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About Us

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 and in ten other countries around the globe. The word "indie" refers to self or independently published books, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group.

What We Do

Our mission is to discover new and talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. Our primary focus is fiction across a wide range of genres and we selectively consider non-fiction books as well. However, we do not consider technical books or works of poetry.

How We Do It

Since indieBRAG was formed in 2012, we have received an extremely positive response to our program and the number of self-published books submitted for our consideration is rapidly approaching 2,000! To ensure that we can meet this growing demand, we have instituted some new policies and procedures as described below:

All self-published authors are invited to nominate their digital books (ebooks) through our website. This requires the payment of a non-refundable processing fee of $20.00 payable through PayPal. The fee covers ebook acquisition and administrative costs, and the expense of maintaining our website. We no longer accept submissions of books that are available only in print or nominations by anyone other than a book's author, or their designated representative.

All ebooks brought to the attention of indieBRAG, LLC are subjected to a rigorous selection process. This entails an initial screening to ensure that the author's work meets certain minimum standards of quality and content. If it passes this preliminary assessment, it is then read by members drawn from our global reader group. They judge the merits of the book based on a comprehensive list of criteria, including;

  • Plot
  • Writing Style
  • Characters
  • Copy editing
  • Dialogue
  • Cover/interior layout

One final factor our readers use to judge a book is whether or not they would recommend it to their best friend.

On average, 50% of the books submitted to us fail to pass the initial screen and another 40% are subsequently rejected by our readers. Thus, only 10% of the books we consider are awarded our B.R.A.G. Medallion and are presented on our website. Conversely, we do not make public the titles of any books that were not selected to receive a Medallion, or the names of their authors.

If you feel your book can meet our high standards, we encourage you to nominate it, but we cannot make any guarantees that it will pass either the initial screening or the subsequent review by our readers. Regardless of our decision, all self-published authors who nominate their book will be notified by email after we have considered it.