At this point, the judge’s job is effectively done but the staff’s gets tougher. ENNIES staff start the process of getting the voting booth ready; going to great lengths to make sure everything is up and running and works properly both on the voter’s end and on the back end.
We also encourage as many people as possible to run for the next year’s ENNIES judge and update the website as the applications come in. We also make sure people know they can nominate any publisher for Fan Favorite Publisher and post the form online for it.
After voting, we take all of the winners and compile them. We create all of the material, such as the nominee’s certificates, the winner’s certificates, the booth flyers, and the ceremony program. Throughout the year, we also work with Gen Con on the logistics of the booth, ceremony room, etc. and we finalize the process. We get all the paper printed up and frame all of the winner’s certificates.
All of this, electricity for the booth, setting up the cocktail reception, printing, frames, medals, and other miscellaneous expenses are why we have a Silent Auction as well as the Dream Dates; it’s not cheap.