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2 August, 2005

Writing a book
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 3:23 AM

I am pleased to announce that I am writing a book. With the assistance of a lawyer, Greg Boyd, we are going to write a book dealing with the creation and operation of a game business. We feel that this side of the industry is largely ignored, and too many people rush into the development side of things without really considering the business side. Personally, I think that indie developers need all the help they can get on the business side, and this book will help them.

The book will be a practical tome, covering the areas of starting a business, looking at funding options, operating the business, contracts, marketing, public relations, intellectual property (IP), licensing, international business, litigation, and taxation. The book will contain contributions from other writers that have first-hand experience. We’ll have chapters and sidebars contributed by others, as well as a “Five things I wish I knew” section for the (in)famous with limited time to contribute.

Where do you potentially fit in? We’re looking to round out some contributions to the chapters. I know some clever people read this blog and figure a few might be interested. If you are, send along your credentials to brian (at) and I’ll send along details instead of boring everyone reading this. We’d be happy to get contributions in both chapters and sidebars.

Have fun!

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  1. Good luck. Writing a book is a lot of effort (been through it once). I hope all goes well, the topic certainly sounds interesting. Keep us posted.

    Comment by Juha — 2 August, 2005 @ 2:12 PM

  2. Good luck. I certainly look forward to reading it. ;)

    Comment by Raguel — 2 August, 2005 @ 3:25 PM

  3. that sounds like a really neat idea for a book. I will definitely have my students who want to be game developers read it! You know, every first-year student majoring in CS wants to “make games”. I always tell them to follow their dreams, but don’t forget to have a back-up plan too. Or several. :)

    Comment by megan conklin — 2 August, 2005 @ 4:31 PM

  4. Rock it PC. Be sure to start your chapter out with “listen up fools, daddy’s talking”. And then keep it going just like that.

    Comment by Rusty Parks — 5 August, 2005 @ 11:08 AM

  5. Good luck on the book, Brian. I’ll be sure to pick up a copy when it comes out, from whatever channel gives you the biggest cut of the proceeds. ;)

    Comment by Tess — 10 August, 2005 @ 9:56 PM

  6. Congratulations on your book deal. Be prepared for a long road. I am halfway through my own book project and the excitement of the beginning has worn off now and the light at the end of the tunnel is not yet in sight. Bit of a limboesque land atm (bleh), but I suppose I just need to keep sitting down to it. Anyway, I look forward to seeing the results of your efforts.

    Comment by Mark Wallace — 17 August, 2005 @ 7:33 AM

  7. The new game book’s here! The new game book’s here!…

    Things are going to start happening to me now.
    Er, anyway, you might notice a new, cute little graphic on my blog site. That would be the book I’ve been working to finish over the past several months ( It’s heading…

    Trackback by Psychochild's Blog — 23 October, 2006 @ 1:22 PM

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