In June 2011 I announced, rather grandly, that I was going to write a book about my lifelong infatuation with PES.
I thought I’d be able to finish it by October 2011 and cynically ride the coattails of PES2012′s release. And I could have done that, but very quickly it struck me that I might as well take the time to make it as good as possible.
I went back to the planning stages a couple of times. Eventually, I got started properly. The finishing line is still several months away, but I’m happy to show some of the fruits of my labour so far.
As a teaser sample, here are the first nine chapters of the book, comprising some 9000 words.
(right-click and ‘Save As’ or equivalent)
Things are very much in the ‘Alpha’ stage with the book. Images, and fonts, and pagination and so on will be smartened up once the darn thing is written. The current presentation—as seen in the image below (from iBooks, on the iPad)—is all very provisional and temporary. Don’t judge it by what it looks like right now, is what I mean to say. I know it’s a bit scruffy—particularly on the Kindle, where the images break up the text in a rather clumsy way.
The PDF format can be read by almost any application on every computer and device there is. Email it to yourself and use the ‘Open in’ feature of your favourite mobile OS.
The .doc format may be read in MS Word or any Word-compatible application on PC or Mac. And again, most mobile devices will open a .doc file, even if it only displays in plain text.
The mobi format is specific to the Amazon Kindle (left). Transfer the .mobi file to your device via USB, or send it to your Kindle’s unique email address to have it delivered automagically via Wi-fi/3G. Haven’t got a Kindle? (What’s wrong with you?!) No problem: there is a Kindle application for PC, Mac, iOS devices, and Android.
The epub format is for other ereader models (Sony, Nook, Kobo, etc.), and also the iPad/iPhone. I believe Android devices will also open epub files.
I have included a brief Afterword with the teaser chapters that covers some important points. For legal reasons the final book—which I’ll be shamelessly flogging, for real money, in the Kindle store at the very least—cannot have ‘Pro Evolution Soccer’ or PES in its title, unless I get the go-ahead from Konami. I haven’t approached them yet.
Thank you for your time and patience, and as I say in the Afterword, once I get to the ISS/PES years, things really take off.
I will update this page with a much more detailed book FAQ over the next couple of weeks.
I haven’t decided yet whether to publish the final work under my own real name or the ‘not-Greg’ nom de plume. As may be gleaned from the teaser, there are some rather personal details involved. Which are nothing compared to what comes later on. There are real people other than myself to think of. But as I say, this is all yet to be decided.
Other than that, it only remains to say that I’m not posting this teaser specifically to seek feedback from readers. I don’t want anyone to feel obliged to comment, or even to read it in the first place. This is not meant to be homework or anything. But I will welcome all comments, positive or negative. I already know that I have a tendency to go on a bit, so let’s take that one as read, eh