Got a rough draft and ready for the next steps? Welcome to the “Now What?” Months!
In January and February, we support the revision and publishing process. It’s an extension of our anything-goes, marmot-infused noveling philosophy, with the added aim of getting your finished product into the world.
Here’s how to participate:
1. Make a 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 brand-new revision badge on your dashboard.
2. Plan to attend our webinars.
We’ll webcast with publishing experts and NaNo-novelists, all ready to advise you on the next steps for your draft. Register via the links below!
Developing a Writing Community Online and In-Person
Ashleigh Gardner, Head of Content and Publishing at Wattpad, talks about finding writers and readers in their active online community. Plus, Los Angeles Municipal Liaison Sara McBride covers nurturing in-person writing groups.
3. Chat with us on Twitter.
We’re excited to meet up with you to compare editing notes, plus introduce you to even more agents and publishers. Use the hashtags to join in.
✔ Tuesday, January 14 at 4:00 p.m. PST – Let’s talk editing goals, draft troubleshooting, and publishing dreams. #NowWhat
4. Keep up with our blog.
Check back regularly for fresh advice and encouragement from authors, editors, and agents. Here’s what we’ve posted so far:
- 4 Ways to Grow a Newborn Novel – Marivi Soliven, author of The Mango Bride
- What to Keep When Editing Requires a Reset – Cristina Alger, author of The Darlings
- When to Listen to Your Readers… And When to Ignore Them – Laurel Snyder, author of Seven Stories Up
- Finding the Right Mix for Your Writing Group – Romy Sommer, author of The Trouble with Mojitos
- How a Good Editor Amplifies Your Voice – Tilia Jacobs, author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time
- A 7-Step Guide to Big-Picture Revision – Wendy Mass, author of The Last Present
- 3 Ways to Build Your Novel’s Foundation – Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series
- Why You Should Throw a Wrench in Your Editing Routine – Michael David Lukas, author of the The Oracle of Stamboul
- On Rewriting & Growing Up – Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series
- The 5 Most Common, Novel-Infiltrating Grammar Mistakes – Allison VanNest, Director of Communications at Grammarly
- The 6 Commandments of Starting the Editing Process – Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn, and agent Barbara Poelle
- Why Self-Publishing Is a Craft… And How You Can Master It – Guy Kawasaki, author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur
- 5 Mistakes to Look for in Your Dialogue – Cara Lockwood, chief editor at Edit-My-Novel.com
- Why Main Characters Need to Drive Your Story – Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of City on a Hill, and agent Adriann Ranta
- On Building Better Stories and Perseverance – Kami Garcia, author of the Beautiful Creatures series
- Why Editing Matters… Even If You Never Share Your Novel – Hannah Rubin, NaNoWriMo intern
- How to Make the Most of Your One Chance – Stacey Lee, author of Under a Painted Sky, and agent Kristin Nelson
- 4 Ways to Find Your Book’s Audience – Sandra Poirier Diaz, president of Smith Publicity
- 3 Things Authors Might Not Know Agents Are Looking For – Haley Radford, president of LitFactor
- 10 Tips for Pitching Your Novel – Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, the Book Doctors
- 11 Steps to Check Off Before Self-Publishing – Miral Sattar, CEO of BiblioCrunch
- Why the “Iceberg Theory” is Key to World-Building – Lee Kelly, author of City of Savages, and agent Navah Wolfe
- Thinking of Your Book as a Gift – Karima Cammell and Clint Marsh, authors of Publishing a Children’s Book
- 5 Ways to Keep Me Reading Your First Chapter – Blair Thornburgh, editorial assistant at Quirk Books
- Publishing Advice from New Leaf Literary – Joanna Volpe, Kathleen Ortiz, Suzie Townsend, Danielle Barthel, and Jaida Temperley of New Leaf Literary
- On That Elusive Chemistry with an Agent – Virginia Boecker, author of The Witch Hunter, and agent Kathleen Ortiz
- 3 Ways to Let Writing Fly – Holly Brady, editor and publishing strategist
Plus, visit our archive of revision and publishing resources from years past.
5. Find fellow revisers in our forums.
As always, there’s no better encouragement than the worldwide NaNoWriMo community. Meet beta readers and sympathetic ears here:
- Critiques, Feedback, & Novel Swaps
- Novel Draft Aftercare
- Life After NaNoWriMo
- The Year of Doing Big, Fun, Scary Things Together