A special announcement today.
I am writing a book about this bizarre PES-playing life, and I aim to publish it this October, initially as an ebook. ‘The Chronicles of Pro Evolution Soccer’ (TCoPES) is a working title.
I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time. Now, this summer, I’ve finally got the time and the motivation.
I’ve nearly got the book outline done. Serious writing will commence next week, after I’ve got my Open University course out of the way.
I’m aiming for 70,000 words. With illustrations, that’s the rough equivalent of a 200-page printed book. The wordcount could lengthen or shorten depending on how well the writing goes.
I aim to have the book available in the week of PES2012’s release. Yes, shamelessly riding on its coattails.
The book will be published on the Amazon Kindle store and other similar locations for a nominal 99p or so. I’ll give away a load of free copies on the site here. Every regular commenter who wants a copy is guaranteed one.
There’ll be other ebook formats available for other ereader devices and smartphones. There’ll be a glossy PDF version for reading on a computer.
For those who like old-fashioned, proper books, I might consider Amazon’s own Print on Demand service. I might even tout the book to a regular print publisher at a later time. It depends how good it is.
So much for the practical, dirty details. What exactly will this ‘book of the blog’ entail?
It’ll be focused upon a journey through more than a decade of real life with a computer game called Pro Evolution Soccer always a constant companion.
It’ll address the lore of PES, the wider cultural phenomenon that is PES, and the madness of PES.
It’ll be something that all PES fans will hopefully recognise, laugh at and with, wince about, and nod sagely over. I want it to be funny and disturbing. It’ll be personal and autobiographical in ways that the blog has never been.
I also want it to be a story that will entertain and interest readers who know little or nothing about PES. The kind of reader, for example, who might have enjoyed a Nick Hornby book without having any interest in Arsenal or in music.
So it’s an ambitious project, yes, but I’m pretty sure I can pull it off.
This isn’t a random, pie-in-the-sky notion that I won’t be able to deliver on. I have written several book-length pieces before—several novels and a non-fiction memoir. All are gathering digital dust on my hard drive. I’ve never really tried to get any published. I got a rejection slip for one of the novels and then gave up.
The current ebook boom has changed the publishing landscape somewhat. The Kindle Store is huge and getting huger.
Getting the raw words written will not be a problem. I can dash off a few thousand words in no time at all, believe me. Curbing my long-winded rambling and making it into the kind of high quality book I have in mind will be the challenge.
The coming summer will be punctuated by regular updates on the book’s progress. I’ll put some kind of graph in a sidebar and update it regularly.
The regular blog will continue, of course, starting on Monday with the next stage in my PES5(PC) ML career.