The Reluctant Partisan, Volume Two: The Underground, or…..John is an asshole.
There are some folks wondering where the fuck their copy of the eBook version of The Reluctant Partisan, Volume Two is at, since they can’t find it in their inbox. The message below went out via email yesterday, to everyone who participated in the pre-sale of the eBook. If you did not receive the email, that’s because the email address we had for you was invalid.
There were a lot. Fully 1/3 of the emails were returned as undeliverable…. If that includes you, do me a solid and contact me with a valid, working email address.
The Reluctant Partisan, Volume Two: The Underground was due in your inbox today. Please accept my sincerest apologies for its absence. An explanation is certainly in order.
I had completed the book on 15DEC14. On 17-19DEC14, I decided to sit down, re-read it a final time, to ensure it was the quality I intended to produce, and all the requisite information was included. Last year, at this same general time, I sent out the eBook version of Volume One, and ended up making significant changes between it and the hard copy version that became available seven months later. I did not want to repeat that debacle.
Running the very real risk of looking like a complete asshole, I decided that I was NOT satisfied with the final product, and wanted to make significant changes. This led to my decision, on 19DEC14, to perform a complete re-write. Since the material was already complete, I figured six days would be more than adequate. After all, the Israeli Defense Forces managed to kick the dog piss out of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in that time frame, in the 1967 Six Days War. No sweat, right?
In the ensuing six days between then and now, I have spent a minimum of 20 hours per day working on the revisions/re-write. I largely ignored my family, leaving my wife to deal with a four year old, and a brand new baby, born the end of November (In fact, I only spent 30 minutes with my family this morning, while my oldest daughter unwrapped her gifts…). Despite the Herculean effort, I need 2-3 more days of similar hours, to complete the revisions, in order to produce a quality product.
My pledge to you, the customer was, this would be available to you, on 25DEC. In light of that, there are three possible options.
1. I can send the material that is completely revised, thus far. I am pretty satisfied with it, and believe it actually far exceeds the standards of Volume One. This will not be the complete manuscript however. That would require me to re-send the entire manuscript, when it is completed this weekend.
2. I can send the completed manuscript, reflective of the quality of material that I, Warhammer Six Press, and Forward Observer Magazine, would like to be known for, when it is complete this weekend.
3. We can offer you a refund of the purchase price of the eBook.
I will leave it up to the individual to choose which of these options they would prefer to follow. That having been said, if your choice is #2, please DO NOT respond to this email. My inbox is overflowing as it is, having been neglected during the re-write.
If your choice is #1 or #3, please DO respond via email, but simply use TRP2 in the subject line, followed by “#1” or “#3,” also in the subject line. This will preclude the necessity of having to open every email. If your choice is #1, I will reply, with the completed portions of the manuscript attached in eBook format. If the choice is #3, I will forward your email address to Sam Culper at The Forward Observer, to process the refund.
In closing, again, please accept my sincerest apologies for the delay. I am sorry that any faith placed in me was misplaced. I sincerely hope you will understand my drive to provide a quality, completed product, rather than a half-ass effort of dubious value.
De Oppresso Liber
Sam Culper and I have discussed this at some depth. In the future, until I have categorically decided I am satisfied with the final product, and it is in his hands, there will be no pre-sale events like this. It’s an abortion, and I apologize again.