Project Announcement Number One of Three Possible - New Book Deal

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Well, things are looking up on the "in demand" front for both Matt and myself, with multiple offers for different projects on the table to the point where we've had to turn some down. It's funny how quickly fortunes change, as you just have to contrast this to fairly recent history when we had to go out of our way to get publishers to notice us. One of these projects in my case that I didn't turn down was an offer that just came in to write "Wii Fit for Dummies" for Wiley (it's been percolating since mid-last year!), targeting an October 2009 release (and a super tight writing and delivery schedule). It is estimated to come in at 224 full color pages. I'll be working on it with my wife Christina, who will be taking the lead on it, since I will be preoccupied with Matt on potentially two other projects, with the one "sure thing" being the most exciting of them all and not related to a book deal, which I hope we'll get to announce soon.

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vectrexmad
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Wii Fit for Dummies

Bill,

If you need any thoughts about Wii Fit you are welcome to pm me, and I'll forward your questions on to my girlfriend.
My Girlfriend is very qualified to offer her opinions about it. She religiously spends 1-2 hrs a day doing her Wii Fit excersises! She has being doing this every day since the day she bought it some four months ago. On many of the excersises/games she has reached maximum points. She also happens to be a registered dietician.
Prior to the Wii Fit she was not a video game player. She still says she isn't as she only "plays" the Wii Fit software. Her local physio recommended her to get one after she was complaining of backache.

I can't get her interested in my Vectrex console at all... :(

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Bill Loguidice
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Thanks, guys

@VectrexMad! - Thanks for the offer, it's appreciated.

@Chris - That was pretty much our vision for the book when it was full length. Now that it's a bit shorter we'll have to see what the scaled back outline looks like. We expect to get all of that stuff in there and more, but I don't know what concessions, if any, we'll have to make.

One other thing about your comments - I honestly haven't spoken to anyone who was under the impression it was a game. That's an intriguing concept though, that some people have buyer's remorse because they thought it was something else entirely. It's certainly proven to be a new category, as prior attempts have had minimal impact on the marketplace and were not followed through to their logical evolution.

Vintage Games book!
Xbox 360: billlog | Wii: 1345 2773 2048 1586 | PS3: ArmchairArcade
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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Chris Kennedy
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Wii Fit

Bill -

Congratulations. You are now officially in demand. Your fees will rise soon. The townspeople...will now charge you more for swords and shields.

I am amazed at what sort of difference of opinion exists in regard to what this game IS. I own it myself. I didn't buy it as a game. I bought it as a utility to use as part of a workout. There is an incredibly large audience that bought it thinking it was going to be a ton of mini games that you simply play with the balance board. While there are mini games included with the program, it is obviously geared toward fitness. Was the fact many considered it a game simply mass misconception, or was it not marketed properly? Perhaps the sample of people I have talked to simply does not represent the majority.

I started out on quite a kick. I worked out everyday for about an hour and mostly concentrated on cardio. This evolved into a large chunk of the exercise becoming focused on toning abs. The entire regime came crashing down when Hurricane Ike hit Houston and I was without power for 9 days. I mean to get back on it, but it is tough once you are off. My current workout seems to be titled "Street Fighter IV."

I am interested in what you have to write about Wii Fit, Bill. I think a primary complaint about the game is lack of organization in regard to WHAT you should do. You can read the descriptions of the exercises, but it should ask you what your goals are! I am not talking about BMI, I mean lose weight, tone abs, tone arms, improve coordination, etc. I hope and assume that your book will take that approach. Will it be designed to function as a textual trainer of sorts for use with Wii Fit? Are you going as far to create certain workout plans to pair up with people's goals? How far beyond the game itself (eating habits, water intake, warm up, cool down, etc) will the book go?

Good luck!
Chris

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Mark Vergeer
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Congrats!

Love the for dummies series. You and your wife will no doubt do an excellent job. Must be very cool collaborating with the wife on it.

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Bill Loguidice
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Getting a bit overloaded over here
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Love the for dummies series. You and your wife will no doubt do an excellent job. Must be very cool collaborating with the wife on it.

Xbox 360: Lactobacillus P | Wii: 8151 3435 8469 3138
Armchair arcade Editor | Pixellator | www.markvergeer.nl

Thanks Mark and also for the offer to help with the documentary. It would be even cooler working with Christina if I didn't have the documentary and the other book project that Matt and I will probably be able to announce later today. The For Dummies book has an even tighter schedule I think than "Vintage Games" had. If it wasn't a For Dummies book, I would have turned it down.

Vintage Games book!
Xbox 360: billlog | Wii: 1345 2773 2048 1586 | PS3: ArmchairArcade
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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Statsman1
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Second the motion!

Wow, congratulations, Bill. You guys are on fire in 2009.

My wife can also attest to the magic of the Wii Fit - she and my daughter use it for at least an hour each, every night. My son - once it was determined that it's more an exercise device (using the software) than it is a toy (unless you buy the games specifically for it), he lost interest. And my Mii has been asleep on that thing for a few months now.

The women of the house love it. I just keep waiting for the Repetitive Strain Inju-Wiis...

Statsman1

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