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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 11

Round n°11, 4 rounds to the end, 30 covers still in contest to arrive to the last week with the 10 finalists.

You can vote as many covers as you want but please don't vote more than 25 covers otherwise the selection process will not work smoothly.

From this round (for the last 5 rounds) other than the poll, there will be a special jury voting in the cover contest. It will be a jury made all by external guests (no authors, no cover artists, no publishers): they will be of course people with an interest in the art and communication field, but they will be impartial. Their vote will be added to the poll, it will have an higher weight but it will be an addition not in substitution, so the people voting in the cover contest will still have an huge influence in the final result.

First to accept my invite is Dylan Rosser, one of the most famous male model photographer out there: http://www.themaleform.net/

Another judge is Jesse Archer, actor and screenwriter, whose movie "Violet Tendencies" I adopted last year: http://jesseonthebrink.blogspot.com/

Last to join the jury is Jack Mackenroth, athlete and fashion designer, former contendant in Project Runaway: http://www.jackmackenroth.com/

Last week they voted (and so automatically moved to this round): 1, 8, 14, 16, 26, 34, 58, 83, 146, 148, 160, 162, 183, 263, 287, 289, 351, 370, 379, 426, 493, 512, 513.

I saved all the covers in an external page, I suggest you to open it in another web page and tick the covers on the poll.

Moreover some publishers offered an ebook giveaway to be drawn among who will vote in the poll, so voting you will have a chance to win the ebook.

Last week winners are:

gwylliondream  --> Chosen ebook: Wolfsbane Winter by Jane Fletcher, Bold Strokes Books

bugchicklv  --> Chosen ebook: Shadowlands by Charlie David, Dreamspinner Press

lilygcs  --> Chosen ebook: Snow on the Mountain by P.D. Singer, Torquere Press

4tonedeaf  --> Chosen ebook: Oracle by R.J. Scott, Silver Publishing

And now please go to see all the amazing covers:

Covers: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/2010CoverContest_1_11.htm

and vote in the poll:

Poll #1641612 Cover Contest - Round 11
This poll is closed.

Slot 1

1) A Brush of Wings - Cover Art by Dan Skinner
8) A Loving Hart - Cover Art by Reese Dante
14) A Risk Worth Taking - Cover Art by Anne Cain
16) A Sticky End - Cover Art by Unknown
21) After the Storm - Cover Art by Mara McKennen
26) Alleys & Doorways - Cover Art by Unknown
34) An Uncommon Whore - Cover Art by P.L. Nunn
58) Betrayed - Cover Art by Anne Cain
83) Can't Help the Way That I Feel - Cover Art by Unknown
131) Dragon Streets - Cover Art by Anne Cain

Slot 2

146) Facade - Cover Art by Paul Richmond
148) Fall of a State - Cover Art by Anne Cain
160) Fugly - Cover Art by Christine M. Griffin
162) Gathering Storm - Cover Art by Catt Ford
174) Healing in His Wings - Cover Art by Anne Cain
179) Held Captive - Cover Art by Mara McKennen
183) Hero - Cover Art by Anne Cain
203) Infected: Prey - Cover Art by Anne Cain
263) Miles and the Magic Flute - Cover Art by Anne Cain
287) Oracle - Cover Art by Reese Dante

Slot 3

289) Out of the Blue - Cover Art by April Martinez
351) Sins of the Father - Cover Art by Anne Cain
370) State of Mind - Cover Art by Anne Cain
379) Subtle Bodies - Cover Art by Unknown
397) The Angel of 13th Street - Cover Art by Alessia Brio
424) The Lion of Kent - Cover Art by Angela Waters
426) The Lost Library - Cover Art by Mel Odom
493) Why Nileas Loved the Sea - Cover Art by Dan Skinner
512) Cake - Cover Art by Feimo
513) Cethe - Cover Art by Feimo


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Nov. 7th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Anne cain is extremely prevalent, yet varied in her style.
Nov. 7th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
I noticed a few rounds ago that I was voting for a lot of Anne Cain's work. She does do some stunning art.
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Nov. 7th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
And she is doing pretty good also, in the poll and also with the special guest jury.
Nov. 7th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
I thought I saw a few new ones in here that I don't remember. Have some been added recently?
Nov. 7th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
No Lee, they are the same, last time I added (for late submissions) covers was at round 3. Only the maybe, now they are fewer, it's easier to notice them.
Nov. 7th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I am curious how much weight you are giving to the special jury votes as compared to the regular poll votes?
Nov. 7th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
20%, more or less. Till now more than 100 people voted in the poll, sometime even 150. So to have 100 people is a good guess. The Jury counts as 30 (1 of their vote counts 10), so 30/130=23%. But it's always less than 23% since I have always more than 100 people voting in the poll. And for now, if the Jury votes all togheter less than the requested covers for the next round (i.e. they voted 23 covers last round and the limit for this round was 30), then all the covers voted by the jury go to the next round.
Nov. 7th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's why I wondered-- since everything they voted for made it to the next round. Thanks for the explanation.
Nov. 7th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
How come this doesn't seem fair to bring these jury votes in... NOW?????

So many different book covers could have went a LONG time ago. NOW, when votes are REALLY counting, something like this, just blows everything out of the water, because, our votes don't really count anymore. They can take the covers they want to win, and ignore the ones that us readers, and voters, REALLY want to win, and NOW they won't.

Try to explain to me how these covers that had TOTAL points from the beginning, of 129, 129, 133, 133, 134, beat out covers that had TOTAL points of 141, 151, 155, 158, 159? So, TWO book covers with 129 votes WON over a cover that had 159 votes???? Where is the fairness in all of this????? If you want a jury to vote, that's what should have voted from the start. Not after us regular people have been voting for weeks! WHY don't they just pick a winner? I am so disappointed with your NEW rules...

I wonder if the 5 authors and cover artists would like to know they got booted out, when by rights they should still be in??? I should list the books, so everybody would know who's being cheated!!!

I'm sure there won't be a response to this, so I won't hold my breath.


Nov. 7th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
If you think it's unfair then I should have eliminated some covers way before they went eliminated with the poll. There are covers that were eliminated in the first rounds that, from an artistic point of view, were more worthy then covers that went on and on for rounds after rounds. I think these 30 covers, aside for some exception, are all really good. And BTW, only 10 covers will arrive to the last rounds, and round after round are always the same 10, even now that the jury has voted. Even now, with the Jury vote, the first 10 covers are always the same, EXACTLY the same, and in the same order. So I don't see where it's unfair, on the contrary, it's a proof the polls helped to select the right covers. And if a jury of experts "saved" 5 covers out of 40, well, go ask to those 5 cover artists, and I will go asking to the 470 that are not here, and maybe some of them had some merit to be. I can close one eye, or even two, when there are more than 500 covers in contest and since I'm not an artist and I have not the right skill to judge, but now that it's more obvious if polls are eliminating a good cover (and a cover artist) since people are voting more on the love for the author than on the merit for the artist, I need the help from someone that is both an expert and impartial. Dylan Rosser, Jesse Archer, Jack Mackenroth are all in the media world, are all used to judge beauty, and I plenty trust their vote to be impartial. AND IN ANY CASE, it didn't change anything, meaning that the SAME 10 covers are still in the SAME positions as before.

And you think you got me scared if you warn me you want to list the covers? List them please, I have no problem. The poll are open, the jury vote is public (I listed it for a reason), nothing was done behind people back. Nothing aside some strange affluence of voting from just opened account, that I would love to see how long will survive after this contest will end.

Edit to add a comment: you want really to tell me that "Alleys & Doorways" has not the right to be here? that is not a good cover? because if not for the Jury that is one of the covers eliminated (one of the 2 129 votes covers you are complaining about)... Really? really really? Or is not maybe that the artist is unknown, the author is not well known? Do you know who saved this cover? Jack Mackenroth and Jesse Archer. They didn't throw the vote, they picked only some covers, even if he could have vote for 30 out of them. And I happen to agree with them. "Alleys & Doorways" maybe will not arrive in the last 10 covers, but I think it was a cover worthy to be saved.

Edited at 2010-11-08 12:11 am (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Thank-you for responding to my comment/questions. I was a little taken aback in your response, as I felt there was a lot more anger enclosed, and less professionalism. I am simply a reader, who has voted faithfully. Your comment suggested that there were covers that should have been gone already, and some that should still be in the competition. My findings are not the same as yours. Some of the covers that were saved, I have not liked from the beginning, and was so glad they were going to finally be eliminated. Whereas, there are covers still in the competition, that I feel are distasteful.

So, I am willing to draw a truce. And simply comment, everybody has their own opinion. If you want us non-writers, who faithfully purchase these books, to vote on covers, then it should stay that way. If you want a jury to select what stays, and what goes, then, don't have us vote.

Edited at 2010-11-09 04:04 am (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
My "anger" (even if anger is maybe a too strong feeling) is due to the fact that I would like for the non-writers to vote for the cover artists and not for the authors. And I'd like for people to vote only one time. I have no way to check if an account was opended by the same person to vote more than one time, but I have the strong feeling (due to the affluence of voting just at the right time to "save" a cover only for one/two votes) that a good % of voting have arrived in that way.
More than one time I kindly asked people to be fair, to not doing strange "games", but that didn't happen, and so I had to take a decision: an external jury, without connection to authors or artists, but with skills to judge, was the less dramatic choice (the other choice was to close the contest).
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