About indieBRAG

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-published books, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. The name “indieBRAG” and the B.R.A.G. logos are trademarks of indieBRAG, LLC. The B.R.A.G. Medallion is a certification trademark owned and controlled by indieBRAG, LLC.

What We Do

Our mission is to discover 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; however, we selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

How We Do It

All self-published authors are invited to nominate their digital books (ebooks) through our website. This requires the payment of a processing fee of $75.00 payable through PayPal Payments Pro. The fee covers ebook acquisition and administrative costs, and the expense of maintaining our website. We do not 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. This initial screening may involve a review of sample chapters available on Amazon.com (or other on-line booksellers), or portions of the nominated ebook. IndieBRAG, LLC reserves the right to reject an ebook during this initial screening assessment for any reason in indieBRAG, LLC’s sole discretion.  If the book does not meet our standards the author will be notified by email and the processing fee will be refunded in full.

If it passes this preliminary assessment, the book is then made available to members of our global reader team who prefer that genre and the book is provided to them only if they request it.  In the rare instance that a book is not selected by any of that genre’s readers the author will be notified by email and the processing fee will be refunded in full.  If, however, it passes the screening and is read by our team members but is not chosen to receive a B.R.A.G.Medallion the fee will not be refunded.  In both the initial screening phase and, if appropriate, the subsequent group evaluation phase, each book is judged against a comprehensive list of relevant literary criteria.

Due to the large number of nominations we receive each week, and our commitment to give each book the consideration it deserves, our review process may take up to six months; however, our target to complete it within four months.  As soon as a decision is reached on whether or not a book will be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion, the author will be notified by email accordingly. This notification will include a summary report showing the ratings that were used to make the final decision (see sample report). This decision is final and no feedback will be provided beyond the decision and the summary report.

It is important to note that indieBRAG is not a paid book review website or service and that being nominated for and/or receiving the B.R.A.G. Medallion, or any other feedback provided by indieBRAG or one or more of its readers, does not constitute and should not be interpreted to represent a book review. It is intended to simply provide impartial feedback to the author.

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. On average, only 20-25% 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 or the names of their authors that have been reviewed but were not selected to receive a B.R.A.G. Medallion.