Originally posted by Matt:
Make that $40 for a hard copy subscription, which is what I signed up for.
Mr. Gadfly hard-copy subscriptions are 22 bucks now, and were $20 when you subscribed, Matt. Thats roughly $3 per issue, after you receive all of them. Of the first three, they were at least twice as many pages than promised. And three times as many for the last two. I might add, they were all twice as late as promised but Im working on that!
I dont know how many of issue five were printed, exactly. But I do know that over 3000 shipped on time, and only a few hundred are late. This is a petty circulation problem that will be fixed. The anguish it real, I can understand that. Theres nothing like waiting for magic to arrive in your mailbox.
Mr. Gadfly is supposed to live through this, because it has some things that are very powerful going for it. Curiosity and respect. Putting together Mr. Garcias issue was tear jerking. Watching how his friends came together to create the edition, in Franks memory, was beautiful. That guy meant so much to those people. He was a generous presence from all accounts.
I spent two weeks working on a completed issue. It had to be perfect. I probably read every word a hundred times. I made notes, then judged the corrections, rather than just changing them directly on the computer.
That issue being late to ship, was awful. For a number of reasons. The worst part about it was not getting it out to those that helped on the issue. The e-mail that Matt Field referred to was copied to most of those involved. I didnt just list excuses, but I showed a lot of pain that I had to work through. Im not broke, but was [nearly] broken. The last thing I wanted to do was spout off a bunch of stories, similar to the Ken Simmons ordeal, and disregard my subscribers. Instead, I worked through all of my problems (which temporarily became Gadflys problems) in secret.
To some folks, loosing the respect of the authors in issue five might not be that big of a deal. But I had grown a love for those guys. It was because of them, that I was ever in a position to create this magazine in the first place. My respect for them is bigger than refunds, larger than a late issue, and almost as consumed as my passion for Mr. Gadfly.
Thats why I am busy designing the future of this little rag. Late or not, I will do the right thing. Perhaps, later on, the complete story will show up in an editorial. Its been an adventure. If nothing else, I was welcomed into the world of some great card guys. The issues are shipping once again
If anyone is missing issues one through three, then there is a problem. All of those were shipped via first class mail last year. Some of the UK folks werent receiving theirs, so I have had to send them Global Priority.
Also, if you are a subscriber before November, and have not received issue four, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
, as those have also shipped. Only back copies of that issue are going out now, unless you report you havent received it. Confirming your address also helps, especially if you paid by check.