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Over the weekend, I attended a beer-based event. No, not all that hard for you to imagine. Reflecting back, I'm struck by the similarities between beer and books.

Stick with me.

Within each exists a wide gulf between big and small. Within each exists strong opinions and emotions on what is good and what is bad. Within each exists a span of talent and acceptance from pro to amateur. And within each exists business services that start at cottage and scale up to industry.

I'm not so naive to think think the same conclusions couldn't be drawn between other businesses. But having a common theme for my correlations may help get some of my points across better. That, and I like craft beer.

So when you see a string of posts from me that blend publishing and craft beer, now you know why. And you thought it was just because I've been drinking...
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I have a hard time imagining that alcohol was not involved in that particular thought process.
 
I'm guessing you've won some kind of debating award in your life at some time. Hmm..? ;-)
 
Growing up the only atheist in a tiny town in the Bible Belt hones debating skills to fine edge, +Ian MacQuarrie.
 
Some invigorate you - some put you to sleep.
 
There is one exception to the analogy, though - I'd say the "big names" in books aren't nearly as boring and awful as the big names in beer. At least American beer (and cheap imports - yeah, I'm looking at you Stella, Heineken, Corona)
 
I don't know... look at all the approbation heaped on Stephanie Meyer in literary circles. J K Rowling gets her share of hate. In fact, I think the only "big name" in literature that actually gets any respect from other writers is Stephen King.
 
Stephanie Meyer isn't an author. I keep saying this to myself so I don't feel like I'm emotionally in the same profession as her. Rowling's a Brit, so not in the American class (Imports have always been better - look at Gaiman and Pratchet). There's James P Blaylock as well, one of the fathers of Steampunk, and I think Scott Westerfeld is totally talent-having.
 
Personal preference, stereotypes and prejudices come into play as well, +Daniel A Samuelson. Thanks for illustrating!
 
Preference? Preposterous - it's all a matter of education. nod
 
He was at one time, right now I think he's mainly a professor at Chapman University. He, along with Gibson, created the foundation that Steampunk is built on though.
 
That's another slight difference between beer and books... taste in beer changes more slowly.
 
Yeah. For books you can't keep going back to that same well for several years (unless you're Tom Clancy, amirite?).
 
Tom Clancy, James Patterson, John Grisham...
 
Funny the last time I went to a beer tasting (years ago) i met some truly passionate people there. I don't want to compare books to beer, but the same passion is there. Only because passion for any craft is just passion. It's a drive to create, which in this case it's beer.
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