Do you have questions about this book? I hope I can answer them for you.
Is this book for you?
This is a how-to collectors guide designed for beginning ball-jointed doll collectors, which I wrote in July of of 2011. My intent was to have an entry-level guide for any collector in obtaining his or first resin ball-jointed doll.
The book has a pretty large print and is a friendly, easy-to-read 142 pages with lots of color photos. It's printed on matte pages in a standard 8.5x11 size, and my models used are exclusively by Peak's Woods from Korea, who granted me their permission to use them as models. In my next edition, which will include a face-up tutorial (which this book does not have), I do plan to use other company's models, but it can be a little time-consuming to obtain the company's permission for each doll company, in addition to obtaining the dolls to use. For this publication, part of the point is to build a collection that fits your style and aesthetic, and you will see my current style and aesthetic as an example in the photos!
There are many lists of companies--though more are added each month--as well as a list of terms and abbreviations, which many readers have found helpful. I've included what I think is a pretty usable visual restringing tutorial, as well as basics on cleaning your doll and some basic items, such as information on sizes, replacing wigs, moleskin sueding, and changing eyes.
What is not in this book
Unfortunately, I do not have instructions in this book on how to make your own BJD. I love to write and take photos, but I'm not really much of a sculptor or artist otherwise! Let me again suggest that there are other books available,
for example, that have face-up techniques and more sewing patterns and crafts. My book talks about planning, budgeting and getting excited for your doll, as well as some techniques and lots of fun photos.
Please check out the book's companion blog, which I update 2-3 times weekly, at
for additional information and also for electronic links in this book.
I am currently working on the next volume, which I hope will be a printed companion to this book. Additionally, I have been fussing with an electronic copy--but because it's such a visual medium, I'm really having issues using multiple platforms and still getting excellent resolution photography. Please be patient--I promise it will be worth your wait. For the electronic version, I'm hoping to do both the first edition and the second in the same electronic copy.
Where to buy the book?
While the retail price for this book is $35--I take it with me when I sell at conventions--you can also purchase it many ways, and I encourage you to shop around for the best deal. The books are printed on demand, though I do sometimes have a few in stock.
(Denver, CO) usually carries this books in stock. I love this store--and I'm thrilled they they are not only carrying my book, but also a dealer for Peak's Woods. You can use lay-away, too!
(Little Rock, AR) also usually has copies of my book in stock as well. They are also another dealer for Peak's Woods dolls.
If you are in Europe, try
for the book in the Netherlands. I'm so honored to be offered overseas.
The pricing changes regularly on Amazon, and you can often find it from third-party sellers. Do not ever pay more than retail for this book, however. There were no library bindings issued--only the soft cover.
The cheapest place to buy my book is usually directly from
the print-on-demand publisher. While the original retail price will be listed, when you check out, try the $5 discount code
at checkout. You should be able to save $5 off the retail price, which--unless you are a Prime member from Amazon, will be your best bet.
If you would like a signed copy, you can always contact me. Check me out on
and send me a line. I'm happy to oblige! This is also a link to the