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Too Many Projects at Once - Stephanie Faris
On a typical day, I’ll write about cloud computing, credit card processing, eight-year-old fictional shenanigans, and a 12-year-old sleepover. I usually don’t take a break between working on projects, moving from one to the next to make sure I meet whatever deadlines I have that day.
It wasn’t always that way. At one time, I was sure I couldn’t work on more than one writing project at a time. Then I got an agent…and launched a freelance career. The latter means writing 2,000 words or more on whatever my clients happen to need that day. The former means dealing with edits on your 2016 book while you’re still writing your 2017 book. You never know when those edits will land in your inbox and when they do, you have to be prepared to jump right back into a story you wrote months ago.
I’m very fortunate to now have both middle grade and chapter books going at the same time. I’m doing a group project with some other tween fiction writers and I have a chapter due this week. I also just mailed off revisions for the second of my chapter book series, written for six- to nine-year-olds. That means jumping back and forth between the twelve-year-old boy who is my assigned character in the group project and eight-year-old Piper Morgan.
How do I do it? If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the perception that we “can’t” work on more than one project is mostly in our head. It’s also something we have to get over once we have multiple books under contract. Some writers probably have a palate-cleansing process, maybe taking a day off in between projects, but I’m proof that it can be done without a break. You just have to read over the last few pages of what you’ve written and get your mind back into that voice and…poof…you’re working on multiple projects at once!
Thank you so much for being our guest today Stephanie.
Also sending a shout out to illustrator Lucy Fleming. Sometimes in the bustle the illustrator does not get enough credit but not here. Kudos to you too Lucy.
Bio from Website: Lucy Fleming has been an avid doodler and book-worm since early childhood. Drawing always seemed like so much fun, but she never dreamed it could be a full time job! She studied Art and practiced drawing every day, and in no time, went on to graduate from the University of Lincoln (UK) with a First Class Degree in Illustration.
Link: Website, Twitter
Now for the grand reveal of the cover for Stephanie's next book!
Piper Morgan Joins the Circus
By Stephanie Faris
Piper helps some four-legged friends find the perfect home in the third book of the brand-new Piper Morgan series.
Piper is super excited to help out at Bark Street, a local animal shelter in town. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by adorable puppies and dogs all day? And when Piper sees Taffy, the cutest dog she has ever seen, Piper is determined to find a way to bring Taffy home. But it won’t be easy—especially when she finds out someone else wants to make Taffy a part of their family, too!
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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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