Thursday, May 9, 2013


We’re close to the break point for what would be volume one of our next book. When chapter eight is finished and we do a thorough re-write, we could publish it. We’re debating this. There is a huge amount of work left, almost all of it for volume two. We could put out volume one, but we’re afraid that alone it will not hold our reader’s interest.

It might. There is good stuff in it, new, well-researched and interesting at least to me. But it ends with Russell and Barbour’s separation and he controversies that followed it. We don’t expect to sell many copies anyway, but we worry that interest will wane between the publication of a volume one and the final volume.

I’m in no shape physically or mentally to make a rational decision. (I’m very sick right now.) And Bruce seems torn by a desire to get it out and wanting to tell the whole story at once. So we’re opening it up for discussion here.

Lack of interest here, and we my shelve the project.


Ton Hollander said...

There exists no "Whole story".
Also after your enddate of the volume, somewhere in the 1890's I believe, the story goes on.
And always new sources will be published on teh Internet, expanding your story.
But what you have is the "Best possible story now" and worth publishing, both in one or two volumes

Anonymous said...

First time I have seen your blog. Fascinating information. IMHO it would be very unfortunate for so much work to not be finished or at least made available even in unfinished form. My compliments and best wishes on your endeavors.

Anonymous said...

I would wager that since this is a very specialized work, that anyone interested in Volume 1 will also be interested in any follow ups. I will definitely purchase any volumes that become available.

Anonymous said...

As a vote of confidence, I just bought the Nelson Barbour ebook. Looking forward to Volumes 1 and 2!

Anonymous said...

You write, 'we worry that interest will wane between the publication of a volume one and the final volume' as though this is a reason not to publish a first volume. If your material is interesting, one would have thought demand for Volume Two would have been whetted - rather than waning.

Perhaps publishing a first volume would remove a huge burden from your shoulders, instill a sense of achievement and provide a spur to continue?

A book in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Anonymous said...

First, my best wishes to you. I hope you will recover soon from your health problems. I too have purchased the Barbour book and I will purchase anything you publish. Please do not abandon your work if it is at all possible for you to press on.

Anonymous said...

I've been feeling cranky recently. If Sha'el doesn't respond to this post, I may not visit this blog again.

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

You prolly need a hot chocolate and a vacation. I've read every comment and we're still thinkin ...

blackmailing a pixie is rude.

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

besides ... you haven't been the best commentor over on my other blog. I put up all those pretty ship photos and you ignored them all. Unlike you, I have hot chocolate ... just sayin ...

Anonymous said...

Please advise acceptable quotas for blog readers:


Also, percentage of comments per post before blackmail is threatened:

Harry, Occie and Roberto

jerome said...

Meanwhile, back in the world of Watch Tower history...

I would go for publishing in two volumes. It saves us readers having to wait years for a volume that would then be so large it would cost the earth to publish, let alone ship to interested parties. And each succeeding volume could contain a brief update on what further research has revealed about what is already published. For example, the few extra details about Nelson Barbour that have surfaced could be included in a brief section of the volume you are currently working on.

In practice it would be more than two volumes. Originally, the present project was only going to be volume one of a series, so the amount of material should dictate how the pie is sliced. A commercial project would edit you down mercilessly, but this needs to be as complete and definitive as you can make it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shael,

Thank you for your dedicated work in producing a factual and accurate history of C T Russell and those associated with his work and teachings. Your blog is very intriguing, and I look forward to the publication of your upcoming book(s)!!!

Jerome makes some very good points about publishing Volume one first. And that would mean that we wouldn't have to wait so long to start reading. I have read everything I could find online about Pastor Russell and I would be thrilled to read your extensive research. It is logical that you are concerned about the customer demand, but if you can put this on Amazon, you will get good exposure there.

Agustin said...

Hello. Maybe this is not he place for this, but I'd like to read your other blog
Could you please join me?
Thank you

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Agustin, you can contact Mr. Schulz at bw schulz 2 @ yahoo . com.

We restrict readership to those we feel can further in some way our research. Write to Mr. Schulz and explain who you are and why you want access to the blog.