Xcite Books, the UK’s largest erotic publisher, has launched an annual awards programme that celebrates and recognises companies, reviewers, bloggers and sexperts who value and support the erotic fiction market.
Hazel Cushion, Managing Director at Xcite Books, explained the need for the awards. “The internet and the advent of ebooks has completely changed the erotic fiction market and as yet there’s no recognition of this. Customers now have a wealth of review sites, author blogs and internet retailers to choose from so we wanted to highlight and celebrate the dedication of the people behind these.”
The following categories are included in the inaugural awards:
Best Internet Retail Site: The internet has opened up a whole new world of retail opportunities. This award celebrates those sites that offer a great service, a range of products, and an enjoyable online shopping experience.
Best Blog or Author Page: This category celebrates those that are using blogs to promote erotic writing. It could be an author who engages well with readers or a blogger who is passionate about reading erotica.
Best Reviewer: Reviewers can make or break a book and they can help hidden gems to get a larger audience. Good reviewers are trusted by their readership for their honest appraisals. This category is open to both print and internet reviewers.
Best Sexpert: Some people just really know their stuff when it comes to sex. A good sexpert can help save a relationship, or give readers the confidence to start a whole new one. Since Xcite Books are recommended by many sex therapists Xcite wants to acknowledge their important work.
Best Publication: This category is open to both trade and consumer magazines (either in print or online) which support and encourage erotic fiction with reviews, author interviews or industry news.
The Xcite awards will be awarded using a combination of nominations and public vote. Nominations can be submitted between 1st November and 30th December. The six finalists from each category, selected on the quality of the nominations, will be announced on 1st January 2012 and a public poll will then open to select the final winners in each category.The closing date for public voting will be the 10th February 2012 and the winner will be announced on the 14th February 2012.
HOW TO ENTER: Nominations open until 30th December 2011