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 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
4. Make use of our resources.
Check our blog regularly for fresh advice and encouragement. Our posts from 2015:
- How to Query Better — Danielle Barthel and Jaida Temperly, New Leaf Literary Agency
- 5 Times to Say Yes — Heather Lazare, editorial and publishing consultant
- 5 Questions to Ask About Your Manuscript — Lindsay Edgecombe, literary agent
- When to Trust Your Gut — Laurie Weed, freelance editor
- How the Relationship Between an Author and an Editor Is Different than You Might Think — Michelle Krys, author of Hexed, and Wendy Loggia, editor
- 3 Questions to Ask as You Cut Your Manuscript — Sarah Ahiers, author of All That Remains
- Why the Most Important Thing About Your Novel Isn’t the Words — Robin Stevens, author of Murder Is Bad Manners
- Why Revision Is a Multi-Step Process — Lexie Dunne, author of Superheroes Anonymous
- Discovering Character and Theme Through Revision — Jason W. LaPier, author of Unexpected Rain
- How to Find a Great Reader… and What to Ask Them — Cal Armistead, author of Being Henry David
- Start Revision at the Beginning — Lauren Gibaldi, author of The Night We Said Yes
- Finishing Your NaNo-novel No Matter What — Grant Faulkner, NaNoWriMo Executive Director
- Finding the “Right Story” In Your Draft — Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series.
- Polishing an Incomplete First Draft — Jason Hough, author of The Darwin Elevator
- 3 Steps to Turn Your Manuscript from Monster to Masterpiece — Kitty Burroughs, author of The Posterchildren
Here are a few of our favorite posts from 2014:
- When to Listen to Your Readers… And When to Ignore Them — Laurel Snyder, author of Seven Stories Up
- A 7-Step Guide to Big-Picture Revision – Wendy Mass, author of The Last Present
- On Rewriting & Growing Up – Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series
- 4 Ways to Find Your Book’s Audience – Sandra Poirier Diaz, president of Smith Publicity
- 5 Ways to Keep Me Reading Your First Chapter – Blair Thornburgh, editorial assistant at Quirk Books
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:
- Critiques, Feedback, & Novel Swaps
- Novel Draft Aftercare
- Life After NaNoWriMo
- The Year of Doing Big, Fun, Scary Things Together
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.