I finally got my licensing agreement with Blizzard. Apparently, they have agreements with fan websites that use their imagery, but getting one for a book took a little longer because Blizzard’s attorneys wanted to read it cover-to-cover before giving their blessing. At least they said they enjoyed it, and the only changes they suggested were minor corrections. Aside from the wait, getting a licensing agreement was a pretty painless process. So far, everyone who’s read it has asked, “What happened to John after WoW shipped?” The handful of people who’ve read it wanted to know what I was doing now–so I added a page-long epilogue. Originally, I wanted to focus on the project, but since I’d started the story on a personal note about who I was and my first impressions of the computer gaming industry, I figured adding some closure regarding my comings and goings wouldn’t be too gauche.
Regarding the book itself, I’m doing another re-read of The WoW Diary. It’s my 18th edit and I’m seriously tried of it. I haven’t found any typos but I did reorder a few paragraphs and sentences to polish the narrative. I also tightened some of my layouts to satisfy the finicky graphic designer in me. I’ve also decided on a printer and am getting a dummy book made. I want to make sure 336 pages of coated stock isn’t to “sharp” or annoying to turn pages. I’m hoping for something readable, not a coffee table dust gatherer. I’m also printing The WoW Diary on a sheet-fed press, which is a hella-expensive process, but it allows for more quality control over the ink.
I’m getting ready for the campaign now. A friend of mine, Stephen Glicker, is going to interview me about my upcoming book and Kickstarter campaign. Steve hosts a weekly podcast I participate in called Roll for Combat wherein my friends and I play through a Starfinder campaign. We argue and tease each other; we goof around and drop obscure movie references as Steve GM’s our way through the adventure. It’s a lot of fun, and we’ve got thousands of listeners already so it looks like this is going to remain a regular hobby. I mailed him an advance reader copy this morning, so hopefully we’ll get the interview out before I visit my relatives in Ohio for the holidays.