not utilizing this valuable resource, don't waste another minute.
EPIC's Tech Check Award
This year we've added something new to our eBook Competition Awards. One of the biggest complaints I see from readers about books, both self-published and those from publishers, is the lack of editing. What if we had a way to help well-edited books stand out from the crowd. Now, we do.
eBook Award competitors who (1) reach the second round of judging and (2) earn a combined score of 8 or above in both the editing and presentation categories, will receive a quality award from EPIC, whether they win the competition or not. This award will be something the author or publisher can post on their website and distribution vendors like Amazon, B&N, etc., to make their books stand out from the crowd. But, they have to enter the competition to win it!
The logo is still in the design process.
Consolidated Listing of Publishers and Other ePublishing Industry Businesses
Authors used to be able to check with Preditors & Editors or websites like Piers Anthony's to get a comprehensive list of publishers. Unfortunately, those have fallen by the wayside. With the publishing landscape constantly changing, I'd like EPIC to take on the task of becoming a resource for this information. Once compiled, the entire list would be made available free to members. Non-members will be able to view a partial listing. We're still working out the details. so stay tuned.
As an organization grows, it must change. EPIC has reached such a turning point. We have to first change the way we see ourselves, then change the way others view us. This must begin at the top. Beginning with EPIC's mission statement, and working through the bylaws, the Board has begun the arduous task of redefining who we are now, while keeping in mind what we were created to be. I'm confident if we put our heads together, we can create an organization any person would be proud to be a member of, and one that has purpose in the coming years. To this end, elections have been temporarily suspended. The current Board members have agreed to stay on and complete this delicate process. Once finished, we will present it to the membership for review and a vote.
As the discussion of these issues will take place on the EPICBiz yahoogroup, please subscribe if you are not already a member of that group. See the next section of the newsletter (Connect with your fellow EPICureans) for how to do that.
Last, but not Least
It is with sadness I announce the resignation of Susan K. Stewart from the post of Vice President. She will be missed.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of the coming changes. In the weeks ahead, I'll share more of our thought process. If you have any ideas of how we (all of us) can improve EPIC, please let us know. Generate a discussion! Post it on EPICBiz, post it in the forum on the website...Didn't know we had a forum? Check it out and use it! You are also welcome to email any of us with your input, suggestions, advice. Our email addresses are listed at the bottom of the newsletter.
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Want to do your part?
The preliminary round of judging will begin for EPIC's eBook Competition in just a few more weeks. We always need judges, particularly in the prelim. Please register today! Go to the Judge Registration form on EPIC's website and join the fun! Free books! What could be bad about that?
eBook and Ariana entries now being accepted!
Until July 15. That's right! July 15! Get your entries in now! Review the rules and get ready!