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 http://blog.MillwaterPublishing.com/ and homepage blog links here.
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 theENCYCLOPEDIC 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.
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 http://blog.MillwaterPublishing.com/ 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...
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