In which skill is important, but we don't refuse wishes for good luck!

This must be what it feels like to send your first-born child off to university.

The lady at the post office kissed it for luck!

I hammered at it, scribbled on it, re-hammered and re-scribbled for more than a month.

Finally, I printed out a clean copy, slid it gently into the mailing envelope, and steadied my hand as I wrote the publisher's address on the front. 

Then I went to the post office and handed it over the counter:

A book proposal for Endurance 101.

I figure that if you want to wish us luck, now would be a good time. 

Also, if you want to rave on-and-on about how you can't wait to buy your very own copy of it, perhaps the publisher will notice if you write your raves in the comments.

(What the heck, it couldn't hurt!)

What do you do to bring luck?


  1. It is going to be a best hit. As you rock at writing..anyway back to what I was have a way with words, a way with people and a way with animals.Besides all of that you know what you are talking about and everyone wants to learn something new.

  2. Aarene--I can only say I have been through this and I do wish you luck. I'm not sure what the process is like now--its changed so much-- but when I sold my first mystery novel (twenty years ago), it took me a year of submissions to get a literary agent and then that agent submitted my ms for another year to various publishers before one finally agreed to buy it (St Martin's Press). So it was a long wait (two years) for me.

    I really know nothing about non-fiction, but I think your book fills a niche, which is sort of what publishing is all about. And I love your writing. I hope to hear all about your pub date soon. I sincerely hope you don't have to wait two years for a contract (like I did). And yes, I will buy a copy, when, not if, it comes out.

  3. Woo-hoo! I'm excited for you, because I know that WHEN it comes out, you're going to have an awesome hit on your hands.

  4. Where's the waiting list? I'll need four copies! Autographed of course! One for me, one for my mom, one for my hubby, and one for Becky of course! (Maybe autographed by Fiddle too?)

  5. Woohoo! Wishing you luck and eagerly awaiting the chance to buy it. I really do think you write well and many times I've finished reading your post in a happier mood than I started. Your funny and knowledgeable and you understand how to combine everything in such a way that your point comes across and I'm left with a desire to go out and learn and train more. I hope you'll keep us posted on the progress of you "child."

  6. Good Luck!!! I want to be on the waiting list too... you are a great writer, and you ride the right kind of horse too:-)

    I jest (kind of), but it would be nice to see an endurance book written by someone who has ridden more than just Arabs (which I also love of course!).

  7. I have goosebumps on your behalf!

    And it goes without saying I would buy more than one copy. There really isn't anything comprehensive that's fun to read, and your book is both!

  8. Luck, luck, luck!!!! Can't wait to get my copy and get an autograph too :)

  9. Of course I want to buy my very own copy of it! I was moving during most of your posts, so I want to start again at the beginning, with it in my hot, but not so little, hands. I might even sit outside on a nice (read: not bitter cold, nor rainy like Swampland) day and read aloud to my ponies, so they know what is expected of them. I cannot do this with my laptop. Too far from the router!

    As to your question, I kiss my ponies for luck.

    Beyond this post, I have something I think you'll like, as soon as I can raid the pictures off my husband's iPhone. My kids had a Pirate jammie sort of Christmas. We took pics with you in mind.

  10. I will expect nothing less than Success! Also - along with your signature - that of Fiddle! A nice hoof print! :-)

  11. You can never have too many endurance books! You'll be doing signings at convention next year for sure. :)

  12. I'm holding my checkbook. Publishers are you listening? Important points: I don't ride endurance and I still want to buy this book.
    Because its a completely different sport, and I'm always interested in how people and horses work together. I will learn something, like singing is a good way to "rate" your horse, that will translate perfectly to the sport I'm in. (etc, etc)

    If I did want to try endurance, this is exactly the book I'd want. I don't leap without looking and learning. It answers everything from the practical (what kind of food is easy to eat while posting at 10 mph?) to the cultural: what sort of people at drawn to Endurance? How competitive is competitive? What are the faux pas, and the brilliants?

    Seriously. Want. This. Book.


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