Announcing ‘The Awesome Indies Seal of Approval’

Authors of books listed on the Awesome Indies site may now apply to the administrator for a seal of approval that can be placed on the book cover. In order to be awarded the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval, books must be approved by three qualified reviewers, at least one of which is a regular contributor to this site, or one of the site’s back-up readers. The standard of prose required for the seal is higher than for inclusion on the site, therefore placement on the Awesome Indies list does not guarantee award of the seal.


The seal appears on book covers as a pure gold version of the above. The actual seal is only available from the site administrator, the back and gold version is used for display on the author’s website.


If you wish to apply for the Awesome Indies seal of approval, please email the administrator (Tahlia Newland) along with links to any reviews you have by qualified reviewers ie an Awesome Indies recommended reviewer, or someone with a degree in Creative Writing or English Literature, or an author or editor who is or has been employed in that capacity by a well-known traditional publishing house. The administrator will double check your book and let you know when a decision has been reached.

The standard of prose  required is something that would satisfy editors Renni Browne and Dave King as explained in chapter 11 of “Self-editing for fiction writers.”

About Tahlia Newland

I'm an award-winning author who writes heart-warming and inspiring magical realism and contemporary fantasy. I also mentor authors. When I'm not reading, writing or reviewing I might be found doing a very casual teaching day at the local high school, making decorative masks or sitting on my veranda and staring at the Australian rain-forest. You can see all my books on my website at
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5 Responses to Announcing ‘The Awesome Indies Seal of Approval’

  1. Wonderful initiative from the beating heart of healthy SP

  2. Thank you, Talia and crew, for all you do to promote quality in indie publishing. I am honored to receive the Seal of Approval for BOOK OF MERCY. We all want to fill the world with fabulous books to read.

  3. That is a wonderful seal and such an incredible idea. Great indie writing deserves all the recognition it can get. I will be including a link to this in my weekly newsletter. :)

  4. Hi Tahlia,

    The Seal of Approval seems a nice idea. Thank you.

    My book Walk to Paradise Garden has had great reviews from: The Historical Novel Society a Vine Reviewer on Amazon (the and many others)

    Here are the links:

    Thanks for all you do.

    John Campbell



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