Last spring a friend in my wine tasting group, who is also a certified specialist of wine, asked me if I would be interested in co-authoring an introductory wine book with him. After thinking about it for roughly three seconds, the amount of time it took me to consider how much I love wine and how much I love to write, I said, ‘yes, yes I would.’
The writing process went very smoothly. We took turns writing a few chapters each month. Within six months the first draft was complete. Then came the tedious work of editing; checking and re-checking the pronunciation guides, re-working the maps multiple times, until we finally gave up and found another source (drawing maps is much harder than I ever imagined) and debating the usefulness of the Oxford comma. After another six months, yes, the editing took as long as the writing, but wasn’t nearly as much fun, the final 138th draft (I exaggerate…a little) was ready to be shipped off to the publisher.
We self-published and used Trafford. They put out a quality product, have reasonable prices, include an isbn, and have many covers from which to choose. After learning at a writers’ conference that blue covers sell more books than any other color, we changed our cover to blue.
Our book is available on amazon. It is an introductory book. If you are already deeply in the throes of wine study, this book will do you no good. But if you know very little about wine and would like to know a little something without having to work too hard, this is the book for you. It includes the basics on wine regions and grapes as well as fun facts and talking points. Each chapter opens with the bare essentials for that region, the three or four or five things you should know about a region in easy-to-reference quick tips.
I will be giving out free copies of the book, Talking About Wine With Ease, to the first five people who contact me, Linda Foxworth, at firstname.lastname@example.org and put ‘free book’ in the subject line. If you are the sixth person to contact me, the book is available on amazon for $10.99.