I'm building a SEPIC converter that needs to supply about 1.2A MAX at 9V from 6-14Vin. I've been doing a lot of searches and there are lots of converters that would seem to fit the bill. I'm not really looking for specific examples of converters. But if you have one that you've used and really like I'd love to hear about it. I'm looking for more of a "How do you narrow things down" when YOU design a supply.
In addition to the electrical specs I've got a few things that I use, but would welcome some more.
Package size for prototyping (nothing too small, no BGAs)
Simple or no additional compensation network.
Available reference designs.