Contrary to popular belief, I have not given up working on my new book, nor have I forgotten about this blog. My spare time (what there is of it, anyway) has been consumed by updating the winery book for 2013. Since I opted to go the independent publishing route, this means doing a lot of the formatting and mapmaking myself.
Why do this when I could probably hire someone to do it for me? Well, two reasons, really. The first has to do with concept and the second with cost.
When I first started working on the book two years ago, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted it to look like: each chapter would start with a map of the wine region, and then each sub-chapter would begin with a more detailed map with roads, towns, and the specific locations of each winery.
Since there are nine wine regions in Virginia and multiple sub-areas, this translated to over 50 (!) maps for the book. It also translated Continue reading