Back when it was announced, I’d expected this good news to get auto-added by ForeWord Reviews or my publisher to the book’s Amazon.com listing but, alas, it hasn’t so I’m posting it here. Handmade Houses made the finalists list (nine books in all) for “2012 Book of the Year” in the Architecture category. It’s a great honor.
A very big thanks goes out to each of you who’ve bought the book…and to all the homeowners, all the friends and family, all the libraries, and all the independent bookstores who have supported and who continue to support it.—R.O.
ForeWord Reviews‘ Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses.
Our unique awards process brings readers, librarians, and booksellers together to select their top categories as well as choose the winning titles. Their decisions are based on editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book, and the value the book adds to its genre.
If your books expand a reader’s world, introduce a voice society needs to hear, offer practical knowledge where none existed before, or simply entertain so compellingly that all distractions fall away, they should be submitted for the Book of the Year Award.
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