When your work was first coming out, Gary, you explained that Windstorm, your publisher, was trying to make a dent in the market by putting out the first three books in your series at once or nearly at once. The idea was that it would give you a bigger presence on the shelves to attract potential readers' attention, and look more impressive to booksellers. I thought that could work, though there was some potential for backfire, and less chance of you being on the shelves over a longer period. Over the last couple of years, and especially very recently, sff publishers are using serial publishing as a strategy -- putting out the volumes in a series four to six months apart. They've always done some of this; it was not uncommon with paperback series with an author who was prolific and maybe doing multiple series at once, but now they seem to have gone for the idea wholesale with large numbers of authors. It seems to be a popular strategy particularly for new authors who they are trying to debut (like yourself) -- flood the market with the series titles in quick succession, and surprisingly, they're doing it with hardcovers. A latest one is Naomi Novik, who's Temaire/Her Majesty's Dragon series is getting a lot of buzz, and her publisher in the U.S. is bringing out the next books in the series very soon after the first. A lot of this strategy may be from importing authors from other countries who have already done their series in their home territory, and then are bought by a foreign publisher who brings them out in a short time burst so that fans can catch up. This strategy was very effective in launching Harry Potter in the U.S., for instance. It may also be that the desire of many sff fans to read a series all at once, rather than with year-long gaps, is helping to fuel the trend. But other fans are complaining that having hardcovers come out so close together is hard on the pocketbook, and they feel they are being exploited by publishers. So I was wondering, how did it go with your strategy? Were there problems, did the advantages Windstorm sought occur? What do you think of all these other serial publishing programs for other authors? If authors are getting little editing and are being forced to rush out several volumes of a series, is that going to potentially lower the quality of the books coming out? Have booksellers said anything to you about this type of publishing?