Guys, a little confession by me. Back in July 2009 I had already written the stories for a couple of books on the subject of Joe - my old cob. However I did not have a readership and nothing is more frustrating for a writer than not to have an audience for his work. Somehow I stumbled across HorseForum.com and within a few months I found I had a ready made audience. Slowly but surely I found my way around the site and in the process I made a few friends across the world.
Some of the stories I have written for this forum were in an attempt to test a particular style of writing. Other articles were written because in order to write, I had to first think of the answers to a question about horses. It has been fun. In writing I have got to know myself. With hindsight, I should have tried writing for a living when I was a younger man.
I do write every now and again for a writing forum and there I can spread my wings into other topics. The prime role of the audience over there is to criticise my writing on a technical basis which is good for my style of writing.
I have made a couple of attempts to publish a book I have called:
'Living with Joe'. It is the story of my life with a cussed cob and some of the chapters appear on this forum. The next stage of publishing the book would call for more work on editing. It would also benefit from a critique by a professional publisher. All in all the complete process of presenting a manuscript for publishing represents a lot of work. However unless I am prepared to put my hand in my pocket and pay a few thousand dollars for self publishing, I cannot break into the book world. Or should I say for the moment I have not found the route. If a writer wants to sell a book, he has to have a way to publicise the book, to distribute the book and to collect the cash. Maybe Amazon is the way.
I suspect soon there will be some changes to the Kindle tablet. There will be a way to print in colour and to include videos as well as still photos. Stories about horses would fit in well with such a format.
That is all in the future.
In the meantime I get fun in writing for you Guys. Thank you for your support not just nowadays but over the past two and a half years - it is and has been very much appreciated.