My Pet Project’s August Animal Campaign of Direct Donations & PattyAnn.net eBook Sale has Ended. A BiG THANK YOU goes out to Beverly Kenney for raising donations through her Facebook Birthday Donation. AND a BiG *THANK YOU* to EVERYONE WHO DONATED via Bev’s Birthday AND/OR donated directly or bought eBooks! Truly this is a demonstration of my logo’s motto: Community * Connect * Collaborate!
Participants GIVING is was distributed to 4! VERY WORTHY rescue/rehab groups, Locally and afar! (Check out my Pet Project Recipients and Endorsement List at: http://pattyann.net/donation-recipients/)
Sanctuary One, Applegate Valley Jacksonville, Oregon
Wildlife Images Rehab-Education Center, Merlin Oregon
Paw Posse Rescue-Rehab-Rehome Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Old Dog Haven, Lake Stevens, Washington
This summer heats up in multiple ways! First Up – is my FIRST ever 50% off ALL books on this site – including any sale bundles! Sale goes through August 31, so don’t delay! And, of course book sales support animal comforts!
Did I say this summer was hot! Southern Oregon where I reside is sizzling. Not only from the typical over 100 temps either! Dry lightening strikes two weeks ago set off too many fires in my area and Northern California…not to mention other parts of Oregon. We are smoked in and smoked out. Air quality is rated VERY UNHEALTHY.
If you live in such an environment, please remember your animals living outside are affected too. Do NOT ride horses or press any exercise on any animal. This includes going to competitive events (where sponsors have not canceled them). From horse shows to dog agility events. Any activity that requires the lungs to work, is not easy for animals.
Take extra care! Leave out fresh water buckets for your animals who will drink much more! Also, distressed and/or passing wildlife will be looking for water. And just because your dog may have an outside dog house, do not assume it is cool inside the house! Best to bring animals in out of the heat- or provide a breezey area with a fan.
Stay cool everyone. We still have August to go!
Notice this website has NO option for leaving comments and ratings on book purchases. This was intentional. Why? Because. This is a simple website. Whose intent is to offer products to purchase, with no fanfare. A site that provides complete information about Patty Ann books and my Patty Ann’s Pet Project. This website is made to peruse through without clutter. Just the facts. Just the basic info.
Not letting buyers leave a comment or rating for a book they bought may seem unordinary. Of course I appreciate the positive feedback and ratings. If you are moved to contribute a rating(s), please do so on my books posted on all my other webstore sites. I truly DO appreciate your purchase. And, enjoy your comments/ratings. However, I also wanted you to find what you need on PattyAnn.net without extra info and distractions.
And my no-nonsense approach also is the case for NOT requiring you to create a personal account to purchase a book here. No one needs to remember another login name or password. Anyone can make a purchase on this site expediently and with secure payment processing upon check out. My site was intended to be easy to use; a no-brainer.
Also if you’d like to be informed of new Patty Ann books or events related to my Pet Project please sign up for my newsletter. It is emailed approximately 2 or 3 times a year. Again. NO fanfare. Just updates and info. But you must sign up for it HERE (half way down the page under Stay Posted) or on the CONTACT page (be sure to check the box).
Yup. I am a no-nonsense kinda gal. And that applies to everything I produce and do in my life. I live simple and love simplicity.
27 years young JD now joins my others across the rainbow bridge. I first met JD when he was 5. When I recommended to my good friend, Kathy: BUY HIM. A couple years thereafter Kathy gifted him to me. JD had uncanny common sense. Yet, he could have easily ended up at the renders. He came with a rearing issue. I told my friend, she would not recognize him in 2 years. JD just needed a leader.
JD proved to be an excellent parade horse. In fact, loved preening as he waltzed down the procession corridor. A leading gymkhana competitor, 5 years running. And, proved himself again, after 6 years off, where I relocated. Completely trustworthy. JD became a trail horse extraordinaire. Calm, thoughtful, careful. Irreplaceable. And, mostly- always he was family. One with bold character. JD was possessive with his pasture. Ran out bears feeding off HIS apple trees. Yet always shared his territory with our own pets. Swimming the river. Horse camping. Poker rides. Springwood Ranch weekends. Cow penning. And more. We had a great life.
He was the black and white pinto pony I always coveted. The one I would cut in line to ride at the pony ring at Seattle’s Woodland park zoo when I was five. Who knows, maybe JD reincarnated into the larger version to become my dream horse come true.
I stood watching the truck drive off to the east carrying JD’s body. Within minutes a perfectly arched rainbow stretched over the road where JD had just traveled. The Rainbow was filled with vivid primary colors! Coincidence? No. Nature is always perfect- and complete.
Happy Spring Update 2018!
The new year brought a new family member to my household. “Mr. Orbit” was rescued from an extreme hoarding situation the Rogue Valley Humane Society (RVHS) stepped into handle. RVHS is one of the groups Patty Ann’s Pet Project supports. Over a 9 month period all 118! cats and several dogs were spayed/neutered, given vaccines and the necessary care before adopting out.
I had been wanting a play mate for my Lunar. Since losing our Toby last year, Lunar was quite lonely. I had thoughts about an orange kitty coming to us for sometime. At the first of the year I went online looking after a tell tale dream. And the last kitty I saw was ORANGE. I just had to go bring him home.
I learned of “Mr. Orbit’s” history when I adopted him. Born at this hoarding house, RVHS had treated him for everything under the sun, and he was still on meds. Told me that Orbit had been quite withdrawn. I knew he just needed the right place to blossom. I didn’t hesitate one second knowing he had a recovery path ahead.
Fate? Serendipity? I don’t believe in coincidences. The day I brought Mr. Orbit home just happened to be exactly 6 years to the date that I had adopted my TOBY from the exact same place! On the one hour trip home, I swear Toby was sitting in the passenger seat next to me grinning ear to ear.
It took two months before Mr. Orbit, and yes I actually named him that!, relaxed enough to come sit on my lap, let me pick him up and hold him. He now trusts the world once again. Much is credited to Lunar who welcomed his new buddy right off. Lunar taught Orbit how to play like a kitty, taught him cat manners, groomed and care took him from the get go! As Orbit has grown up it is evident he suffered a back end trauma. He is quite cow-hocked and has a bit of a hitch in his gait. But he doesn’t care, nor does he hurt. Orbit has grown out of most all of his mental trauma, although he retains a super cautious nature. Although my Patty Ann’s Pet Project does not rescue to re-home, I have adopted my furever family members through established rescues who do.
As for PattyAnn.net and publishing news I have continued to scrutinize my product line and pay closer attention to sales figures and trends. This caused me to create a few more Ethics Activities Teacher products for middle and high school. My lesson products continue to be my strongest sellers.
As well I finally got around to doing SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for my PattyAnn.net website. This is an area I simply put on the back burner due to time constraints. Typically I do all of my own work, except editing. But, sometimes it’s wise to hire in an expert to cut down the learning curve. And so I hired an SEO consultant to make recommendations and point me in the right direction. To which set me to doing SEO updates for the last few weeks. SEO is a whole education in itself. Lots to learn- and do- to make a website noticed. But, it will happen over time. However, for now I got one more ball rolling.
This year will be a time to step back and look at the big picture for Patty Ann books, PattyAnn.net website and the future of Patty Ann’s Pet Project. My book writing adventure started with one book uploaded to Amazon in 2012. From there my publishing path has branched into several niches. I do believe a part of business building is a journey to share with others. Some of my publishing lessons are shared in my books. However, I have also began creating tips, updates, and FYI notes through my BLOGworthy notes.
So stay tuned as my book- and pet project trots on!
And, don’t forget to stop and smell the Spring Flowers!
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Does Your Product Crossover to Other Markets?
Teachers who produce education curricula know their niche markets. Why? Because teacher lesson plans reflect their expertise. Fortunately, TeachersNotebook.com (TN) and TeachersPayTeachers.com (TpT) are awesome outlets that cater to hosting a variety of instructional curricula.
As a teacher seller you might wonder if some of your ebooks have a wider audience appeal; namely, if they can crossover successfully into the mainstream marketplace. This article will help you to determine whether your education products, and/or YOU, should sell through other vendors.
For example, I write communication skills ebooks. Slanted for education, most employ activities and worksheets. However, many of my communication ebooks have done well on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and other sites. On occasion changes to the content are made to adjust for generic readability. Take a look to see if you have products that can crossover to another venue. And if so, set up an account and try out a new sales opportunity!
If you are unsure about unleashing your product in another market—experiment! First and foremost, place your ebooks at compatible re-sellers. And, do select out teacher ebooks carefully. My noteworthy experience has proven mainstream readers are receptive to education books when they: 1) Address and solve a problem; 2) Fill a niche; or 3) Offer how-to-do-it info. Therefore, seek out ebook sites that support your genres.
My Self Publishing Journey is an Anomaly
It’s true! I write fiction and non-fiction stories. And, create teacher products. Plus, offer my photography in collections. Quite a mixed bag. Initially, I didn’t realize—or even research markets where my products might succeed. Curricula books simply flowed out of my brain with ease. An accural from my years in education and corporate instructional environments. And, life experiences purged forth. The teacher in me loves to share. The process of creating is addicting. And the results are rewarding. Consequently, my lineup reveals several distinct categories. The outcome is a variety now offered through a diverse range of ebook vendors.
My ebooks were selected for markets based on literary genre. To give an idea, currently I have 111 individual paid products. 87 are written specifically for education. And, 24 are aimed at mainstream readers. Yet, 32 of these are crossovers. Which means 32 can be placed at both teacher- and mainstream re-seller sites.
Cautions & Advice for Adding Vendors
If you are a teacher with successful sales on TpT or TN be cautious about entering the generic reader markets. Admittedly, my author odyssey appears to have been arbitrary. As a writer I love to explore other composition styles. Yet while having fun doing so, I created a albatross.
So there are cautions to others embarking on this path. Namely, servicing different ebook stores creates lots more work for oneself. Every storefront is an additional site to maintain. Monitoring statistics, while revealing, is time demanding. When ebook content is changed, it needs modifying across all platforms. Catering to many sites is ambitious, one which can turn into an arduous task. Ongoing evaluation is vital to make a bookstore worth the time invested. There is no shame in closing an ebook store if sales are minimal. As a result, it’s something I’ve done several times.
Valuable Tidbits & Lessons Learned
Do you ponder the option of expanding your market? Let my experience help you decide!
1) First of all, test market a new vendor. Initially, only place a dozen of your top ebooks. It takes lots of time to upload products to properly represent each one. Therefore, see how sales go for 6 months before making a decision whether to add more store products. Or, just sit tight and let your ebooks sales find their own natural rankings for awhile.
2) You may be approached and invited by start ups and lesser known hosting resellers to join their sites. I participated in several. And fully loaded up all ebooks that fit their genre. They never sold. Why? Because these sites, with good intention, did not have the resources behind them. Not every ebook reseller host is a success. This is why I advocate for #1 above. Only place a few books at a site until it proves its worth.
3) Some well known resellers might not work in your best interest either. Who doesn’t love Etsy.com? It’s a marketplace rich in creative diversity. I held an Etsy store for a few years. Sales were sporadic and slow. Many Etsy sellers do well because of their marketing efforts in- and outside of Etsy. I did not have the extra time to promote my books on Etsy. After three years I elected to close my Etsy ebook store with no regrets. Truth was I found much relief in not having to maintain another store site. Lesson here is: if you decide to open up an e-bookstore you must make the commitment to promote sales from that site. Fact is, reseller sites only host ebook stores. It is up to store owners to peddle their products.
4) Another item worth mentioning, is that all reseller communities are different. Some offer forums, some don’t. Support differs vastly between hosting websites. From support requests answered by a person, to being directed to a FAQs page. While ratings and feedback on one site can be generous, on others it may be sparse. Be prepared. Some sites have reviewers that can be rough in their ratings. If so, try not to be disenchanted.
Find Your Niche and Stick To IT
All this said, it really boils down to this advice: 1) What ebook market(s) you want to serve; 2) How much time you want to dedicate to each market and ebook store site; and 3) What host do you prefer to be affliated with. Of course, much is determined by the niche that fits your ebooks.
My conclusion is that writing for education has been far more rewarding for me personally. Why? As a lifetime teacher it is easy to determine a target market precisely to a select audience based on my expertise. I have found that TpT and TN provide more support and acknowledgment on several levels. The assistance TeachersNotebook and TeachersPayTeacher provide is on task and on target. They offer ongoing product and store promos. Teacher forums are chock full of help from peers; truly it’s a community of sharing. Weekly newsletters, periodic sales, plus more is offered to enable teacher-seller success. Additionally, buyer feedback and good ratings are commonplace on these teacher hosted sites.
Nowadays my time is spent promoting my books from TeachersNotebook.com (TN) and TeachersPayTeachers.com (TpT) along with- and primarily from my own website PattyAnn.net. I made this choice because of my niche markets- and for resellers that charge reasonable commissions. While my ebooks are at other vendors such as Amazon and Smashwords, which also acts as a porthole to other resellers, I don’t promote these sites. There are several reasons. One, it comes down to time. Another, the amount of commissions charged. Therefore, I leave my mainstream ebooks at these other vendors to climb the ranks on their own merits.
There are many aspects and considerations involved when expanding your market. Hope these suggestions have provided you with insight. Especially if you have- or are considering other ebook retail outlets. I would be glad to address any questions. Feel free to contact me!
This Bipolar Series is a Family Event. And Far More…
As you may know, Bipolar is also known as Manic Depression. If you have read my estrangement– or other books, you may be aware Bipolar DNA permeates my family of origin deeply. Our Father and maternal Grandmother were both Bipolar Type I. Therefore, their genetics granted all 6 of us siblings some version of this disorder. Consequently, our family legacy has been riddled with challenging, emotional roller coaster moments.
This disability has severely affected and infiltrated every aspect of our family life, and beyond. Consequently my Bipolar Friend series was born from true events. And, arrived in these books. Now help is offered to others. Gain understanding while learning to cope with the many faces of Bipolar. Push past perceptions. Educate yourself through awareness. Then turn tragedy in triumph. These guides will show you how.
Our Bipolar inheritance caused two of my siblings, an older and younger brother, to commit suicide. Even 30 years apart both events left devastating imprints upon our lives. Fighting mental demons became too great of a challenge for my brothers to conquer in this physical life. And so our story is told in Bipolar Friend on SUICIDE. Our journey speaks to both sides. Those that do it. And those who are left behind. If you, your family members, or relations are at- or have crossed this bridge this guide is for YOU. This memoir is uniquely written. It addresses those who are contemplating suicide. And also supports grieving families, friends and relations left in the aftermath of this finality.
Bipolar Friend on Relationships is just that. The skewed perceptions that bipolar creates is often difficult to navigate. Get straight talk guidance on how to communicate with a person enveloped in moodswings. As well, this outspoken book shares common concerns that develop from dating situations. Personal experience on tough topics is candidly shared. Subjects include: How to approach the B subject when dating. When and how to introduct your endowment to a date. Discussions are also offered as to whether you would consider dating a person who has bipolar. In addition, strategies are given for navigating the stress of a divorce, that can trigger bipolar episodes. Advice and suggestions are offered for well being and healthy interpersonal relationships all around.
Bipolar Friend on Bipolar Brilliance is an uncommon book that celebrates the positive aspects of Bipolar. The creative energy that flows forth from the fringes of Bipolar has gifted the world amazing innovations. The Bipolar brain is indeed brilliant! Interesting topics include: Spirituality as connected to the divine, intuition, awakenings, and enlightenment. Bipolar’s altered states is openly discussed, questioned and explored. Lots of examples are given for broadening one’s perspective.
Mental Health Matters offers care taking tips and ideas. Guidance provides useful routines to maintain mental health. Stabilizing oneself while under the influence of moodswings, plus healing strategies are provided. This book is targeted to caregivers and family who aid others with mental challenges. Communication, assessment, monitoring and self preservation for well being are topics highlighted. This is a practical resource with many sensible suggestions.
Each book cover is linked so you can PREVIEW the books on their sales page. FYI! The best bargain is buying all 4 in the 4-Book Set $avings. And of course, All books can be purchased right here on this website!
Who Knew ETHICS Would be MY Newest Niche Market!?
You never know what pops to the top as a strong seller. One of my short teacher lessons popped up to the #1 page rank in the ethics category at the TeachersPayTeacher.com site. And, yes! Definitely. I took notice. It takes a lot of sales at $3.+ to rise to a top seller in any category genre. So, decidedly it was time to add a few more CiViCS and ETHiCS lessons to my sales line up. (View Civics lessons HERE.)
Research the Potential for Your Market
The proper way to see if there is a market for a book- or lesson plan- on any subject – is BY RESEARCHING IT. I had always just let my ideas and passion for a subject steer the path for a new ebook. But no more. Especially when I see trends of a solo product selling strong month after month. This is one way to see what niche may be unfulfilled for lack of products in that category.
Write Your Passion? Or Aim for Sales
Doing a bit of searching inside ebook reseller sites will give you a good clue for sales rankings for particular ebook topics and genres. And, surprisingly it does not take that much time to do. Early on in this self publishing game I would scope out and see unfulfilled niches. I could have sold out and help fill those niches. But, that is not my style. I’m inspired to write what makes me tick. Then see what comes of it. Not the best approach if your aim is to make money. But it can pay off if you pay attention to your sales trends.
Target Your Market
With over 130 products in the ebook marketplace I am more discerning. Of where, and how, I want to spend my time. Do I go ahead and write a lesson plan blindly….just because I LOVE creating it? OR. Do I do my homework to see what the competition currently is? The evidence became clear.
Routinely Review Sale Stats!
Over the past 6 months I did a complete sales analysis. And, it was quite revealing. Now reviewing book sales is part of my routine tasks. Why? Because trends and logic makes it clear. That niche markets pay off. Sure, creating ebooks is fun. But there comes a point you need to buckle into the business side of the equation. Especially if you plan on doing this for the long haul. Even–and MOSTLY if this is your PASSION!
February Updates to Mention!
- PLEASE NOTE! ALL BOOK SETS/BUNDLES are discounted for $AVING$. These products show discounts as the SALE price. ALL sets of 2 or more books are packed for savings.
- You may see that some prices on PattyAnn.net are slightly less expensive than at our resellers. Why? Because NO commissions are paid to resellers; therefore the customer $aves!
- PLEASE NOTE! Not all PattyAnn.net products are sold at all outlets. Why? Because many books are more suitable in PDF, Word Doc or in PPT for customer convenience.
- PattyAnn.net carries ALL products, except our Photography Collections which can be purchased through TeachersPayTeachers or TeachersNotebook.
- If you buy a TEMPLATE product at a reseller site that offers only non-formatted ebook reading–and want the PDF or Word Doc version CONTACT US! Please include the book TITLE + your online download receipt for verification. We are happy to obilige your request and send the format you prefer!
That’s it for now! Thank you!
In Times of Transition…
Everyone has a heartfelt journey during their own ESTRANGEMENT process. And, I appreciate every person’s path. I lived–and survived an estrangement that redefined my life.
I am now, well on the other side of “Estrangement”. And, would like to offer some ideas-insight… what worked for me… in hopes this may help another:
The old adage that goes: you can only change yourself; and nobody else, is the ultimate truth during this time. Redirecting our focus onto ourselves FIRST is the FIRST step back to reclaiming our happiness.
Primarily, we LIVE where our thoughts are focused. Our thoughts and perceptions are ours alone which create our own reality. Changing a thought is simple. BUT IT IS NOT EASY. It takes mindful discipline to redirect unpleasant thinking into feel good thoughts. Especially so during estrangement.
Start small. Be mindful… Of how you feel… Where your thoughts are living. Be cognizant towards replacing and redirecting thoughts. Remember happy times. Either from your youth, before children– or how you’d like to reinvent your life ahead, again without children. This is about YOU alone. Finding YOUR HAPPY SPOT.
Estrangement bears the gift of making us stronger. Our beliefs are destined to be rearranged. Our own issues get challenged until we own them. You cannot turn back. Paddle your canoe downstream. Go with the flow of it –and learn from this passage. Resist it, and estrangement will devour you.
WE each have our own lessons to learn from this time. And we have a choice: How and what to think- each and every minute. Changing your thoughts will change your reality. Start by doing one deed a day to make you FEEL GOOD: Eat a chocolate. Read a great book. Take a walk. Meditate. Listen to great music. Anything to get those good vibes flowing back to YOU-yourself.
My Best to EACH ONE of YOU during this transition!
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NEW VENDOR OUTLET for PattyAnn.net Books!
Today Teachers Notebook has been added as another RESELLER!
Please Check Out & Purchase from this NEW Patty Ann’s Pet Project Bookstore!
Teachers Notebook has apparently been around a few years.
However, I recently spotted this storefront via Pinterest.
Besides the fact that my book genres fit this new store perfect,
they offer the BEST commission rates for resellers on the Internet.
This equates to more dollars that can go towards pet rescues!
Please support my ebook store at Teachers Notebook !
And THANK YOU for supporting animal welfare!