Now What?

The "Now What?" Months

The 2015 “Now What?” Months are here!

In January and February, we support the revision and publishing process. It’s an extension of our anything-goes, wombat-infused noveling philosophy, with the added aim of helping you fulfill your novel’s potential: from first draft to final.

So, how do you get started?

1. Pledge your commitment.

Agree to our highly official revision contract to promise to revisit your novel. You’ll be added to our list of revisers, plus receive a shiny revision badge on your dashboard.

2. Learn from the experts.

We’ve gathered a spectacular brain trust of minds to help prepare you for the road of revision and publishing ahead! Mark your calendars, and register now!

Enchanting an Editor...Enchanting an Editor and the Path to Publication
Free, thanks to a sponsorship from Scholastic
February 26, 2 PM PST

The process of finding an agent and editor for your novel can be a daunting one. Join us as we speak to NaNo-novelist M. Anjelais, whose debut novel (Breaking Butterflies) was shortlisted for the London Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition; and her editor Barry Cunningham, perhaps most famous for being the acquisitions editor who greenlit Harry Potter.

We’ll talk to Scout about the process of finding a home for her NaNo-novel and how she pitched her story, and we’ll hear from Barry about the acquisitions and publishing process from the business side. And we’ll probably ask a few questions about a certain boy wizard while we’re at it.

3. Join in the conversation.

We’ll be hosting tweetchats through February: just use the hashtag to join us as we talk about editing goals, chat with literary agents, and more.

Thursday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. PST  – Deep in the middle of revisions? Got questions or advice about editing? Join us for our kick-off chat! #NaNoWhat

Thursday, February 19 at 1:00 p.m. PST  – The agents and assistants of New Leaf Literary will talk about submissions, query letters, and more. #NaNoNewLeaf

4. Make use of our resources.

Check our blog regularly for fresh advice and encouragement. Our posts from 2015:

Here are a few of our favorite posts from 2014:

Plus, visit our archive of revision and publishing resourcesfrom years past.

5. Find your community.

As always, there’s no better encouragement than your fellow writers. Meet beta readers and sympathetic ears here: Our forums:

Or find a writing group with NaNoWriMo sponsor Scribophile:
What is Scribophile? We’re a respectful online writing group made up of writers who improve each other’s work with thoughtful critiques and by sharing their writing experience.

Thanks for joining us for the “Now What?” Months: we’re ready, refreshed, and ready to revise!