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Title: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on September 26, 2014, 09:11:04 AM
http://youtu.be/mGg5w_-TCdQ (http://http)


Yes, after a big change of plan over the last few weeks, I've decided not to take my book to Kickstarter, instead I've gone the 'soft' launch route and put it for sale via Amazon Createspace and my WEBSTORE (http://http)

The bad news is the hardback version is no longer happening, but the goods news is I received my paperback edition this week and it's mighty fine! A hefty beast of Lemmings goodness with vibrant images and colours throughout. The other goods news for most of you especially International buyers is that postage will be alot cheaper than what i could have offered (UK buyers its around the same for us) so alot of people save on the price! Along with getting the book 6 months earlier

For those just visiting, here's some more Information regarding the book; 

304 Pages -  full colour throughout.
Paperback Edition 8.5" x 8.5" (21.6cm) Square.
PDF Version available too.
33,000+ Words
1,000+ Screenshots
100+ High Quality DSLR Box Shots.
DMA Design Interview - Mini Interview with 3 original members of the DMA Design team.
Level Map/Sprite Images - hundreds of images of level maps with level names along with sprite bank pages.
Official Ports - every official game port with game details, review scores, screenshots, boxart etc
Unofficial Ports - from well known to obscure machines, a detailed look at the homebrew Lemmings scene.
Comparisons - compares GFX on some versions of Lemmings.
Merchandise - examples of what official memorabilia was sold 'back in the day'.
Canned Lemmings - details and screenshots of cancelled versions.
Industry Quotes - from people within the gaming industry with their thoughts or memories of Lemmings. 
Timeline - lists the timeline of every Lemmings release date.

Grab the free pdf or view online from here;

https://jaysretro.blogspot.co.uk/p/books.html (https://jaysretro.blogspot.co.uk/p/books.html)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: Greyfox on September 26, 2014, 09:32:59 AM
Delighted that you now have showcased the Lemmings book, firstly I want personally wish you the very best of luck with it and hope people are smart enough to help you reach your goals with it on the kickstarter  ;) and I think this is going to be one of the highly rated ones and was delighted to help with its previews image.

Thanks for finally opening the mystery on this one, and you see you as a backer come February 2015. Any chance of a signed copy when it ships?

And if and when you create your video promo for the book, I'll be sure to add it to my YouTube channel and facebook page for you.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: Greyfox on September 26, 2014, 10:13:59 AM
Just Posted it on the RVG Facebook page for you, so lots of people will see it now ;)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: TrekMD on September 26, 2014, 14:11:08 PM
Really cool!  Let us know when the Kickstarter starts.  :)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on September 26, 2014, 18:06:39 PM
Quote from: "Greyfox"
Delighted that you now have showcased the Lemmings book, firstly I want personally wish you the very best of luck with it and hope people are smart enough to help you reach your goals with it on the kickstarter  ;) and I think this is going to be one of the highly rated ones and was delighted to help with its previews image.

Thanks for finally opening the mystery on this one, and you see you as a backer come February 2015. Any chance of a signed copy when it ships?

And if and when you create your video promo for the book, I'll be sure to add it to my YouTube channel and facebook page for you.
Thanks for the kind words! Of course you can have a signed copy.
Again many thanks for the book render and facebook post etc starting to filter through the net now!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on September 27, 2014, 18:16:14 PM
This is great news and i will be a backer of this 100%, this is one game that deserves a book dedicated to it..

Our Social outlets will ring with the sound of your book lol.. :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on September 27, 2014, 23:23:54 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
This is great news and i will be a backer of this 100%, this is one game that deserves a book dedicated to it..

Our Social outlets will ring with the sound of your book lol.. :113:
Cheers Zapiy! Yeah the news is spreading nicely, getting some good response too, this can only spur me on to finish by the end of November (and have a relaxing Christmas!)
Many thanks for your social media skills and shoutouts too!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on September 27, 2014, 23:30:13 PM
I am sure it will grow and grow pal.. I ain't done much yet pal but i will..

Do you think the reprints idea is not closing all your hardwork? i am sure you could sell the rights on if needed?
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on September 27, 2014, 23:47:40 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
I am sure it will grow and grow pal.. I ain't done much yet pal but i will..

Do you think the reprints idea is not closing all your hardwork? i am sure you could sell the rights on if needed?
That's something i have thought very carefully about, i have to realistic also, retro books are niche sellers, and they are even more niche tied to just one subject, in this case Lemmings.

I love collectable stuff, so for me having a limited print run of the book will not just hopefully make people want the physical book and therefore hopefully make the kickstarter succeed, but give people a limited edition gaming book.

The book will continue to be sold as a PDF after the kickstarter for any aftersales of course. But the physical book will be just the limited printrun of that one order.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: Shadowrunner on September 27, 2014, 23:56:49 PM
I think that's the best way too, being limited creates demand. Just look at what happened with your Gizmondo book, as soon as people knew this was the last chance to get it sales soared!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on September 28, 2014, 00:01:02 AM
Actually thats a very valid point fella.. Proves you have indeed thought this through..

Great stuff..
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on September 30, 2014, 16:31:22 PM
Some good news for the book, Russell Kay (PC Coding, DMA Design) and Tim Wright (Aka CoLD SToRAGE) (Music) have sent me their interview reply's, that brings it to 4 people now, I'll try and get 1-2 more by the 1st December (deadline day!) I'll be cramming Russell and Tim's responses into the book soon.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on September 30, 2014, 18:49:29 PM
Bloody awesome work fella.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: TrekMD on September 30, 2014, 20:15:06 PM
Agree!  That is excellent!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on October 04, 2014, 22:45:21 PM
Surprise news from the other day!

http://t.co/Bswspq4MgB (http://http)

Bit of a coincedence that after all these years Sony have done NOTHING with merchandising for Lemmings in nearly 20 years then 4 days after i announce my Lemmings book they come out with this!

Will have to be careful what i use for my perks now, dont want Sony jumping down my back!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: TrekMD on October 04, 2014, 23:36:11 PM
Seems they may have seen your book announced.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on October 04, 2014, 23:41:11 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Seems they may have seen your book announced.
Haha! Unlikely, but it is a funny coincedence nonetheless! But is good news though, will bring more attention my way when the Kickstarter starts around the time their merchandise comes out!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on October 05, 2014, 15:19:35 PM
I would like to think that a big Company like Sony would support people like you, this stuff only helps sell more product when an if they release a new version.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: TrekMD on October 07, 2014, 03:36:52 AM
Let's hope they don't give you a headache, Jay.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: Greyfox on October 07, 2014, 07:14:34 AM
I'm sure this is will go under Sony's radar, and beside this book is or can be based of authors preferences as a homage to the lemmings series and not those of Sony's , fair usage etc. I can't see you having any problems with it, but you might want to contact an IP solicitor just in case.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on October 07, 2014, 10:36:19 AM
Quote from: "Greyfox"
I'm sure this is will go under Sony's radar, and beside this book is or can be based of authors preferences as a homage to the lemmings series and not those of Sony's , fair usage etc. I can't see you having any problems with it, but you might want to contact an IP solicitor just in case.
You are correct in that they (SCEE) won't even notice anyway, it's not as if I'm releasing a Lemmings game, as you say it's a homage to the series in my words and my images i screen grabbed or asked permission for, the only small doubt is the use of the Lemmings box on one of the greeting cards i created, and the logo on the cover.

But as you say with fair usage act, i have put copyright ownership etc in the book, so i don't foresee any problems, certainly use official logo's a lot less than any website covering the games...plus it will all be listed on the Kick-starter I'm sure if anyone has a problem then I'm sure i'll get an email from them!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on November 12, 2014, 15:28:41 PM
Forgot to post this on here last week, quoted from blog.

"Hi guys, I just thought I'd update you with the latest news regarding the upcoming book.
Things are progressing very well, since I announced the book to the public five weeks ago I've been putting in alot of hours to get it finished and I'm glad to say It's nearly complete! I'm just waiting on a couple of things to add in at the last minute, but this month I'm mainly checking and touching pages up, with a deadline set for the 28th November for any last minute content, before the first proof copy gets ordered on the 1st December.

It's finally all coming together, and I'll look forward announcing everything about the book and more besides on the 14/2/15 when it goes live on Kickstarter!

For now, here's a little time-line image i put together to show what time-frame i hope to get the book out to you guys.

Finally, I've roped in another member of the original DMA Design team for the Interview, bringing it to 3 members now!

Justin"

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gxvgmy6O8xU/VFYHgzG8-0I/AAAAAAAAQLo/7e-r7pj2_e4/s1600/timeline25.png)
Title: Re: Review of the Week - Splatterhouse 2
Post by: Greyfox on November 12, 2014, 16:41:50 PM
A great worked out plan there mate. If all goes smooth sailing, this will be a great hit with gamers a like :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: TrekMD on November 12, 2014, 21:18:25 PM
Excellent, thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on November 12, 2014, 21:39:20 PM
Great stuff fella. Really looking forward to this now.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on November 13, 2014, 23:25:29 PM
Cheers guys!
Final content added today, someone scanned a bloody rare X68000 copy for me!

So into the final two weeks of checks, sorting some margin errors at the moment, should be done by the weekend, the final week is last minute checks etc ....need a good bloody break and drink to celebrate two weeks tomorrow!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on November 13, 2014, 23:52:33 PM
Fan bloody tastic fella... :113:

Can not wait to see it.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on November 30, 2014, 21:34:54 PM
Ordered the first proof copy this evening, after a nightmare fortnight getting the digital proof correct, will post some pictures in 2-3 weeks time when it arrives!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: TrekMD on November 30, 2014, 21:37:31 PM
Cool, thanks for the update!  :) 
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on December 01, 2014, 20:06:52 PM
Quote from: "AmigaJay"
Ordered the first proof copy this evening, after a nightmare fortnight getting the digital proof correct, will post some pictures in 2-3 weeks time when it arrives!

Look forward to more on this mate.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: EchoPark on December 05, 2014, 08:20:54 AM
Cannot wait to see the Kickstarter for this, so excited!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on December 05, 2014, 20:28:27 PM
Same as..
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on December 14, 2014, 18:38:12 PM
Happy Christmas To Lemmings Fans!

http://youtu.be/mGg5w_-TCdQ (http://http)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: zapiy on December 14, 2014, 18:52:11 PM
Justin this is awesome..

I am chuffed to bits that you have released this bud, i will be all over this once i get paid next week.. :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: Greyfox on December 14, 2014, 18:59:24 PM
The Video is fantastic mate and really does the book justice, this is going to be a brilliant year mate for your stuff, i just know it is :)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Announcement
Post by: AmigaJay on December 14, 2014, 20:19:43 PM
Thanks guys, no rush of course! Its more a relief its out there to buy now more than anything!  :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on December 14, 2014, 20:21:03 PM
Updated the OP for you also fella.. :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: TrekMD on December 14, 2014, 22:37:36 PM
Really cool. Congrats on completing this! 
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: TrekMD on December 19, 2014, 13:36:50 PM
RetroCollect has posted an article about the book:  Castle Books Release 'Lemmings: The Ports' Book Detailing The History Of DMA Design's Puzzler (http://http).
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on February 10, 2015, 14:29:48 PM
It's Lemmings Birthday Week!  :36: And as such I'm offering 25% off Lemmings Greeting Cards and Lemmings - The Ports PDF Edition! Hurry this offer ends Monday 16th Feb 2015.

http://www.freewebstore.org/castlebooks (http://http)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on February 11, 2015, 16:02:10 PM
Nice one pal. What's the deal with ordering the book?  Have you had a physical one yourself? 
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on February 11, 2015, 16:19:53 PM
Yeah, what do you mean?
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on February 11, 2015, 18:55:37 PM
Do you just order it and its sent or do they wait for X amount to be ordered before going to print mate?
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on February 11, 2015, 18:58:52 PM
They are print to order, so it will go to print as soon as anyone orders one.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on February 11, 2015, 19:00:07 PM
Nice one definitely ordering one this coming payday now.. :113:

And whack a review here.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on February 11, 2015, 20:12:24 PM
Nice one bud! Sales are pretty slow tbh, It would never have succeded as a Kickstarter so i did the right thing there.
Only just covered what the greeting cards cost a couple of weeks ago, so at least im in profit now  :21:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on February 11, 2015, 20:24:09 PM
Its hard really, Kickstarter is like ebay, people buy stuff for the sake of it and you get exposure but i see your point mate..
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: TrekMD on February 16, 2015, 00:34:46 AM
I just ordered the book from Amazon (US).  :) 
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on February 16, 2015, 08:12:16 AM
Nice one, hope you enjoy it!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on February 16, 2015, 13:57:12 PM
Nice one TrekMD.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on February 16, 2015, 16:38:19 PM
Wow i see its half price, only $25 on Amazon.com, good news for US buyers, don't know how long it will stay at that price.
Probably worth importing too for anyone looking to buy a copy, with row postage would still work out cheaper!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on February 16, 2015, 17:06:02 PM
Wow thats 22.60 posted, ordered lol...
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on February 16, 2015, 17:48:52 PM
Thx guys!  :111:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on February 16, 2015, 18:14:05 PM
No, thank you bud.. :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: TrekMD on February 16, 2015, 19:31:54 PM
I ended up paying $0 for it.  I had points that I was able to use to get it and since the price is down to $25, I still have points left over. :)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on February 16, 2015, 19:37:54 PM
Only you lol.. unreal.. :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: TrekMD on February 16, 2015, 19:39:16 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
Only you lol.. unreal.. :21:  Hey, that's what rewards cards are for! 
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on March 06, 2015, 17:42:39 PM
Got mine in the post today. Yippee.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on March 06, 2015, 17:56:20 PM
:108:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: TrekMD on March 07, 2015, 01:36:59 AM
Excellent!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on May 06, 2015, 21:21:14 PM
RVG Reviews the Lemmings - The Ports book by [member=5361]EchoPark[/member]

http://www.retrovideogamer.co.uk/index. ... mmingsport (http://www.retrovideogamer.co.uk/index.php?page=lemmingsport)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: Greyfox on May 06, 2015, 21:27:43 PM
Superb, Just reading it now and Many thanks to Echopark for taking the time in doing a wonderful book review for us here at RVG  :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: TrekMD on May 06, 2015, 21:33:23 PM
Very nice indeed!  :)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: EchoPark on May 06, 2015, 21:54:42 PM
I've past my book on to my dad to let him have a read. Can't wait for it to come back to put it in my display. I showed the kid the book and kept saying to him "Now this is a game!" he just rolled his eyes.

I'll be getting your other book soon Jay. Can't wait to see it :D
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on May 06, 2015, 22:00:39 PM
Thanks for doing the review fella, and thanks to GF for the graphics..

 :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on May 06, 2015, 22:01:53 PM
Good review! Fair comments too, the screenshots would have been better larger, but it was a balance of getting enough on the page to compare with the other versions.
Price wise, yes the paperback is a little high, but without ordering in bulk in getting the price down it was the cheapest i could set the book at on Amazon whilst still making a profit, i dont mind stating after tax i only make about 3.80 per book on Amazon, so as much i would have preferred a 29.95 price tag it was out of the question!
Sales wise, the choice i made in not taking it to Kickstarter was wise as it would have never hit its target for such niche game in todays market.
All of the images used screenshot wise were png files, so thequality is there, again the Amazon print service lets it down slightly, but viewing on the pdf makes it easier to see the quality and of course you can zoom right in.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: Greyfox on May 06, 2015, 22:12:20 PM
I think myself personally in this day and age with how cheap electronics have become, it's still costs an arm and leg to produce a printed publication? wtf? for a bulk print run it is a massive financial risk on the author and this excludes any promotion for it which is nearly as expensive as the print run and awareness, but if you have friends that have your back that's a great help. Very surprised at Amazon shoddy printing? and have to say the PDF is pin sharp, so that's down to Amazon's print facility.

Regarding Kickstarter , I don't think so, there was some many avenues that could of being taken with this , but alas it's out now, maybe drum up some resources to put a full or half page spread in Retro Gamer magazine to help things along, do a double feature for this and the Amiga Book ;)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on May 06, 2015, 22:25:00 PM
The sales for both books are ticking over each month, nothing spectular under 100 sales between both in total, but as was mentioned in the review this was a personal project for myself originally, its a miracle it ever got released the amount of work i had todo at one point!
Im just glad the big Lemmings fans who wanted a copy got one, sorry the price wasnt lower,again it was the cheapest printed option i could offer i can assure you, in hindsight a square book pushed the price a little higher than i hoped, but im sure you would agree its a unique book that would never had been made otherwise, you do have to pay extra sometimes, at least its a collectors item in the sense there isnt many physical copies made to date! (around 40 without checking details)  :21:
But i wont risk any money on advertising 150 ish for half page advert inc vat on RG, thats roughly what i made on the physical copies, so you can see its not worth the risk!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: EchoPark on May 07, 2015, 01:02:19 AM
Yea I kinda knew the screenshots size was down to real estate with the size of the book. I should really get myself the PDF to check it out but I spent all my pennies on a silly quad so I'm on super noodles for the month lol.

The price for me wasn't to much of a downer I agree with what you say that with tax and making the book that you wouldn't of made any money if you did it cheaper. I again should of mentioned that in the review lol. I'm always so nervous writing as I think I covered everything but then when I get feedback I'm like damn!

Kickstarter is such a hit or miss, especially if you don't get staff picked. I've heard from other folk who done projects that you can beg to get featured bit if it happens to late then your Kickstarter just gets buried and forgotten about.

I did post my picture of the book on the Amiga FB group I'm on and they were some interest. I'll link the review again and see if that will interest more folk. I really enjoyed the read and just couldn't believe how much ports of the game there was. Back when I played the DOS version of the game I never even thought why 2 player wasn't supported untill you mentioned it in the book. It really made me laugh
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on May 07, 2015, 08:09:27 AM
No i agree with your points in you're review you did a good job, the image issues as mentioned are a Amazon print problem because of the paper, i did do a test copy on lulu.com and its much better but the price is stupid to even sell it! same for Blurb and other places, Ingramspark were a nightmare, so had to go with Amazon or not at all...of course a 300 page full colour square book was never going to be the cheapest option  :o

Glad you enjoyed the book anyway, I've sent you a PM btw EchoPark.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: EchoPark on May 07, 2015, 08:45:54 AM
As someone said before, I can't believe that printing books is still funny money, thought it be cheaper these days. And I'll check that PM out :)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on May 07, 2015, 08:58:09 AM
Another 2 star review on Amazon Germany, pretty disheartening to read, especially as all the work that went into the book, he said the info is known by all hardcore fans...err yeah but try and get the information in one place with photos of the dif versions...and they always hit on the price, I'm sorry but as i stated without doing a run of 500 books the price is the lowest i could do, it does make me feel like removing the book from Amazon and just leaving the PDF up, i get a bigger profit on that and none has complained about the price of thin air yet!
Title: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on May 07, 2015, 12:10:21 PM
Justin I would not get disheartened. I think people need to review books in light of how they were created. Surely most people would know this is a one man creation who has tried to created a resource for Lemmings fans and gamers in general.

Reviews are peoples opinions. I would say if someone can do better, go ahead lol but for me mate you should be proud of what you have achieved.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on May 07, 2015, 12:34:05 PM
Yeah i know, i should stay professional, it is after all just one persons view.  I am proud of the book, just wished the print version turned out better, but not a lot i can do about it now, move on, lots of VR games to review!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: Greyfox on May 07, 2015, 12:59:21 PM
Hey I seconded what zap said, it's your baby, nobody other than you knows the logistics and time and effort that has when into your books, unfortunate the likes of Amazon and the likes are necessity to bring something of this nature to the fray and publication of video game related books, it's a shame people most of the time don't grasp that concept, people need to stop and understand that niche subject matter does not have the backing like shite like fifty shades has behind it in all its glory. Sure look at me, I'm probably spoken as the video game book bullshitter king, because I never brought the coin-op book to the masses back then and believe me it's not from the wanting to, I spend about 15 months producing that, nearly every day and feel although it's amazing to look at, feel there isn't enough content lol.

The Video Game artistry book is still in production at about 85% done and I've been working on that for a 10 months now with still lots to do painting wise and it also needs its content written , but a big halt was due to the Atari 2600 book that's out now , producing that for Derek, so the way I see if people are critical about your books, my books whenever the hell they appear, plus I'm back on the Atari ST Gamer magazine issue 2 for July/August release I can take it all with a pinch of salt, because only I know that I've done the systems justice, just like you have with yours, and nothing compares to the self achievement of doing something right and people loving it or hating it, their opinion, not mine, so I suggest rejecting their reality and substituting your own lol.

Maybe one day we'll start up our own publishing house, if I win the lotto, expect a call :)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on May 07, 2015, 13:20:54 PM
Ditto! Cheers guys!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: TrekMD on May 07, 2015, 13:31:02 PM
I think zap said it all and said it well.  Don't let yourself get discouraged. 
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: EchoPark on May 07, 2015, 18:41:58 PM
Yea don't let a review get you down :(

Going by all the facts you told me, I'm more educated in certain points folk have mentioned. I'm clueless about the book making progress and still shocked how much money is needed to do such a process.

The book is a labour of love and its gonna sting a little when someone attacks that but keep your head up because as I always say the folk who complain will always be heard over the folk who are happy.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on August 30, 2015, 21:33:50 PM
Sales still going well fella?
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on August 30, 2015, 21:41:46 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
Sales still going well fella?
Only a handful a month now, August was very slow as expected. But not really expecting anything so its a nice bonus when i get sales emails.
Not upto much really, not working on any books or websites atm, thinking of selling my Lemmings collection but will consider a while yet in case i change my mind!
Title: Re: Hello There
Post by: Greyfox on August 30, 2015, 23:38:54 PM
Sorry to hear your considering selling what might be a rare collection of lemming related stuff, I think some times that things need a time out and a refresh, it was always going to be good run , bad run, no matter what is put out there, I think the lemmings book is a great bit of kit and unique to the content you created for it.

People just sometimes need a kick in the arse, just because it's not in the local book store or public domain doesn't make it redundant, maybe it needs a re-push as I'm sure there are lots of people who still are unaware of this. But I think a lot of it has to do with those print on demand services are damaging the sales on it perhaps?

Anyways, hope that you reconsider and look to a bright future with your stuff :113:
Title: Re: Hello There
Post by: AmigaJay on August 31, 2015, 08:42:09 AM
Quote from: "Greyfox"
Sorry to hear your considering selling what might be a rare collection of lemming related stuff, I think some times that things need a time out and a refresh, it was always going to be good run , bad run, no matter what is put out there, I think the lemmings book is a great bit of kit and unique to the content you created for it.

People just sometimes need a kick in the arse, just because it's not in the local book store or public domain doesn't make it redundant, maybe it needs a re-push as I'm sure there are lots of people who still are unaware of this. But I think a lot of it has to do with those print on demand services are damaging the sales on it perhaps?

Anyways, hope that you reconsider and look to a bright future with your stuff :113:
Some of it is pretty rare for sure, but like anything i collect a time comes when its time to sell.
Yeah of course i knew sales were going to tail off, im not selling my stuff because of lack of sales, its just ive have no longer a reason to collect them, i guess making the blog and book spurred me on to continue now that project is complete its no longer enticing to finish it off, plus our bedroom needs decorating and clearing and i hate dusting so each room is becoming more minimal as i get older! More canvas art and less shelving!

I totally agree that the booked bombed by not having a kickstarter, well tbh i dont think it would have hit its target, looking at hits on my shop page, the Amiga book has hits 4 times more, it was a niche subject, i think i made the right decision there, and again in not buying in bulk myself as like the greeting cards i would have been out of pocket, so i took the only safe route, beit the lowest selling route, but honestly im fine with it, it seems like a couple of years ago now, im moving on to pastures new!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on October 01, 2015, 06:33:24 AM
Maybe mate, but credit to you.. the book is fantastic and i am sure given time it will sell a few more hundred.. You will never get rich perhaps but what an achievement. :113:
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on October 01, 2015, 08:47:50 AM
Cheers Pal, of course I'm proud of the book, sure it doesn't have the professional finish of other retro books but it was always about the content, I think i did the best i could with the tools i had.

Not sure about selling a few more hundred, i haven't reached a hundred yet lol
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on October 01, 2015, 11:32:43 AM
Give it time.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: Greyfox on October 01, 2015, 12:11:43 PM
I agree with Zap, you have indeed created something special here, you've chosen a subject matter on a series of games you loved and portrayed this in the book IMO. Not always does high end production values need to be  required to get the information across. The Lemmings book is what it is and has been well written and produced to your skill set which I believe is above average :21:

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Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on December 01, 2016, 11:15:20 AM
I have posted this news elsewhere, but if you still want a physical copy of this book, then you only have until the 31/12/16 to do so as i'm retiring the book, you will still be able to get the PDF version after this time, but this a rollcall for those who thought about it and still waited.

You can only pick it up on Amazon Createspace here - https://www.createspace.com/5111531

A heads up for you guys only, i will be offering the book from around the 24/12/16 for the last week without any commission for me at its lowest ever price (currently $37.95, will be about $30 without commission) so please pick it up then if you want it at its very cheapest!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on December 05, 2016, 08:22:46 AM
Sad news pal but understandable.. I'll tweet this news out also.
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on December 05, 2016, 14:32:18 PM
Cheers bud, yeah time to sweep this under the rug as it were!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on December 05, 2016, 20:02:28 PM
Must be another book on the cards?
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on December 05, 2016, 21:00:53 PM
Lol nope no time been busy with these cd32 discs all year! One more this year, though not a compilation hmm!
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on December 07, 2016, 13:17:44 PM
Well I can't say I don't blame ya pal.


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Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: AmigaJay on September 10, 2017, 19:00:30 PM
Just put a link in the first post for anyone visiting and wanting to have a look at the free pdf or online version.  8)
Title: Re: Lemmings - The Ports Book Out Now
Post by: zapiy on September 12, 2017, 10:53:17 AM
Nice one mate.