As you all know I have really been stressing out about my deadline for the 3rd book in my Clueless Cook series.2nd book in A Dead Sister Talking Mystery Series. Originally, it was January 1, but I asked for and received an extension.I've always known it was May The six-week blog tour I did for Liver Let Die MURDER FOR THE HALIBUT, plus getting Mortal Deception in print up, and the fact that I had a really hard time with Halibut CHICKEN CACCIA-KILLER 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?LOL. When SHATTERED goes up in March and SWEEPERS in December, I will have everything I've ever written in print. (Except for that YA under my bed.) Yay!!!
Meet the copy edits for BSO HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE. Just when I was itching to sit down and write Halibut JAIL HOUSE CROCK, I get the copy edits that are due on January 24th. Mind you, they weren’t bad, but they still required TIME, especially because it's a longer book and I had to totally reread it the recipes in the back. These are my own recipes and I rarely measure things. Guess what? Berkley seems to think that’s important.No recipes in this one.
Hello, editor?? “And Liz, I need a synopsis for Halibut CHICKEN CACCIA-KILLER 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.This didn't happen. CCK is 2/3 written and put aside since it doesn't come out until October.
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?This didn't happen, either, but we did both catch some kind of virus from the grandsons who were both sick this week.
Enough whining. Let’s get to the good stuff. Somewhere in that time frame, my editor sent me the cover for BSO SHATTERED, and I absolutely love it. The illustrator managed to capture the ice sculptured longhorn steer perfectly. That made my week.Isn't it gorgeous? This is my first book and is still the book of my heart.
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. Old News
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
More good news, MURDER FOR THE HALIBUT is getting great reviews everywhere, and yesterday, I got FOUR 5-star ones. Yippee. I worried about this book because it was darker than my other cozies. I have a subplot that deals with a man who will do anything to keep his wife--who has Alzheimer's-- in a nice facility. My editor thought that should be cut--said cozy readers want to escape reality in their books. I insisted that it stayed, but I did tone it down a bit. I dedicated this book to my mother who died of the disease and to all the caretakers out there dealing with it.
Well, yesterday, I got the most heart-warming note from a reader. She said--well, I'll just let you read it.
I was fortunate enough to have been chosen as a First Read Winner of your latest book "Murder for the Halibut". I really enjoyed it and since this was my first book of the series my plan is to read the other one's as well. I loved all the characters and since my mother too suffers from Alzheimer's I feel a strange connection to you somehow.Not a lot of people understand the struggles and pain one goes through.
Anyway I wanted to let you know that I am leaving a review here and on Amazon as well as on FB and you have been pinned to my board of "Must read Books" on Pinterest.
All the best and I can't wait for the next book.
Of all the good news I've recieved lately for this book, this one touched my heart the most.
Moral of this story: Sometimes we have to stick to what we really believe in. It's our book, dammit!
So what's your good news? Let us celebrate with you.