It’s been over a 12 months since I’ve added to my weblog. In 2018 I celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the publication of my first e-book “Clicker Coaching on your Horse”. Each month I revealed an article thanking straight a few of the many individuals who’ve helped set up clicker coaching within the horse group. My final publish was in October 2018. Then my weblog went darkish.
November is my collapse-in-a-heap month. All through the autumn my journey season competes with preparations for winter. It’s at all times a race. Usually we are able to count on the primary main snow storms round Thanksgiving, however there have been years after they have come sooner. Deer fencing has to go up, the composter needs to be emptied, and so many different “should do” jobs must be completed earlier than the deep chilly descends.
By early November the race is winding down. The chores have been ticked off the checklist one after the other. The journey season is over, and I can permit myself just a few inefficient days. After which I shift again into excessive gear to organize the entire convention displays for the next 12 months. That was November 2018.
December 2018 marked the beginning of one other challenge. I knew I wanted to organize my second e-book, “The Click on That Teaches: A Step By Step Information in Photos” for an additional reprinting. I used to be operating low on books. I figured by the top of 2019 I’d be out of the present version.
Step one was contacting the printer to learn the way a lot of a challenge it was going to be to getting the e-book prepared for an additional printing. The reply was a significant one. That they had not too long ago achieved a significant replace on their laptop system, and so they may now not open my unique file.
Aargh! Computer systems and their updates!
Right here’s what I wrote within the ahead to the brand new version of the Step-By-Step e-book:
“Don’t take rating too quickly. That’s what I saved telling myself. It’s a sports activities metaphor. Don’t hand over. Don’t depend somebody out earlier than the sport is over. In coaching it means regardless of the outcomes you’re getting proper now – good or unhealthy, desired or not – earlier than you both have fun or change into discouraged, it is advisable wait to see what comes subsequent. It’s by no means over till it’s over.
I like metaphors. After I prepare, they come out like rabbits out of a magician’s hat. (And there’s one, simply to show my level.) However at this second, I wasn’t referring to coaching. I used to be serious about the large stumbling block I had simply encountered.
I wanted to reprint the e-book. I used to be nearly out of copies. However the unique version may now not be accessed by the printer.
Don’t take rating too quickly. I saved repeating that as I searched via my stack of exhausting exterior exhausting drives for the one which contained the information for the e-book. I hadn’t opened this specific exhausting drive in a few years. It took me fairly some time to trace down an adapter that might let my new laptop talk with this older exhausting drive.
I plugged it in, hoping in opposition to hope that it could nonetheless work. The facility mild went on. My laptop’s display stuffed up with the information from the exhausting drive, and there it was: all of the information for the Step-By Step e-book. I clicked on the one which I had despatched off to the printer. My laptop couldn’t learn the file.
Don’t take rating too quickly.
I had every thing else, the textual content, the images, even the unique video from which I had created the images. I may rebuild the e-book. As a substitute of the reprint being a small, simply achieved challenge, I used to be now a number of months of labor. Sigh.
So I set to work. And that’s after I found what factor it was that I wanted to rebuild the e-book. So long as I needed to redo each web page, I would as properly make just a few updates. These few updates shortly became an entire rewriting of the textual content.
The unique Step-By-Step e-book was written in 2003. this rewrite came about over the winter of 2018 to the summer time of 2019. Fifteen plus years of instructing means I’ve added a whole lot of particulars to the coaching. I’ve modified the best way I speak concerning the work. I’ve added new metaphors, discovered higher methods to clarify the teachings.”
So right here I’m a 12 months later. I haven’t written any blogs, however I’ve written what is basically a brand new e-book. It follows the identical format as the unique, however I’ve revised and added to each web page.
My few months of labor became a 12 months lengthy challenge. As I write this, the brand new revised version remains to be on the printer. Each step of this course of has taken longer than anticipated, together with this one. I hoped to have the e-book by mid-November however that hasn’t labored out. It needs to be able to ship to me any day now. After which I’ll have it to ship to all of you, hopefully in time for Christmas.
You may order it via my site: theclickercenter.com
Take pleasure in!