And beside the covers, there is what is inside them, my writing. Luckily, and to my surprise, I felt that the only book which needed some work on it was the Handbook, a careful reading of the others confirming that they still expressed what I wanted to say. The Handbook was another matter, and has made me think deeply about its content, particularly as this new edition is going to include my Teach Yourself Self-Help manual as an appendix.
Writing the manual highlighted areas which I felt the Handbook touched on too lightly, and sometimes even in a somewhat confusing way, and these related to points and point selection in general. Amending one section had a knock-on effect on other sections, and has often led to a change in chapter order and content. My poor translators,
But the exercise has been a very productive one, because it made me go back to first principles, and work out exactly the process by which I translate my well-known mantra of “the simpler the better” into point selection. After many a redraft as I honed my ideas more clearly, I now have a version with which I am pleased.
The publication date for the new edition of the Handbook will be the end of the year, with the other three books appearing a little earlier.