A couple of years ago, Patty Jansen was told by a very large publisher: "This book is well-written and well-plotted, but no one will publish this". The manuscript in question was book 1 in the Ambassador series, and to say that Patty was a little taken aback and shaken is an understatement.
But, against conventional wisdom, she kept writing similar stories, and had some success in the short story market. She won the Writers of the Future contest and took part in the amazing workshop in LA, hobnobbing with big-name writers like Kevin Anderson, Larry Niven and Greg Benford. She sold some stories to Analog. But she prefers to write novels.
She was getting good industry responses to the Icefire trilogy when the GFC hit, and the publishing industry crawled into a hole. She would like to tell the agents who still have the manuscript from back then that it has been published, so they can remove it from their desks.
Patty didn't set out to become a vocal supporter for self-publishing. In real life, she is not a very controversial person, trained as scientist. She loves writing science bits into novels, whether the genre is science fiction or fantasy.
When she was told by yet another publisher not to bother submitting hard science fiction because she is a woman, she finally decided that maybe the publishing industry was not for her.
She might be stubborn, but she believes that people should allowed to be themselves:
- Women should be able to write science fiction (high-tech and space opera, no naked torsos), even though 95% of the bestseller lists in those genres are male.
- They should do so under their own name.
- Writers should write in their local type of English, and not be "required" to make all their spelling and idioms US-centric.
- Writers have the right not to be held to ransom by publishers who take their manuscripts and then take years to make a decision, or grabbing rights (like movie rights, creative rights) which they are not going to use.
With this in mind, Patty, who lives in Australia, writes science fiction and fantasy about people who also believe in those things, or fight for those things.
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The Idiot King
Continued from book 2: Johanna, Roald, Nellie and Loesie arrive in Florisheim, where their kinsmen struggle with evil magic.
For years, a dictator has ruled the mountain city of Miran. Actions by outsiders have failed to unseat him, but must the nail in his coffin really come from a young woman whose only weapon is that she directs the state theatre?
The second book in the saga. Johanna, Prince Roald, Nellie and Loesie have been captured by bandits. Touched by evil magic, Loesie behaves ever stranger and may be a danger to attempts to escape. Every step they take brings them closer to the duke who is said to be the source of evil. Is he the necromancer who has burned all of Saardam?
Johanna sees the past when she touches anything made of wood. A basket made of twigs tells her that an attack on the port city of Saardam is imminent. As daughter of a rich merchant, she belongs to a class where it is forbidden to speak of magic, she can't warn anyone. Worse, it seems that the attack is in response to something done by the royal family.
Icefire Trilogy Omnibus
All three volumes of the trilogy in one book. "Love the writing, characters and story." --Kevin Anderson, author of the Dune novels about the Icefire story on which this novel is based.
Ambassador 2: Raising Hell
Cory Wilson goes on a hare-brained mission to save a friend's position, messing with alien cultures and going where no human should go.
Extra-terrestrial humans, a cowardly attack on a top politician, and a lonely, broke, frightened but very stubborn young diplomat.
The Shattered World Within
Like three space stations before it, Zhiminda Station has fallen silent.
Zhyara and his crew travel to the very edge of settled space to investigate. Will they find the station dead, its corridors exposed to the vacuum of space? Will they find bodies? Will they run into the unknown killers? Or is the reason much more sinister than that?
To keep her position as interplanetary Trader, Mikandra needs to prove her employer's innocence. Instead, she discovers secrets that explain her people's history and threaten the foundations of her proud nation.
Looking For Daddy
Zombies, living roads, a lone boy and a scary neighbour. Novella adaptation of the story published in Tales for Canterbury
A novellette set in the world of the Icefire Trilogy, the story that was the inspiration for the trilogy.
Blood & Tears (book 3 Icefire Trilogy)
Continued from book 2, the saga of the people of the destroyed City of Glass, the neighbouring steam-age Chevakians, and the evil magic that pursues them
The Rebelliousness of Trassi Udang
Short story set in the ISF-Allion universe. Published in the Belong anthology (Ticonderoga publications).
Fifteen-year old Ari has plenty of run-ins with enforcers when he smuggles prohibited ingredients for his uncle and other clandestine restaurants in the B-sector of New Jakarta Station. But he stumbles on a rebellion that reaches far outside his insular little work, and is far more dangerous.
Dust & Rain (book 2 Icefire Trilogy)
The continuation of the Icefire Trilogy. After the explosion destroyed the City of Glass, Loriane is in a convoy of refugees heading towards neighbouring Chevakia, a country deeply hostile to them, while Tandor is still bewitched and can't tell her why he wants her unborn child.
This Peaceful State of War
A short story from Writers of the Future vol. 27. Envoy Miranda Tonkin must determine if human effort should be spent on stopping a vicious war between two alien species.
Fire & Ice (book 1 Icefire trilogy)
In his despair to right the wrongs done to his family, the sorcerer Tandor takes a huge risk that could lead to the destruction of his homeland.
Seven thousand artificial human soldiers on their way to fight an interstellar war all share the same fault: they're obsessed with the same woman.
A stand-alone story set in the ISF-Allion world.
When Jessica ends up on a strange world, she knows it's not an accident, even though locals pretend it is. But two men are telling her different versions of what happened and why they want her, and with no knowledge of the world, she has to figure out who is right.
Out of Here
A collection of eighteen fantasy and Science Fiction short stories
A short story. Friends and family on the farm know that Loesie makes up most of the things she says about magic. So the one time she tells the truth, they don't believe her.
The Far Horizon
Of all the things ten-year-old Cory Wilson expects to do when he moves to Midway Space Station, saving aliens from humans isn't one.
His Name In Lights
A novelette originally published in the Universe Annex of the Grantville Gazette. Why does company boss Eilin Gunnarsson care so much about two young clones that she sends them warnings written on the clouds of Jupiter?
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