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I actually didn’t even know my new book, Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home, was in the running for an award. So imagine my surprise when my publisher notified me last week that the book won a Bronze medal at the Independent Publishers Book Awards, in the how-to category (click the link and scroll to category 59).


Possibly I am unreasonably excited about this, but honestly I am thrilled. And very grateful. As you know, this is only my second book, and I am still learning a lot as I continue to write and navigate the publishing process. I remember reading somewhere that “Writing is an art, and publishing is a business.” While I understand that concept in my head, still I find it so interesting how the two combine to eventually produce something like a finished book. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I can’t take all the credit for this award; the wonderful people at New Society Publishers took a chance several years ago on a completely unknown writer, and after a lot of hard work on all sides, I am now the proud author of two books, and working on the concept for my third.


Those of you who follow me on Facebook have been a constant source of encouragement and support throughout this process. Thanks to all of you who have cheered me on, come to my speaking and signing events, and even bought my book! It might sound like a cliche, but I truly feel this has been, and continues to be, a team effort.



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