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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Big congratulations Stephanie!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Alex!Delete
Thank you SO much for hosting me today, Cathrina! This is a post I need to read right now--add in "book promotion" to all that and you have REAL stress!ReplyDelete
These sound like such cute books. When I was a kid I wanted to be in a circus and travel around with trapeze artists and the ballerina that danced on a horse, etc. It all looked so glamorous and fim. Actually, I hear the life is pretty hard.ReplyDelete
I think it is. Traveling from city to city, practicing for hours...a lot of them get married to other circus performers and they have kids--their kids end up traveling with them and working with the circus. I thought they all traveled through trains, but it turns out Barnum & Bailey is the only circus that still does that...and it's mostly for the pageantry of it.Delete
the hard work and cloning has brought success!ReplyDelete
I SO need a clone right now. This has been a very hectic release week! I'm putting my last group of packages to schools/libraries in the mail tomorrow morning--I signed and mailed 2,000 bookmarks and 75 books to schools and libraries in the Nashville area--plus the 500 postcards I mailed late last spring to bookstores, schools, and libraries. *exhausted*Delete
Hi Cathrina and Stephanie - great to know how you go about ensuring that you keep up with the present book, as well as get going with the next one(s) ...ReplyDelete
Cheers and thanks for your visit Cathrina - Hilary
That's what it's all about--juggling. Thanks, Hilary!Delete
You're welcome Hilary!! You post amazed me!Delete
I like your solutions for multiple books--I try for #1 and wish for #3. Great summary--and congrats on your book luanch. I'm lookingh forward to hosting you on my site!ReplyDelete
Can't wait. It does get tricky, but I'd have 10 books in the works if I could!Delete
I'm still editing my story, but have not gotten any other writing ideas.ReplyDelete
I've always been ready to move onto the next book as soon as one book is finished. I don't know why! I think I just get the most excitement when I know I have a new book to start and new characters to "meet!"Delete
Stephanie is amazing. I can barely keep up with my current project. #2 sounds like a good way for me.ReplyDelete
I'm also juggling four clients and two to three publications I regularly write for, plus trying to get new freelancing gigs! But, that's my full-time job, so I guess it doesn't really count, since most people are writing fiction in addition to their own full-time jobs.Delete
This sounds like another winner, Steph.ReplyDelete
Juggling is in the writer's description isn't it?:)
I think that's a great way to put it!Delete
It's always interesting to see Stephanie's covers. Very colorful and fun.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Clee!Delete
This is a great post, not least because it reminds us all that there's so much more to being a writer than the basic writing. We all have to be multitalented - and VERY disciplined.ReplyDelete
That is SO true, Julia. People don't realize all the work that goes into promotion alone. And for those who self-publish, they have to do everything, from picking out their covers to having someone edit for them. I can't imagine adding that to all the things I have to do.Delete
Adorable book:) And great publishing advice, I've had similar experiences trying to do edits and write a new book all whilst working with a publisher.ReplyDelete
Clone yourself. Is Stephanie giving advice with potential legal consequences? That's my author friend! Indeed as a freelance ghostwriter (of drafts, sorry I aint writing no one's final book) I sometimes have to juggle multiple projects at various stages. Some want me to flesh out a chapter or two while others need a lot more help. Toughest are the ones who want me to redo something they have already started because some can be stubborn about change. At the end of the day however I am the one responsible for finding time for my own work. As we all are in anything we set to accomplish. Loved your tips Stephanie and congrats on your new book.ReplyDelete
Congratulations to Stephanie! And I really want to find out a way to do #3. That would solve a lot of my problems.ReplyDelete
Congrats to Stephanie! Her books look absolutely adorable. Her advise is great, too. It can be way too easy to fall behind without keeping things like that in mind!ReplyDelete