I am so insecure when it comes to my own writing. I have another book coming out this year and three coming out next year. I couldn’t suck, right? Yet, insecure me sometimes looks over my shoulder to make sure someone isn’t chasing me to take it all away. Last year when LIVER LET DIE first came out I put together this top ten list, and I decided that it still applies—maybe even more so. At the time I whined about the fact that Berkley bought three books from me after only reading three chapters and that I was worried they wouldn’t like the finished project. Thankfully, they loved that first manuscript as well as the next two. I am currently working on Book 4 in the Clueless Cook series for them and just recently I signed a two book deal with Midnight Ink for my paranormal mainstream mystery series. Now, I can’t seem to get my rump in gear and write those stupid books, so I’m whining again.
I know some of you out there would love to slap me right now. Hey, I wanna slap myself. What is wrong with me? My life-long dream comes true and I whine? The fact that I have two different editors at two different houses paying for my stuff should make me swell with pride.
So, I need an attitude adjustment. I know if I write the best I know how to, that’s all I can do. I just have to sit in the chair and put words on the paper. Some people will love it, some will think it’s so so, and others will wonder why I left the medical field. Hopefully, the lovers will far outnumber the haters.
Anyway, with my new attitude, I decided to come up with a list for the top ten reasons why I think my book will sell.
10 – I have a lot of friends out there and I definitely plan on playing the friendship card to get them to part with eight measly bucks.
9 – I’m not shy about leaving my business cards everywhere and talking up my story.
8 – I plan on buying a couple hundred myself.
7 – Did I mention I am one of nine children? There are a lot of little “like me’s” out there. My mother had 33 grandchildren, a slew of great grandchildren and now two great great grandkids. That’s at least 50 or 60 books.
6 – If my children want to remain in my will, they’ll get all their friends to spring for the paperback.
5 – Berkley is a great publisher and people will try a new author based on their reputation for printing great books.
4 – I said a novena to St. Jude (the patron saint of impossible causes) to get this deal. Surely, he won’t abandon me now, especially since I fired off a check to St. Jude’s hospital and Danny Thomas is smiling at me from above.
3 – I am kinda cute and my picture will look good on the back inside cover. I plan on paying big bucks to get air brushed to have twenty pounds knocked off and to have my face look like a plum and not a prune. Of course, at book signings, I run the risk of people thinking some older, chunky chick is trying to pull a fast one.
2 – Writers are also readers and love to support each other. I’m on a lotta freakin’ loops.
And the number one reason for thinking my book will sell – It’s a damn good story!!!
There, my new attitude is alive and well. Do you still wanna slap me?
Now let’s hear why your book will sell. Now’s not the time for fake humility. Give it up. One lucky commenter will receive a free copy of BEEF STOLEN-OFF from Berkley. US only per their request.
Liz Lipperman writes mysteries to die for. BEEF STOLEN-OFF is the second book of her Clueless Cook Series about a wannabe sports reporter who ends up writing the culinary column at a small town newspaper in Texas despite the fact that she can't cook a lick. Her Romantic Mystery, MORTAL DECEPTION, written as Lizbeth Lipperman, is available now at Amazon and she's just sold a paranormal series titled A Dead Sister Talking Mysteries Series to Midnight Ink. The first book, HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE, also written as Lizbeth Lipperman, will release in May 2013. SHATTERED DREAMS, a Romantic Suspense will be available in the Fall. When she's not writing, she's spending time with her grandchildren and watching any and all sports.You can find her here.