the perfect time for a little tipple 2013
Here's one of the recipes from the book, Brian MacGregor of Wingtip's Perfect Thyming
San Francisco Book Launch 2013
You have permission not to do everything. 2013
Happy Discardia! 2013
San Francisco launch party 2013
Our San Francisco launch party on Monday night has expanded!
From 7:30-9pm at The Booksmith, we'll have a reading, cocktail demonstration, and Q&A with author and photographer!
Then afterwards, come over to The Alembic to mingle more. They'll have drink specials and a special appearance of bartender Rachel Leiderman, formerly of The Alembic and now to be found at Fig & Thistle.
There may also be some special prizes... Stay tuned!
Thank you, New York! 2013
Thank you, New York! You showed us a great time!
The great Joaquín Simó! His Flor de Jerez cocktail is super delicious
Wonderful to get to visit with Kenta Goto at Pegu Club last night. His elegant Far East Side was one of the first cocktails I selected for the book.
Spanish Sherry event announcement 2013
[This was a planned event at Nosa Ria which we had to cancel, if I recall rightly here in October 2015 as I copy these Facebook entries over to the blog.]
NYC Launch Event 2013
Thanks, Facebook, yes ONE event entry for this will be sufficient. Apologies to anyone who might have gotten notified of a cancellation when I cleaned up duplicates; it's still on!
Brass Tacks thank you copies 2013
Matt Conway at @brasstacksbar with #artoftheshim. His 'Spanish Prisoner' is the first drink on my list for the sequel.
"It's Kelly's book!!" came the exclamation beside me as I presented Matt with his copy.
What a delightful surprise to run into the @ArtfulGent's Nate and Jake and get to give them their photoshoot location thank you copy.
SF book pride 2013
Announcing The Art of the Shim—a new book from Dinah! 2013
Hooray! My second book, The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level, is now out in hardcover and ebook.
Building this book has been a fun time and—due to an aggressive sub-one-year production schedule—a challenge, but the results are beautiful. Kelly Puleio's photography is even better than my high hopes and the production quality on this, the first offset printed title from Sanders & Gratz, is excellent. I'm very happy that the book has the sturdiness to serve its readers many years on their bar shelves.
Along the way I've been expanding my skills even further into the publisher realm. (Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff is print-on-demand in its paperback form, so inventory management and distribution is a new adventure.)
Some of the lessons have been painful. I've now learned the hard way that Amazon's record of a book can apparently get messed up if the release date is before Ingram has their copies on hand—or at least that's the only explanation I can find for Amazon suddenly switching the book's status to "Out of Print--Limited Availability" sometime between midday Saturday and midday Sunday last weekend. We're now on day four of no order button for the hardcover, which is enough to make anyone trying to launch a book tear their hair out.
Copies of the book are now in stock at Ingram's Oregon distribution center and lots more will be arriving at their Tennessee one today or tomorrow. Perhaps that will help kick the Amazon status back to normal (though I fear that if their techs don't identify and eliminate the bug, the problem would just come back the next time Ingram or their on hand count hits zero).
Next Tuesday (9/17) will be the New York launch at Pouring Ribbons bar and a week from Monday (9/23) will be the San Francisco celebration at The Booksmith bookstore. Looking forward to those events very much!
Even with bumps on the road, I'm having a great time as an author and a publisher!
New York City book launch party 2013
Comstock Saloon thank you copies 2013
So much fun at Comstock Saloon tonight dropping off thank you books to beloved bartenders! Extra pleasure of running into other bartenders from the book on the non-working side of the bar too. (Bonus shout-out to the Netherlands; hooray for San Francisco visitors!)
Here's a happy Lindsey Baird (of Comstock Saloon and Brass Tacks) with her copy. Hooray!
More Comstock hijinks (or is that high kicks?)
That's Michael Bacon and Jeff Hollinger.
continuing Amazon problems 2013
Irked to report that @amazonbooks is *still* working on getting#artoftheshim back on sale (& not falsely "out of print").
Please stand by (or buy from an indie bookstore) and I apologize for the inconvenience!
At the moment (just after midnight PST Tue/Wed) the Kindle version is orderable through Amazon and the hardcover is still, as the Germans might say, upgefucht. I am being patient. Deep breaths. Calm blue ocean.
maddening Amazon behavior 2013
Maddening to an author, but soon to be fixed, Amazon.com is showing the book as unavailable at the moment. They're just confused because it's been released but their copies haven't reached them yet. I've reported the issue and that order button should be back soon. *sigh*
more thank you copies 2013
That's Michael Cecconi below, and Mikha Diaz here, of Two Sisters Bar & Books. Their drinks The Iggy and the Port of SF are in the book, along with some great photos of Michael.
Lance Arthur, founder of Tipple Tuesday, has been a great supporter of the book and my sanity.
copies are in stock 2013
San Franciscans, rejoice, for you can get a book into your hot, little hands right away: copies are in stock for you at The Booksmith, Cask, and Nosa Ria Market.
And now at The Green Arcade too!
The first book from Bibulo.us is out! 2013
The first book from Bibulo.us is out!
It's been a busy week. Thanks perhaps to favorable winds over the ocean, we got the surprise call from our shipper to coordinate delivery of 2000 copies of The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level a week early. Whee!
Due to a series of mishaps denying us expected resources, Dinah unloaded all 101 boxes before assistance arrived. Yes, cocktail nerd, author, stevedore; the complete Renaissance woman.
By this afternoon, books are scattering toward their future homes. Those of you ordering from bookstores or Amazon will be gratified to learn that your copies are already making their way to the distributor and thence to you. Ebooks will soon be available through multiple sources.
delivering thank you copies 2013
The most fun has been delivering thank you copies to the folks who have supported the project along the way: bartenders, advisors, beta readers, cheerleaders.