B.R.A.G. Medallion[This article was written by guest contributor Geri Clouston, president of indieBRAG.]

The number of self-published books that the readers at indieBRAG have considered since the company was founded in early 2012 is rapidly approaching 2,000. Nearly 200 of these have been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion, and we are proud to say that it has rapidly become recognized as a mark of excellence denoting a level of quality equal to, or better than, the best among traditionally published books.

Based on what we have learned to date, we thought it might be helpful to answer some of the questions that BookBaby authors often ask.

Q: What are the common qualities of books that get picked for a Medallion?

A: The five most important characteristics of a Medallion book are: a creative and original plot, a coherent and distinctive writing style, believable and dynamic characters, realistic dialogue, and flawless copy editing.

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Before you self-publish, consider the benefits of proper editing. All the long, lonely hours that you spent at your keyboard will have been wasted if you don’t get your manuscript professionally edited. This constitutes line editing, preferably, or proofreading at a minimum. Nothing turns off a reader more quickly than grammar or spelling errors. To paraphrase an old adage, your writing will “never get a second chance to make a first impression.” 

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