B.R.A.G. Medallion for The Whole Clove Diet

I am very pleased to announce that The Whole Clove Diet has been honoured with a Book Readers Appreciation Group (B.R.A.G.) Medallion.

The Book Readers Appreciation Group mission is “to recognize quality on the part of authors who self-publish both print and digital books.”

From their website:

BRAGMedallion.com is owned and operated by indieBRAG, LLC, a privately held organization that has brought 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, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. By their nature, our readers are passionate about all books, but for the purposes of the service we provide, we focus exclusively on the work of self-published authors of print and digital books.

Our mission is to recognize quality on the part of authors who self-publish both print and digital books. As such, we are constantly on the lookout for the work of talented men and women who have written indie books across a wide range of genres. Our primary focus is fiction, however, we selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

From the large and rapidly growing library of indie books that are available today, we select those that we believe deserve to be considered. These books are then read and evaluated by members drawn from our reader group. The readers judge the merits of the books based on our proprietary list of criteria. The single most important criterion that we ask our readers to use in judging a book is whether or not they would recommend it to their best friend. Once a book meets this standard of quality, we award it our B.R.A.G. Medallion™, and along with other medallion recipients, it is presented on this website.

It is also interesting to read the group’s explanation of “Why We Exist.”

There are increasing numbers of individuals and companies that have begun to see the financial possibilities of endorsing some self-published books in an attempt to help readers sort the wheat from the chaff among the millions of tomes that are now available in both print and e-format. For only $500 or so, for example, you can get Kirkus Reviews or Publishers’ Weekly to read your self-published book and, if they like it, you can publish their review on your website. (I did not do that, by the way. I received my Publishers’ Weekly review as part of the process of reaching the top 100 in the first Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards competition.) Other outlets are also springing up that are offering, for a fee, to give your self-published book a rubber stamp that will advise readers it has been edited and looks professional.

It is really nice to see that there is a group of people who love books enough to perform this service without charging the author anything.

It is even nicer to have been the recipient of one of their awards. Thank you, indieBRAG LLC!



  • You can follow indieBRAG on FaceBook and Twitter.
  • Books can be nominated by anyone for a B.R.A.G. Medallion, but nominators have no influence on the outcome of the evaluation process.



Filed under Awards and Prizes, Self publishing, The Whole Clove Diet: A Novel

2 responses to “B.R.A.G. Medallion for The Whole Clove Diet

  1. Congratulations Mary. Great work. 🙂

    I’ve seen a few other organizations pop up that are doing the same as indieBRAG, but they are charging as much as $500 for it and do not carry nearly the name power that Kirkus or Publishers Weekly does. It’s almost criminal.

    • Mary W. Walters

      I agree completely. And I also think that Kirkus and PW have a bit of a scam going here too. $500 for a review? Give me a break.

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