The B.R.A.G. Medallion: A Boost for Indie Authors

by @AnnieDaylon

What is the B.R.A.G. Medallion?

The Book Readers Appreciation Group Medallion is an award bestowed for excellence in indie publication. Awards are given based on plot, characters, writing style, dialogue, copy editing, as well as cover and interior Layout.

registered- 800 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 and in ten other countries around the globe.”
 ~  Who We Are at indieBRAG 

A B.R.A.G. Medallion is a boost for indie authors. In addition to 10 copies of a gold award sticker, honorees receive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, mentions on Twitter, and pictures on Pinterest.

The B.R.A.G. website 
posts news from authors about their readings and publications and displays donated print copies at book expositions.

Recipients also receive an opportunity to do an interview about their winning work and their writing process (an opportunity I jumped at!) 
These interviews are conducted by Stephanie Hopkins at Layered Pages. 

An excerpt for you, of my B.R.A.G interview …

“Hi, Annie! Thank you for visiting with me today to talk about your latest B.R.A.G. Medallion! First, tell me how you discovered indieBRAG?”

“Happy to be here! Thanks for the invite!

“I discovered indieBRAG on Twitter when another author tweeted that she had received the B.R.A.G. medallion. I followed the indieBRAG link and, impressed with what I read, I submitted my novel, Castles in the Kerrigan Chronicles Indie Brag imageSand which became a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree. Due to the numerous benefits of indieBRAG—Amazon and Goodreads ratings, tweets, Facebook feature, Pinterest posts, Stickers, and an interview with Layered Pages—I was eager to submit my current release Of Sea and Seed for indieBRAG recognition. I am thrilled to have received the honor a second time.”

“I must say, I adore your book title and cover. Please tell me a little about your story and the inspiration behind it.”

The Story… Of Sea and Seed is set on the island of Newfoundland….” 

             Read More Here 

 Many thanks to IndieBrag and Interviewer Stephanie Hopkins! 

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B.R.A.G. Medallion: A Boost for Indies

by @AnnieDaylon

registered- 800The Book Readers Appreciation Group Medallion  for excellence in indie publications includes not only a shiny gold sticker, but also a host of other treasures:  reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, mentions on Twitter, and images on Pinterest.  B.R.A.G. also posts news provided by authors about their readings and publications. If  honorees send B.R.A.G. a print copy of their book, B.R.A.G. will display that book at many book expositions.  In addition, B.R.A.G. affords its recipients the  opportunity to do an online interview about their winning work and their writing process.  I jumped at the opportunity of doing an interview about my B.R.A.G. honoree novel, Castles in the Sand, and had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Hopkins of Layered Pages.

A sample for you, of my interview…

Stephanie:  Hello Annie! Congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion for your book, Castles in the Sand. How did you discover indieBRAG and what has been your experience with self-publishing thus far?

  • I discovered indieBRAG on Twitter. Another author tweeted that her book was a BRAG Medallion recipient; I was curious so I followed the link to indieBRAG.
  • A steep learning curve, that of self-publishing. At times I felt as though I were scaling a vertical wall. I had to learn (am still learning) not only the business of writing, but also the use of technology. (Three years ago, I didn’t have a website, didn’t know an analytic from a hashtag, etc.) I sacrificed writing time to acquire skills in both these areas; unfortunately, that was necessary. But now, writing comes first and I squeeze marketing and tech into whatever time is left.

See more here: Interview with B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Annie Daylon 

Back to Work! Armoire/Office is open today! :-)

On, my armoire/office was Closed. Here’s the Open version. (No vacation today!)



A Note to Indie Writers…
For a nominal fee,  B.R.A.G. Medallion will consider your self-published novel on basis of Plot, Characters, Writing Style, Dialogue, Copyediting, Cover/Interior Layout.
Visit B.R.A.G. for a potential boost!

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Short Stories


Passages Book Cover

My short story anthology, Passages has seven award-winning tales in its pages including:

• “Castles in the Sand,” the story that inspired the novel of the same name;
• “Buryin’ Day Today,” my very first story; and
• “The End of the Harvest,” possibly my favorite story.


March, 2014

Short Story, The Thing with Feathers, won second place in The Brucedale Press 14th Annual Alphabet Acrostic Contest.

Judge’s Comments:
A story that sums up a life in its twenty-six sentences. The ending gives the main character what she wanted as a child “hoping to fly,” before being “disillusioned with
gravity,” which comes in the form of death. The Thing With Feathers takes the required beginning phrase, and also chooses to end with it, reflecting with form, the moment of a body’s dissolution, as well as its birth and death. The story knows from the start what it wants to do, and does a good job carrying that out. The concept of flight propels this piece and gives us bitter sweetness in its final moment. A thoughtful story, containing moments of crafted imagery, given to us in the final thoughts of a ghost.~S. Radojkovic


Published Prize-Winning Short Stories and Articles:


Through the Closet Wall
Short-listed, Wyn Lit 24, #53.
A daughter’s homecoming, a mother’s anguish and the truth about a father’s death.

Carpe E. M.
Top five, New York Midnight Madness Flash Fiction.
A magical librarian lamenting the loss of adjectives and adverbs confronts the ghost of the author she holds responsible.

Academia, Amusement, and Music
Published Placentia, NL, Come Home Year book, 2012 and on the Downhome Magazine website.
A memoir: My School Days in Placentia, Newfoundland.

The Rebirth of Rose
First Place, Wyn Lit 2-Four, # 51.
A woman trapped in an abusive relationship contemplates her fate. Can she summon the courage to escape?

Lighting the Beacon
First Place, Wyn Lit 2-Four, #49
A seventeen-year-old boy with a lame leg has only minutes to climb the one hundred steps in his father’s lighthouse. He must light the beacon in time to avert disaster.

The End of the Harvest
First Place, Writers Weekly ezine Short Story Contest.
The passage of life, the poignancy of loss, from an unexpected perspective.

Lost Forever
Published, Wynterblue Confabulation 4
A grieving widow turned hoarder accepts organizational help from her two nieces.


The following four short stories are published in Wynterblue’s Confabulation 3:

A Button in Time
A tiny button is the only connection between an anxious widower and his long-lost daughter.

Tall Letters
A deluded woman’s determination to become a supermodel.

Terminal Endearment
A young woman struggling to win her mother-in-law’s approval.

X Equals Fifteen
A health care worker’s frustration with the limitations of his job.


Buryin’ Day Today
Second Place, FreeFall Magazine Short Story Contest. Submitted by publishers of FreeFall to Journey Prize Jury.
A young woman on a routine trip to the UBC campus soon regrets choosing “this day, this bus.”

Have and Have Not
Published, Placentia Charter (May, 2009) and Downhome magazine (December, 2009). This article is a portrait of memories–my father’s and mine–and a result of research for in-progress novel set in Argentia, NL.
The upheaval created in the lives of the residents of Argentia, NL, during WWII when their tiny fishing/farming community was transformed, almost overnight, into a strategic naval base.

Castles in the Sand
First Place, Wyn-Lit Short Story Contest.
A snapshot of a man’s journey from middle class to homeless.

Bacon & Eggs
Published Wynterblue Confabulation 2 Anthology.
A woman dealing with loss and remembering joy.

Introduction Time at the Book Man

Introduction time at the Book Man in Chilliwack.

Winner of a Free Copy of PASSAGES

Winner of a free copy of Annie’s book PASSAGES.

Sharing A Smile With A Fellow Book Lover

Sharing a smile with a fellow book lover at the Chilliwack Book Man.