I have mentioned this before, but this is the first time I have formally announced it - I am writing a reference book on French military rifles, to be titled "Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016". The manuscript is nearly complete, and photography is being done next week. We have created a web site for book news and updates - FrenchRifleBook.com.
In addition, between now and October 15th we are running a contest to design the cover art for the book. I am looking for a faux leather, antiquarian sort of theme - there are several example images on the site. If you are an amateur artist who would like to contribute a part of this project, you can find an entry submission for on the web site - and the winner will receiver a Premium copy of the book with some cool extra goodies. Two other entries will also receive signed copies of the book, one for the winner of a popular choice vote, and one for a runner-up chosen by myself and James Rupley (my photographer).
The site also includes a signup for email notifications about the book, including pre-orders, when they are started later on (once the book is closer to publication). So, check it out!