Friday, May 27, 2011

Farrier Encyclopedia: Keg shoe fitting...

   Latest sample article from next year's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Farriery now up...

   Yes, it needs, and will get, illustrations...  Thing about this kind of tome.  It covers topics from fundamental to advanced.  This is one of the former.  .

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dictionary Promo Copies On eBay...

   Every now and then Millwater Publishing puts a few copies of The New Dictionary of Farrier Terms and Technical Language up for bid in eBay auctions to help generate awareness and crawler links back to the website and Amazon listing.

   It's a handy way to get a copy at a substantial discount from the Amazon price.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Blogger Launch: Encyclopedia coming next year.

   There should be a lot going on at Millwater Publishing over the next several months, with the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Farriery being compiled for a 2012 release.  So I decided to use the blog to give readers some sneak-peaks at the work in progress.

   I already started this over at the CreateSpace/Amazon blog.  But they don't allow a lot of personalization over there.  More importantly, they don't seem to allow for open comments, and I know most readers don't have or want a CreateSpace account.  So I'll be redirecting the and homepage blog links here.

   Working drafts of new articles will be posted here from time to time, linked in .pdf format.  Illustrations and such may also be posted.

   You can also keep track of the project at the Millwater Publishing FaceBook page, and our Twitter feed.  Feel free to touch base through my regular FaceBook page as well.

   Looking forward to your comments and suggestions.

   Oh, and the current edition of the New Dictionary of Farrier Terms and Technical Language will remain available at Amazon.


Still testing...

   First, a quick history of The Dictionary of Farrier Terms...

   Our schedule for the past decade has been a new edition every other year.  (The 2010/2011 2.7.2 edition is current as of this writing.)  So work on the 2012 edition is underway now.

   Since word on the street has it that the world is due to end late in 2012, I'm approaching this edition as the final.  Even if the Mayan gods fail to work up a decent apocalypse, I may want to focus on electronic editions and other projects for a while anyway.

   So, for the tenth, and possibly final, print edition of the Dictionary, I'll be taking it up a notch to produce the ENCYCLOPEDIC Dictionary of Farriery.

   This edition will continue the well-established pattern of expanding content with more illustrations and encyclopedic articles.  This time with a focus on practical, how-to entries.

   I'm planning to make this edition available in both trade paperback and deluxe hard-cover versions...  I'm still deciding on whether to go with casewrap or dust jacket type hardcover. Any opinions on the matter are welcome.

   I'm also open to suggestions content-wise.  Articles that you think need to be included this time around...  As always, the Dictionary is intended to be a handy tool for professional farriers, as well as a useful resource for horseowners.  And, in times like these, it may even serve as an Scotsman's horseshoeing textbook for those taking up the trade or having to resort to trimming or shoeing their own.

   The current New Dictionary of Farrier Terms and Technical Language will also remain in-print and available on Amazon.

   Oh... And FedEx still sucks.

Testing transfer of posts from CS Blog...

   Well, been busy with all manner of things aroung the farm and shop.  Now Spring has finally sprung, and we'll be even more covered-up than before...  But I'll nevertheless attempt to get back into the MillwaterPublishing blog habit.

   It appears that the existing content at the blog, which forwarded to my Amazon author central page, has gone "poof" as things in cyberspace sometimes do...  I've just set Amazon to RSS this CreateSpace content.  We'll see how that works out.

   There will be a lot of news regarding The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Farrier Terms and Technical Language in weeks to come. Including sample articles, images, and more...

   But first, something to get off my chest...  One of the things that has been responsible a lot of the distraction here lately...

   Yes, FedEx Sucks.  They suck so bad that I was compelled to launch a website to catalog the extent of their sucktitude.  (Like I had time for a hobby!)  You can visit the site at to read up on how they drew our emnity, as well as that of many other former customers.  No cookies, java, or anything for sale at the site.  Just well-justified rants.

   We'll get back on-topic with the next entry.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Testing potential new blogsite...

   Okay...  Because the CreateSpace Amazon blog is so plain vanilla, and doesn't allow open comments, I'm considering copying it to a new blog server.

   Let's see how this one works.

   Maybe we'll stick-in a video...

   Okay...  Now maybe a picture...

   Okay...  Now a quick link out to my domain blog name.

   That'll do for right now.  Let's see how this works.