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.
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.
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.
How to Revise Your NaNo-Novel
Wednesday, January 20, 4 PM PT (Your Time Zone)
Authors Kami Garcia, James Scott Bell, and K. M. Weiland will answer your questions about revising the novel you wrote in the 30 days of November.
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 explains the current publishing landscape, and why so many authors today are becoming successful independently published authors.
Can’t make it? Leave a question at the link below anyway; a recording will be available!
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. We will also crown a fan favorite who will receive a free one-hour consult with us.
Beginning February 1, 2016, you can email your pitch to email@example.com. Please do not attach your pitch; instead, embed it in the email. All pitches must be received by 11:59PM PST on February 29, 2016.
#NaNoNewLeaf Tweet-chat with the Agents of New Leaf Literary
Wednesday, February 17, 1 PM PT (Your Time Zone)
The literary agents of New Leaf Literary are back! The #NaNoNewLeaf tweet-chat has always been full of great, practical advice for writers from the agents at New Leaf.
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
- “Pick Your Revision Battles” — Joshua Mohr, author of Damascus.
- “8 Steps to Get You Through a Revision Marathon” — Kat Yeh, author of NaNo-novel The Truth About Twinkie Pie.
- “5 Tips on Being a Good Beta Reader… and 3 Types of Beta Readers to Find” — Danielle Paige, author of Dorothy Must Die.
- “An Antidote to Writer’s Block” — Selden Edwards, author of NaNo-novel The Lost Prince.
- “Why Revision Can Mean Filling Your Novel With Stuff You Like” — Michelle Hodkin, author of the Mara Dyer trilogy.
- “My 7-Step Revision Process” — Angela Quarles, author of NaNo-novel Must Love Breeches.
- “4 Things I Learned from Teaching Revision” — Alison Stine, author of NaNo-novel Supervision.
- “A Roadmap for Revising Your Novel” — James Scott Bell, author of Plot & Structure.
- “Learn How to Tell Your Story” — Sonja Yoerg, author of NaNo-novel The Middle of Somewhere.
- “Why Resilience is Necessary” — Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses
- “The Swoon Reads Guide to Writing” — The Swoon Reads staff
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.