Frequently asked questions


Q: Since you’re offering sample chapters in ebook format — does that mean that electronic versions of the full books will be available?

A: Yes. Yes, that’s exactly what it means.

Q: !

A: I know!

Q: When?

A: Give it a couple of months, at least… because:

  1. we’re doing it ourselves (“we” being me and Sabine, with help from our pal Brian and possibly others yet to be recruited), and
  2. we have day-jobs (except Brian who is luxuriously retired),  and so, alas, available time is limited, and
  3. other associated plans are afoot, which have their own timelines and everything has to synchronize properly.

Q: Wouldn’t it be faster if you had a professional service do all the work?

A:  Yes, but:

  1. We are techno-nerds.   We know how to do it!
  2. We are techno-nerds.   For us, this is fun and interesting!
  3. See #3, above.
  4. I wouldn’t mind saving the money, since my new 4-day DayJob week (which I am still loving!)  comes with appropriately reduced weekly income.

Q: Does this mean that book 5 is nearly done?

A: Um, sorry, no.   Much work remains to be done in the actual writing of the actual 5th book.   Although I am in fact working on it actively, I hesitate to provide any timeline for it at this point.

Q.  Damn.

A: Not actually a question.


Any other Q’s?

10 Responses to “Frequently asked questions”

  • Sean Fagan Says:

    What can I, random j. person, do to help with the giddiness that keeps threatening to distract me from my day-to-day life?

  • Joshua Says:

    This is not really a question, but Tom Simon recently self-e-published some books and covered various interesting technical details in posts like this one. I thought you might be interested in case you run into anything you don’t already know. 🙂


    I was just wishing you had e-editions of your books available. Woo Hoo!

  • Jo Walton Says:

    Is there anything we can do to speed up 5?

    Is producing e-books distracting you from writing 5 or taking time you could otherwise give it? Because if so, we don’t need e-books.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Jo —

      Don’t worry about the ebooks taking up writing time… They are not!

      As for your first question… stay tuned (as they used to say in the olden days when people actually tuned actual tuners. A phrase which no longer makes sense, like dialing a phone number although dials are rarely present; or hanging up on someone, when nothing hangs any more and there is no place to hang it).

  • David Says:

    I’m curious about something. Why are you producing the ebooks yourself? Isn’t that a publisher thing? I’d think they could just press a few buttons and bam!

    • Rosemary Says:

      David —

      They could indeed have produced ebooks more or less instantly, but consistently chose not to do so.

      Except for book 4 in the series. They did an ebook of The Language of Power, but no ebooks of the first 3 books in the series. A puzzling marketing choice to say the least.

  • Sean Eric Fagan Says:

    Hm, if you do a new ebook version of 4, please let us know if we should repurchase it. ’cause I will if so.

  • Five Things Make a Post: It Came from the TBR! — Radish Reviews Says:

    […] picked it up I’m going to have to start over again. I am, however, totally happy that there will be e-book editions of these soon! Maybe I’ll throw this in my bag for my Memorial Day weekend trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

  • T.M. Roy Says:

    I can’t wait for the ebook editions. The Steerswoman has been a book I read when it first came out and has always been in my mind to read again. I have no idea where my original copy went. I was going to offer any assistance you might need with formatting and cover art and all that, since that is something that I do–but sounds as if you have all that under control. Can’t wait to revisit Rowan and Bel again!