Recently, there have been a few comments made on various web forums that refer to indieBRAG as a paid review service. We are not and we would like to correct any misunderstanding of what we are and what we do. As the late four-term senator, ambassador, and sociologist, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” So here are two key facts about indieBRAG:
FACT: We are a quality standards certification service for the self-published book industry. All books brought to our attention are subjected to a rigorous selection process. Books that are selected to receive our B.R.A.G. Medallion are actively promoted, while the names of the authors and titles of books that are not chosen are kept strictly confidential. The reason that we record a “5 Star review” at amazon.com, or on similar websites, is because that is the only way we can announce the award on those sites.
FACT: We do charge a non-refundable $20.00 processing fee that covers ebook acquisition and administrative costs, and the expense of maintaining our website. While we would never be so presumptuous to compare ourselves to the prestigious Pulitzer Prize Award, the fact is that Columbia University requires an application fee of $50.00 in order for a book to be considered for their prize. We respectfully submit that a B.R.A.G. Medallion represents no more of a paid review than does a Pulitzer Prize. Both recognize excellence.
In conclusion, an indie author whose work is awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion can hold his or her head high because their book has been judged as being every bit as good as the best of traditionally published books. And, most important of all, they did not, nor could they, buy the award!