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    Default Writers Wanted for Super Nintendo Book

    Hey, Super Nintendo fans, I'm looking for brief personal stories from industry folks about specific SNES games. By industry folks, I have a loose definition meaning past or present video game reviewers, authors, bloggers, programmers, retailers, convention exhibitors, YouTubers, etc.

    No compensation is involved, but your story or stories with your byline will be published in my forthcoming hardcover coffee table Super Nintendo book, which will be out early next year (I'm Brett Weiss, author of eight books). Review content is fine, but I'm primarily wanting stories with a personal slant: memories playing the game with friends, memories purchasing the game, memories beating the game, special hate for a game, getting the game for Christmas, etc. Below is a list of games that have already been reserved. If you see any U.S. releases for the SNES that are NOT on the list you’d like to write about, let me know via email: brettw105 [AT] sbcglobal.net. Also, in your message let me know what role you play (or played) in the industry, and I will send more info. THANKS!!

    Aaaaah Real Monsters
    ActRaiser
    The Addams Family
    Addams Family Values
    Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Eye of the Beholder
    The Adventures of Batman & Robin
    Aero Fighters
    Aladdin
    Alien 3
    Alien vs. Predator
    Animaniacs
    Arkanoid: Doh it Again
    Art of Fighting
    Axelay
    Batman Forever
    Batman Returns
    Battle Clash
    Battletoads/Double Dragon
    Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
    Beavis and Butthead
    Beethoven’s 2nd
    Biker Mice from Mars
    Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball
    Blackthorne
    BlaZeon
    Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    Breath of Fire
    Breath of Fire II
    Bubsy
    Bust a Move
    Captain America and The Avengers
    Captain Commando
    Captain Novolin
    Castlevania: Dracula X
    Championship Pool
    Chrono Trigger
    Civilization
    Clayfighter
    Cliffhanger
    Congo’s Caper
    Contra III
    Cool Spot
    Cybernator)
    Darius Twin
    The Death and Return of Superman
    Demon’s Crest
    Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
    D-Force
    Donkey Kong Country
    Donkey Kong Country 2
    Donkey Kong Country 3
    DOOM
    Doom Troopers
    Dragon’s Lair
    Drakkhen
    Earthbound
    Earthworm Jim
    Earthworm Jim 2
    Fatal Fury
    Fatal Fury Special
    Fighters Destiny
    Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
    Final Fantasy II
    Final Fantasy III
    Final Fight
    Final Fight 3
    Final Fight Guy
    Firepower 2000
    Flashback
    F1 Roc
    Frogger
    F-Zero
    Ghoul Patrol
    Goof Troop
    Gradius III
    The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie
    Hagane
    HAL’s Hole in One Golf
    Harley’s Humungous Adventure
    Harvest Moon
    Home Alone
    Hook
    Hyper Zone
    The Incredible Hulk
    Illusion of Gaia
    Indiana Jones's Greatest Adventures
    James Bond Jr.
    Jim Lee’s Wild C.A.T.S
    Judge Dredd
    Jungle Strike
    Jurassic Park
    Justice League Task Force
    Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball
    Kendo Rage
    Killer Instinct
    King of Dragons
    Kirby Super Star
    Kirby’s Dream Course
    Kirby’s Dream Land 3
    Knights of the Round
    Lagoon
    Lawnmower Man
    Legend
    Legend of the Mystical Ninja
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
    Lemmings
    Lester the Unlikely
    Liberty or Death
    Lion King
    Lufia
    Lufia II
    Madden NFL ’94
    Madden NFL ’95
    Madden NFL '96
    Magic Sword
    Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
    Mario Paint
    Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems
    The Mask
    Mega Man 7
    Mega Man X
    Mega Man X2
    Mega Man
    Mega Man’s Soccer
    Metal Warriors
    Mickey Mania
    Mickey's Ultimate Challenge
    Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition
    Mr. Do!
    Mortal Kombat
    Mortal Kombat II
    Mortal Kombat III
    Mountain Bike Rally
    Mountain Bike Rally/Speed Racer
    NBA Hangtime
    NBA Jam
    NBA Jam: Tournament Edition
    NCAA Basketball
    NHL 95
    NHLPA PA Hockey 93
    Nobunaga’s Ambition
    Ogre Battle
    On the Ball
    Operation Logic Bomb
    Out of This World
    Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures
    Paperboy 2
    PGA Tour Golf
    Phantom 2040
    Pilotwings
    Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
    Plok
    Pocky and Rocky
    Pocky and Rocky 2
    Populous
    Power Rangers Zeo: Battle Racers
    Primal Rage
    Prince of Persia
    P.T.O.: Pacific Theater of Operations II
    Pushover
    Q*bert 3
    Ranma 1/2 Hard Battle
    Revolution X
    Rise of the Robots
    Rival Turf
    Rock N Roll Racing
    The Rocketeer
    Rockey Rodent
    Roger Clemens MVP Baseball
    Run Saber
    Samurai Shodown
    Saturday Night Slam Masters
    Secret of Evermore
    Secret of Mana
    Shadowrun
    Shaq Fu
    Side Pocket
    Sim City
    Sküljagger
    Skyblazer
    Smartball
    Soulblazer
    Space Megaforce
    Spanky’s Quest
    Speedy Gonzalez
    Spider-Man
    Spider-Man/Venom: Maximum Carnage
    Spider-Man/Venom: Separation Anxiety
    Street Combat
    Street Fighter II Turbo
    Star Fox
    Star Fox Super Weekend
    Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    Street Combat
    Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
    Street Racer
    Stunt Race FX
    Sunset Riders
    Super Adventure Island
    Super Baseball Simulator 1.000
    Super Baseball 2020
    Super Bases Loaded
    Super Bomberman
    Super Bonk
    Super Bowling
    Super Castlevania IV
    Super Double Dragon
    Super Earth Defense Force
    Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
    Super Godzilla
    Super Mario All-Stars
    Super Mario Kart
    Super Mario RPG
    Super Mario World
    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
    Super Metroid
    Super Off Road
    Super Punch-Out
    Super R-Type
    Super Smash T.V.
    Super Soccer
    Super Star Wars
    Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
    Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
    Super Tennis
    Super Turrican
    Super Turrican 2
    Taz-Mania
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
    Tetris Attack
    Tetris 2
    Thunder Spirits
    The Tick
    Timecop
    Tin Star
    Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose
    Todd McFarlane’s Spawn
    True Lies
    Tuff E Nuff
    Turn and Burn: No Fly Zone
    The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang
    T2: The Arcade Game
    Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
    Ultraman
    UN Squadron
    Uniracers
    Vegas Stakes
    Wario’s Woods
    Warlock
    Wild Guns
    Wing Commander
    Wolfenstein 3D
    Wolverine: Adamantium Rage
    WWF Royal Rumble
    WWF WrestleMania
    X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse
    Ys III: Wanderers From Ys
    Zombies Ate My Neighbors
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    Default Super Nintendo book update—contributors still needed.

    Super Nintendo book update—contributors still needed.

    My publisher wants to divide my forthcoming SNES book into two volumes, the first of which will cover games beginning with the letter A-M. This means more information, more personal stories, more full color images, etc., and of course it means coverage of the SNES library will be spread over two books instead of one--this is a good thing, IMHO.
    I still need personal stories from industry people about specific games (the list of available games is below). By industry people, I have a loose definition meaning past or present video game reviewers, authors, bloggers, programmers, store employees or owners, Facebook group moderators, convention exhibitors, YouTubers, etc.

    No compensation is involved, but your story or stories (250-350 words each) with your byline will be published in the book, which will release next year. Stories can be about a game that has special meaning to you, particular hate for a game, a rare find in the wild, memories playing the game with friends or family, beating a high score, and more--these are just some examples. If you are in the video game industry (however loosely), or you used to be, and you are interested in contributing one or more stories about specific Super Nintendo games, send me a PM, and I will give you more information. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know. Thanks!

    Here’s a list of games that STILL NEED STORIES:

    A.S.P.: Air Strike Patrol
    AAAHH!!! Real Monsters
    ABC Monday Night Football
    ACME Animation Factory
    ActRaiser 2
    Adventures of Dr. Franken, The
    Adventures of Kid Kleets
    Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle and Friends, The
    Adventures of Yogi Bear
    Aero the Acro-Bat 2
    Aerobiz
    Aerobiz Supersonic
    Air Cavalry
    Al Unser Jr.'s Road to the Top
    Alfred Chicken
    American Gladiators
    American Tail, An: Fievel Goes West
    Andre Agassi Tennis
    Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1
    Arcana
    Ardy Lightfoot
    B.O.B.
    Ballz 3D
    Barbie Super Model
    Barkley Shut Up and Jam!
    Bass Masters Classic
    Bass Masters Classic Pro Edition
    Bassin's Black Bass with Hank Parker
    Battle Blaze
    Battle Cars
    Battle Grand Prix
    Bazooka Blitzkrieg
    Bebe's Kids
    Best of the Best: Championship Karate
    Big Sky Trooper
    Bill Walsh College Football
    Biometal
    Blues Brothers, The
    Bonkers
    Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
    Boxing Legends of the Ring
    Brainies, The
    Brandish
    Brawl Brothers
    BreakThru
    Brett Hull Hockey
    Brett Hull Hockey '95
    Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus
    Brunswick World: Tournament of Champions
    Brutal: Paws Of Fury
    Bubsy II
    Bugs Bunny in Rabbit Rampage
    Bulls vs Blazers and the NBA Playoffs
    C2: Judgment Clay
    Cacoma Knight in Bizyland
    Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball
    California Games II
    Capcom's MVP Football
    Capcom's Soccer Shootout
    Carrier Aces
    Casper
    Champions World Class Soccer
    Championship Soccer '94
    Chessmaster, The
    Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool
    Chester Cheetah: Wild Wild Quest
    Choplifter III
    Chuck Rock
    Clay Fighter: Tournament Edition
    Claymates
    Clue
    College Football USA '97: The Road to New Orleans
    College Slam
    Combatribes, The
    Cool World
    Cutthroat Island
    Cyber Spin
    Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions
    David Crane's Amazing Tennis
    Demolition Man
    Dennis the Menace
    Dig & Spike Volleyball
    DinoCity
    Dirt Trax FX
    Disney's Beauty and the Beast
    Doomsday Warrior
    Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls
    Dragon View
    Dream TV
    Duel, The: Test Drive II
    Dungeon Master
    E.V.O.: Search for Eden
    Eek! The Cat
    Elite Soccer
    Emmitt Smith Football
    Equinox
    ESPN Baseball Tonight
    ESPN National Hockey Night
    ESPN Speed World
    ESPN Sunday Night NFL
    Extra Innings
    F1 Pole Position
    F1 ROC II: Race Of Champions
    Faceball 2000
    Family Dog
    Family Feud
    Fatal Fury: King of Fighters
    Fatal Fury Special
    FIFA International Soccer
    FIFA Soccer '96
    FIFA 97: Gold Edition
    Fighter's History
    Fire Striker
    First Samurai
    Flintstones: The Movie
    Flintstones, The: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock
    Football Fury
    Foreman For Real
    Frank Thomas' Big Hurt Baseball
    Frantic Flea
    Frogger
    Full Throttle: All-American Racing
    Gemfire
    Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Grey Wolf
    George Foreman's KO Boxing
    Goal!
    Gods
    GP-1
    GP-1: Part II
    Great Circus Mystery, The: Starring Mickey and Minnie
    Great Waldo Search, The
    GunForce
    HammerLock Wrestling
    Hardball 3
    Head-On Soccer
    Hit the Ice
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    Home Improvement
    Humans, The
    Hunt for Red October, The
    Hurricanes
    Hyper V-Ball
    Ignition Factor, The
    Imperium
    Incantation
    Incredible Crash Dummies, The
    Inindo: Way of the Ninja
    Inspector Gadget
    International Tennis Tour
    Irem Skins Game, The
    Itchy & Scratchy Game, The
    Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings
    Jack Nicklaus Golf
    Jammit
    Jeopardy!
    Jeopardy! Deluxe Edition
    Jeopardy! Sports Edition
    Jetsons: The Invasion of the Planet Pirates
    Jim Power: The Lost Dimension in 3-D
    Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour
    Jimmy Houston's Bass Tournament USA
    Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
    John Madden Football
    John Madden Football '93
    Jungle Book, The
    Jurassic Park
    Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues
    Ka-Blooey
    Kawasaki Caribbean Challenge
    Kawasaki Superbike Challenge
    Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run
    Kid Klown in Crazy Chase
    King Arthur & the Knights of Justice
    King of the Monsters
    King of the Monsters 2
    Kirby's Avalanche
    Krusty's Super Fun House
    Kyle Petty's No Fear Racing
    Lamborghini American Challenge
    Last Action Hero
    Lemmings 2: The Tribes
    Lethal Enforcers
    Lethal Weapon
    Lock On
    Lord of the Rings, (J.R.R. Tolkien's) The, Vol. I
    Lost Vikings, The
    Lost Vikings 2, The
    Madden NFL 97
    Madden NFL 98
    Magic Boy
    Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse, The
    Mario Is Missing!
    Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters
    Mario's Early Years: Fun with Numbers
    Mario's Early Years: Preschool Fun
    Mark Davis: The Fishing Master
    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
    Math Blaster: Episode 1
    Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow
    Mecarobot Golf
    MechWarrior
    MechWarrior 3050
    Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge
    Metal Morph
    Michael Andretti's Indy Car Challenge
    Micro Machines
    Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra
    Miracle Piano
    MLBPA Baseball
    Mohawk & Headphone Jack
    Monopoly
    Mr. Nutz
    Ms. Pac-Man
    Musya

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    Are you also not being paid? I mean I can understand wanting community contributions, but you're essentially asking people to provide large amounts of content for a commercial product for no compensation. What about a free copy of the book? Why not conduct interviews and write the stories yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bojay1997 View Post
    Are you also not being paid? I mean I can understand wanting community contributions, but you're essentially asking people to provide large amounts of content for a commercial product for no compensation. What about a free copy of the book? Why not conduct interviews and write the stories yourself?
    I can understand anyone not wanting to contribute based on the points you've raised, but I've got lots of stories from many gamers/industry people, including some programmers and popular YouTubers. People passionate about video games are having fun relating their stories, and they are excitedat the prospect of having their work appear in print.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bitgamer View Post
    I can understand anyone not wanting to contribute based on the points you've raised, but I've got lots of stories from many gamers/industry people, including some programmers and popular YouTubers. People passionate about video games are having fun relating their stories, and they are excitedat the prospect of having their work appear in print.
    I'm sorry, but as someone that has worked in the entertainment industry for many years, my perspective is that if you are deriving a commercial benefit from someone else's hard work, you should compensate them for it. I'm frankly shocked your publisher would think creating a huge swath of the content of a book using other people's uncompensated contributions is acceptable. I also don't know many authors who go around asking for 350 word contributions for literally hundreds of games like you are trying to do here. A foreword or a cover endorsement, sure. Tens of thousands of words comprising a substantial portion of the book is just way beyond reasonable. Again, if you go out and interview people that's one thing, but you are asking people to write something original and hand it over to you for commercial benefit. That's just offensive and wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bojay1997 View Post
    I'm sorry, but as someone that has worked in the entertainment industry for many years, my perspective is that if you are deriving a commercial benefit from someone else's hard work, you should compensate them for it. I'm frankly shocked your publisher would think creating a huge swath of the content of a book using other people's uncompensated contributions is acceptable. I also don't know many authors who go around asking for 350 word contributions for literally hundreds of games like you are trying to do here. A foreword or a cover endorsement, sure. Tens of thousands of words comprising a substantial portion of the book is just way beyond reasonable. Again, if you go out and interview people that's one thing, but you are asking people to write something original and hand it over to you for commercial benefit. That's just offensive and wrong.
    Fortunately, the many contributors feel much differently, are excited to be involved, and are grateful for the opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bojay1997 View Post
    I'm sorry, but as someone that has worked in the entertainment industry for many years, my perspective is that if you are deriving a commercial benefit from someone else's hard work, you should compensate them for it. I'm frankly shocked your publisher would think creating a huge swath of the content of a book using other people's uncompensated contributions is acceptable. I also don't know many authors who go around asking for 350 word contributions for literally hundreds of games like you are trying to do here. A foreword or a cover endorsement, sure. Tens of thousands of words comprising a substantial portion of the book is just way beyond reasonable. Again, if you go out and interview people that's one thing, but you are asking people to write something original and hand it over to you for commercial benefit. That's just offensive and wrong.
    There are better things to get indignant about.

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    I get where Bojay is coming from. In the world of games journalism, getting someone to pay you decently for your work is hard enough as it is, and then there are all the people who won't pay at all, and all the kids on YouTube and such who will happily snap at the "opportunity" to write for free just because it gets them in print or *~exposure~*, which only devalues our work, making it that much harder to get decent compensation. But I don't really blame these kids (or the older folks who do it just for a lark) nor the people who profit off of them (because, let's be real, most are making a sub-minimum wage profit; if they were making a good profit, then they probably would compensate their writers). I mean, I was in my 20s once, writing for free for a print magazine, just because I enjoyed it and loved seeing my name and work in print. And I was able to use that work as leverage to land better gigs. But would I take an unpaid job now? Hell no. Seeing my work and name in print is hardly a novel thing anymore, now that I have more mags containing my work kicking around than I know what to do with, and if people want to reap the benefits of the 15+ years that I've developed my writing ability and racked up professional experience, that comes at a price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bitgamer View Post
    Fortunately, the many contributors feel much differently, are excited to be involved, and are grateful for the opportunity.
    Let me guess, was your prior career as a sales rep for "Who's Who in ________"? That's basically the same business model. Submitting your name is free, but if you want to see your name in print, you've gotta buy the book. I would imagine you don't have that many people eager to do this for free or you wouldn't be advertising for your lengthy list of contributions still needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bratwurst View Post
    There are better things to get indignant about.
    Perhaps, but this strikes me as extremely offensive. This author and publisher are essentially taking a substantial amount of original work and using it to create a wholly commercial product for which they are the only beneficiaries. I mean not even an offer of a copy of the finished product? That's just low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bojay1997 View Post
    Perhaps, but this strikes me as extremely offensive. This author and publisher are essentially taking a substantial amount of original work and using it to create a wholly commercial product for which they are the only beneficiaries. I mean not even an offer of a copy of the finished product? That's just low.
    No one is forcing the contributors to write stories for the book. They are doing it to share their stories, and they're having a lot of fun doing so. Their stories of gaming in the 90s will live in print for decades, and they're pretty darned excited about that. BTW, I'm doing a complete write-up for every game. The contributors are adding anecdotes and the like, which are fun and don't take long at all. If someone doesn't want to contribute because they want to get paid, I certainly understand that. No harm, no foul, just a fun book about a niche subject, the SNES. Trust me, I won't get rich off of this. In fact, I won't even make minimum wage when you consider the time involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bitgamer View Post
    No one is forcing the contributors to write stories for the book. They are doing it to share their stories, and they're having a lot of fun doing so. Their stories of gaming in the 90s will live in print for decades, and they're pretty darned excited about that. BTW, I'm doing a complete write-up for every game. The contributors are adding anecdotes and the like, which are fun and don't take long at all. If someone doesn't want to contribute because they want to get paid, I certainly understand that. No harm, no foul, just a fun book about a niche subject, the SNES. Trust me, I won't get rich off of this.
    Why not release the book digitally for free then? I mean if it's just for fun, surely you don't expect to be paid either, right? I think you need to take a step back and think about the double standard you are practicing here. What you're saying is that the hundreds of pieces you are asking people to contribute have no value but your contributions should be rewarded with some form of compensation. I'm not saying somebody writing 350 words is equivalent to all of the writing you will be doing, but it's also not completely without value. How about stepping up and taking your profits and plowing that into providing copies of the book for free to the contributors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bojay1997 View Post
    Why not release the book digitally for free then? I mean if it's just for fun, surely you don't expect to be paid either, right? I think you need to take a step back and think about the double standard you are practicing here. What you're saying is that the hundreds of pieces you are asking people to contribute have no value but your contributions should be rewarded with some form of compensation. I'm not saying somebody writing 350 words is equivalent to all of the writing you will be doing, but it's also not completely without value. How about stepping up and taking your profits and plowing that into providing copies of the book for free to the contributors?
    What I mean by "fun" is that the book is intended to entertain. It's work to write it. Fun work, but work nevertheless. There are many contributors. If I paid them it would reduce my royalties to almost nothing, and I can't afford to do that. I can't give away digital copies either, because the publisher is in charge of digital copies. People are writing entries because they want to, and in return, instead of money, they are getting exposure, publication credits, satisfaction, their name in print, something to show their family, something to be proud of, their stories written for future generations. And they are gladly doing so. People have contributed to anthologies, reference books and the like forever without compensation, so there's no precedent here. If that's not to your liking, so be it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bitgamer View Post
    What I mean by "fun" is that the book is intended to entertain. It's work to write it. Fun work, but work nevertheless. There are many contributors. If I paid them it would reduce my royalties to almost nothing, and I can't afford to do that. I can't give away digital copies either, because the publisher is in charge of digital copies. People are writing entries because they want to, and in return, instead of money, they are getting exposure, publication credits, satisfaction, their name in print, something to show their family, something to be proud of, their stories written for future generations. And they are gladly doing so. People have contributed to anthologies, reference books and the like forever without compensation, so there's no precedent here. If that's not to your liking, so be it.
    Actually, publishers (real publishers, not self-publishing companies or vanity publishers) pay contributors to anthologies and reference books. Sometimes it's a small amount, but there are legal reasons why they do so. At a minimum, they offer them a copy of the work they are contributing to and other tangible consideration. Your argument that they will have something to show their family is moot because you are refusing to provide them with a free copy and frankly, the value of having 350 words in print in a book few outside of the contributors will ever read doesn't have much value. My issue with what you are doing is that this is not a small amount of the work of others you are including in your book. It appears that for every game on the SNES released in the US (over 700 I believe), you are going to use a 250-350 word contribution which is a massive amount of third party contribution for which you somehow believe it's ok not to compensate these contributors. You have also in this thread essentially downplayed the value of their contributions while placing a heavy emphasis on the fact that you need to be paid. I agree that you need to be paid, but if you can't make the economics work to compensate the people whose work you want to include in the book, you need to either do that work yourself or exclude it altogether. Just like you wouldn't want to work for free, you shouldn't expect hundreds of other people to do so in an effort to create something that only you and your publisher will benefit from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bojay1997 View Post
    Actually, publishers (real publishers, not self-publishing companies or vanity publishers) pay contributors to anthologies and reference books. Sometimes it's a small amount, but there are legal reasons why they do so. At a minimum, they offer them a copy of the work they are contributing to and other tangible consideration. Your argument that they will have something to show their family is moot because you are refusing to provide them with a free copy and frankly, the value of having 350 words in print in a book few outside of the contributors will ever read doesn't have much value. My issue with what you are doing is that this is not a small amount of the work of others you are including in your book. It appears that for every game on the SNES released in the US (over 700 I believe), you are going to use a 250-350 word contribution which is a massive amount of third party contribution for which you somehow believe it's ok not to compensate these contributors. You have also in this thread essentially downplayed the value of their contributions while placing a heavy emphasis on the fact that you need to be paid. I agree that you need to be paid, but if you can't make the economics work to compensate the people whose work you want to include in the book, you need to either do that work yourself or exclude it altogether. Just like you wouldn't want to work for free, you shouldn't expect hundreds of other people to do so in an effort to create something that only you and your publisher will benefit from.
    Again, all the contributors are happy with the arrangement, and no one is holding a gun to their head. People who didn't want to participate politely declined. If it makes you feel any better, many of the contributors are reviewers, website hosts, YouTubers, etc. and will receive a review copy of the book anyway. Signing off now, gotta get back to work. Regardless, despite the disagreement, civil discourse is always appreciated. Peace out.

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    This is one book I will not be buying thanks to Bojay1997. Why should Brett Weiss get all the profits and no one else...It's all about the money I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bitgamer View Post
    Again, all the contributors are happy with the arrangement, and no one is holding a gun to their head. People who didn't want to participate politely declined. If it makes you feel any better, many of the contributors are reviewers, website hosts, YouTubers, etc. and will receive a review copy of the book anyway. Signing off now, gotta get back to work. Regardless, despite the disagreement, civil discourse is always appreciated. Peace out.
    As a contributor, I'm perfectly happy with the arrangement. We all have our reasons. In my case, Brett did me many favors in the past with his writing contributions and I'm way more than happy to help him out in return. In fact, I owe him a lot more than this. Don't be so hard on the guy. Brett's a good dude, and is one of the hardest working guys out there promoting this hobby even when he was making zero dollars for it. He's hardly running a pyramid scam here where at the end of this project he's sitting like Scrooge McDuck on a pile of gold coins. Good luck with the project, Brett.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cav View Post
    As a contributor, I'm perfectly happy with the arrangement. We all have our reasons. In my case, Brett did me many favors in the past with his writing contributions and I'm way more than happy to help him out in return. In fact, I owe him a lot more than this. Don't be so hard on the guy. Brett's a good dude, and is one of the hardest working guys out there promoting this hobby even when he was making zero dollars for it. He's hardly running a pyramid scam here where at the end of this project he's sitting like Scrooge McDuck on a pile of gold coins. Good luck with the project, Brett.
    That's great, but whatever you feel you owe him has no relevance to this discussion and I don't think anyone is being hard on him.

    Again, why not offer a free digital copy to anyone who contributes?

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    [QUOTE=Again, why not offer a free digital copy to anyone who contributes?[/QUOTE]

    I have no access to digital copies as it's not a self-published book, so I can't give them away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jperryss View Post
    That's great, but whatever you feel you owe him has no relevance to this discussion and I don't think anyone is being hard on him.

    Again, why not offer a free digital copy to anyone who contributes?
    As a contributor, what I feel has no relevance to this discussion? HUH?

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