Surviving the Equestrian World

So, here it is. Surviving the Equestrian World in three versions. The kindle is working, as far as I know, and the pictures are in full color;

Cover Saleem

 

The Kindle;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Surviving-Equestrian-World-Veronica-Merlin-ebook/dp/B00JYFNEIC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398540135&sr=8-1&keywords=surviving+the+equestrian+world+veronica+merlin

Surviving the Equestrian World, as a paperback, US trade version, prints in black and white pictures on cream paper. The pictures print better in this one, than in the pocket size;

equstrian cover

 

PAPERBACK, US trade version;

http://www.lulu.com/shop/veronica-merlin/surviving-the-equestrian-world/paperback/product-21706788.html

Interior pictures.

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Pocket size, matching the Starstone Series, prints in black and white pictures, on white paper, but the print on Lulu is a bit unreliable, and this is a smaller version than the US trade, which can make some pictures print badly;

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PAPERBACK pocket size;

http://www.lulu.com/shop/veronica-merlin/surviving-the-equestrian-world/paperback/product-21681394.html

Interior pictures. And they look better than they are, actually, because I have a camera that takes better pictures, than Lulu prints them… Which is kind of amusing, and slightly annoying.

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I was planning on setting up a hardcover in full color, but I am not sure I want to, if Lulu’s printer is not any more reliable than this. It’s strange though, because the covers are so beautifully, so flawlessly printed… A hardcover in full color is going to be expensive though, I am not sure I want to take the chance on behalf of my readers, with a printer like Lulu’s, but I am exploring my options.

For now, I better get the Danish version finished. That one will be set up in the US trade version at the moment, not in the pocket size. I really wanted the pocket size to work out, and it does, sort of, but I have to admit, the US trade is better, when it comes to the training and illustrating of body language. Still, I am leaving both of them for sale, and letting my readers decide. They are both perfectly readable, and useful, I wouldn’t leave something for sale, that wasn’t satisfactory, I am just a bit of a perfectionist, and this book is a very dear child of mine. I guess it will never be quite perfect, to me, no matter what I do.

These books are both good enough though. So, I would recommend that if you want to read the story, primarily, you pick the pocket size. It is a little cheaper and it prints on white paper, which for me, is easier to read. If you are in it for the training however, I would go for the US trade or the Kindle, because the pictures are that much clearer. And I am stumbling over details here, but this is who I am, I can’t help it. So really, don’t mind me too much.

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And with my sticky fingers all over the pocket book, getting caught in the flash… tsk tsk…

After I am done with the Danish version of this book, it is going to be a while before I write anything like this again, simply because setting up the pictures and publishing it, has been a nightmare. I am so looking forward to returning to the Starstone Series, and the much simpler publishing and printing process.

“For me, it was always about the horse. What really mattered to me was the relationship I had with my horses, the trust between us. I never cared much about what kind of pedigree my horse had, I am not riding the papers; I am riding the horse.

I never cared about impressing the girls around me with my skills, or with what my horse could do. I always made sure to not compromise my horse, just to win a ribbon.

First and foremost, this is a book about how to let your horse survive the equestrian world. How to have it live a long and happy life, how to build up its body so it is strong enough to carry a rider, how to train it in a positive way, without breaking its spirit or beating it up.

And it is about not giving up on that one, dangerous horse, even if you are the only one who can see just how perfect he is.

This is the story of my life. Now, some might think she is only thirty, that is a bit early to write the story of her life, is it not? You may be right, but it is the right time for me.

This is the story of Poseidon.

This is the story of my heart, my soul, my star, my endless night.

This is the story of a young girl who met a young horse she had no idea how to handle, but knew she could not walk away from. This is the story of how I learned Natural Horsemanship, what worked and what did not, but this is first and foremost meant as a tale of comfort to anyone who might be in my situation. You are not alone.

I have never felt as lonely as I did in my fifteen years with Poseidon. There was only me. No one else could handle that horse, no one else could read him, feel him, understand him, and every time I failed to do so there was no one to blame, but me.

At the same time I have never felt as blessed as I did in my fifteen years with Poseidon. He was an extraordinary personality, a magnificent horse, a loyal friend, and so complex that I find it hard to describe him in words. I will try though, through the pages of this book.”

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