Diana Gabaldon's e-book on how to write sex scenes will be out August 16!

Diana Gabaldon is more than just an amazingly gifted novelist and a born storyteller. She was a university professor for many years, and she's never lost that desire to teach, to pass on what she knows in order to help other writers and aspiring writers.

Diana's latest e-book, due out on August 16, 2016, is a NON-FICTION guide to writing sex scenes, including tips for writers, "dos and don'ts", and lots of examples from the OUTLANDER books!

This e-book is 118 pages long, and it's selling for $2.99.

Here are the pre-order links:


Diana posted an excerpt from this e-book a few months ago on Facebook. Here's her "annotated" version of the infamous windowsill scene in THE FIERY CROSS, from chapter 107, "Zugunruhe".


1) This book is only available in e-book form, not as a printed book. Keep in mind that it's only 118 pages long. If you don't have a Kindle, Nook, tablet, or smartphone, you can download an e-book viewer for your desktop computer.

When someone asked on Compuserve if a print version would be published eventually, Diana said, "Yes, probably, but I don't know when."

2) I have no information about the availability of this e-book outside the US. It's being published by Penguin Random House, which is Diana Gabaldon's US publisher. Given the complexity of international publishing rights, those of you in other countries might not be able to purchase it.

3) Yes, of course Diana is still working on Book 9 of the OUTLANDER series! The fact that this e-book on how to write sex scenes is being published now is not slowing down or interfering with her progress on Book 9. For one thing, much of the work on this e-book was completed several years ago, and for another, Diana often says that she likes to work on multiple projects at once, because it keeps her from getting writer's block.

We have been waiting for this one for a long time, and I'm glad it's going to be available soon!


Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen . thanks for the information , this will be fun to read for the summer , will put this onto my Nook as soon as possible , right now I'm reading "Virgins" on my Nook , love it , please post more soon. Sincerely Yours . Mary Tormey.

Camille Emas said...

This of course will be interesting but I feel that a great many of us would also love to have a book beautifully done with the speeches of love between Jamie and Claire. These are what have made women realize that the sex may be great but it is what he says in times of emotion that draw everyone closer to this character. We were all raised to believe the Cinderella story but adult women in 2016 respond to this character with that same longing for the perfect love.

me said...

I second that!! Sometimes I google 'outlander quotes' just to get morsels of it without having to go through the books.

Anonymous said...

I would much rather Diana concentrated on the next Outlander book rather than this money spinner.

Susanlynn♥ said...

Diana is a master at writing love scenes...the words, the sensations, the emotions. Her characters make love in the truest sense of that phrase. Her descriptions go beyond the physical to the strong spiritual connection between Jamie and Claire.

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