If I tell you that my ebook Travels in the Kalahari has just won an indie publishing award, you’re going to think, ‘So, big deal, what’s in it for me?’ Because we humans are like that. Read on and I’ll tell you what's in it for you.
Nowadays almost anyone and his dog can publish a book. But not everyone should. And as a book editor in my ‘day job’, I can tell you that not every indie (independently published) book deserves your time and money. To be frank, you might end up wading through a cesspool of bilge to find a handful of good reads.
But a BRAG (Book Readers Appreciation Group) Medallion like Travels in the Kalahari has won means that other readers – both individuals and book club members in eleven countries across the US and Europe – have done all that disgusting wading for you. And they’ve rejected at least 90% of what’s floating in there.
2. Saves you money (*you might even get it free)
Having a book pre-judged and approved by other avid readers means you don’t waste your money buying a dud. Chances are if hundreds of other readers have enjoyed a book, you will too. Their most important yardstick is: ‘Would I recommend this book to my best friend?’ If the answer is no, it’s out on its ear. If the answer for enough of them is yes, hey presto, the book gets a BRAG Medallion seal of approval.
Now that you know other readers have enjoyed Travels in the Kalahari, it’s time for your own adventure into the red sands of the desert. Join me on a walk with a Bushman tracker, make friends with a meerkat pup, track cheetahs across the dunes, and camp out with me under the stars in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
I don’t use big words or long sentences. I write as if we’re swopping stories around the campfire. I’ll make you laugh, I’ll make you cry; I’ll make you love the Kalahari as much as I do.
So forget about whether the award gives my book ‘the recognition it deserves’ as BRAG’s marketing schplurb insists. Think about how much reading pleasure a measly US$6.99 (R77.00) can buy you.
The hard graft has been done already; all that’s left is for you to lie back and enjoy it.
In the comments' space below, share the story of your most exciting adventure in the African wild and stand a chance to win a free copy of Travels in the Kalahari (ebook).
- Don't forget to include your email address (no one else will be able to see it) or I won't be able to get hold of you to tell you your story has been chosen as the winner and arrange to send you your free copy.
- Use 100 words or less, or you'll be disqualified.
- To read the ebook you need one of the following: a Kindle reader, tablet, computer or smart phone.
- Cut-off date for your stories is 17 March 2014.
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