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.
In Piper Morgan Joins the Circus, Piper learns her mom’s new job will be with the Big Top Circus. She 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!
In Piper Morgan in Charge, Piper’s mom takes a job in the local elementary school principal’s office. Piper is excited for a new school and new friends—and is thrilled when she is made an “office helper.” But there is one girl who seems determined to prove she is a better helper—and she just so happens to be the principal’s daughter. Can Piper figure out how to handle being the new girl in town once more?
Stephanie has written two previous books, all (I think) through Simon & Schuster. I asked her–in this day of self-pub successes, why she chose instead to go with a traditional publisher. Here’s her answer:
In the mid-90s, a new writer came to our critique group. She had a book she’d written and paid to have published using a vanity press. Someone had to explain to me what that was. Basically at that time, it cost thousands of dollars to have your book printed and bound in professional form. As she read her first chapter to us, it was bad. Beyond bad. I was perplexed that someone would pay thousands of dollars to put a book like that into print form. At that time there was no way bookstores would ever carry it.
A few years later, the first e-published authors began coming to our group. Many of us learned a minimal amount about e-publishing and immediately dismissed it. People said it was the “future of publishing” and I argued that if books were going electronic, the big publishers would just switch to publishing that way and take everything over.
So I waited. I dealt with rejection after rejection. I took a few years off and when I came back to book writing, I immediately began querying agents. It never once occurred to me to try self-publishing or even one of the many indie presses that had emerged since I’d been gone.
There’s a simple reason I chose traditional publishing: it was my dream. In 1994, when I finished my first book, I knew I wanted to see it in bookstores. Publishing may have changed during the 00s, but I didn’t watch those changes. What was fixed in my mind was what I’d learned in the 90s, when I was attending workshops and reading books on “how to get published.” At that time, nothing at all directed you toward the many options available today.
I can’t help but wonder if things are different for those who start writing today. Do they immediately aspire to see their book on their Kindle? Or, like me, do they envision the support of a large publisher who will automatically get their books into all the major bookstores, review publications, and library ordering catalogs? Like many things, I think my view on publishing is rooted largely into the time I was born, since that affected the books I read and they way I viewed buying and interacting with books.
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. 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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