Shooting the designer


My husband says there is a saying in product development that there always comes a time when you have to shoot the designer, or the product will never make it to the marketplace. It probably says a lot about his good sense that he waited to mention this until after I approved the final proof – one of a seemingly endless successions of “final” proofs – of the book. There is no question that the designer on this project (that would be me) should have been shot some time ago!

But it is done. As I type this, I am waiting for confirmation that Amazon has begun to stock it. It is already available for order from my own website, which has recently been revamped. Now when you visit, you’ll get a splash page that asks if you are looking for information on the pottery or horse color. Clicking on the Horse Color link will take you to information about horse color, and from there to a page where you can order the print version of the book. (The Kindle version is still in the works.)


In the next few weeks, I will be doing some much-needed maintenance work on both the website and this blog. On the top of my list is moving the Splash Project page to the website. While this blog is wonderful for free-form discussion, I have more options for organizing the information on the Splash Project page with a true web page. I also plan to work on a better structure (and more consistent use of) the blog categories. With more than a year’s worth of archived posts now, the ability to find past topics of interest is even more important.

This will also help me put together a list of those topics that never were developed as intended. While the posts here tend to wander a bit, I do try to go back and finish those posts that were meant to be a set, but that hasn’t always happened. Now that the book is put to bed, I will try to tie up some of the loose ends here. I also have a really large backlog of posts that have waiting while I was finishing up the book. It has only seemed quiet here for the last few weeks!

Really I was looking at too many of these…



Those are page spreads from Color Descriptions section of the book. Here is one from the chapter on Hackneys in the Breeds section.


It has been a long process, and I have certainly learned a lot about publishing in the past year. Hopefully that will pay off in a shortened time frame for the next few volumes!

Update: The parent website for the publishing company is now, rather than The links at the old site will take you to the new one.

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6 Responses to Shooting the designer

  1. Lynn Weber July 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Yay! I just sent the book link to my husband for a birthday idea (later this month). If he doesn’t get it for me, you can bet I’ll be getting it for myself! Congratulations on getting it done and out there!

  2. Jamie Coughlin July 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    I cannot wait to get the book! Next payday for sure!

  3. C. Conard July 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I literally jumped out of my seat with joy! Congratulations! Can you tell us if any copies will be made available at BreyerFest later this month?

  4. L R July 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Any idea when the e-book version will be up? I’ll be snagging a copy as soon as it is.

  5. Christine Sutcliffe July 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Ooooh, excellent! It’ll be so good to see it finished! 😀

  6. dakota328 August 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    As I am reading the book I am learning a ton but have noticed 2 slight errors. Page 69 towards the bottom you say “…and above the knees or fetlock o the front legs.” Assuming it should be ‘on’ not ‘o’. The other is on page 103, the list of 5 things under Whole-Coloured and Solid the list goes 1, 2, 2, 3 and 4 instead of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
    Hope you don’t take it the wrong way, just thought you would like to know for further editions etc. It really is a great book, bought 2 more for christmas presents to the co-barn owners where my mare is boarded.