Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Was I Missed in Blogland?

In the world of minute-to-minute news cycles, the three weeks since my last blog post seems like eons ago. But those eons have not been spent totally removed from Toyland. There was time spent huddling in Florida with co-author, Richard C. Levy, to plan a second, up-dated edition of our Toy and Game Inventors Handbook. It will be released by the end of 2012 as an Apple iBook with subsequent versions for Kindle, BN Nook, and Sony. We are starting with Apple because the iBook allows us to go beyond text to colorful images, video clips, and audio streaming via hot links.

New to our publishing team is John Michlig who will use the latest tools to make the digital Handbook as interactive as possible. John has been involved with a broad range of creative pursuits in and around the industry as readily shown on his website, To quote John. "I'm an author/writer, editor, producer, product developer, and marketing consultant. I help tell stories of all kinds..." Just the kind of creative versatility many toy inventors apply to their own endeavors.

Since we will not have the static constraints of ink on paper, here is an invitation to you, Toyland inhabitants. As we did in the Handbook and our previous books, our reporting will again rely heavily on contributions of leading professionals like you. So e-mail me your favorite "toystory" in 3 or 4 paragraphs or descriptions of your hottest links to

We just might plug it into an appropriate section of our updated edition, citing you or honoring your anonymity as the source (in the case of juicy horror stories.)

Naturally, the writing team  reserves the right to edit and use your thoughtful, insightful, and helpful experiences under the famous NY Times motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print". With your input, we will make the new Toy and Game Inventor's Handbook bigger and better!


  1. I'm thrilled to hear that you'll be updating the Toy and Game Inventor's Handbook! It's a great read for anyone who's new to the industry! Looking forward to seeing the new ibook!

  2. Like Kim, I'm excited, too. We've been promoting your Handbook as the Bible for inventors at our Toy and Game Conferences and on for many many years!

  3. Ron, great that your book will be available again. It's my go-to answer for newbies who ask me what to do with their new toy or game idea. I tell them to get the Handbook!

  4. Hi Ron, Only just seen your post - great news. Are you still looking for toy inventors to include? I would be happy to put a post up requesting toy inventors get in touch with you if you are still looking?