Monday, March 26, 2012

Liz's Lair: With A Little Help From My Friends!

First of all, I apologize because this blog is late getting posted. I do have a good reason, though. Yesterday, we picked up my husband's best friend from high school at the airport and got to visit with him until the wee hours last night. Since we all went to the same high school and hubby and I were sweeties from our junior year on, he is also my good friend, too.

So, we brought out the old yearbooks and our wedding pictures (he was a groomsman) and spent the night reminiscing. This morning I had to take my grandkids to school (had to be at my daughter's house at 6AM, so I didn't have time to write a blog this morning. If I were organized like Kari, I would have written it Saturday and scheduled it to post on it's own.

But wait! I didn't have time to do it on Saturday, either. Right after my grandson's soccer game (he scored a hat trick and they beat a previously undefeated team) I headed into Dallas for a Plotting Princess Retreat. In attendance were Karilyn Bentley, Kathy Ivan, Alisha Page, Elizabeth Essex, Michelle Miles, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Chris Keniston, Phyllis Middleton. Vicki Batman was our lovely host once again, and we welcomed new Princess Sasha Summers who brought tiaras for everyone.

Vicki started us off with a quick business meeting, and then we jumped right into the program which included a really good Twitter 101 lecture by Alisha. I am now proud to say I will be a Triberr member. She's got like a million people in her tribe, and I'm gonna be one of them. Then Michelle gave us really explicit instructions on how to establish an author page on FaceBook and how to network a blog. All really good stuff that I plan to look into.

After breaking for food, we started on what we really do best--plotting. We came up with a great title for Chris' wip and a terrific tag line for Sasha who will release a Greek mythology romance as well as a contemporary romance this year.

Then we moved on to me and CHICKEN CACCHIA-KILLER. I introduced my characters and gave a short blurb and plot points for book 4 of the Clueless Cook Series.---and oh boy, the ideas started flying around the room. After thirty minutes I had my entire book plotted, and I'm ready to get started on the opening chapter. YAY!!!!!

My point in all this is that I have been thinking about how we always hear that writing is such a solitary business, and I'm here to tell you that isn't always so. I've found writers, in general, to be a very giving group, willing to pay it forward. Sasha told us about a well know author she had shot the bull with at a conference.In conversation she mentioned her Medusa book. The author emailed her and asked if she could read the story and gave Sasha a great blurb for her cover--all unsolicited.

For those of you who have yet to get the privilege of writing an acknowledgement page and thanking all your beta readers, CPs and anyone who encouraged you on your journey to publication here is an opportunity to do just that. I am calling this FRIEND APPRECIATION day. I want to publicly acknowledge my CP, Joni Sauer-Folger, who just signed a three book deal with Berkley Prime Crime, my beta readers, Chris Keniston, Sylvia Rochester, and Nora Roth, my agent, Christine Witthohn, my editor Faith Black, and everyone on all my loops who have been so supportive. And I can't forget my high school friend who spent the night, John Ritter, and my best friend all through high school, Suzie Schneid Turner who joined in long distance for the walk down memory lane.

Now I'm giving you the opportunity to tell us who you want to thank. As an an extra bonus as my way of paying it forward, I will plot, critique a chapter, or just simply discuss your story with one lucky commenter, If you are interested in being included in the drawing, be sure to post your email address so I can get in touch with you.

So, let's spread the love. Who are the princesses in your life?

22 comments:

Sasha Summers said...

I had such a wonderful time at PP - and you look Fabulous in a tiara! You're right about feeling lonely in the midst of a project. It's a HUGE comfort to know that we are NOT alone. What a gift the funny, creative, supportive, and loving people are in our lives. Glad you're in mine Liz!

Liz Lipperman said...

Right back atcha, Sasha. And I love my tiara. Plotting is so much easier with ten or so people who also hear voices in their heads. And if I haven't already said it, welcome to the Princesses.

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

I love when the ideas fly so fast you can't write them down quick enough! Best feeling in the world is walking away knowing you've overcome whatever issues you had with your wip.

I couldn't do it without my BC Babes (a.k.a. Beyotches!) and then there's my M&M Mavens! ;-) you all have talked me off many a ledge!

Retreats are key to the writer's soul...And Kari and I have contemplated a road trip to Texas!

Vicki Batman, said...

I love the PP and am so happy you are my friend. (But a different shot of me drinking would be greatly appreciated. Lol)

Tiaras Rock!

Sylvia Rochester said...

You are indeed a friend, an inspiration, and a most generous person. My CP's are great, but you bring an added sparkle to anything you touch. I wish I were Spock and could do a mind melt with you. Since that's not possible, I'll settle for an email with a plot for my next book.

Lindsay said...

Sounds like you had a wonderdul time with the plotting princessess.
Sometimes we think it is a lonely jpb we have but having people around who can and do help is such a relief. Maybe that's one of the things that helps keep us sane.

Liz Lipperman said...

You're so right, Barbie. I love it when a problem gets resolved and you can move on in the story.

And I would love to see New York hit Texas!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Vicki, it was the picture Phyllis sent that had the most Princesses in it. And it looks like you are drinking a beer!!!

Thanks again for hosting it and for helping me finally figure out my story.

Anita Clenney said...

Liz, the Plotting Princess retreat sounds like so much fun. I love it when the brainstorming is in high gear and the ideas are flying. Plotting a book is so much fun.

When I started writing, I was amazed at how helpful other writers were. I have so many people who supported and helped me. My princesses would be Dana, my amazing CP and my agent, Christine who is just beyond compare. And all the BC babes of course, which includes the M&M gals. And I think hubby should wear a tiara and be princess for a day. He puts up with a lot so that I can live my dream.

Liz Lipperman said...

Ah, Sylvia, I feel the same way about you. I really am reading your story and will have it back to you soon. I let a little thing like eye surgery hold me back!!

And you, my friend can mind melt with me any time!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Finally, someone who took advantage of FRIEND APPRECIATION DAY. And Anita, I agree that our DHs deserve a tiara for putting up with our long hours on the computer. Mine is dying for me to get out there right now and watch TV with him!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Beautifully said, Lindsay. Friends and mentors are really important. You've been a really good friend to M & M. And who do you need to appreciate today?

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Kathy Ivan said...

I had a blast at the PP retreat and with plotting out book 4 with you. I love, love brainstorming ideas, figuring out ways to leave red herrings all over the place and just in general fool the reader until the very end.

Had a fabulous time (although I hate that picture). LOL

Marilyn Sue Shank said...

A shout out to my two cousins Debbie and Dot--for always being there to encourage me about my writing and my life.

Liz Lipperman said...

Kathy, I love it when we all throw what ifs out there. I am so honored to be a part of that great group and I can't wait till the next one.

Liz Lipperman said...

And there you have it--two people that Marilyn is appreciating today. Yay Debbie and Dot.

Mary Marvella said...

Hey, Liz! I adore my Giam ladies. Two individuals would be 2 of my CPS, Pam and Melba.
3 CPs and I do a yearly plotting retreat in Georgia at a winery/chateau. I'm not kidding.

Liz Lipperman said...

Mary, I hope these women see your tribut to them. And as a GIAMer, I appreciate you, too. It's been a pretty good day for shout outs here. Random.org chose #3 which is Sylvia. Tomorrow, I will contact her and see if I can help somehow. Thanks to all of you who commented.

Lindsay said...

Sorry I got back here so late to answer the question as to whom do I appreciate-
1-the M&M ladies even if some go a little bonkers at a conference
2-my writer friends who drive me to be better
3-my faithful fans who keep asking when the next Emily Dahill and Dakota story is coming out
4-my publisher who has faith in me
and finally, CW who has been a friend for years

Liz Lipperman said...

Lindsay, those are great tributes. And thanks for the M & M love.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I'm not so organized this week. Here I am on Wed finally poasting on your Monday blog! Eeek.

And yes, NY would love to take Texas by storm :-)