Now What?

Got a rough draft and ready for the next steps? Introducing the “Now What?” Months!

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 getting your finished product into the world.

We’ll have more details about how to participate in 2015, soon! Last year, in 2014, we challenged you to:

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!

Wattpad LogoDeveloping 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.

(We were also joined by the Book Doctors, Guy Kawasaki, Maureen Johnson, and Lisi Harrison for donor-only webinars. Look for more in the future!)

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

✔ Thursday, February 6 at 8:00 a.m. PST – Kimberley Young, editorial director at Harper Impulse, shares insights on the publishing process. #NaNoWhat

✔ Tuesday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. PST – The agents and assistants of New Leaf Literary dish on submissions, query letters, and more. #NaNoNewLeaf

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:

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:

Join us again, and bookmark this page for updates as January 2015 approaches! Congratulations on making it through NaNoWriMo!