Book #1 (aka the “Red Book”) Makes Craft’s Holiday Gift Guide

The lovely folks over at Craft have put out a great book list gift guide, and been kind enough to include Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Parents and Kids to Share on the list.

Have a great dad (or uncle, or big brother) on your list? This book is full of ideas for fun, nerdy projects that will let them completely geek out with the kids!

Check out the whole list here.

Review: Reading by Example

At Living Changerously, Andrea picked up the book after her husband “couldn’t put it down”. While many of Geek Dad‘s projects are a little above the curve for their 6-year-old, the plan is looking forward to the future:

Some of the other projects we are planning on doing (and only haven’t yet because of all the travelling we have been doing this summer) are: Make your own cartoons, Model Building with cake (really – anything with cake and I am in!) and the Exploding Drink practical joke.

Oh Canada!

*tap* *tap* Check, check… Jerry, pull out the high end, I’m getting some hiss back here.

Hello, human beings! For those that don’t know me, I’m Dave- your humble Geekdadbookwebsite- or Geek Dad Book Website, depending on who you ask- administrator, forum master, and roundabout Canadian influence. For those looking to learn more, I’d direct you to here on the forums, whereupon I will BLOW YOUR MIND.

(And, uh, ignore that we don’t have any other topics, I’m working on that. The book’s not out yet, so I’m still being lazy. Either that, or Ken’s cheque bounced.)

I haven’t posted on the front page yet, but it’s high time I do so, with T-minus one month until launch of the book, and this thing destined to get huge and make Ken fabulously wealthy. I’m excited, as you all should be.

For the kind of content that’s actually useful to the website, I direct you to the biggest Canadian bookstore chain, Chapters, proudly selling the book online here! If you’re Canadian, and you haven’t ordered, then I’m not really sure we can be friends. Well, maybe.

Catch you later, folks.

Pre-Orders! We Have Pre-Orders!

Watching the Amazon sales rank float up and down every day, it was driving my crazy wondering what the numbers meant in terms of actual pre-orders for the book. Yesterday I had one of those “duh” moments when I realized that, since 99% of the action must be coming through the link on GeekDad, and since that link goes through my Amazon Affiliate account, I could run an Orders report to see what the numbers actually are. So, here we are! From the start of the year, there have been 170 pre-orders for the book. And over 16k click-thrus! Woo-hoo!

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Every Step Gets Me Halfway Closer

First thing in the morning, the corrected galley ships back across the country, and so does my last chance to change anything in the book. I think I’m okay with that. You know, except for the whole part about wondering if anything in it is really any good, and when are people going to figure out that I’m really not a writer.

Jeez, creative types, you know?

Anyway, I saw a draft press release today as well, which was a little surreal. Someone actually spent time writing something up to extol the virtues of my creation. It was cool, though. And soon, the back cover text and art will show up, and finally some bound galleys which are for handing out to people who are cool enough to quote on the cover. Like I know a whole bunch of those.

Actually, I storta do. I’m really hoping I can get copies to Wil, and Leo Laporte, and Adam Savage, and Phil Plait, and maybe Peter Sagal. They are all geeky dads, and would hopefully find something interesting in there. Plus, they’re all geek icons!

And as you read this, it’s t-minus three months (or something like 13 weeks!) until the on-sale date. I feel like a stranger in a strange land with all this, but there’s no way I’m turning around now.

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Philip Plait at The Amazing Meeting on January...
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