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Offline zapiy

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #60 on: August 28, 2014, 00:03:52 AM »
Latest update, nearly there guys.

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Hey everyone,

It's taken a hell of a lot more time and effort than I expected to get to this point after a number of other publishers/agents expressed an interest in taking on the publication and distribution of our little book, but I'm finally at the point where all of the proposals and offers are in. I've worked through the implications of each one and negotiated with the final three to ensure that everyone who committed to this, long before anyone else gave a sh*t about it, is taken care of and gets the book and other rewards they've been so patiently waiting for.

There's one company that stands out from the crowd, both in terms of their affinity for geeky, niche and specialist subject matter and for their understanding of the importance that my primary focus is on fulfilling my obligations to all of you. We agreed terms as of last Friday afternoon and I'll be getting a formal offer in the mail by Wednesday this week :-)

As with any negotiation, there have been a few compromises on both sides. They're not equipped to take on the shipping of the non-book rewards, so I'll be shipping the artwork, shirts, CDs etc. That's not a major issue as I've already got everything here, ready to go (apart from canvasses, which I can have produced very quickly) and a bunch of willing volunteers (backers themselves) to help.

The biggest compromise is that they're keen to make the book part of their planned publishing cycle for the year, including some promotional activities at a number of trade shows and related events. This means that they're looking at a late October/early November publication date. I tried very hard to convince them to do a short run of books earlier, just for Kickstarter backers, but their idea of a 'short' run is around 2,500 copies and the deal they're offering only works if they do a single print run of 10,000+ copies in one shot, to coincide with the promo activities. The deal they're offering also includes any digital/ebook editions (essentially, I'm signing over all rights in the book to them) and they're planning the digital release to coincide with the release of the physical book.

It feels very strange to be preparing to sign away my rights to the book - It represents almost two years of my life, thousands of hours in research, legal wrangling and image restoration, a lot of fun, a lot of struggles and finally; some light at the end of the tunnel! Really, I'm just having to check in my ego in return for the security of knowing that this book gets made and you guys all get the book you deserve. I'm actually pretty damn happy about that :-)

The one thing that I haven't had to compromise on is the design and quality of the book. There'll be some changes to the content, but they'll be mostly limited to technical changes around the size (the aspect ratio will change slightly to fit a specific paper size) and the addition of a little more narrative content from some contributors I wouldn't have had access to before. Other than that: it's the exact same book. As soon as the formal offer arrives and the deal is signed, they'll start preparations for the marketing campaign/public announcement about the deal.

Just to be very clear; I'm receiving no advance payment for the rights to the book. I've foregone that in return for the copies required to fulfil the Kickstarter rewards and those who pre-ordered the book directly, along with the costs of packaging and shipping the books to backers. As with any publishing deal, there will be a 'per copy' royalty payment made to me as the author, for copies sold in the future. It's not much - I can tell you that nobody's getting rich creating nerdy books about old video games!

That's everything so far. I'm taking a few weeks away from my consulting obligations to take care of all this properly, so updates and responses to any questions should be much quicker over the next 6 weeks.

It's been tough for everyone, but we're going to get this book very soon. I feel like I can smile guilt-free for the first time in months. It's a good feeling...

Tim

Ps. Has anyone heard anything about a Space Harrier movie? I've had interesting conversations with an entertainment lawyer who let something slip and then hurriedly changed the subject. I want to see that movie!!
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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #61 on: August 28, 2014, 02:20:13 AM »
Excellent!  Thank you for posting the update.  Looks like things became more complicated but I think this will be a win for everyone.  Or, at least, I hope it is!

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #62 on: August 28, 2014, 08:31:11 AM »
Yeah the guy behind it must feel a huge weight being lifted off his shoulders with this now.
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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #63 on: August 28, 2014, 09:38:00 AM »
delighted to hear the poor guy has finally gotten the breaks his book deserves, it must of been very difficult having to come clean and explaining the difficulties involved. But wow signing the rights over to a publisher? wow. Shit!, I hope I don't walk into the mind field with my book.

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #64 on: August 28, 2014, 11:20:04 AM »
Good news for all involved, yes he's signing rights over, but as you can tell its a big weight off his shoulders, better that than be in debt, and as with any retro gaming book they aren't going to sell in big numbers, good for him, lets hope they keep to said promises and this has a happy ending in November.
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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #65 on: August 28, 2014, 11:28:18 AM »
yes..here here!!.. I hope it goes very smoothly for him and his great publication, I wasn't a backer on this, but I think I'll be purchasing this book in support of his work now, come November.

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #66 on: August 28, 2014, 15:18:34 PM »
He sent another update last week too.

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Hi all,

A very quick update to let you guys know that I've signed the agreement with the publisher. I'm now contractually restricted as to what I can say about the deal until they formally announce their involvement. I've made it clear that there are a few hundred people who are really keen to know some details around what's happening!

The good news is, they're very keen to make sure that everyone is happy and will be making an announcement in the next 2-3 weeks (mainland Europe is pretty much closed for the entire month of August)

I'll be getting everything ready to ship the non-book rewards very soon, although we're in complete disarray right now after my mother-in-law fell and broke her femur. She's staying with us while she recovers and needs pretty much 24hr care after lying outside with a broken leg for 48hrs. Our dining room is currently a makeshift rehabilitation suite. As soon as things calm down a little, we'll be shipping the framed prints, CDs, canvasses and t-shirts :-)

Any other news that comes through, I'll share with you all as soon as I can.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tim

Aside from the mother-in-law bit, sounds like good news.

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #67 on: February 16, 2015, 16:00:31 PM »
Has Tim updated the status on the book yet?, how far is there to go?, I hope he can manage to get it into the wild soon as it seems to be very quite at the moment regarding what's happening?

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #68 on: February 16, 2015, 18:53:53 PM »
This is the latest one he did mate.

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..I'm extremely happy to be able to share a bunch of information with you :-)

Item 1: I have a publication date in writing.

It's not as soon as I'd have liked, but it's official and the announcement is being pushed out to online and traditional booksellers in the second week of January. Right now, I'm just happy to have a date. The book will officially be available on 27th March 2015, with shipments to all backers (Kickstarter and direct) a week before that.

The book will now have more pages (232 vs 208) and feature a fold-out section too.

The ebook version will be made available at the same time as the physical version and will be hosted for downloads by the publisher.

Item 2: All of the framed marquee prints have now shipped. Many have already arrived and more should be turning up all over the world this week. Each box contains a framed print, a t-shirt and the British IBM CD.

Item 3: The sideart canvasses haven't shipped yet. I'm frustrated by this, but the printer I usually use has changed their setup to favour large format poster printing rather than canvas and I've had to find another supplier. I've actually found someone locally with the right equipment and I'll be picking up the canvasses and dropping them off with the framer at the end of the week. I'll ship them as they're completed by 2-3 day courier.

Item 4: The artcade.co.uk domain has been signed over to the publisher for promotional use for the next year. I believe that I'll still receive email sent to help@arcadeart.co.uk

That's everything 'official'. A few other things have happened that I'll share with you: I've been asked to do another volume of the book and I've turned that down for the moment; I can't think about that until this one is in everyone's hands. Now that the publication date is set and the bulk of the artwork rewards are shipped, I can actually look at arcade stuff without cringing, so I'm doing some pieces for magazines, one for TV and I'm working on more restorations of the remaining 3,671 pieces in the archive that aren't yet done!

It's been a tough one. Things haven't gone the way I planned at all and there have been times that I didn't handle my own disappointment and I suppose, shame, very well at all. To those few I've disappointed and who decided to leave the project; I sincerely apologise and understand. To those who were disappointed and stuck with me through all of this; both an apology and a truly heartfelt thank you. This has always felt like our book, rather than just mine and that's what made me keep going when things got really tough.

A very happy non-denominational winter celebratory period to you all :-)

Take care, don't drink & drive and wear a condom (not necessarily all at the same time!)

Tim
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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #69 on: April 15, 2015, 10:31:07 AM »
This got a mention over at RG, now with it been mid April and missing its march date, Tim hasn't come forward with any explanations to the delay?, I'm hoping everything is alright with his book and that it's on its way? , a few people have tried to contact him, but with no success, the Facebook page seems to have disappeared too?

If anybody here can get through to speaking with him, explain there are a few people (backers) and non backers are asking about the status of the book and all that jazz, funny enough I haven't seen anything from his twitter account neither? Hope all is okay?

Just giving this a bump :)

This is nearly in limbo like my coin-op book lol. J/k.

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #70 on: April 15, 2015, 14:56:28 PM »
Yeah, I'm not sure what's going on here, and I also noticed he's gone silent on Twitter. The last thing I remember seeing about this was a tweet a month or so ago. He was saying the company that bought the book from him wanted him to do a promotional tour of some kind, and they weren't going to print the book until he agreed to it, or something along those lines. He then said he didn't have the time to do that right now. . .

Hopefully he get's it sorted out soon, I'm being patient but I'm sure there's a lot of backers who aren't so understanding!

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #71 on: April 15, 2015, 16:04:37 PM »
Thanks for the update, a member over at RG posted this:
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Tim Nicholls wrote:
Guys,
I've been holding off posting here while frantically trying to work out the details so I'd have some answers for you. I don't have those right now, but I'm working hard to sort things out. I can tell you that the publication date will definitely be pushed out beyond the 27th, mainly due to some serious personal/family circumstances that mean I just can't commit the necessary time to do the promotional activities the marketing people want from me. In any other situation, I'd do whatever it takes to get the book out, but right now, I just can't be away and certainly not out of the country.
I need to be home with my family.
The editor I'm working with is trying to be as supportive as she can, while balancing the commercial interests of the publishers. We're working it out, but at this point I simply don't have a revised date to give you. They don't want to do the print run until everything is planned out around the promotional stuff (understandable) and I just don't know yet what I can commit to and when. We're not arguing; just negotiating.
The canvas prints are finally being stretched this week and I'll be around next week to get them shipped out. I have to say, the quality of the printing is actually better than the original company I used to use - they look spectacular. I'm shipping the replacement framed marquees out today to the three backers whose first shipments went missing.
As soon as I know anything at all about schedules etc. I'll post short updates here. I won't wait until I have all the answers as that leaves long gaps with no word from me and I know that makes some people uncomfortable.
As an aside, I heard from the Official Receiver this week that the print company I was originally working with has now been shut down by the courts and their assets have been liquidated. Unfortunately, because the deposit I paid to their sales agent never went 'through the books', I'm not considered to be an official creditor and will get nothing back.
In a strangely ironic twist, the things that are making it hard for me to commit to promoting it, have actually made getting the book out even more time-critical than it already was. I promise you I have all the motivation I need.
Thank you all for the support and for sticking it out all the way through this.
Tim

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #72 on: April 15, 2015, 17:13:36 PM »
Thanks Greyfox, nice to know the whole story. Hopefully this will keep the wolves at bay!

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #73 on: April 15, 2015, 17:46:54 PM »
Life happens and, truthfully, family and health come first.  Anyone who doesn't understand that has issues.

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Re: Artcade.
« Reply #74 on: April 15, 2015, 18:09:12 PM »
As above, Tim would not have wanted these issues so fair play to the guy.. It will be out when its out.
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