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! 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.
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.
Brian MacGregor on the roof at @wingtip showing SF pride in#artoftheshim! #CoitTower #TransamericaPyramid
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.
In the meantime, I'm keeping fans of Bibulo.us and the book updated on Twitter and Facebook. Also taking deep breaths and saying "calm blue ocean" a lot.
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!
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.