MUSIC-AND-LIES cover BRAGEveryone out there who reads knows the joy of discovering a good book, and the frustration of trying to read a bad one. But how do you make sure you have a good chance of choosing that good book?

It’s been said that the increase in the number of indie-published or self-published books has led to an increase in the number of poor quality books. I’m not sure I agree with this. I’ve read enough poor quality traditionally-published books (typographic errors, incorrect punctuation and spacing, not to mention awful plotting …) to know that being traditionally published doesn’t mean it’s a good book.

But now there is a scheme to help people identify whether an indie-published book is at least potentially good. It’s called the B.R.A.G. (Book Readers Appreciation Group) medallion and the scheme judges the merits of a book based on a list of criteria, including;

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

In addition readers are asked to judge the book by whether or not they would recommend it to their best friend. Only about 10% of the books entered satisfy all these criteria and receive the B.R.A.G. medallion.

And guess what, Music and Lies has just been awarded one of these valuable medallions! I’m so delighted. I like to think I’ve written a good book, with a fun story and great characters, but to have that objectively recognised is a brilliant feeling. In fact, it is something to brag about … sorry, couldn’t resist.

To see which other YA books have been awarded the B.R.A.G. medallion, including The Last Gatekeeper by our very own Katy Haye, see

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