This week a friend told me that somebody she knows is writing a book about the history of cinnamon. That seems like a great idea for a book, because it creates an opportunity to talk about so many interesting topics, from cuisine to culture to capitalism to colonialism.

But then I got to thinking. What if — just maybe — there was some sort of miscommunication?

Publisher: We’d like you to write a history of Cinema. We’re offering a $100K advance.

Author: Hmm, that’s an interesting topic. Are you sure people will want to read about something so common?

Publisher: Oh yes, it’s part of people’s everyday lives, isn’t it?

Author: Yes … I guess so. Well, ok, I’m not going to turn down such a generous cash advance. I’ll see what I can do.

some months later

Publisher: How’s the book coming?

Author: You were right — this is a fascinating topic.

Publisher: So you’re managing to cover fresh ground?

Author: Well, not necessarily fresh ground, but definitely spice.

Publisher: Spice is good. Readers like that. But make sure it’s in good taste.

Author: Oh, very good taste. If you add the right ingredients to the mix.

Publisher: Sounds wonderful! When can we expect a draft?

The author was so heartened by his publisher’s unexpected enthusiasm that he started work on a sequel, completely on spec: A Brief History of Thyme.

2 Responses to “Spice”

  1. Jason Smith says:

    Made me chuckle.

  2. Manu says:

    The third part is called “The Secret of Port and Oregano”.

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