Two more, and maybe another

The digital rights director at my literary agency is letting me put up my old urban fantasy stories on my own as self-published.  First, she has to take them down, and then I can load them under my own name: Judith Post.  It hasn’t been quite as easy as I expected it to be, but we’re getting there.

At the beginning of the transition, we worked on the Fallen Angels series.  Then Wolf’s Bane.  This week, she took down Empty Altars, Spinners of Misfortune, and Fabric of Life.  We hit a hiccup with the Fabric file, but we’ll get there.  There were only two books in the Tyr and Diana series.  I’d hit too many deadends for urban fantasy by then and moved onto writing romances before I tried a third.

In the meantime, I wrote a lot of short novellas and collected them into bundles.  That’s what we’ll work on next.  I’m especially happy I’m going to get to put up all of the Babet & Prosper stories.  All of you know, I have a fondness for witches and supernaturals working together.  Stick them in a fake version of New Orleans, and those were just plain fun to write.

Empty Altars and Spinners of Misfortune were special for me, though.  I love Greek myths and dabbled a little in Norse myths, too.  In this series, I got to combine the two.  Diana, goddess of the hunt and the moon, also known as Hecate to witches, is the protagonist in those stories.  She’s not a warm, nurturing goddess.  In fact, when it comes to survival of the fittest, she can be ruthless, just as Nature can be.  She also can call on hellhounds to do her bidding.  And at the dark of the moon, she can hunt predators to exact justice.

Diana’s runes call her to a modern-day, Norse meadow, but the mortals who live there have kept the old ways and still sacrifice to the old gods.  Someone, however, is trying to destroy the old traditions and to defy the gods.  Diana finds herself working with the Norse god, Tyr, Thor, and the goddess Freya to restore order to their world.

Almost everyone recognizes Thor because of the movies, but his other name is Donar, and he has wild, red hair.  I’d heard of Tyr but never paid attention to him until I started these books.  Tyr placed his right hand in the wolf Fenrir’s mouth so that the world would be safer.  When the wolf realized the trap, Fenrir bit off Tyr’s hand, and the god of war and justice now is an expert sword wielder…with his left hand.  Freya is the goddess of love and lust.  She and her brother, Frey, inspired the Norse Maypole tradition–and it wasn’t just about ribbons and wishing people a happy spring.  She makes Venus look maidenly.

It was fun combining the two sets of myths into stories.  Fabric of Life, if I ever get it loaded:), is a standalone.  I’m a horoscope junkie and teeter back and forth on the idea of destiny, so it was interesting to write about a modern day woman who has to take over the job of the ancient Greek Fates.  Before a new soul can come to earth, it has to stand on a scale, and Thea Patek weaves a bookmark of each bounce back and forth that create the journey of that person’s life and cut the thread at the end.  The bounces only create a map.  How the person reacts and deals with each turning point is his or her choice.  So, yes, the person’s journey is preordained, but not their life.  Freedom of choice determines that.

I’ve left ideas of gods and goddesses behind, for now, and I’ve moved to writing mysteries.  But that’s still a matter of life and death.  And mysteries pose their own questions.  That’s part of the joy of writing, isn’t it?  Asking a question at the beginning of a book and answering it at the end.

Happy Writing!


The old is new again

When I found my agent–the wonderful Lauren Abramo–she wasn’t sold on self-publishing.  She did like my writing, though, and she was pedaling my book Fallen Angels, an urban fantasy.  Editors wrote nice notes about it but didn’t like having a human detective and a serial killer thrown into an urban fantasy.  That only encouraged me to write more books, but ones that didn’t include mortals mingling with supernaturals.  And those didn’t sell either.  Editors said that they had too many urban fantasies, that the market was glutted, and they didn’t want any more no matter what they were like.

Lauren still believed in my writing, so Sharon Pelletier at the Dystel & Goderich Agency formatted my manuscripts and loaded them online as e-books.  That was years ago.  And I didn’t do anything with those books–no ads, no blogs, no marketing–so they just languished.  But I’ve started playing with supernaturals again with the Muddy River series.  And it made me think of them again.  So a while ago, I asked Sharon to make Wolf’s Bane free for five days, and she told me that some of their authors have asked to have their books back to self-publish, and that Dystel & Goderich would be happy to send me all of the files for my urban fantasies and let me load them myself on Amazon.  That way, I can reduce prices, pay for ads, and have a lot more freedom to market them.  I jumped at the chance.

So far, we’ve only removed the three Wolf’s Bane books from Dystel & Goderich, along with the three Fallen Angels novels.  Little by little, I’m hoping to swap them all over to self-publishing by me.  There are a lot more, so I’m only going to bother with a few a week.  I’ve started with books.  The two Empty Altars novels and my very first book that Lauren took–Fabric of Life–will be next.  And then I can start on bundles.  I love writing short fiction, and I let myself write a wide variety of series.  Death & Loralei is about Death, who materializes into a man when he comes home to his own home with his wife, Loralei.  Christian and Brina has four medieval stories about a castle trying to defend itself against vampires and other supernatural villains.

Transferring them from Dystel & Goderich to me is going to take a while, but it will be a labor of love.  I’m not expecting huge sales or finding an army of fans.  I’m just glad that the books will no longer be thrown into the digital wasteland of forgotten stories.  It’s nice connecting with them again.

I’m still pounding the keys for Lux.  I can transfer three books at a time in my spare time, and they won’t litter my Judi Lynn page.  I wrote all of those as Judith Post.  It’s sort of nice to keep them separate from my newer works.  Between writing and transferring books, I shouldn’t be bored for a long time.  Hope you have plenty of things to keep you excited, too.

Happy Writing!