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NoMoreNewStories.com ~ Swimming in a Sea of Queries

NoMoreNewStories.com is a blog posting to store the following information. I’ve had to simply. Incoming Emails have become overwhelming, and my day job workload is very heavy right now.

I don’t enjoy simply deleting Emails from people who have taken the time to research and write to me. I value that process and their time, too.

Below is my message:

Thank you for contacting me.

I simply can’t take on anything else at this time, besides what I’ve promised to write on the blog and my clients’ needs. This is not to under value your story in anyway. I just need to write this once more, and store it…

Please check back with me from time to time, because you never know when something is inspirational and the timing is just right.

If you’re an exchange student and doing a internship for a wine company, who would like to set up business in California (mainly in the bay area)… and… you’re looking for a local distributor, please read anything on my blog about wine importers,. You’ll begin your journey. Sorry, I can’t possibly condense nearly two years of experience into one quick Email or blog posting.

If you want to write for Wineblog, I have to preface this with the fact that I’m currently asked, at least once or twice a week, to have someone else be a guest writer on this wine blog. Well, I tried it and it didn’t work… Not because of the content, because I had to believe in the authors’ worthiness, so it made it through that filter. But, I honestly think that I learned that people were actually reading this blog to see what I was up to; otherwise, why did people reading this blog take a huge tumble in no time at all, and then came back up – ever so slowly – once I was back to writing five days a week?

If you’re having a sale on your wine, how about Facebook and Twitter? You fans will love it. I’ve written over 1,000 blog stories, and not one story is about a wine sale.

If you’re retailer, it’s impossible for me to keep up with all retail outlets that are querying me. (It’s so massive.) What I’ll do is save your Email, and if I need a retail expert, I’ll come back to you, okay?

If you got a gold medal, and you’re writing to tell me about it. Congratulations!

I don’t write about gold medals, because everyone eventually gets one. May I suggest that you make sure to contact www.alawine.com, because that site is dedicated to gold medals.

If you have an event, I usually write about the ones I will or have attended.

May I suggest LocalWineEvents.com, if you’ve not been there yet.

For now, I wish you well with your wine, your story, and/or your upcoming event.

Most of all, though, I appreciate you thinking of me.

Best wishes and have a fun day,


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7 Responses to “NoMoreNewStories.com ~ Swimming in a Sea of Queries”

  1. I know what you mean! Thanks for the laugh, Jo!

    I was just invited to a dinner in NYC–and I live in Southern California! I guess I should have asked if a plane ticket came with it…

    I rarely respond to press releases (unless a sample of wine is involved!) but I suppose I should once again follow your good advice and your lead and respond at least with a form letter such as this to their emails.

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    If they’ve got a sense of humor, they’ll get it. If they don’t, then they came tot he wrong place anyway ;^)

  3. Dear Jo,

    I just came across your social media clown story, and then read this one. Really fantastic content and I love how your personality comes through… tell it like it is and keep it up!

    Your story about the rejections you received with regard to the winery cats story gives me hope, as well as your illustration on how many emails you delete each day. I am a new importer and direct to consumer retailer of grower-Champagnes. I personally reach out daily to many wine writers after reading through their content, and it gets depressing how few responses I receive. However, you have shinned some light on the subject for me and I appreciate your advice.

    I will continue to personalize my media out reach and I will never hire some east coast PR firm, nor a 21 year old social media expert to do the work for me. That is, until I get so big that I don’t need myself anymore!

    If you ever need a grower-Champagne expert and Terry Theise, Brad Baker, or one of the other dozen people who live Champagne aren’t available, please keep my email and reach out. I surely won’t delete!

    Cheers & Thanks, Bryan

  4. Jo Diaz says:

    Dear Bryan,

    Thanks for your comments. I really do appreciate them. You never know how anything written is going to be taken, but if I have to worry about how truly superficial people will take it, I’ll have to stop writing. I’m very clear that you can’t make everyone happy all the time, so I’ve give up trying – a long time ago… That’s the *real* beauty of age…. experiences to fill a boat.

    You’ve just tipped me off to something else, as I’ve tried to respond to every single Email… The fact that most writers simply just delete without ever explaining why. I guess being in PR first-and-foremost makes me care about the importance of every communication.

    Imagine not needing yourself anymore, and then you can hire people who won’t get the job done for you. In defense of the East coast firms, I do have a couple of great people there who view wine-blog as a resource, and get great wines to me… But they are rare and extraordinary people. Finding them within an agency is the real trick, I’d imagine.

    I’m happy to help you get publicity through wine-blog. You tell me what you think would be a great story, and we’ll either run with it, or adjust it to meet both of our needs. You said the right things and did a great job with this one. I’m here for you.

    See world, that’s how it’s done…

  5. NHL Jerseys says:

    I find this post and the comments to be a bit unfair to anonymity. Presumably, “Mike” in the sandbox was not anonymous, but that didn’t stop him from hitting you. Which was wrong of course, but it’s not clear what this has to do with libel or free speech or anonymity.

  6. Jo Diaz says:


    If you had read Blake’s story, the blog that included the sandbox reference would have made more sense to you. It appears that it’s akin to coming into the middle of the movie.

    You had to be there to get the ending, like it’s going to be for anyone to try to understand what you’re referencing in this comments section from another blog story.

    Good luck, y’all.

  7. […] The amount of unfocused Emails are significant enough that I finally wrote and published NoMoreNewStories.com ~ Swimming in a Sea of Queries. […]

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