A long, long time ago, before dinosaurs roamed the earth…. Okay, that’s exaggerating, but it feels that way….an editor asked me to write an urban fantasy for her. So I did, and she tried to buy it, but the sales team had just worked hard to push another novel with Tarot cards, so they turned her down. But I fell in love with writing fantasy and wrote quite a few of them for a while. Most of them are under my name Judith Post, but once Kensington took the romances I wrote…for a while…I started using the pen name Judi Lynn. So, I wrote the Muddy River series under Judi Lynn. And I self-published them because editors told me that the urban fantasy market was glutted and I didn’t have a prayer of finding a publisher for them.
I wrote quite a few Muddy Rivers. They were my “fun” writing to balance out the mysteries I sold. And the urban fantasy market IS glutted, so they never made a big splash. But one reader, who bought my mysteries, too, mentioned that she really enjoyed BLACK MAGIC CAN BACKFIRE, and she’d have given it 5 stars except that it had so many typos and mistakes, she could only give it 4. And I know this sounds silly, but I hated the idea of my book having that many errors, so once I finished writing my latest mystery, I went back and went through the entire book to polish it…again. And I did find mistakes, but not as many as I expected. I mean, I find mistakes in almost every book I read these days, from publishers or self-published.
Anyway, I still like that book. So, after working on it again, I’m going to try to market it again, too. I’m putting together a plan to pay for promo for it. So don’t go looking for it now to buy, because eventually, I’m going to make it free. I’m waiting to see what’s available. But I have to say, after abandoning the series and moving to new ones, it was nice to find I still like the story premise and characters. Especially gratifying for me, since I tend to grow more and more critical of my writing when I reread it. Sometimes, no matter how many other people like a book, I can’t even stomach it enough to finish reading it to the end. (I’m not sure what that says about me, and I don’t want to know).
Now that I’ve satisfied myself about Hester and Raven, though, it’s on to working on plot points for the next Jazzi and Ansel. I really hate pounding out plot points, but I think it makes for better books…for me. I need to know where I’m going to bring scenes to life. So, it’s fanny in chair and fingers on the keys. With lots of stalling for snacks and phone calls and whatever else I can think of., because my brain gets tired, and I find excuses to stop working. I won’t get enough plot points finished before Thursday, when I have to abandon writing until after the 4th, but I’ll have a start. And hopefully, that will get my little grey cells perking, and I’ll come up with more ideas…eventually.
For all of you, hope you have a wonderful July and a great holiday. And happy writing!