On March 7, 2009, authors of winning books entered in Reader Views Literary Awards were announced and 14 sponsors distributed prizes to finalists in 32 fiction and nonfiction categories. Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services awarded the $100 cash prize to James Earle McCracken.
Reader Views Literary Awards accepted submissions from authors who published books in the English language targeted for the North American market with a 2008 copyright date. Work published by major book publishers, their subsidiaries, or their imprints were not eligible. All initial judging was done by reviewers from Reader Views, who are experts in their fields as well as avid readers. Three finalists in each category were determined by a point system. Final judging was determined by a jury of judges.
“Reader Views is pleased to offer an opportunity for much-needed and much-deserved publicity for quality books in a wide range of genres and categories that are self-published or published through a small traditional publisher,” says Irene Watson, the owner of Reader Views. “Because we rely on our staff of book reviewers, real readers, not literary judges, to score the books, you could say Reader Views Literary Awards are equivalent to the People’s Choice awards for books. We are honored at Reader Views that so many authors have come to appreciate our commitment and expertise, and this contest allows us to return that favor.”
Virginia-based author James Earle McCracken won the $100 cash prize awarded by Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services (http://writersinthesky.com). His general fiction book, Rue de la Pompe: A Satiric Urban Fantasy (ISBN 9780595485055), met the criteria required for the award: that the book have original, imaginative, and creative use of words that create vivid mental pictures of scenes and characters. James’ book was published by iUniverse in 2008. For more information on this author, please visit http://jamesearlemccracken.com.
“…when I first looked over the special categories of the Reader Views awards, the Writers in the Sky award jumped out at me because it represented so much of what I was trying to achieve in my novel. It was extremely gratifying to receive it and equal to the thrill of winning the general fiction prize,” says McCracken, who was mailed a check, a certificate suitable for framing, and a graphic to use in his promotion efforts.
“Congratulations to James McCracken on his excellent work. WITS wishes him well in his writing career,” says Yvonne Perry, the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services based in Nashville, Tennessee. “In addition to honoring Mr. McCracken, three of our own clients: Carl David, author of Bader Field (Nightengale Press); Dawn Menge, author of Queen Vernita's Visitors (Outskirts Press); and Linda Ballou Wai-nani: High Chiefess of Hawai'i (Star Publish), who entered their books in 2008 Literary Awards Finalists made semi-finalist position.” The team of professionals at Writers in the Sky (WITS) Creative Writing Services provides editing, ghostwriting, and proofreading for individuals and businesses.
Book reviewer, Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson of Reader Views says McCracken’s book is “….different and truly refreshing! …The author manages to poke fun at pretty much everything and everybody, but he does so in a highly entertaining and intelligent way. …It was wild, it was unpredictable, it was mad-cap and scary at times; but always witty, picturesque and never boring…by far the most original work I’ve read lately and I do hope the author will keep his promise about the upcoming book two.”
The Reader Views contest is an annual event. Authors interested in Annual Literary Awards 2009 may download a registration form on Reader Views’ Web site: http://www.readerviews.com/Awards.html.