Today, my book "The Success of Suexliegh" became an Award Winning Finalist in the 'Humor' category of the 2013 International Books Awards. The news came as quite a surprise and I feel truly honored by the recognition. Without the vast-distribution arm of a publisher and marketing team, self-published books live or die by their merit. There are no release parties. There are no sponsored book tours or readings. It is often tiring and thankless. But, venues like the International Book Awards are wonderful because it allows so many great books, and their authors, to receive a well-deserved pat on the spine. I'm very thankful "Suexliegh" made it to Finalist and look forward to reading the work of the other winners and other finalists.