About this project:
This book started as an idea. Sam Pettus wrote an amazingly thorough history of SEGA, but it was hampered by a number of issues.
1) It was only available online.
Not the end of the world, but the dark blue background with green letters was not the most pleasant thing to read. See the original here: http://goo.gl/5OnnQ
2) The pictures included were microscopic.
Seeing is 99% of history. It really helps tell the story and remind all of us who experienced it of the good and bad we went through.
3) It was unfinished, outdated, and hastily written.
The story was there, but numerous grammatical issues really hindered the reading experience. There really was no ending, many of the specs and numbers listed weren't correctly, and there were several cases of repetition as the original was released in parts. We tried simply shoehorning the website into a book, and while it was met with praise for being thorough, the writing and total content wasn't there.
(Original book) http://goo.gl/hQoHx
What we want to do about it:
We want your help, Kickstarters, to make this book into what is should have been the first time. We want to fix all the issues that were brought up the first time and make this the ultimate history of SEGA.
Things this Kickstarter will help do:
1) Update all the information in the book to be as accurate as can be.
2) Add more sources, quotes, and original text to help tell the story through the eyes of the people who experienced it.
3) Add more pictures to help tell the story.
4) Hire a real (expensive) editor to correct all mistakes and to enhance the readers experience.
5) Get professionally done artwork on the cover to make this book as appealing outside as it is inside.
How else can I help?
Are you a good artist, or know a good artist, that could help us get a professional cover on this book? Email us at servicegamessega at gmail dot com! While we won't know the exact dimensions until later, you could help us come up with a cover that is eye-catching and easy to read!
Know a lot about Sega and want to help us get our facts straight? Buy an early copy of the book to help us make it better! See here.
About our Rewards:
We are proud to be able to offer both paper and hardback options, as well everything in either black and white or color interiors. Each book will an industry standard 6x9 size and all versions will include the same information.
$7000: We would love to do a full Kindle edition with all the pictures and updates from the enhanced edition. At $7K we will make sure this version is done right.
Nothing else to announce... yet! Extra money will be put towards increasing the quality of the previously listed goals.
Risks and challenges
The biggest issues against us are time and money. The more we raise here on Kickstarter, the more we can put into the book. Work has already begun to add more to the book, but there is much more work ahead. This book is a labor of love, but can't love be accurate AND fun to read?
As with all things creative, putting a timetable on it is difficult. We set our goal for August of 2013, but it all depends on how long the editing process takes and when it begins. We'd love to be done sooner and will do everything possible to finish ahead of schedule, but there are variables that could change that. That being said, we will do our best to keep you, Kickstarters, updated on our progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Yes, all print editions come with a color cover.
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