Monday, January 21, 2013

Liz's Lair: Encore (sorta) National Good News Day

Today is Martin Luther King Day, and while the whole country honors this great man, I have a feeling no one will be reading blogs. So I decided to post an encore one and went back to last January. As I was reading it I was amazed at how relevant it is in my world today, and I decided to show you how things sometimes rarely change. I'll show you my changes in red.

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!!!

Hello breakthrough. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but suddenly one day, I got an idea that got me really excited and I was ready to burn the computer keys with the story.  Nope. Still waiting for this to happen.

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.

Hi Liz,

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. 


Kari Lee Townsend said...

And...I just heard Murder for the Halibut is #11 for bestselling mystery books on Pub Alley Fiction Mystery Bestsellers! That list is FULL of awesome mysteries so it rocks, sister! No more self doubt for you!

Anita Clenney said...

Hi Liz!!! I'm so happy for all your good news! Keep hitting those lists, girl!

I'm sorry I've been so absent, but I'm scrambling to get this second book finished. I'm having a blast with it but so stressed at the deadline, so MY GOOD NEWS...

I think I'm actually going to make my next deadline! :) Another nice thing was that on Saturday Guardians of Stone was on Amazon's Goldbox deal for the day and I reached #140 in their Kindle ebook list. That was very exciting. Of course I'm sliding back the other way now that the deal is over, but I'm still pretty high. Hope it stays that way for a while!

Love all you M&M gals!!!!!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Yay! You know how much I whine about never making a list, right, Kari? So this is really big for me. Thanks for making me smile for the second time today!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Thanks, Anita, and we miss you as much as you miss us. You will always be a M & M girl.

And yay for you on your making a list. I have this book on my kindle and I am just waiting for time to read it. These damn deadlines!!

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

YAY Liz!!! Congrats on the Best Seller status! You are no longer allowed to doubt your work. YOU are a BEST SELLING mystery author!!

I can't wait for your other books! You have been a busy woman, and about to be busier.

I think I should be taking notes! :-)

My good news is that I have FINALLY come up with a game plan for my stories that will work, IF I stick to a strict writing schedule. And I say strict because life gets in the way far too many times and I can't let it any more. I've come up with a great new series and I can't wait to be able to announce it. So....while I wait for a traditional contract, LIFE is GOOD!

Angi Morgan said...

My good news? This is the first time I've submitted a completed manuscript and been under contract (2 actually). So I'm really psyched. Just sold by 7th Harlequin Intrigue.

And congrats on everything you've written being in print. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME. LOL

Liz Lipperman said...

Barbie, you are such a good cheerleader and picker-upper. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we DON"T have that we forget all the good stuff that we DO have. I love you!!

Liz Lipperman said...

Woo hoo, Angi, 7 books!! And you never know about those unsold books under your bed!!!

Hey, Everyone, Angi will be visiting M & M on February 15th to tell us all about her latest release.