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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, 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 the way pics were included and text arranged, could not have been possible without him. Thanks again son.

The unfortunate first edition with an awful sintaxis… it seems it was too hard to understand for the average person… Word corrector is not enough to write in English, or so I learned to my shame. This is why I paid a professional to edit and correct the English second edition!

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!

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This book was what it started all. Well, to be exact 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 I thought -once semi-retired- why not do the third? 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!

That was the cover of the First Edition pic… finally discarded in favour of the following pic.

A variant… that finally got the honour… Sold so few books of the First Edition!

To make the tale short I decided to translate the opus to English myself -a mistake- because the Anglo-Saxon community (UK and USA) is where the hardcore followers thrive. 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 minority 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 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.