Now What?

The "Now What?" Months

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.

Sign the Revision Promise!1. Recommit to your NaNo-novel!

You started your novel in November, then took a well-deserved rest in December. Now what? Commit to polishing your rough draft to a soft gleam.


Calendar these events!2. Calendar these events with authors, editors, and agents.

Throughout January and February, we’ll be connecting you with published authors, editors, and agents to help you on your creative journey.

2016 NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza!The NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza
Deadline: Monday, February 29
Pitch your book to the Book Doctors in 250 words or less. Twenty-five pitches will be randomly selected, and one winner will be chosen from the group. 
The winner will receive an introduction to an agent or publisher appropriate for their manuscript, and one fan favorite will receive a free one-hour consult with the Book Doctors!


#NaNoNewLeaf Tweet-chat with the Agents of New Leaf Literary
Wednesday, February 17, 1 PM PT (Your Time Zone)

You Wrote Your Novel. What's Next?You Wrote Your Novel. What’s Next?
Wednesday, February 24, 1 PM PT (Your Time Zone)

New York Times bestselling authors, CJ Lyons and Denise Grover Swank, and Kindle Direct Publishing had a lively discussion moderated by Neal Thompson on “What’s next?”

How to Revise Your NaNo-NovelHow to Revise Your NaNo-Novel
Wednesday, January 20, 4 PM PT (Your Time Zone)

Authors Kami Garcia, James Scott Bell, and K. M. Weiland answered your questions about revising the novel you wrote in the 30 days of November.

Green-light It!Green-light It: Publish Successfully!
Thursday, February 11, 4 PM PT (Your Time Zone)

In this information-packed webinar sponsored by Nook Press, publishing expert and publisher Brooke Warner explained the current publishing landscape, and why so many authors today are becoming successful independently published authors.


Check out our resources!3. Use these resources to make a revision and publishing plan.

Need advice, inspiration, or guides to beginning the revision process? Curious about which publishing method could be best for you? Check out these resources from those who’ve gone before you.

The 2016 “Now What?” Resources


Continue working with fellow authors around the world!4. Find a community of writers and critique partners.

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

*Submissions will close January 31, 2016.