I decided to create a Blog as a mean to communicate with the rest of the wargaming/collecting world -and a posteriori with my grandchildren- it is too dispersed an effort to comment on facebook, or in different threads on the Forum in Baccus for that matter! The Baccus 6mm miniatures are very good quality and my current passion, but I considere the idea of a Forum in their web page a particularly great idea of Peter!
I am in FaceBook as Alejo Dorca Bis but not obsessed to have many “friends”, there I follow groups akin to my interests or pet subjects on History, Toy Soldiers and Wargaming, and even comment from time to time, it is real fun sometimes but you also see a lot of “spam” unfortunately .
My idea or purpose is to continue giving advice -not asked for- on the subject of toy soldiers. Please note that in the term TOY SOLDIER I include everything related or remotely related to toy soldiers and wargaming. It is so for me.
I even wrote a book about it once but the passing of time has made the text a bit incomplete… so here is the way to explain what happened next -after 2016- quite a lot of things in fact! If you have any doubts or questions I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
This book was what it started all. Well, to be exact -as it says in the caption- in fact this is the Spanish second edition. Silly of me I believed the saying “you have to put children into the world, plant a tree, and write a book”, as I had done the first two (a lot) I thought -once semi-retired- why not do the third? (in fact we also recorded a CD with Beatles covers!… lol… quite multifaceted…
Once upon a time I read an article on a newspaper saying how easy it was to auto-publish a book. I became interested. I learned about CreateSpace and the rest is history. I thought I was filling a void because there is not that much covering of the hobby in Spanish. Now I know why! I have sold really very few copies of both editions.
To make the tale short I decided to translate the opus to English myself because the Anglo-Saxon community (UK and USA) is where the hardcore followers thrive. It was a mistake, I was wrong again because sintaxis and language construction of the first edition were not good enough, and that is a big euphemism. Hard or even mild critics on amazon mentioned that specifically, so I got a translator and corrector for the English second edition and added more than a hundred pics in color. It is even available in kindle!. That completed the adventure (and ended the mess!)
But books have a hard limit: date of publication. What happened next remains out of it… so here is the reason of this blog. It is such a specific interest that I am not going to write MY TOY SOLDIERS & ME part II, never fear. It is much better to ramble here -I can even edit, add, reorder or delete!- and post the link to the blog in FB or twitter, so if someone is interested he or she gets it for free. I am enjoying myself – as only SOLO WARGAMERS do – doing it and keep you abreast of developments.
The “white book” was the second English edition three years after the “black book” fiasco. By now I am quite proud of it even if it is becoming slowly obsolete with no mention of the current trends and times… it does not mention LITTLE WARS TV for example (podcasts!), neither my current passion for the ACW in Baccus 6mm with Baccus and Leven scenery (renewed interest for a period). And some other collateral interests like the NWF, North of Africa Colonial French, LBH, Second Punic War -“counters” for a board game- Death Ride in the FPW etc. But this Blog hopefully makes up for it. In fact it complements the second edition in English nicely enough as an update.
I have sold it via amazon.com; amazon.co.uk; and did even sale some copies in Japan and Germany! In fact it sells better in kindle form (cheaper and able to zoom the pics I guess). I loosed some money in the process of course… and will never make the numbers square with a subject like that but it was a lot of fun… My only regret is having pestered my eldest son too much with things like how to include pics, and text arranged, could not have been possible without him. Thanks again son.
That ended my adventure in self-publishing… at least a reviewer in amazon.com was kind enough to say “IT WAS WRITTEN FROM THE HEART”… thank you kindly that comment made my day!