I am so happy to have my friend Stephanie join us today on the blog! She has two brand new books out, her first two in the Piper Morgan series, and I can’t WAIT to read them! Congrats Stephanie, and now here is her guest post! <3
Conquering FOMO in Your Writing Career
by Stephanie Faris
You’re sitting at home on a Saturday morning, scrolling through your Twitter feed, only to see it filled with updates from the latest big conference. A group of authors who write for your publisher are scrunched together, smiling for the camera. Or a fellow author is showing off all the books she bought from the conference bookstore. Or maybe you’re forced to scroll through update after update about all of the great workshops.
We’ve all been there. Even if we had a big, fat bank account and could attend a conference every week, eventually we’d miss one and it would seem like the best conference ever. We’d be sure we’re missing out on the one opportunity that could make all of our dreams come true, all because we’re sitting at home.
Social media does this to us. No matter what’s going on in our own lives, there’s always someone who seems to have it better. When you look at your social media accounts as a whole, it’s easy to feel like every other author on the planet is either doing a book signing or conference workshop all the time. That isn’t the case, of course. If you select one author and watch her updates, you’d likely find most of the time she’s sitting at home in her sweats, feeling the same FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) you are. But she doesn’t post that. Instead, she only shares when she’s out there being a true author.
For those who aren’t yet published, FOMO can be huge. It’s easy to feel like everyone is landing an agent or publishing deal. It’s also easy to worry that you’re the only one not spending every extra dime on conferences where you can hone your craft and pitch agents. Not true at all. Interestingly, Imposter Syndrome plays into this quite a bit, too. Every ambitious person feels as though we’re not worthy of anything good we’ve received. Any minute now, the world is going to figure that out and we’ll be banned from ever calling ourselves “writers” again! Trust me, some of the most talented writers out there admit to suffering from Imposter Syndrome from time to time.
The next time you feel FOMO, take a look at your own social media account. See it through the eyes of someone who has accomplished much less than you have. If you think “everyone else” is doing more than you are, take a look at one author’s account. Note the large gaps of time between those conferences, bookstore events, and publishing deal announcements. Chances are, she suffers from FOMO on a regular basis, too.
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 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.