Sunday, March 3, 2013

Friday afternoon I received exciting news from the President of indieBRAG, LLC that I am delighted to share with you. My mystery novel, Reno Splits, has been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion. The Medallion is an honor conferred by indieBRAG, LLC, an organization created “to bring together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the United States, Canada, and the European Union.” The word ‘indie’ refers to self or independently published books and B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. indieBRAG’s mission is “to recognize quality on the part of authors who self-publish . . . digital books.” In order to maintain the integrity of the award eligibility process, the identity of its reader/reviewers is “kept anonymous to protect them from criticism and influence. Authors do not know who is reading their books and readers do not know who else is reading a particular book.” The reviewers “make their decision without any influence from indiBRAG, authors or other readers and the decision to award a B.R.A.G. Medallion must be a unanimous ‘yes’”. Books that have met indieBRAG’s standard of quality are awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion and featured on the organization’s website, I encourage you to visit the website to see the ninety-two books that have been awarded this prestigious honor, including Reno Splits. You might even decide to take a look at some of the offerings at the site. For those of you who already have read Reno Splits, I send you my sincere thanks. If you haven’t, as yet, I encourage you to do so. It’s a fun read, and now has the recognition of a prestigious organization for validation. And I have a favor to ask. If you are so inclined, please share this posting with your own Facebook friends and other acquaintances. Word of mouth is my most effective marketing tool and you are my best marketing asset.