The Special Italian Edition of Vintage Games

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I don't have all of the details, but I was given the heads up from Italian friend Luca Antignano (involved in CreatiVision homebrew activities, among other things) that our book, Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time, will be present at the Video Games History event, October 3 and 4, 2009, Italy. I'm told the book will be both part of the promotional materials and also "introduced" at the event. As you may or may not recall, while Vintage Games is available worldwide, there has been interest from other publishing companies to create region/language-specific "special editions" of the book, starting first with Italy. Also, be sure to check out another Italian site, GamesCollection, for additional news.

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Cool. A few questions.

Some questions:

Do you have any contact with the Italian translation project, or is it entirely out of your hands?

Not to be nosey, but.... okay, I'm being nosey. Does your "cut" of the sales remain the same?

Will there be any major changes to the book's format, page count, number of pictures, or chapter content (i.e. bonus chapters)?

Ok, that's all for now.

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Rowdy Rob wrote:

Some questions:

Do you have any contact with the Italian translation project, or is it entirely out of your hands?

As usual, no problem with the questions at all, and we'll always try to answer what we're able.

Long story short... I was contacted by an independent Italian publisher (or more specifically a group that wanted to start a publishing company over there) who wanted one of their first titles to be a translation of "Vintage Games". Naturally that kind of stuff is handled by our publisher, Focal Press/Elsevier, so I deferred the gentlemen to them. Our publisher put us all in touch with their Worldwide rights rep, who I believe is in Germany. There was some back and forth between the three parties and we came to an agreement that they would translate a few sample chapters (ultimately the Web chapters) to see if they could get market interest. That has progressed slowly to the point where apparently they're ready to debut what they have at that Italian games show, where, I assume, we'll get a decision whether it will be picked up or not.

Rowdy Rob wrote:

Not to be nosey, but.... okay, I'm being nosey. Does your "cut" of the sales remain the same?

I don't remember exactly. It's definitely different from the initial contract, but it's built into that contract. I seem to recall us getting some type of lump sum and then a certain percentage thereafter. It's probably minimal all things told as most things are with these types of books.

Rowdy Rob wrote:

Will there be any major changes to the book's format, page count, number of pictures, or chapter content (i.e. bonus chapters)?

It will be the same number of chapters in the present book, same layout, just in Italian. They'll also add commentary to each of the chapters to give an Italian perspective. So our original work will be intact, but there will be bonus content to add even more value for the Italian audience. Very cool actually. I hope we get a few copies stateside even though I can't read Italian (my parents were never taught, so they never taught me).

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

Long story short... I was contacted by an independent Italian publisher (or more specifically a group that wanted to start a publishing company over there) who wanted one of their first titles to be a translation of "Vintage Games".

Heck, that's quite an honor that they want one of their first books to be "Vintage Games!" Since they're a start-up company, they'll probably push the book(s) they publish to maximum reception and profitability, and not limit themselves to a specific "how to" niche. Heck, it's entirely possible that the Italian edition will outsell the English edition!

I'm curious how they'll deal with the book's references to online bonus chapters.

Bill Loguidice wrote:

I hope we get a few copies stateside even though I can't read Italian (my parents were never taught, so they never taught me).

You'll get copies. How could you not? By the way, is Loguidice an Italian name????

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Yes, it's an Italian name,

Yes, it's an Italian name, though how the pronunciation was Americanized, it doesn't quite sound as Italian as it should.

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Just got some sales figures

Just got some sales figures today. For (hopefully) obvious reasons I won't go into numbers here, but suffice it to say that we're all very pleased with how well Vintage Games has sold! Of course, there are still copies left, so get'em while you can!

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Matt Barton wrote:

Just got some sales figures today. For (hopefully) obvious reasons I won't go into numbers here, but suffice it to say that we're all very pleased with how well Vintage Games has sold! Of course, there are still copies left, so get'em while you can!

Just to add a bit more... We only have sales figures for the first three months after the book's release, but, depending upon how the momentum was/is maintained, it would be solidly in the "strong seller" category for this type of book. So, by the time the book is one year old in late March 2010, it should have sold more than many books of the type were able to sell in their lifetimes. In other words, we probably get to live another day in this business because we have a strong selling book to back us up. This is particularly gratifying because it's through a publisher of "how to" books and this was really their first attempt at branching out from that. Certainly their marketing was not targeted outside the "how to" audience.

Just as a point of perspective, I think Kent's "Ultimate History..." book from 2001 has sold something like 16,000+ copies over its lifetime, which makes it far and away the best seller in the category. We'll be nowhere near that, though, unless some miracle happened. Solid sellers sell something like 2,000 copies and up...

Interestingly, since "Wii Fitness for Dummies" will be shelved with the other fitness books, that's probably considered a different class entirely in all ways, even though it's about videogames.

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Holy cow, Bill, I didn't

Holy cow, Bill, I didn't realize that...Definitely having a d'oh moment there. So I was thinking that was for a full 6 months rather than just the 3. So, this is exponentially better than I thought. W00t!

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Matt Barton wrote:

Holy cow, Bill, I didn't realize that...Definitely having a d'oh moment there. So I was thinking that was for a full 6 months rather than just the 3. So, this is exponentially better than I thought. W00t!

I thought you got my last e-mail to you and Matt? Anyway, yeah, January to June is only three months of sales for our book since it came out in late March!

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I'm not too surprised. My

I'm not too surprised. My workload and stress levels have been through the roof ever since the semester started. If this keeps up I'll have to knock back a few activities to keep my sanity.

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