American Book Fest announced that HEARTBEAT: Musings on Leather and Leadership by Thomas Smith (Alternate Publishing) has been honored as a finalist in THE 2014 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) in the category of Gay and Lesbian Nonfiction on May 21, 2014. Thomas Smith said, "This is great national recognition and I am beyond thrilled!" Heartbeat: Musings on Leather and Leadership is recognized in the category of Gay and Lesbian: Non-Fiction. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, says of the awards, “The 2014 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the world."
HEARTBEAT: Musings on Leather and Leadership is a collection of provocative essays. The book is based on the author’s experience spanning over thirty plus years as a community leader. This book takes a look into the leather tribe, traditions, history and leadership. Inside perspective and practical tips are delivered and are meaningful to those interested in being better leaders.
The book is especially relevant to those working with clubs, organizations, non-profits, and to improve individual skills and knowledge in the leather subculture. This book is based on the traditions of the 'unbroken chain' where those that go before pass on their expertise and knowledge to those who are coming up. The print book is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores. The E-Book version is available for Kindle.
Thomas Smith was honored as an Award Winning Author in the 2013 International Book Awards and the 2013 USA Best Book Awards. Thomas created a popular leadership forum online as a resource for leaders and is a former Chair and Board member for the Leather Leadership Conference. Thomas was a state and international titleholder – Mr. Kentucky Leather 1997 and Mr. International Rubber 1999.