Sunday, July 15, 2018


I'm feeling much better now.  The fever broke yesterday, and in dramatic fashion.  I went to the bathroom, and then as soon as I finished and stepped back out the door, I started getting dizzy and seeing stars.  It all came on awfully fast, too.  I made it to a chair just in time to keep from doing a face-plant on the floor.  One of my legs actually gave out completely, and I didn't sit down so much as I had a controlled fall into the chair.  Sweat immediately popped out all over my body, and that's when I knew the fever had broken.  I sat there for a few minutes, covered in sweat, half-conscious, barely able to move, until the spots in my vision faded.  It was kind of a surreal moment.

But all's well that ends well, I guess, and I'm mostly back to my usual self now.  I've got some weird muscle pain/stiffness in the back of my neck, and a slight tickle in my throat that makes me cough occasionally, but that's it.  I haven't done any writing-related work since Thursday, but I'll be getting back on that horse in a few minutes.

The rumor going around is that Walmart will roll out its Kobo-fueled ebook store this September.  I hope it's true, and I personally can't wait.  I love the idea of Walmart shoppers finding my work there.

I'm working on a cover for a Free Space trilogy box set.  I plan on making this box set available only on Kobo to start with.  The only reason I'm doing it at all is so I can take advantage of some of Kobo's promotions that prefer higher price points.  Kobo's interface is easy to use, and the people there are top notch, and I'd love nothing more than to get some traction there.

One more thing about Kobo: I received an email from their payment partner today.  I'll be getting my first deposit from Kobo tomorrow.  This is a milestone for me because Kobo requires a certain threshold before they pay out, and my sales there have been too sporadic to meet that threshold.  May's sales put me over the top, so tomorrow I get paid.  :D

As far as book 3 of Wheel of Fire goes, my illness has obviously delayed everything by a few days.  Now that I'm lucid again, I'll get back to work on it, but no promises about when it'll be finished.

That's all for now.  Time to go splatter some guts in zero-g.

Friday, July 13, 2018

I've got a fever

Unfortunately, I don't think "more cowbell" will help.  I've got that general achy feeling all over.  During the night, my feet were cold and the rest of my body was hot.  I'm trying to drink a lot of fluids.  And I'm trying not to walk around or stand too much, because that's when the static appears in my vision and passing out becomes a risk.  I've got an ice bag on the back of my neck right now.

Hopefully I'll be human again soon.

On a lighter note, thanks to all the readers who picked up a copy of Caverns of Mercury during the sale.  Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Patty Jansen's 99-cent sale

It's that time again: book discount!  All books are 99 cents.  My own Caverns of Mercury is among them.  Check it out:

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The first book in the Free Space trilogy is free, and the third book is $2.99, so this sale lets you get the whole trilogy for just four bucks.

Promotions like this are a great way to support the indie author community, so please consider giving a new (to you) author a try.  And if you have any friends who read science fiction and fantasy, pass the link along to them.  They might find their new favorite authors.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for supporting indie authors like me.  :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Independence Day sale

For the next week (at least) Caverns of Mercury is on sale for 99 cents.  It's also a part of Kobo's Independence Day promotion.  When the book was approved for the promotion, I decided to put on sale at the other retailers, too.

Thanks in advance to everyone who buys it, and I hope you enjoy the book.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Progress report

Still working on book 3 of Wheel of Fire.  I'm currently re-writing the climax.  Something was bugging me about it, so I put some thought into it, and now I think I've mostly got it figured out.  Still got a long way to go, but it's getting there.  I'm also detailing some military vehicles.  Trying to decide on acronyms and whatnot.

June is now officially my best-earning month on Apple of all time.  Thanks for your support, Apple readers!  :D

Thursday, June 21, 2018

New cover

I just uploaded the new cover for Mr. Wilson to all my retailers.  It should be up in a matter of hours.  Here it is:

I changed the formatting, too.  The story's no longer in block paragraphs.  It uses plain old indented paragraphs now.  I don't know if this will change the listed page count on the product pages or not, but it doesn't really matter.

Once the links are live, I'll change the sidebar image.  I'll try to change the image on Goodreads, too, if I can.  And LibraryThing, and Kboards, and wherever else it pops up.

Anyway, I think the new skin is a definite improvement over the old one.

UPDATE: The listed page count at Amazon is now 35 pages instead of 40 pages.  I'm not surprised that it changed.  I changed the formatting, and I also uploaded an epub instead of the original .doc.

UPDATE 2: I've changed the cover on the blog sidebar and on Kboards.  I tried to change it on Goodreads, but it turns out only librarians can do that.  I can ask them to do it, but it seems like a hassle, so I'm not going to bother.  Same for LibraryThing; if someone there notices the new cover, then they can change it, but otherwise, I'm not interested in wasting any more time on this matter.

The good, the bad, and the ugly

The bad: I'm in the process of trying to make a new cover for Mr. Wilson, and I've run through several iterations.  I've spent way too much time on this.  It's a short story, and shorts don't sell, so it's not like a new cover will spark new sales or anything.  So there's no financial incentive, but I'm still burning away the hours on it.  I'm frustrated with myself for spending so much time on it.  But I think I've got a design I like now, so maybe I can get that monkey off my back.  Still, though, the time I've spent on this is time I haven't spent revising book 3.  Grr...

The ugly: I found a centipede in my bedroom.  I don't like centipedes, and I certainly don't like them in the same room where I sleep.  Naturally, I did what anyone would do.  I fetched my trusty Ka-bar and carved him up like a Thanksgiving turkey.  Then I flushed the still-squirming pieces of him down the toilet, because those things are way too creepy to simply dump in the trash.

The good: Last month was the first month in which I made more money on Apple than on Amazon.  This month looks like more of the same.  I've already sold more this month on Apple than I did last month, and there are still 10 days left.  If the trend continues, this will be my best month ever on Apple.

Also, Caverns of Mercury will be included in Kobo's Independence Day promotion.  I'm pleased about that, not just for the obvious reasons, but also because the theme of the trilogy--the terrestrial planets achieving independence from Earth--is completely suited to the holiday.

More about the promotion to come later.  Stay tuned...