New Horizons

New Horizons Short stories A collection of fifteen novellettes and novellas by Patty Jansen. This collection includes the Writers of the Future winning story This Peaceful State Of War, as well as fiction published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Many of the stories take place in established worlds. Although…

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Gado gado – Indonesian vegetable dish

To celebrate the release of my novel Shifting Reality, which features Indonesians (and Indonesian cooking) in space, here is your very own recipe for gado gado. This recipe is a favourite passed to me through the huge Indonesian cook-ins we used to have in our family. The quantities are very…

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My earnings from self-publishing Sept 2012 – Sept 2013

Inspired by others on the web who have done so, I’m going to do a numbers post. Mainly for reference, but also to show people what the income of a no-name self-publishing writer with moderate success looks like. Just to give some datapoints other than the millions reportedly made by…

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Aggression in alien species–yes or no?

Worldbuilding opinion has it that if you create a situation where aliens come to Earth, they must be ‘aggressive’. I’ve thought about this a long time in terms of population ecology (which is what I was trained to do) and have come to the conclusion that yes, this is correct,…

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Why “Get Your Book Edited” is not always the answer

If you’ve followed me around for a bit, either here or in real life, you will know that I’m not in favour of the blanket “get your book edited” advice that’s being given to many-a beginning writer who is thinking about self-publishing. Make no mistake. I think editors do great…

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Thoughts on female protagonists in YA fantasy

The other day, may daughter finally bought an ereader. It’s a bit sad that my kids wanted to read “real” books long after I’d gone digital, but the physical size of a particular book that she wanted to read on public transport finally won her over. Anyway, having read said…

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Self-publishing: Weatherproof your sales

Looking at the future in an author’s career, the most important thing you can do is to weatherproof your sales. Weatherproofing your sales is: Diversification Taking control of your own audience Building an innate level of sales that does not rely on the vagaries of retail site algorithms In the…

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It’s a marathon, not a sprint

Writers, especially when they don’t see immediate success, often get told “It’s a marathon, not a sprint!” and this statement often leads to a discussion at least as heated as whether quality and speed are mutually exclusive or whether there needs to be one or two spaces after a full…

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