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Bob Wilson27/03/2015 13:56:32
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Having tired of actually building model ships a few months ago, I began a writing project to put it all in book form. The projected book will be about 140 pages, A4. To date, I have completed 105 pages, 178 images, colour photographs, plans etc. with the current total of 30,513 words. Most afternoons are spent writing, leaving the mornings for normal life. It is making a very pleasant change. I am not dependent on the whims of a publisher, because I will be publishing it myself and paying a printer to print it exactly as I want it to be. This method of publication is frowned on by publishers and referred to as "vanity publishing." It works for me though, as my last three books have done very well and the St. Helena book is on its 7th print run now. With only 35 pages to go, the end is now in sight!




Edited By Bob Wilson on 27/03/2015 13:57:47

Colin Bishop27/03/2015 17:48:54
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Sign me up Bob!


Bob Wilson27/03/2015 18:55:59
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Thanks Colin,

I did a few more pages this afternoon, so I am not expecting it to take too long. Neither am I really expecting any great success, but I do feel that it will break even at the worst. I am covering both sail and steam/motor with the different rigs of sail, plus tramps, cargo ships, passenger liners, tankers, cargo liners, ferries and the odd trawler etc. I have already raised the funding for the book by building and selling the barquentine Mary Isabel.


Bob Wilson01/04/2015 11:05:56
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I am now in the final stages of writing this book. I have currently completed 117 pages and so far, it has 195 illustrations, mainly colour photographs, with a number of ship plans.

The word count to date is 34,260 words.

The demand for this type of book (miniature scratchbuilding of merchant ships), would not appear to be very great, as the majority of ship modellers prefer large and expensive kits.

By necessity, the first print run will probably be about 30 copies, but reprinting, if the demand requires it, is a simple process taking only 14 working days.


Edited By Bob Wilson on 01/04/2015 11:06:37

Mark Jarvis 201/04/2015 11:28:23
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HI Bob

Sign me up for a copy


Bob Wilson04/04/2015 19:20:19
1673 forum posts
301 photos

Still beavering away.smiley


Now reached 129 pages 38,810 words and 214 images.


Bob Wilson10/04/2015 07:23:23
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301 photos

The actual writing of the book is now complete. 158 pages, including the index, 46,408 words and 285 images. It is now down to reading, correcting, and cover design. This should not take more than a week. After that, about two weeks to publication. The response has been underwhelming to say the least, with ten showing interest. It will go ahead though, as it is something that I really wanted to do, but will probably be the last full-length book that I do on the subject of miniature shipmodelling. The first print run will be limited to 30 copies, that will probably go eventually, and maybe break even on the costs. It has been a long, hard slog!


Andy C10/04/2015 08:07:49
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Hi Bob, I would also be interested in a copy. Would be nice to see a book from the current crop of boat builders. The ones I have seen, seem to be more from the early days of the hobby.

Cheers, and happy writing. Andy

Bob Wilson10/04/2015 09:02:45
1673 forum posts
301 photos

Thanks Andy. Although it is a new book, it is more in keeping with the old style of model shipbuilding that has now gone out of fashion. If you click on my Forum Photos here, you will see what sort of ship it is all about building. There is a complete chapter, plus plans for building the motorship Tuscan Star and the four-masted barque Pass of Brander, plus a number of other chapters on both construction, and other aspects of the hobby such as making it self-financing, understanding plans, and also a lot of historical notes to show that merchant ships were equally (if not more) interesting than warships.


Bob Wilson20/04/2015 15:43:47
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I e-mailed the manuscript to the printers this morning and they acknowledged its safe arrival. Proof should be out in 3 to 4 days, and publication 14 working days after that. Final statistics: 158 pages 285 images. 46,424.words. Only 36 have been ordered. 6 will be taken by the British Legal Deposit Library, leaving 29 available. (We will keep one!). 15 people have shown interest on the Internet, and 5 at the local ship model club (North West Model Shipwrights). More of a "Labour of Love" thing than anything, but I do hope to be able to break even, but am not anticipating any great rush for them!


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