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Post #101 · Posted at 2012-06-13 03:59:46am 2.3 years ago

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That is essentially why I changed the global logo arrows. I changed the blue and pink to match your logo and the angle of it as well so it wouldn't be an exact match anymore therefore it wouldn't cause any trouble. Giving Konami some credit in fine print somewhere in the book can help too. Asking them personally would be good too although I know they tend to ignore even the smallest requests.

The logo arrows on the back not being flagged because they aren't fully visible seems contradicting in my head but that's probably just me. I can change those global logo arrows even more if you like but it really depends on what you really want.

Another variation using the new dance panel arrow design:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8671807/COUNTING%20COMBOS4-3.png

(I like this one too because the arrows seem to make a whole new image.)

Updated with new pic. Looks spiffy lol Nicer contrast too.
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8671807/COUNTING%20COMBOS%20BACK-2.png

I'm sure we'll figure something out. If they want to bother you later on after the book is published just direct them my way and I'll deal with them, although I doubt they will. I'm not worth anything so it's not like they can get anything out of me to begin with. I'm not trying to self-martyr myself but I always stand by my work regardless of the situation.
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Post #102 · Posted at 2012-06-13 10:52:05am 2.3 years ago

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Okay, they all look good. I'm going to deal with Amazon again and see which of the 3 front cover designs are okay to use. I sent some samples of the current DDR logo and yours side by side to see if I can slip it past them. I'm still waiting on a response though

I like the back cover. Should the whole bottom section be aligned along with the photo more towards the outer edge so it center-aligns with the paragraph above it, or does it look fine like that?

Once I have the Amazon people in a stranglehold I can swap out the cover images for the new ones and I think that is everything unless there is some terrible problem with the book contents or serious errors on my part.

I can still update the book after it goes on sale but it will be off the market for a couple/few days while they re-approve the changes.
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Post #103 · Posted at 2012-06-13 11:44:47am 2.3 years ago

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Ooh stranglehold. Now you're speaking my language.

These samples actually have the Bleed on them. I can post them without the Bleed so you can see a print version. I scaled down the photo and text on the back so it wouldn't fall into the binding, same with the front.
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Post #104 · Posted at 2012-06-13 09:11:17pm 2.3 years ago

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Okay, here is a mockup of what has been approved by Amazon thus far. This doesn't mean they won't reject it after submission for some arbitrary reason (they usually don't after something has been submitted), but they are allowing it for submission now, at least.

Do you think you can make up an extra-large size I can use for print?

http://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/598923_10150970347434910_499247362_n.jpg
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Post #105 · Posted at 2012-06-14 07:29:52pm 2.3 years ago

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heh, maybe you could take a pic on like a black bg of maybe you smiling (not too much)
and be sure to look at the camera Tongue


also i still feel like the arrows should be a different color(s) from the logo

Post #106 · Posted at 2012-06-17 09:27:54pm 2.3 years ago

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EDIT> This may just be because of the wonky cover editor Amazon uses. I'll see if I can "enlarge the image" with a black border that gets cut off in the cover creator anyways

Okay, on the cover, I was flagged for text going beyond the borders 'o' doom. The file you sent me looked all right, but this is how it came out after being processed. I'm too tired right now (after midnight) to look into the details of this but here is some info. that might be useful:

Here is the exact message I got:

PROBLEM:The cover contains live elements/graphics that extend beyond the trim line and may be cut off during the production process, Live elements for example. Please make sure that any elements intended to be viewable appear at least 0.5" away from the outside edges and only background information that can be cut off extend through the bleed area of the uploaded image.

http://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/581315_10150974721064910_128165305_n.jpg

Okay, it has finally been approved and I can put it on sale now:

https://www.createspace.com/3819770

It might take a few days for Amazon to list it, though.

Again, I can change things but I'm pretty happy with how it is overall this time, especially compared to what I originally published almost 2 years ago now, which was a total mess in comparison.

I know there are a lot of "Oh, I could change that" or "This could be that" but for the moment I'm happy to be able to get this out the door, especially since I have people waiting on it. Thanks for all the help. Once I get caught up on my sleep I'll see about getting some free copies out.

*Note* that the contents can still be changed but there is going to be a window of a day or two when the book can not be purchased since all changes still have to be approved by Amazon. (This is to prevent someone from publishing a simple book only to "fix" it with hardcore porn and put the changed edition on sale behind everyone's backs)

(Also, I need to ask Colin to fix my FTP access so I can update the PDFs there and my main site to reflect the new book)
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