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;
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.