Piper Morgan Joins the Circus
Stephanie FarisCover illustration by Lucy Fleming.
When Piper Morgan has to move to a new town, she is sad to leave behind her friends, but excited for a new adventure. She is determined to have fun, be brave and find new friends.
And after learning her mom’s new job will be with the Big Top Circus, Piper can’t wait to learn all about life under the big top, see all the cool animals, and meet the Little Explorers, the other kids who travel with the show. She’s even more excited to learn that she gets to be a part of the Little Explorers and help them end each show with a routine to get the audience on their feet and dancing along!
But during Piper’s grand debut, her high kicks and pointed toes don't go quite as planned. After causing a dance disaster, she has to prove to everyone--especially queen of the Little Explorers, Lexie--that she belongs in the spotlight.
I was interested in Stephanie's approach of finding time to do it all:
Revising, Editing and Writing: Finding Time to Do It All
by Stephanie Faris
When you first start writing, you worry about nothing but the writing. Maybe you squeeze a little reading and writing workshops in but for the most part, you just write.
Then you decide to try to get published. You balance writing with sending out queries and recovering from rejections. More workshops and maybe a critique group and soon, you’re wondering if you’ll ever get published. You assume once you’re a “successful author,” this will be so much easier.
Then you get a publishing deal. Once that happens, you find you must strike a new type of balance. You complete your manuscript and wait, probably starting a new book while you’re waiting. A few chapters in, revisions come back from your publisher and you have to stop writing to work on them. There will likely be several rounds of these.
This is in addition to the revisions you do to your own work before you even send it to the publisher. If you’re someone who writes without outlining first like me, you likely find that you have to do major revisions before your book is ready for someone else to read it.
Once you’re multi-published, you’ll likely find you regularly move between writing your current work in progress and revisions on your upcoming book. How do you do it all? You have several choices.
1) Learn to move back and forth between books, even if it means keeping a “cheat sheet” that reminds you where you were when you stopped to work on revisions.
2) Set a goal to write a minimum number of words on your work in progress no matter what. This will keep you in your current book, even while you’re working on making last year’s book perfect before it hits the market.
3) Clone yourself.
Okay, so number three probably isn’t an option. It can help, though, to have beta readers or critique partners who are willing to help you polish your early drafts. Even during revisions, you may find they can help you troubleshoot a scene your editor wants changed.
If you have limited time, all of this can feel overwhelming. But even if you schedule an hour or two each day to work on your books, you can accomplish a lot in a small amount of time. It can be challenging to jump from your current book to an older one, but you’ll eventually find a rhythm that works for you.
Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.
Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive.
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