More about the Con or Bust items


The Con or Bust auction ends on Sunday May 3 at 4PM (I put my items up a little late…), so if you want to bid on any of the cool things over there, you have until then.

(And I forgot to mention — any of these can be autographed, if you like…)

First up:

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A copy of the Brit edition of The Steerswoman.

The series now only exists in ebook form, but I have in my possession a number of hard copies from its print days.  This is the British edition of the first book.


Next up:

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A nother copy of the Brit edition of The Steerswoman, but with a map of Rowan’s world, printed on handmade paper personally made by me and my personal hands.  I used to make paper by hand… it was fun but messy.  I haven’t done it in a while, but I still have some left from my previous production.  I find that the map looks cool on the rough-surfaced, deckle-edged white paper.  It’s printed on, not drawn by hand, but still looks nice.  It’s the map from Volume 4, The Language of Power, so contains some spoilers!



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A copy of The Lost Steersman.

Again, hard copies of the books are hard to find, so if you want tangible non-e books, here’s your chance.



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A copy of The Lost Steersman but with a little hand-bound blank journal.

It was while I was writing The Lost Steersman that I was also experimenting with paper-making.    I recycled printed drafts of the book into handmade paper, and  I intentionally left fragments of text visible in the finished pages, as random decorative inclusions.

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There’s a little snail on the cover, edged in gold, in honor of the Little Snails, and the ribbon tie is old silk, in honor of Alemeth.

It’s a pretty thing, 20 pages.   The pages are rough-surfaced, and rather stiff.   They work well with colored pencil, fountain pen, dip pen, and felt tip. (Ballpoint does NOT work well!)  I include a couple of loose squares of the paper, so you can experiment with your writing and drawing implements.

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Note to those of you south of the equator:  on this one, I pay for shipping anywhere in the world.   I can’t afford to do that for all the items — it’s crazily expensive.  But I thought I could manage it for one item, and this one is my favorite. I’ll use the least expensive method I can find, and it might take a while to reach you, but it will in the end. (If you’re from Down Under and you want one of the other books, maybe you have a northern pal I can mail it to, with whom you can make further arrangements on your own?)

And finally:

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A hand-bound blank journal that I’ve decided to call “The Cloud Journal”.

None of this paper is handmade… but it’s just nice.

Cover is white and gray, reminiscent of clouds; end-papers are dark sliver-gray.  Darker than it looks in the photo — makes me think of starry nights.

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The internal paper is what they call “parchment” when you buy it in the art store.

The embellishment on the cover was rescued from an old earring… so old that I  can’t recall if it really is abalone, mother of pearl and silver.   I’m pretty sure it is, but can’t swear to it.

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So, that’s it, five items.

But don’t forget that Con or Bust has a lot of other offerings up for auction — books and handicrafts, and even manuscript critiques!   You should check them all out…



7 Responses to “More about the Con or Bust items”

  • David Tate Says:

    Just out of curiosity, are there textual differences between the British edition and the American edition? I ask because I am the proud owner of Bloomsbury Press editions of _Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone_ and the first three sequels, all of which differ (sometimes more, sometimes less) from the US editions.

    • Rosemary Says:

      There’s no difference in the text… but they did alter the cover blurb just a bit: they got rid of the exclamation points! Apparently the excitement was too much for them. Other than that, even the blurb was the same.

      Oh, and: they clearly label it “Fantasy.” The original stand-alone American version of The Steerswoman was clearly labeled “Science Fiction.”

      • A Says:

        That’s amusing — I wonder if Clearly Labeling Things as “speculative fiction” would be considered too space-intensive/nonmarketable!

      • David Tate Says:

        Thanks for the response.

        Hmm. Fantasy vs. Science Fiction. One’s a spoiler, one’s a lie. Best to say nothing, I think…

  • Nenya Says:

    Oh, if only I had seen this a few days ago! I would have bid on the one with the map.

    Is there any chance of acquiring the map of Rowan’s world in hard copy on the cool paper somehow? I would buy the hell out of that from you.

    (P.S. I’ve been devouring the series and LOVE. IT. Rowan and Bel and their whole world just make my heart sing.)

  • Charlie Jensen Says:

    SO sad I missed this auction. I do love your books. You’re one of those authors I wait for…wait for more. You and Isobelle Carmody, for example. As I’ve aged I’ve grown serene about it – and sorry here if I’m putting my wants on you – but your books were a wonderful surprise when I first discovered them. I don’t remember how many there were then, but I know there were not as many as you have now – certainly they were in physical print when I found them. And I wait happily for more. Sad to hear about your medical issues AND just as sad to hear that you must have a day job?? It does make me sad when I find folks who create such wonders as you have beholden to the ordinary world! I’d change it if I could…

  • Jason C Says:

    Just found my way here. Hello! 🙂

    On a related note, I am happy to say that I have hard copies of the entire Steerswoman series, including the first book, which I picked up when it first came out. Didn’t even know there had been sequels until years after they came out. The first book was – and is – one of my favourites, mostly for the point where I realised that magic was actually.. hmm no spoilers just in case.