Monday, January 16, 2012
Liz’s Lair: National Good News Day
As you all know I have really been stressing out about my deadline for the 3rd book in my Clueless Cook series. Originally, it was January 1, but I asked for and received an extension. The six-week blog tour I did for Liver Let Die, plus getting Mortal Deception up, and the fact that I had a really hard time with Halibut just kicked my butt. It wasn’t that I didn’t have the time to write. I just couldn’t figure out how to make this book right.
Enter the self doubt that took over where the other things left off and royally kicked my arse. At one point, I almost said the hell with it. I just can’t do it. Why can’t I just sell the books I’ve already penned and not have to write new ones?
Hello breakthrough. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but suddenly one day, I got an idea that got me really exacted and I was ready to burn the computer keys with the story.
Meet the copy edits for BSO. Just when I was itching to sit down and write Halibut, I get the copy edits that are due on January 24th. Mind you, they weren’t bad, but they still required TIME, especially the recipes in the back. These are my own recipes and I rarely measure things. Guess what? Berkley seems to think that’s important.
Hello, editor?? “And Liz, I need a synopsis for Halibut and some ideas for a cover since I’m going to the cover copy meeting next week.” Here’s where I freaked out. I had no clue where the story was going with the exception of the tiny breakthrough I had the week before. So, I stopped everything else and wrote a 9 page synopsis and sent a couple of ideas to Berkley. The good news is that it forced me to finish the book in my mind. Now all I have to do is finish it for real. My goal is 10 pages a day for 8 days. Don’t expect to see me much on the loops or Facebook, as I am committed to getting it done.
Oh, did I mention Dan and I babysat our granddaughters for 6 days while the kids lounged on the beach in the Bahamas drinking fruity concoctions with umbrellas?? And did I tell you the girls are two and a half and nine months old?? Guess how much writing I got done?
Enough whining. Let’s get to the good stuff. Somewhere in that time frame, my editor sent me the cover for BSO, and I absolutely love it. The illustrator managed to capture the ice sculptured longhorn steer perfectly. That made my week.
UNTIL I got a call from my agent on Wednesday. Seems my editor called her and wanted to buy Book 4, CHICKEN CACCIA-KILLER. This was totally unexpected since Christine had already said Berkley would wait until they got a look at the numbers for presales on book 2 before any offer would be forthcoming. Since that won’t happen until sometime in May, this offer came totally out of the blue.
Seems my editor knows how slow I write and didn’t want to get the books off schedule while they waited.
Moral of the story: Sometimes it pays to write pathetically slow and to ask for deadlines.
Secondary moral of the story: Sometimes when you write pathetically slow and ask for deadlines, you have to give up everything fun for a few weeks. Crap!
Okay, let’s make this – MY GOOD NEWS day. Tell me something fun that happened to you