I am one of those people that like to set goals for myself. Some of them I seem to achieve easier than others. Revising my book and getting it published again though has been a hard goal to achieve.
Every few years I would dig through my box of returned photos and such and think about doing it all again. One winter I put it all on the computer and saved it to a CD. Then it all went back into the box again. I checked into some self publishing avenues but the costs were all out of my reach. The box remained untouched for some time and the last couple of winters I have played with the chapters on the computer and tried to figure out how I could afford to do this again, on my own.
I finally decided to sell some advertising within the book to raise some seed money to get it started. The idea worked. And my project flourished as I edited and updated every chapter. I found new photos from many friends and organizations, I added these to many of the ones that were in the "box". I scanned about 250 photos some of which had been given to me by the late Charles Barieau for the first book. Charlie always used to take the AERC Convention photos as well as Tevis and many of the early day California and Nevada rides. I also had many good ones given to me via email and Facebook. Hmmmm Facebook can be useful for something!
The book will be available through major online retailers Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, also from the publisher Xlibris.com, and I can obtain copies and sell them also. I just ordered a bunch to fill the orders I have received and to also have at rides when people ask for them. This new edition won't go out of print like the old one as it is set up as a print on demand. People from anywhere can order it and it will appear in their mailbox like magic! Technology can be pretty cool!! And thank you everyone who helped make this dream, this goal, a reality!!