Update: The Wine Curmudgeon’s Guide to Cheap Wine

We ?re about one-third through the funding period, and not quite one-third funded. How can you help? Click this link or the widget in the upper left corner of the blog. That will take you to the Kickstarter site, where you can pledge as little as $25 to help publish the book — and get a copy, too.

The reception around the cyber-ether has been terrific. Said The Dallas Morning News: "… Jeff is one of our most trusted local voices on
wine. I love his curmudgeonly style. But behind that gruff posturing,
he knows exactly what he ?s talking about." I did an interview with Lynn Krielow at iWineRadio, and she was just as nice.

Plus this. And this. And even this. As one backer wrote to her friends, "This is going to be the best way to get the word out to everyone
about how wine should really be appreciated."

Finally, because there has been some confusion about Kickstarter and how it works, a quick Q and A:

? What happens if you don ?t get enough money through Kickstarter? I probably won't be able to write the book. Kickstarter is all or nothing; if I don ?t raise the $8,000, I don ?t get any money.

? How does this pledge thing work? You pledge money, and you ?re billed through your Amazon account (because, of course, everyone has an Amazon account in the 21st century). If I don ?t raise the $8,000, then you aren ?t billed.

? What ?s with the premiums? It ?s just like public television. Pledge a certain amount and get a gift. If you pledge $25, you get a copy of the ebook and a copy of the second edition of the ebook when it comes out. That ?s a fine deal, since the ebook will cost $9.95. Plus, there are pledge levels up to $500, with premiums that are even better (hint, hint).

? So all I ?m doing is buying the book before publication? Exactly. How painful is that, given that everyone reading this will buy the book anyway?