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Rainbow Awards: Cover Contest - Round 12

Round n°12, 3 rounds to the end, 25 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 20 covers otherwise the selection process will not work smoothly.

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: 1, 8, 14, 16, 26, 34, 83, 146, 148, 160, 162, 370, 379, 426, 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:

anneddd  --> Chosen ebook: Goldenseal by Gill McNight, Bold Strokes Books

lv2walk  --> Chosen ebook: Love Means No Shame by Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press

phantom4j  --> Please contact me for your choice among the ebooks offered by MLR Press (Chosen ebook:)

faramirhaldir  --> Chosen ebook: Nine-tenths of the Law by L.A. Witt, Samhain Publishing

And now please go to see all the amazing covers:

Covers: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/2010CoverContest_1_12.htm

and vote in the poll:

Poll #1644359 Cover Contest - Round 12
This poll is closed.

Slot 1

1) A Brush of Wings - Cover Art by Dan Skinner
38(15.8%)
8) A Loving Hart - Cover Art by Reese Dante
28(11.7%)
14) A Risk Worth Taking - Cover Art by Anne Cain
35(14.6%)
16) A Sticky End - Cover Art by Unknown
16(6.7%)
21) After the Storm - Cover Art by Mara McKennen
23(9.6%)
26) Alleys & Doorways - Cover Art by Unknown
13(5.4%)
34) An Uncommon Whore - Cover Art by P.L. Nunn
23(9.6%)
83) Can't Help the Way That I Feel - Cover Art by Unknown
19(7.9%)
131) Dragon Streets - Cover Art by Anne Cain
25(10.4%)
146) Facade - Cover Art by Paul Richmond
20(8.3%)

Slot 2

148) Fall of a State - Cover Art by Anne Cain
27(9.7%)
160) Fugly - Cover Art by Christine M. Griffin
25(9.0%)
162) Gathering Storm - Cover Art by Catt Ford
30(10.8%)
179) Held Captive - Cover Art by Mara McKennen
45(16.2%)
203) Infected: Prey - Cover Art by Anne Cain
17(6.1%)
263) Miles and the Magic Flute - Cover Art by Anne Cain
32(11.6%)
287) Oracle - Cover Art by Reese Dante
40(14.4%)
351) Sins of the Father - Cover Art by Anne Cain
25(9.0%)
370) State of Mind - Cover Art by Anne Cain
18(6.5%)
379) Subtle Bodies - Cover Art by Unknown
18(6.5%)

Slot 3

397) The Angel of 13th Street - Cover Art by Alessia Brio
24(17.9%)
424) The Lion of Kent - Cover Art by Angela Waters
25(18.7%)
426) The Lost Library - Cover Art by Mel Odom
21(15.7%)
512) Cake - Cover Art by Feimo
35(26.1%)
513) Cethe - Cover Art by Feimo
29(21.6%)

Comments

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luvenck
Nov. 17th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
I'm Back....
Sorry... Can't help myself! I am still a little confused on Jury votes. After going through this in my head over and over, I see the Jury voted on "16" covers... am I correct on this? WHY 16? Do they not vote the "25" they would like to see stay in? Or vote "20" like everybody else can do? (I STILL think the amount of covers per person should be only 10-but that's IMO-which means 'nil'-lol!)... it's just that it gets so that the same covers have about the same number of votes each week! Now, when the Jury votes, you've stated that it counts 20%. 20% of what? 20% on top of the number of votes already given that particular cover of that week? 20% of the number of votes cast that week? 20% added onto the total number of votes that cover has... or what? How do you calculate 20%?

Lastly, I would just like to say that I am impressed that the five covers that went were in the lower 15 covers in total votes, and covers I felt were due to be dropped out. (Although, I would have picked one or two more I'd like to see go-*cough**) It would be nice to see it stay like that. Although, it is kind of strange to see that the jury is also voting on the covers that you had your suspicions about. That alone is confusing too, as it shows they are not voting on a certain cover/covers some of us would like to see stay in the competition.

Any insight you can give me, will be very appreciated. Thanks for your time...
elisa_rolle
Nov. 17th, 2010 08:47 am (UTC)
Re: I'm Back....
luvenck I'm not sure I like what you are saying or implying, but I will answer.

The Jury is has free will, and they can vote the same maximum number of covers as the people in the poll, but as the people in the poll they are not "forced" to vote, so, Jack Mackenroth voted 8 covers, Jesse Archer 9 covers, Dylan Rosser only 4 covers (he is the most critic of the special jury, but probably also the more experienced). They not always voted the same covers and in total, they voted for 16 different covers.

BTW they voted less covers than last week so some of the covers "saved" by them, weren't saved this week and since they had also lesser vote in the poll, they got eliminated.

each vote of the jury count 10, so if only 1 judge vote a cover, the cover got 10 votes, if 3 judges vote the same cover, the cover got 30 votes. The judges don't know what each other are voting, so it's impossible for them to "coordinate" the voting.

> I would just like to say that I am impressed that the five covers that went were in the lower 15 covers in total votes

impressed? I don't understand how, it's logic. Last week there were more than 127 people voting in the poll, since 1 judge count 10, it's like they are 30: 30/(127+30)= 19%. 19% is not enough to totally upturn a poll, and so, if the covers were in the lower 10 position (and they were) and the judges didn't vote for them (and they didn't), the covers got eliminated.

Last but not least I really don't like this comment

> Although, it is kind of strange to see that the jury is also voting on the covers that you had your suspicions about. That alone is confusing too, as it shows they are not voting on a certain cover/covers some of us would like to see stay in the competition.

The cover I have a suspicion is still there, and BTW since people are still voting for it, and with an affluence that is really strange, it will probably arrive to the last round. Your cover (and again, it's not the cover I had a suspicion on) was also voted in this round by 1 of the judges (they have already sent me their choice).

luvenck since this is only a free entry contest, no one is paying for it, since there is no prize if not recognition, do you really believe that someone is trying to cheat? If I wanted to cheat, I would have simply asked people to vote sending emails, not in an open poll. I would have taken the Jury votes hidden, don't letting people know the covers they voted.

My favorite covers are ALL gone: I liked Amaranth and Ash, And Call Me in the Morning, Best Gay Erotica 2010, Betrayed, Billionaire's Row, Broken, Cursed, Cutting Cords, Everafter, For the Love of the Dead, Healing in His Wings, Heart of Change, Ice Cream on the Side, Lift Me Up, Litha's Constant Whim, Lotus in the Wild, Luke, Need You Tonight, Primal Appetite, Seven Sweet Things, Shades of Gray, Silent Lodge, Silver Foxes, Something for Nothing, The Cat in the Cradle, The Hired Man, The Strongest Shape, The Unborn Spouse Situation, The Wolf at the Door, Waves of Fortune.
luvenck
Nov. 17th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm Back....
Thank-you for commenting. I agree with you regading some of your cover choices, as I was surprised to see "Shades of Grey" go recently. I have some of those books, and there again, they caught my eye first by the cover, then the story. I think I will go back and look at all the covers you mentioned. I never know, i might be purchasing more books.

A couple of points you brought out have me confused. At first you said:

>The cover I have a suspicion is still there, and BTW since people are still voting for it, and with an affluence that is really strange, it will probably arrive to the last round.

Then you turned around and said:

>since this is only a free entry contest, no one is paying for it, since there is no prize if not recognition, do you really believe that someone is trying to cheat?

First you implied... you had suspicion that someone WAS cheating, then you asked if "I" thought someone would cheat. There's a double standard there, so, why didn't you like me asking?

Last, if all three judges voted for "ONE COVER", that cover would receive 30 extra points that week for that particular book cover? Saying then, that if a cover received 15 votes, they would actually have 45 points for that particular week?

You might not appreciate these questions, but I assure you, these are questions come to me from other voters, and I am simply trying to get the simplest form of response. I don't need percentages, I just need simplified, yes, this is what it is. So, no matter WHEN the jury votes, each vote per book from each jury, is 10 votes towards that book? Simple.

Again, I thank you for your time. Bringing this jury in like you did, confused the cover voting immensely, so I am just trying to get answers. Last question... WHEN it gets down to the last 10 covers, will everybody just be allowed to vote "ONE" time, and will the jury be voting as well that week?

Thanks so much.



Edited at 2010-11-17 08:33 pm (UTC)
elisa_rolle
Nov. 17th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm Back....
> First you implied... you had suspicion that someone WAS cheating, then you asked if "I" thought someone would cheat. There's a double standard there, so, why didn't you like me asking?

My question to you was probably better like that "do you think "I" am cheating?", since you well know that "I" am thinking someone is cheating, and that is the reason for which I add the jury to the poll.

> Last, if all three judges voted for "ONE COVER", that cover would receive 30 extra points that week for that particular book cover? Saying then, that if a cover received 15 votes, they would actually have 45 points for that particular week?

Yes

> So, no matter WHEN the jury votes, each vote per book from each jury, is 10 votes towards that book?

10 if 1 judge, 20 if 2 judges, 30 if 3 judges

> WHEN it gets down to the last 10 covers, will everybody just be allowed to vote "ONE" time, and will the jury be voting as well that week?

sincerely since there are so many cover and other people are telling me it's hard to choose only 1, I was thinking to limit the choice to 3 (and I think I have already told you that). And yes, the jury will vote as well, same as before, so if the people in the poll will be allowed to choose 3 so the jury.

Edited at 2010-11-17 08:45 pm (UTC)
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elisa_rolle
Nov. 19th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
I give to the jury both the link to the cover page than the poll, but they don't use the poll to vote so sincerely, I don't know if they browse the poll page to see how people is voting. And BTW I'm not sure that this is what they should do (even if they are free to do that, the poll is open to everybody): I chose them as 3 judges completely disconnected, they have to judge the covers not any other elements (authors, publishers...). They know they are giving 10 points to each cover and I think that is the reason why they are voting less cover than the maximum allowed, they are really careful in not wasting the vote.

And yes, the cover to go are the cover with less votes.
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