Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BJDs for Beginners: book update!

Updated cover art--for better resolution photo.
Just a quick update for you...

I worked and worked (and worked) this weekend to get the proof of Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners formatted and finished. The manuscript is being uploaded and proofed for errors, and I'll be ordering a proof in the next 24 hours or so. It should arrive within a week. My editor, Melissa Metheney, and I will be making some changes and fixing color issues, and then... I think it will be a go! (Scary!)

Here's what we've got:

  • 130+ full-color 8.5x11 pages
  • Resources page for BJD-related shopping, information and further reading
  • Index
  • about 200 full-color photos
  • 15 tutorials and projects, including restringing (yes, even you can do it!) and a full-size sewing pattern
  • MSRP $30.00

The table of contents:

Ball-Jointed Dolls for Beginners
What is a BJD?
A brief history of the BJD
My take on the Resin versus Vinyl debate
Notes about sizes
Commonly used terms and abbreviations
BJD purchasing basics
How collecting ball-jointed dolls is different from other collections
A few words of caution
How to choose your BJD
Aesthetics: what’s important to you
Pricing and quality
Themes and customization
Handling your doll and aging BJDs
How to buy your BJD
To consider before your purchase
In person - at shows, meets and stores
On the secondary market
How to care for your BJD
Supplies you will need
Regular maintenance
Basic customizing
Enhancing projects
Joining the BJD Community
Getting connected online
Joining or creating a BJD meet-up in your area
BJD resources
Photo credits

I'm toying with the idea of releasing a digital copy for the iPad or other digital readers. This would include active links and possibly video tutorials, if I can find an assistant. Sometimes the techniques are easier to see in person than only in photos, but I think you'll like the photos, too.

I'm finally starting to feel a sense of accomplishment and relief!

If you plan to attend IFDC this year in Las Vegas, I will be there, and I will have copies of my book for sale at my dealers, details coming soon. Please feel free to ask me questions. I'm sure I'll be easy to spot--I'll keep you posted on my hair color--it will either be green or pink.


  1. I hope you'll list it on Amazon.com. It'll make it easier to get a copy^_^


  2. Yes--it will be available for sale on Amazon, too.

  3. I can't wait! Wait to go, Alison!

    And the MSRP is so reasonable, I think I'll be ordering more copies than I was originally planning!


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