For more than a century the only “gate keepers” for writers have been literary agents and publishers. This arrangement worked reasonably well until new technologies made it possible for hundreds of thousands of new authors to present their work direct to the public without recourse to gate keepers at all.
At present the market suffers from an over-abundance of fiction, much it of it, let’s be honest, pretty mediocre. Publishers are wary of taking on new writers. Most play safe, concentrating on a pool of proven commercial authors. This is understandable. The industry sails in stormy seas.
A few years ago Geri Clouston had the foresight and boldness to introduce Indie- B.R.A.G. as a third gate-keeper, one willing to seriously evaluate every book that was offered .The B.R.A.G. Medallion is now a vital and much needed addition to the world of books and writers.
Indie BRAG is as generous as it is unique. As far as I can see, there is no other organisation in the world like it.
Geri and her team are tough. When they turned down my first book, I knew I had to raise my game. When, eventually, my latest novel was awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion, I was over the moon. I knew I had received something worth having. Writing is a lonely business – this was encouragement indeed!
For two years now I have made a point of ordering and reading the work of other B.R.A.G. awardees. I am never disappointed. I write an Amazon review for each book. It costs nothing except the odd half hour and I think the time is well spent. I recommend the practice.
I congratulate and thank President Geri Clouston on leading a remarkable project. She will never know where her influence stops.
Author of The Winter-Chaser