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I Wrote a Book! Start of a New Series

After writing on this blog for a few years now, I’ve realized that I kind of like writing. And some of you kind of like reading it. So writing a book about the hobby would make sense then yeah? So that is what I did, I wrote a book. Well, two books so far.

A Free eBook

If you enjoyed the How to Improve Your Hobby Skills series of posts, I hope you will like these books. Especially since the first is the three posts (Building, Painting, Showcasing) and formatted into PDF, Kindle, and eBpub books.

I struggle to read books as PDFs, especially on my phone. So I felt stupid for providing only a PDF for that series of posts. Now, you can get the book (still for free) on nearly every eBook platform. Kindle, iBooks, Nook (still around), Kobo, and a few others.

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Even more stores through this link.

Improve Your Building Skills

So, getting the free book published on all these different stores was an adventure (one I’m still figuring out). But it got me thinking about expanding out the series into an actual you-might-pay-to-read, kind of books.

No visions of retiring soon here, but earning a trip to Adepticon next year? That would be cool.

How to Improve Your Hobby Building Skills BookSo I took the first third of the free book (~5,o00 words) and expanded it out to 25,527 words of how to build miniatures. Not the sexiest subject to write about, but I had such a good response to each section of the series, I want to turn each into a full sized book.

Right now, How to Improve Your Hobby Building Skills is on pre-order for a June 3rd release. And since I’m down to the final tweaks proofreading, I feel pretty comfortable that I will hit that arbitrary date 🙂

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More stores at https://www.books2read.com/hobby-building-skills

 What’s Next?

If you are a regular reader here, have no fear that I will turn into a book sales pitch machine. In fact, not much will change on the blog at all as this is part of my hobby as much as picking up a brush. Don’t want to buy a book? Cool, I’ll still put together tutorials, showcases, and Good Reads as always.

But if you do like books, and hopefully my books, I have more in store. The first up is a print version of the Building book. This is an experiment in print-on-demand and so far is a lesson in pain. But I love physical books, especially resource style books, so I want to make it happen.

Sneak peek at the WIP book cover!

Next up will be the Painting and Photography books. Both are going to take some time, and in the case of the painting book, I need to decide on what topics to cover in this book. My dream would be to have a whole series, covering topics from absolute beginners, to award winning tips.

But I hope to not do it on my own. When I looked for similar hobby books on Amazon, they are almost non-existent. Not even regarding Games Workshop focussed books, but miniatures in general. In the future, I want to enable others to write their own books and be the publisher.

Crazy? Sure, but so is our hobby 🙂 If that sounds like a cool idea to you, stay tuned to future thoughts on that topic. (still, have lots to learn!).

Want to Help?

I would love your help with the project by getting the word out. Send your gaming friends a link to the free book. Download it on your favorite device to get the ‘sales’ numbers up which gets the stores to share it more.

And most helpful of all: leave an honest review. Though, if you think something is terrible about it, email me instead so I can fix it 🙂

You guys are awesome, and I appreciate being a part of this community and adding something to it.

Download the Guide

Improve your hobby skills cover

Get the full guide to How to Improve Your Hobby Skills as a PDF. This way you can take it with you and share it with friends.

This 31-page free eBook will help you go from beginner to happy with tips on building your model, to improving your painting, to taking the best possible picture of it.

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  • Wow this is great Joe. Really pleased you have decided to write up this stuff. It looks a lot of work, but also will be a great read. Best of luck with it 🙂

    • Thanks! It has been a lot of work to get it finished, but it was fun to do something different and figure out all the pieces. Now I just have to find my old English teachers and send them a copy…

  • Congrats on getting this out there. It’s quite the accomplishment, and I really hope you earn yourself that trip with the funds.

    • Thanks! It will be interesting to see what comes of it, but it is cool to just have it out there 🙂

  • D Power

    Congratulations! Writing a book is always so time-consuming, and such an accomplishment. Hope it was fun, it looks great.

    • Thanks D! It was fun in a different sort of way. A nice way to mix it up from painting.

  • Bloody Nora!! 25000 words on building toy soldiers? I take my hat off to you, sir! And I eagerly await its triumphant release. That’s an awesome effort, mate, you deserve all the success with it.

    • Cheers Adam! It is a surprising amount of words, but I broke it down into chapters and sections which made it a whole manageable.

  • Truly stunning stuff man, well played altogether. Something to be really proud of. I shall make sure to mention it in the next post I do.
    I personally love analog so will be eagerly looking forward to the printed version. It is a tricky route for sure.

  • Congratulations on the achievement!

  • Congratulations