I’m in a book!

Or, at least, I’m going to be.

It all started one evening when I was working hard arsing around on Facebook, and Veronica from The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife popped up for a chat. We engaged in some very important discussions about life, love and the universe – or maybe I talked about my cup of tea – and then she told me about an idea that she and Pete, of Black Sheep fame, had come up with.

The idea was dangerously simple: invite funny expat bloggers from all over Europe to contribute to a comedy anthology, publish it on Amazon in time for Christmas and donate the proceeds to charity. They’d had the idea around nine months ago, but hadn’t really got around to doing anything about it.

While Irish Linda was lazily formulating the thought, “Ah sure, it’s grand. Eight months is no time at all, at all…”, German Linda efficiently stomped her and went into military mode. Within a day, we’d compiled a list of the bloggers we wanted to take part, emailed them to ask if they wanted to contribute, I appointed myself editor, and asked a friend to design the cover. Veronica would take on marketing the book and formatting it for Amazon. (Thankfully, as I am clueless about that stuff.)

“Uprooted and Undiluted” was born. I also gained the lovely title of “Linda the Whip”. (Thanks for that, Pete.)

My inner German does not look like this.
My inner German does not look like this.

Luckily, everyone else was just as taken with the idea as I was and, in no time at all, the blog posts started rolling in. We decided to divide it into topics, rather than simply by blogger, so we’d cover things like daily life, sexy time, man flu, battling red tape, and problems with learning the local language. I compiled all of the posts into one monster document and got down to it. Needless to say, it was a lot more work than I had initially thought; I finished editing it yesterday and my right hand now resembles a claw. The ‘N’ has also worn off my keyboard although that could be more a side effect of typing “NEIN” all the time.

My N-less love...
My N-less love…

We have bloggers covering Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, England, Croatia, Sweden, France and, of course, I’ll be contributing my hilarious antics from both Latvia and Germany. You can find the full list of writers on my new page and, I have to say, they really are a funny bunch – editing the book was incredibly difficult as I just couldn’t stop laughing.

As I mentioned, the proceeds of the book will go to charity. Now you’d think it would be pretty easy to give money away, right? NEIN (sorry, N). We contacted a couple of major international charities to ask if we could use their logo and donate the money to them. The amount of hoop-jumping and bureaucracy they wanted us to go through would make even a German’s head spin. One actually wanted us to sign a contract guaranteeing a minimum annual donation… Um, what? Can’t we just give you the money?

In the end, Veronica came to the rescue by emailing an old friend who’d set up a charity called Hands Together that builds schools in Nepal. They were absolutely thrilled to be part of the project and we are delighted to be donating the money to such a worthy cause. They’ve offered to help us market the book in any way they can, and the Chairperson, none other than the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley, is even going to write a foreword for us.

Joanna does her best impression of a Latvian woman. (Image taken from The Times Magazine.)
Joanna does her best impression of a Latvian woman. (Image taken from The Times Magazine.)

With the editing done, the cover a day or two from completion, and the charity on board, it’s all starting to feel very real. I have no problem admitting that I am stupidly excited about it all. I think the book is fantastic and I hope that everyone immediately rushes out and buys a copy. Or, rather, sits comfortably in their armchair and clicks a couple of times. (Technology, eh?)

You’d better be quick though, before Mammy O’Grady buys them all.

The Facebook page can be found here – ‪#‎uprootedandundiluted‬. I think. I still don’t really understand what hashtags do…

This post was updated October 15. The editorial team is re-visiting its connection with the aforementioned charity as the book might be too ‘undiluted’ for their taste… More to follow in a later post.

70 thoughts on “I’m in a book!”

  1. this is very exciting 😀

    My S, D, F C ,and N keys have worn off…the E is nearly gone and the shift key has seen better days…
    this confuses other people who use my keyboard…but I don’t really know why…

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  2. That sounds brilliant, Linda – well done to you all. And major score getting JL to write the forward – it should walk off the shelves. Looking forward to reading it and laughing my socks off!

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  3. The Y and Z keys on the keyboard are in wrong places! Bad Linda!

    Also, will this be an ebook-only deal, or there will be a printed version, too?

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      1. Oh, nice, I actually was hoping for a printed version, will it be just Amazon?

        And it’s a thing with Russian characters – we don’t wear off. 😉

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        1. Heh, she’ll kill me for mentioning her again – she hates when I do it 🙂
          But I just like saying “Mammy O’Grady” so much 🙂 She’s like a mini-celeb. Thankfully not a f****** Kardashian 😉

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  4. This is absolutely fabulous! I will be first with my copy at the checkout counter. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! To have you and Joanna collaborating so selflessly on this project is guaranteed to make it a smashing success. What a worthy cause; I’m so, so, so looking forward to it and will promote it shamelessly! Well done. X

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    1. Woop! Sounds like you’re almost as excited as I am! I will not stop you from promoting it shamelessly – quite the opposite in fact haha! Joanna and I – the perfect pairing. I pretty much am Pats from Ab Fab after all 😉


    1. Me too haha! Really hope it does well – it’s so funny and for a great cause 🙂 Should be out in early November. Mammy O’Grady will be tapping away with her one finger typing 😉

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  5. Reblogged this on Englishman in Italy and commented:
    Linda from Expat eye on Germany has written the following post titled I’m in a book! this is a charity book that a number of crazy bloggers have got involved in, I hope you will go over and read her post and more importantly buy the book when it comes out.

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