I only meant to publish one book.
I'm not a "real" writer, and yet I have sixteen published books. Thank goodness for editors!
Teaching fun bar tricks and magic to Walt Disney World servers and bartenders inspired me to pursue a published book. In 1995, while living in a 19' RV, I began to aggressively research how to get my collection of bar tricks, trivia, etc. published. The Internet for the masses was a few years away, so I spent my time at libraries and bookstores picking the brains of authors at book signings. Everyone one of them said the same thing, "Make sure you do it because of passion and not for the money because there is no money." And boy were they right! I figured up my hours once, and it came to $2.71 an hour.
I searched for tips and hints at the library regarding query letters, literary agents, lingo, and attention-getting opening lines. In the next three years, I received 350 rejection letters. No, that number is not a typo. Finally, one stuck and the rest is history. In 2009, I created a Facebook Note on everything I knew at about how to get a book published. Today, anyone can publish his or her book through many sources. At least this way you have control over the material, table of contents, design, and cover. You don't get that luxury when going through the big publishers, but on the flip-side, you don't get national distribution either.
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Miss Charming's Book of Bar Amusements 2000
This is my first book. I had collected around 1000 bar tricks, but the publisher only wanted 75 with a story for each. I never knew it would lead to more books. It's out of print, but you can buy used books on Amazon and Ebay.
Book #8, 10, and 15
The Everything Bartender's Book
Editions 2, 3, and 4 | 2007, 2010, 2015
In 2007, I revamped the 2nd edition of this book and have been asked to update with the 3rd and 4th editions.
The only thing I wish is that it had images.
If I'm approached for the 5th edition, I think I would like to give a new author the opportunity to take it over.
Be A Star Magician 2002
The publisher figured since I
had a collection of tricks that
some could be used for a children's magic book.
The book is adorable
and comes with tricks, poster,
music CD, and more. It's very
hard to find so I snatch them
up whenever I find one.
The Everything Cocktail Parties and Drinks Book 2005
I'm sure this book was fine for 2005, but my guess is most of the
information is dated by now.
I'm not sure. I'd have to look
through it again.
Frozen Drinks 2008
I did a lot of frozen drink research for this book, but just like most publishers they only care about having a ton of recipes. It is dated now and would've been better with some color images.
The Cocktail Companion:
A Guide to Cocktail history, Culture, Trivia and Favorite Drinks 2018
This is my favorite book. I worked harder on it than any other book. It's basically a 38-year collection of timelines, trivia, history, etc.
This is the book with my Cosmopolitan cocktail research. The foreword is by Gary Regan and blurbs from Dale DeGroff, Tony Abou-Ganim, Tobin Ellis, Beachbum Berry, Ted Breaux, Phillip Greene, and Wayne Curtis.
Book #9, 11, 12, 13, and 14
Knack Bartending Basics
This is my first book with color images. I worked with a food stylist photographer for three months and learned a lot about this type of photography. I liked the layout that the publisher had me follow. They have slapped on two more covers to make it seem new since, plus they created four small spin-off books.
Miss Charming's Guide for Hip Bartenders and Way Out Wannabes 2006
I was excited when the publisher let me write a book where the majority was useful information and not filled with 1000 recipes. However, they changed their mind on the promised hardcover, the images, and cut 75,000 words.
This is the only book that made me cry when it arrived at my door.
The Everything Family Guide to Walt Disney World 2007
This book has good inside information, but it was outdated at release because WDW is constantly changing.
One thing that still reigns true is that the best times to visit WDW with no lines is the week after labor day (September) and the first two weeks of December. In December, the parks close early, but the weather is awesome and with no lines who needs the parks to stay open later anyway? Plus all the holiday decorations are up.
Miss Charming's Book of Crazy Cocktails 2002
This is my second book. It's silly. Examples of chapter titles include Crazy Critter Cocktails, Fabulous Picture Show Cocktails, Boy Toy Cocktails, and Cool College Cocktails.
I went back to college in Gainesville, FL as a non-traditional student living around traditional students, so a lot of it was inspired by them. The Hilton lobby bar I was working was still using shelf sweet-n-sour mixers, etc.