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My Independent Labor of Love

An Independent Book Publishing Odyssey


Cocooned in the love and warmth of the wine families, members of my own family, and dear friends who had traveled far to be with us, I released Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte at Cà del Baio winery in Barbaresco on June 2, 2016.

Launch of Labor of Love at Ca’ del Baio. Photo Credit: Pierangelo Vacchetto

It is not hyperbole to say it was one of the most joyful moments of my life. And the joy has continued with each book sold, review written, book event held, and award given.

One of the awards Labor of Love recently won was a silver medal for Best Regional Nonfiction Book (West) in the Independent Book Publishers Association IPPY book of the year awards. A benefit of that award was an opportunity to guest post on the IBPA’s blog. Since the story of how Labor of Love came to be could be a book as well, I obviously jumped at the opportunity to write an essay about that odyssey.

The Labor of Love odyssey was not one I traveled alone and I am hopeful my experiences will help others on their journey to independently publish. My last words of wisdom, below, are the ones I value the most. Pass on the knowledge and help encourage and support whenever possible.

Click here to enjoy My Independent Labor of Love.