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The Great Way is an epic fantasy trilogy about a supernatural invasion that destroys an empire.
The Great Way is an epic fantasy trilogy about a supernatural invasion that destroys an empire.
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Best Update Ever (part one)

Posted by Harry Connolly (Creator)
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Part One?

As I said before, the "Best Update Ever" will be the announcement that the books are being shipped, but I have to make this a two-parter because the hardcover omnibuses are not even printed yet, let alone on their way to you. My expectation will be that the omnibuses should be in the mail in January, maybe early February, depending on holiday delays. 

Ebooks?

Ebooks!

Ebooks are being shipped to you right now

If you backed at the $12 level, you should have already received your email with download instructions. Check your inbox, then check your spam folder. It should have come from the address newsletter@harryjconnolly.com . If it's not in either of those two places, log into Kickstarter and check that you're looking at the email address associated with your account. If you still can't find the appropriate email, message me through Kickstarter and we'll work it out.

If you backed above the $12 level, you may have received your email with download instructions, or it might still be scheduled.

Let me explain:

There are a lot of people who are due an ebook... over 1100. I can't sent them all at once, because your ISPs would mark it as spam and blacklist me. (Guess how I learned that lesson?) If that happened, you wouldn't even be able to find your ebook email in your junk folder, because ISPs would reject everything I send outright.

I also can't send the books as attachments, for similar reasons.

So, working out a sensible system to send over a thousand emails, and checking with my excellent email and web hosting provider, sff.net, that this system will not cause them or me any problems, the emails are being send out in a rolling, automated way, 50/hour. As I write this, there's still 18 hours left in the process. 

I know waiting sucks, but it's only a little while longer.

Also, as I mentioned above, these emails are coming from newsletter@harryjconnolly.com, but you have not been signed up for my newsletter unless you asked to be. I'm just using a newsletter plugin (MailPoet, in this case) for this job.

So Download Links Are Coming? 

They are, and of course one of them is broken! For people getting the full trilogy, there's a link for the epub format, a link for the (Kindle-friendly) mobi format, and a link for both formats combined. Unfortunately, that "both formats" link is borked. It points to the file at the $12 level, which doesn't include books two and three.

If I tried to fix it, I'd have to stop delivery of the emails and restart them again, making some people wait even longer and others receive the same message multiple times. Instead, I'm just going to ask people who want both file formats to click two links instead of one.

It was a sloppy mistake, though. Sorry, you guys. 

Trade Paperbacks?

Trade paperbacks!

All the trade paperbacks that I owe to backers are in the mail. This endless update is already endless, but I wrote about packing them up and posted it to my blog, with pictures. Click and share, if you like.

It's possible (but unlikely) that the paperbacks will arrive before Christmas, but the ebooks definitely will.

Thank You And Happy Holidays!

I'm still writing the Fate supplements and will get those out to you in a few months. The next update I plan to post will be part two of this one, to announce that the hardbacks are in the mail (unless there's a massive screwup I need to address).

I hope you are all having a joyful holiday season.

David K Mason, Gregory Matyola, and 15 more people like this update.

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    1. Nicole Hall on

      Thank you so much. It worked.

    2. Harry Connolly Creator on

      Nicole, check your inbox. Links should be right there for you.

    3. Nicole Hall on

      I understand if you are busy but when I read your latest email and I realized that I haven't downloaded the trilogy and when I tried to do it it failed. I'm sorry to ask this of you but could you send it again. Sorry about the late notice.

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      Anja Braun on

      Still didn't work :(
      Could you send it to taphiens [at] googlemail.com (no spaces)
      Thanks a lot!

    5. Harry Connolly Creator on

      Anja, check your inbox.

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      Anja Braun on

      I haven't received the email :( Please send it again.
      My address is correct, but if it ended up in my junk folder it might have gone lost as this gets deleted automatically and I haven't been online for a bit.

      Happy Holidays!

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      Sonia Koval
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      The only problem I had was I didn't read the update well enough to remember to do the two-download-system! Once I got my brain in gear about that -- no problems!
      Thanks.
      My Kindle runneth over!

    8. Ian Kirby on

      Many thanks Harry, the separate email worked for both formats. Happy Christmas all. I shall now go and enjoy the books.

    9. Harry Connolly Creator on

      All backer emails have been sent as of right now. If your email doesn't show up in the next few minutes, check your spam folder and then check that your email address in Kickstarter is correct. If you still don't have it, comment here or message me.

      I hope you guys enjoy the books. Tell your friends!

    10. Harry Connolly Creator on

      Ian, I sent the links in a separate email. They're in traditional link form and also the raw URL.

    11. Ian Kirby on

      I'm getting the same on each link. A message saying "Subscription Confirmation" but no download starting up. I've tried Chrome (on PC and tablet) and IE11 (on PC).

    12. Harry Connolly Creator on

      Ian, the links are in the section titled "Choose either epub, Kindle-ready Mobi, or both". However, if you want both, don't click the "Both" link b/c it's no good. Just click the epub and the mobi link separately. The files should download automagically as a zip file.

    13. Ian Kirby on

      Got my email after the update and clicked on the link. Is there something I need to do after that. I only get the message "Subscription Confirmed". I can't find a download link. Help me through my stupidity, please. It's before coffee.

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      Bill Swift on

      Merry Christmas Harry. Now I know mine will be!

    15. Gaston Keller on

      OK. I guess I'm on the *pending* list. =P In any case, it doesn't matter -- I'm happy to have the books to read during my holidays! =D

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      portyk on

      This really is the best update ever! So excited to get my hands on this trilogy, thanks Mr. Connolly!

    17. Harry Connolly Creator on

      Nice! I hope you enjoy them.

    18. David K Mason on

      Thanks for the best update ever! My Kindle is now loaded up for the holidays.