1 May 2012

The B.R.A.G. Medallion for Indie Published Books

Geri Clouston

Geri Clouston 

reveals the

The B.R.A.G. Medallion

for Indie Books

According to publishing industry surveys, 8 out of 10 adults feel they have a book in them. But traditional or mainstream publishers reject all but a tiny percentage of manuscripts. The advent of self-publishing companies and print-on-demand technology has changed this. Now anyone can publish a book and millions of them are being self-published annually.

However, industry experts believe that upwards of 95% of these books are poorly written and edited.

Compounding this problem, the reviews and ratings at online booksellers are often provided by the author’s friends and family, and are therefore unreliable. There are professional book review services and bona fide writing competitions within the self-publishing industry that certainly help address this problem, but none provide an independent, broad-based and reader-centric source to advise the public which indie books merit the investment of their time and money.

This is precisely the reason that indieBRAG, LLC, and the B.R.A.G. Medallion™ exist. Our company fills a critical void within the publishing industry by providing enlightenment of the readers, by the readers, and for the readers of self-published books.

We at B.R.A.G. intend to recognize quality on the part of self-published authors of print and digital books and help them to rise to the top.  Books displaying our B.R.A.G. Medallion will tell readers that they will not be disappointed. 

To do this, we have brought together a large group of readers – both individuals and members of book clubs in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. – who read and evaluate self-published or indie books across a wide range of genres. We have a proprietary list of criteria by which a book will be judged, but these can best be summarized by asking ‘Is this a book that you would recommend to your best friend?’ 

Each group reading a book must unanimously agree to this recommendation.  Worthy books are then given a B.R.A.G. Mallion. In a very real sense, the Company will provide literary enlightenment of readers, by readers and for readers.

Please visit us at: www.bragmedallion.com

From the Website:

Who We Are

BRAGMedallion.com is owned and operated by indieBRAG, LLC, a privately held organization that has brought together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The word “indie” refers to self or independently published books, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. By their nature, our readers are passionate about all books, but for the purposes of the service we provide, we focus exclusively on the work of self-published authors of print and digital books.

What We Do

Our mission is to recognize quality on the part of authors who self-publish both print and digital books. As such, we are constantly on the lookout for the work of talented men and women who have written indie books across a wide range of genres. Our primary focus is fiction, however, we selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

How We Do It

From the large and rapidly growing library of indie books that are available today, we select those that we believe deserve to be considered. These books are then read and evaluated by members drawn from our reader group. The readers judge the merits of the books based on our proprietary list of criteria. The single most important criterion that we ask our readers to use in judging a book is whether or not they would recommend it to their best friend. Once a book meets this standard of quality, we award it our B.R.A.G. Medallion™, and along with other medallion recipients, it is presented on this website.

Some more information for Indie Authors: 

First of all-
We will be attending book expos and other events, if authors would like their B.R.A.G. books (hard copy, not ebook) to be displayed please send a copy to us. (e-mail  here  for the address)

We will have a list of all books and promote them, even if we do not have one for the table or booth.
We are placing the words '2012 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree' before book descriptions on amazon.com in bold. When anyone searches this, they will see all the books, so helping one, helps us all! 

We will continue to promote all books with tweets, fb, events, blogging and by posting on our indibrag fb page anything that will keep a book in front of readers. Tell us any news!

We have a blogger who is interested in featuring B.R.A.G Medallion authors and doing some interviews so if you are interested in being put on their list, let me know (e mail address )

Although we are a new endeavor, we are having some great success and have plans to push even harder in the coming months!
We are well on our way to making books with the B.R.A.G.Medallion the 
"go to" books for readers!

My Dinner Guests                                                                                                                                                                            Geri Clouston

Jesus- I always thought that the first question I would ask is “did we get anything right?” I fear we haven’t and he may be in a bad mood!

Jesamiah and Tiola-  My favorite pirate and witch - two charmers with lots on their minds!  Jessamiah can be a bit rough without his Tiola.

Dafydd ap Gruffydd and Edward I , first “Friends” and then great enemies and, of course I would have to seat Edith Pargeter (the great author of their story) in-between to keep peace!

I think Abraham Lincoln deserves a place at my dinner- who could possibly bring to the table more brilliance and grace than he?

Catherine the Great was married off to Peter of Russia at 16 years of age. She took an instant dislike to him, but had the intelligence to embrace his mother (aren’t they always the true force?) and endear herself to this alien land and its people.  She could teach us a lot about making the very best of a bad situation!

Catherine might like to speak with Frederick Douglas who also rose well above expectations to become one of our great minds, social critic, orator and statesman.

Letitia Baldridge- Social Secretary to Jackie Kennedy.  I heard Ms Baldridge speak once and know she would charm our guest – and perhaps also teach them which fork to use! (I feel Jesamiah should be seated at the other end of the table!)
(Helen: indinant snort from Jesamiah! LOL)

And, of course Florence Nightingale!  As a registered nurse in my other life, I am greatly indebted to her. However I think she might be appalled by some of my other guests- she was known to be quite severe and a bit prudish!
(Helen: she would get on with Tiola though, maybe?)

Helen: I wish this inspirational idea great success!

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