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


Donna Cummings said...

Liz, I love that cover! I think it's even more fabulous than your first one. :)

And congrats on another contract. That really is great news.

I don't know that I have any good news to share. I get all excited every time I see that I've sold another book on Amazon or Smashwords. LOL So I'll count that as my good news. :)

Barbara White Daille said...

Liz - congrats again on the new sale and the perfect cover for BSO!

As for your pages/days, I know you can hit the mark.

Good news at this end? None recently. But my next book from Harlequin comes out three weeks from tomorrow. Woo hoo!

And tomorrow, I'm kicking off Day One of a blog tour to celebrate.


Mary Marvella said...

Liz, you are a pro and you will get 'er done and done well! Writing isn't easy.

I'm just doing the same old same old. Folks are downloading my free Christmas book and they seem to like it.

Lindsay said...

That's a great cover. That ice sculpture is awesome.
Congrats on the new contract also.
As far as good news, sorry nothing.

Liz Lipperman said...

Thanks, Donna. And yay that you are selling on Smashwords. I have your stories downloaded, but alas, if only there were more hours in the day.

Liz Lipperman said...

Woo hoo, Barbara. What is this--book number three or four?? Be sure and come back and give up the link to buy it.

Good luck on that blog tour. Anytime you want to stop in here, feel free. We love talking to great authors.

Liz Lipperman said...

Thanks, Mary, and good luck with that Christmas story. Here's the link, folks, for a free download.

Liz Lipperman said...

Ah, Lindsay, you have to have something. What about your new release??

And I love that ice sculpture, too. Berkley did good.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Love it, Liz! Love the cover and love that you had a great idea, and love that you got another book deal. Now sit your butt down and write like a mad woman :-) You can so do it. Your books rock, and so do you.

Barbara White Daille said...

Liz - you're a sweetheart. Thanks for asking.

It's book #5. (#6 due out in August.)

Here's the books page at my website, which has the buy links:

And I love talking to the great authors around here, too.

Thanks again.


Donnell said...

Oh, Liz, I am so proud of you, I love that cover and that little stick-toting gun to the stick-writer at the desk. 70 pages in 70 days. You.Can.Do.It.

I have news all over the place. I'm working on a deadline too. Book three of a suspense due August 1, and I love what's happening in this book -- probably because the brilliant Liz Lipperman and I brainstormed this over the holidays.

Second, KOBO went to my publisher and asked if they could promote THE PAST CAME HUNTING AND Bell Bridge Books said yes. So it's on sale down from its original price to $1.99 -- more good news Amazon has matched it.

And finally, I got the most awesome review today from Lynne Marshall on her blog

Now if a fairy would just drop by and clean my house and tell me what I'm making for dinner, everything would be poifect!

So proud of you, Liz! Congrats on book 4!!!

June Love said...

Liz, your cover is fantastic. I'm thrilled with your new contract. I'm reading LLD now and it's wonderful! Such a fun read. Best of luck avoiding distractions the next 70 days. I know you'll get it done.

My good news today is not having any bad news. :-)

Liz Lipperman said...

Crap! Here it is after ten and I still haven't made my ten pages today. I went to the beauty shop and got my hair colored, then went out to dinner with kids and grandkids. Then of course, I had to watch the Bachelor. I love Ben!!

Anyway, thanks, Kari. Your deadline is coming up. Bet you'll get another deal, too.

Liz Lipperman said...

Barbara, wow! 5 books. Thanks for the links. Folks, I can vouch for this girl. She can write romance!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Yay, Donnell. You are full of good news. Congrats on that great review. I am almost finished with THE PAST CAME HUNTING, and I can tell you it is fantastic. Here's the link to get it for $1.99 (down from $12.95.)

As for that new book, it's going to be awesome.

Send that little fairy my way when she's done with your house.

Liz Lipperman said...

Ah, June, better days are coming. I love that no bad news is good news, though. Sometimes we forget to be thankful for no drama.

Thanks for always supporting me.

Anita Clenney said...

Great post, Liz. Congrats on the new contract. I know exactly the road you're traveling but you are going to get it all done. I have no doubts. Now, I have doubts about myself.

My good news is that I'm working on my goals, and while not meeting them in every way, making up for it in others. But I'm writing!!!! And I'm excited about the story.

Liz Lipperman said...

Woo hoo, Anita. I commend you for moving forward with new work with all that's on your plate.

We need a writers' retreat--without hubbies!!