Originally posted by Terry Terrell:
Actually Scott you are mistaken on this.
I don't believe either of us is mistaken. One can be mistaken over the facts of a situation, but each person is entitled their opinion/interpretation of it. I was giving mine. We disagree.
I did not place a pre-order for the Ortiz book, but I have done so on many other books in the past where unexpected delays occurred. e.g. as I recall, it was over a year after placing a pre-publication order for Expert Coin Magic that the book actually saw the light of day.
Did I get frustrated? Yes.
Did I get disappointed? Yes.
Did I get angry? No. This world of magic is very, very small and within it the number of people providing the community with quality material which is the distillation of many many hours of research, creative thought and performance insight, with little remuneration, is infinitesimal indeed. I'm shocked that they bother, frankly. I'll give such people a lot of leeway in the tortuous and torturous process of bringing their creations to the market where we lesser mortals in the magic world can scavenge it.
I am not trying to change your opinion here. I suppose that I am really posting this in case it might be read by Mr. Ortiz and/or other authors of his ilk, to let them know that there are indeed readers who really appreciate their gifts to the community, and who can be understanding even if their funds are "held in escrow" for a time.
By the way, the book is excellent, Terry. I hope you do indeed buy it, and that the pleasure you derive from it can somewhat mitigate the frustration you've experienced.
(I also must agree with your assessment of Mr. Carney. His conscientiousness is to be applauded.)