Virtual Bubonicon and a Couple of FAQ

Prickly But Lovely!

I really thought that once I finished SK4 and turned the manuscript over to David Weber (which I did last Wednesday afternoon), I’d be taking a break.  Instead, a short story idea leapt out from the underbrush and insisted on being written.  I’m still working on that now, so today’s WW will feature a couple of updates.

Bubonicon is going virtual this year, and I’m on one of the live panels.  The topic is “Creating Worlds: Fun With Flora & Fauna.”

Here’s the description:  “Okay, you’ve created your alien world. How difficult is it to fill with believable flora and fauna? Is it necessary for most or all of the fauna to be predators? Do all the plants need teeth, poison, or strangling vines? Yes, heroes need problems to overcome, but do we fill our worlds with flora and fauna for the purposes of entertaining the reader or to make everything more believable? “

We’re on at 6:00 pm, Saturday, August 25th.   Attendance is free.  For more information check out their website.

Ever since Wolf’s Search came out, and even more since Wolf’s Soul came out, I’ve been repeatedly asked a couple of the same questions.   (If you haven’t heard about Wolf’s Search and Wolf’s Soul, the two new Firekeeper novels, there is a lot of information on my newly updated website:

Q: I want a hard cover.  Where can I get one? 

A: For now, you can’t.  If you prefer print to e-books, you do have the option of purchasing trade paperbacks via

However, if there is sufficient interest in hard cover editions, I’ve spoken with a small press publisher who has agreed to work with me. One option would be an omnibus volume featuring both novels.  Another would be separate volumes, with maybe the option of a slipcase.  One thing.  Since I would be working with a small press, these would not be cheap.  They would be pretty, though…

Q: Are the Firekeeper books available as audiobooks?

A: No, they are not, nor do I intend to do them as such myself, even though I have been assured I am an excellent reader.  If you are interested in audiobooks of the Firekeeper Saga, the best way to get them is to approach the audiobook publisher of your choice and express your interest.

Firekeeper pack member Michelle Marks recently did this.  She made an appeal to other Firekeeper fans in a Comment on my Facebook page.  I’m taking the liberty of sharing her post here:

“Hi all. If any of you wish to lend your voice to mine and request the Firekeeper series on Audible, you can e-mail the request to I would love to share this series with those in my family who prefer Audiobooks. I e-mailed them today and they have sent an initial response but the more requests we have, the more likely it will be to happen. Thanks for your time!” 

Remember, publishers rarely listen to authors (because it is assumed we love our books), but they will listen to readers (who it is assumed will spend money on a product).  Speak out!  If I’m approached by an audiobook company who offers to pay me for the rights to make audiobooks, I’ll definitely be receptive.  (I’m an audiobook fan myself.)

On that note, I’m going to go finish writing my story.  Since it’s a space western, today’s photo is of the magnificent prickly pear in our side yard!  Tune in next week for some chat about the craft of writing!

7 Responses to “Virtual Bubonicon and a Couple of FAQ”

  1. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    We had a great big cactus like that at our old house. Younger Daughter loved to eat the fruit. I’m going to show her the picture just to see her eyes get big😁

  2. Louis Robinson Says:

    “Remember, publishers rarely listen to authors… but they will listen to readers ”

    I think you’ll find that publishers listen to their customers – who do tend to be the readers for self-published writers and companies like Audible. As Jim Baen constantly reminded us, however, in print publishing the customer is not the reader but a buyer at a major distributor or chain, who in all likelihood is rather vague about which end of a book is up even when he hasn’t been cyborged into the bean-counters’ computers. And Jim spent a great deal of time listening to – and arguing with – his readers. Didn’t stop him from saying “No!” to almost all our bright ideas, though.

    • janelindskold Says:

      I wonder what Jim Baen would make of the current publishing scene? Those buyers both have more and less power than before–a thing that has killed the midlist and created a need for indie pub. I expect he’d be very interesting on the topic.

      • janelindskold Says:

        PS I knew Jim, if not well, and was present to watch an anthology deal get put together. Very interesting, especially to a neo-pro as I was at that time.

      • Louis Robinson Says:

        Beyond “not impressed”, I can only guess.

        I think he would by now have had another go at ebook-only publishing, maybe by bankrolling Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire Press. When he first tried, IIRC, he said that he hadn’t saved enough on printing, storage and physical distribution to make it break even, but that may have changed now that the market is so much bigger – something that he played a part in, in fact.

        That anthology wouldn’t have been the one that included Queen’s Gambit, by any chance? I believe that was the first work of yours that I ever read.

      • janelindskold Says:

        I was interested to see how choices were made, ideas re-tailored to fit needs of press. The anthology was Forever After, which was great fun. I was godparent to the Honorverse anthologies, though… Then got booted from the first one because I wasn’t high-profile enough. Weber was very apologetic.

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