Patty Jansenis creating Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ebookaroo Reader Newsletter
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This level is for readers and authors alike and supports the Ebookaroo newsletter and website.
The Ebookaroo newsletter, which advertises discounted books and joint author promotions, comes out 3-4 times a month.
Authors whose books I feature do not pay me. However, the combined cost of the web hosting and running a mailing list is $100 a month, not including my time. The cost used to be covered through affiliate commissions, but that's no longer the case.
This level is to allow you to support me. More support means I can do more. Your support has allowed me to have a dedicated website. It also pays for a dedicated server at Mailerlite. I'd now like to run ads for the newsletter again as I did when affiliate links paid much more than they do today.
This level supports me as an author.
You get a free ebook copy of each of my books as it is completed, including fiction, non-fiction and my pen name books.
I publish 4-5 books a year on an irregular schedule.
Delivery of the books will be via Bookfunnel.
You get these books before everyone else, and if you don't use Amazon, this is a great way of getting my Amazon-exclusive pen name books in non-Amazon digital libraries.
You will get these books as they are ready, even if the book in question is still on preorder.
There will be a behind-the-scenes option to discuss the book, the occasional discussion about possible directions for next volumes, and there will be extra goodies.
My story starts in 2003, when my father died after a long illness. He was a very busy man, interested in everything, always noodling on his computer, writing things, getting involved in societies relating to the study of nature. If he wasn't at the computer, he was at the zoo, helping in research, writing their newsletter, coordinating volunteer guides... GONE. Taken by cancer. A long-standing family friend said that my father didn't have time to die, because he still had so much to do.
I'd written non-fiction at that time and decided that if I wanted to try fiction, I'd better get a wriggle on because you never know what lemons life throws you. Fast forward a few years, and I won the Writers of The Future contest (while this has received a bit of dubious attention recently, this isn't about that). I met a lot of people at the workshop in LA, was invited to submit to places, sold a story to Analog, completed a new novel, gotten some *really* positive feedback for it, with three requests for the full manuscript out of five submissions... and the GFC hit.
NOTHING was happening. No one made any decisions.
So I thought: It takes me 2-3 months to write another novel. By the time the world has pulled itself out of its collective funk, I'll have written a few more novels to submit. Let's self-publish this thing and have some fun. The frustration of waiting was killing me.
The novel was Fire & Ice, a dark twisted fantasy. I completed the Icefire Trilogy, and then started on the Ambassador series, a thriller-political-science fiction.
I've now written over 40 books, and never went back to the submission circuit (although I did sell a second story to Analog) and make my living from writing.
So why this Patreon?
Because I like to give readers the opportunity to support me. When they join my mailing list, I give four series starter books away for free. It's not uncommon for readers (or members of my ARC team) to buy the book anyway. I want them to be able to do that without giving retailers a slice of the pie.
Because the outlay on some projects is daunting. For example, people have been bugging me to get all my books in audio, but do you know how expensive audiobooks are to produce? And translation? Holy crap!
And last but not least, because it allows me to help other writers.
I run a newsletter called the Ebookaroo which sends readers an email every week with new books, promotions and giveaways by other authors. I also run book promotions on my website.
Other authors do not pay for this, because I select the books and I'm not in the business of providing a pay-to-play promotion for authors.
However, as a result of the success of this platform, I've had to upgrade my server and you do not want to see my monthly bill to my email list service. The cost used to be covered by affiliate sales on books, but Amazon has severely screwed down the affiliate earnings. I would love to upgrade services for that promotional newsletter.
So, that is why this page exists: so that I can continue to serve readers of Science Fiction and Fantasy with new books, either my own or books by other writers.