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Turn your obsession into your profession! This funny, information-packed guide shows you how to transform your nerdy passion into a lucrative career . . . and satisfying life.   “How can I make a living at this?” Many nerds ask themselves this question—and now they have an answer. Filled with humor and real-life advice, this entertaining guide explores how you can actually Turn your obsession into your profession! This funny, information-packed guide shows you how to transform your nerdy passion into a lucrative career . . . and satisfying life.   “How can I make a living at this?” Many nerds ask themselves this question—and now they have an answer. Filled with humor and real-life advice, this entertaining guide explores how you can actually get paid for nerdy passions that range from live-streaming video and prop making to writing and cosplay. Along with general tips for newcomers and in-depth advice for the more experienced, interviews with stars reveal how geeks, gamers, and fans successfully turned their dreams into reality.


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Turn your obsession into your profession! This funny, information-packed guide shows you how to transform your nerdy passion into a lucrative career . . . and satisfying life.   “How can I make a living at this?” Many nerds ask themselves this question—and now they have an answer. Filled with humor and real-life advice, this entertaining guide explores how you can actually Turn your obsession into your profession! This funny, information-packed guide shows you how to transform your nerdy passion into a lucrative career . . . and satisfying life.   “How can I make a living at this?” Many nerds ask themselves this question—and now they have an answer. Filled with humor and real-life advice, this entertaining guide explores how you can actually get paid for nerdy passions that range from live-streaming video and prop making to writing and cosplay. Along with general tips for newcomers and in-depth advice for the more experienced, interviews with stars reveal how geeks, gamers, and fans successfully turned their dreams into reality.

30 review for Make a Nerdy Living: How to Turn Your Passions into Profit, with Advice from Nerds Around the Globe

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Lau

    Parents of teenagers, find a way to leave this book casually lying in plain sight. Your kid could be a nerdy professional and there’s a specific, helpful chapter for each interest in this book: * Making costumes * Making videos * Writing * Blogging * Crafting * Drawing * Playing complex games * Nerding out in the work world A motivated person can earn and learn organizational, communication, and internet marketing skills applicable to less unorthodox jobs. Nerdy Living has helpful tips from professionals Parents of teenagers, find a way to leave this book casually lying in plain sight. Your kid could be a nerdy professional and there’s a specific, helpful chapter for each interest in this book: * Making costumes * Making videos * Writing * Blogging * Crafting * Drawing * Playing complex games * Nerding out in the work world A motivated person can earn and learn organizational, communication, and internet marketing skills applicable to less unorthodox jobs. Nerdy Living has helpful tips from professionals and basic information about turning a hobby into paying work. Here’s the test: if your kid is not even interested in reading the chapter about his interest, you know how far that’s going. Be supportive but maybe now is the time to quit funding his hobby and encourage him to find a way to pay for it himself. It’s a powerful incentive to tell your kid you believe in his ability to make something happen while shutting off the financial spigot. This book tells him how to start. Being enterprising demonstrates character. It’s not going to be easy; the author is upfront about that. However, if your nerd strives to develop and improve her skills, she is taking it seriously and others would be interested in her work.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mr J L Maple

    Does not do what it says it will do. The idea was nice - this book is going to teach me how to make a nerdy living, ie it will show strategies on how to make enough money so that I can, uh, live. Preferably without the need for a second job. It does not do this. The main sections of the book are filled with How To guides for the topics (EG how to make a Podcast, equipment you will need etc), but any advice on how to actually make money, therefore a living, is sorely lacking. For example it sugges Does not do what it says it will do. The idea was nice - this book is going to teach me how to make a nerdy living, ie it will show strategies on how to make enough money so that I can, uh, live. Preferably without the need for a second job. It does not do this. The main sections of the book are filled with How To guides for the topics (EG how to make a Podcast, equipment you will need etc), but any advice on how to actually make money, therefore a living, is sorely lacking. For example it suggests that you could make a brand deal, for a successful podcast... Well... Duh. But there's no real information on how you would go about doing that. There are indeed plenty of interviews with "professionals", but again no real advice on how to make money. Rather, they contain things like an overview of what that person does, how they got into it and occasionally how their chosen field doesn't pay very much. That is not to say that this is a bad book - it is not. It is written well, with a distinctive and friendly style. It just did not fulfill on the title for me. If you're a complete beginner, then it may be a useful starting guide. I, however, will be asking for my money back. Sorry. I know there is more to life than money, so maybe this book should be called "How to enjoy a nerdy life and maybe make a small amount of cash on the side."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    There were some interesting parts and bits of advice. In general, I liked it, but it wasn't anything extraordinary. There were some interesting parts and bits of advice. In general, I liked it, but it wasn't anything extraordinary.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    In reading this book I wondered if I was the right kind of nerd.  To be sure, I have engaged in some of the activities discussed in this book (like blogging and writing longer form writing), but at the same time this author seems to make assumptions about the sort of nerd that would appreciate that and I must admit that I am not the sort of nerd who likes to go to conventions or is possessed of a great deal of visual art ability or is a particularly crafty person.  Perhaps the author is casting In reading this book I wondered if I was the right kind of nerd.  To be sure, I have engaged in some of the activities discussed in this book (like blogging and writing longer form writing), but at the same time this author seems to make assumptions about the sort of nerd that would appreciate that and I must admit that I am not the sort of nerd who likes to go to conventions or is possessed of a great deal of visual art ability or is a particularly crafty person.  Perhaps the author is casting a wide net in order to achieve the highest degree of possible readers, but it is probably also the case that the author is somewhat confused about the difference between geeky livings (about which this book will surely help one out with) and nerdy livings (which is only partly true, as there are many kinds of nerds, not all of whom happen to be anime or comic book or gaming nerds).  Even if I did not fully relate to this book, there was a lot about the book I enjoyed and there are a great many people who will like this book and get a lot more out of it than I did. This book is a short one at almost 250 pages, many of them gorgeously illustrated.  The author begins with a discussion about the life that the reader is (presumably) living.  After that there are nine chapters that detail various livings that one can make as a nerd:  blogging (1), making videos (2), cosplay (3), crafting (4), gaming (5), bringing nerdiness to conventional careers (6), podcasting (7), art and comics (8), and writing books (9).  Throughout the book the chapters are filled with advice from various nerds, some of whom I tend to follow myself on YouTube or other social media platforms.  In general the advice given has a high degree of professionalism involved, and a realistic appraisal of the difficulties involved as well as the need to be both flexible in one's approach to gaining attention, aware of multiple cash streams in order to help one's nerdiness pay, and cognizant of the high degree of complexity that can be involved in seeking to differentiate oneself from others or find a clear enough niche for oneself.  The author has certainly made nerdiness pay for him, though. What one gets out of a book like this depends in large part of what one wants to or is able to put into this book and its suggestions.  The author makes it pretty clear that in order to make money as a nerd it pays to have money already.  Most of the ways the author shows of making money require either a heavy time commitment and/or a heavy money commitment in paying for artwork, technology, editing, and other services.  That said, the author is also keen on reminding nerds, especially those of us who feel somewhat isolated like I do, that we are all in this together.  As a book reviewer, I am definitely someone who nerds that right book or who make products (like games) that I would also review would want to know because my nerdiness can help their own.  When it becomes easier for nerds to work together and share their own passions and interests and talents, it becomes easier for other nerds to have good examples of what best practices to use.  Clearly, this author has built up a good network of fellow nerds, and many of the people he talks to have done similarly well, and that is something to celebrate.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shaie B

    A great introduction to various nerdy professions. I mainly got it to learn about cosplaying but I found a lot of great nuggets about writing, crafting, and podcasting (something I knew very little about). I was disappointed by the hyper focus on self publishing, disregarding traditional publishing, but the advice about the craft of writing itself was great. A good taste of this book can be found in the following passage: “Passion. We nerds are defined by our passions; they are our fuel and fire. A great introduction to various nerdy professions. I mainly got it to learn about cosplaying but I found a lot of great nuggets about writing, crafting, and podcasting (something I knew very little about). I was disappointed by the hyper focus on self publishing, disregarding traditional publishing, but the advice about the craft of writing itself was great. A good taste of this book can be found in the following passage: “Passion. We nerds are defined by our passions; they are our fuel and fire. Whether we’re passionate about pop culture because we find our flow in hanging with our friends and contemplating a good story, whether we’re passionate about crafting because the place we feel most at home is wherever the dust and tools are, whether we’re passionate about writing because our minds burn with the heat of words that must be placed on the page lest they incinerate us, we nerds are gifted and cursed to have a roaring inferno within that permeates the core of our being. It will be your pleasure and responsibility to make the world a warmer place with your passion. Be kind, be creative, be fearless in your expression and merciless in pursuit of your flow. Join with others, be supportive of them, and let them be supportive of you. A nerdy life spent with good people and good work is a nerdy life worth living indeed.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dave Weiss

    This was a really good book. I am pretty happy with the what I do for a living, but I picked up the book because I want to figure out how to expand the reach of my blog and possibly begin podcasting and being something of a nerd I thought this book would be helpful. It was. Make a Nerdy Living is well written, quite humorous and yet also very informative. It includes interviews from people actually making their living in each of the fields covered in the book. About the only thing I was hoping f This was a really good book. I am pretty happy with the what I do for a living, but I picked up the book because I want to figure out how to expand the reach of my blog and possibly begin podcasting and being something of a nerd I thought this book would be helpful. It was. Make a Nerdy Living is well written, quite humorous and yet also very informative. It includes interviews from people actually making their living in each of the fields covered in the book. About the only thing I was hoping for that the book didn't quite deliver was formulas for monetization. Then as I got to the end of the book, Langley began sharing how quickly this realm is changing. He started talking about some of the ways I already knew for monetization, and pointed out that they were already passing their prime and being replaced. In writing the book as he wrote it, the book will remain evergreen, or at least green a lot longer. The book is so full of inspiration, that it spawned several new ideas that I hope to pursue and reminded me of ways I could bring a couple projects I've wanted to pursue off the back burner. This is a fantastic book. Read it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    H.r. Bradford

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Excited about the creativity and writing style of the book. The bit on “Flow” is very important and his attention to research and accuracy also added to the credibility. Then I got to Jenna Busch interview. WTAF? Why would you include someone who hates their life and pay because of their creative job immediately after saying how great it is to have creative jobs? And you’re gonna lead with that shit? Seriously? It’s like writing a book about how bad corruption is and then doing an interview with Excited about the creativity and writing style of the book. The bit on “Flow” is very important and his attention to research and accuracy also added to the credibility. Then I got to Jenna Busch interview. WTAF? Why would you include someone who hates their life and pay because of their creative job immediately after saying how great it is to have creative jobs? And you’re gonna lead with that shit? Seriously? It’s like writing a book about how bad corruption is and then doing an interview with Putin in the first chapter. Never thrown a book across the room after reading a segment of it. Didn’t know it would ever be necessary. Thanks for the blue balls Alex!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    My last book of the year, #100 and just barely hitting my goal of 100 books for the year. But at least its done! *WHEW!* This was a good, interesting, and surprisingly well written and entertaining look at how to do things like podcasting, blogging, writing, etc. Lots of good information, notes, and things for all kinds of nerds and people looking to do stuff. Lots of inspiration too. Great for people not wanting a 'job job' but still needing money. (Don't we all?) Gave me lots of tidbits and stuf My last book of the year, #100 and just barely hitting my goal of 100 books for the year. But at least its done! *WHEW!* This was a good, interesting, and surprisingly well written and entertaining look at how to do things like podcasting, blogging, writing, etc. Lots of good information, notes, and things for all kinds of nerds and people looking to do stuff. Lots of inspiration too. Great for people not wanting a 'job job' but still needing money. (Don't we all?) Gave me lots of tidbits and stuff to work with for my blog, for the podcasts we do, etc.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    So this wasn't exactly true to the concept. It's a solid book about unconventional careers, however it doesn't get all that deep into how to make a living, which is ironic considering that's the title. For example, the writing section of the book (the part I was most interested in) had some good interviews, but it was mostly about how to write. The self-publishing side of the writing business appeared to be 80% of that section's focus as well. It was on topic, kinda, but not what I picked up this So this wasn't exactly true to the concept. It's a solid book about unconventional careers, however it doesn't get all that deep into how to make a living, which is ironic considering that's the title. For example, the writing section of the book (the part I was most interested in) had some good interviews, but it was mostly about how to write. The self-publishing side of the writing business appeared to be 80% of that section's focus as well. It was on topic, kinda, but not what I picked up this book for. There was more time dedicated to explaining protagonists and antagonists and themes than a 'how to start your career' guide. Which was a little disappointing. Actually, all of the sections were very general overviews of the subject. The advice given in each section wasn't specific enough for me and didn't get into how people were actually making money and how much money they were making. Of course, we all have different ideas of what it means to "make a living." Still, it would've been nice to see some concrete stats or something on the page or at least one interviewee breaking down their wages or their actual profits. I would categorize this book less as a way to learn how to make a living (despite the title) and more of a mile-wide, inch-deep intro to nerdy side-hustles. Not a bad idea to build a book around, I just hate that it wasn't more helpful to those of us who aren't absolute beginners starting from square one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    3.5 stars

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    Kate

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