Pep Talks

Pep Talks are inspirational letters written by well-known authors during NaNoWriMo. They’ll be delivered to your NaNoMail inbox throughout November.

Learn more about this year’s pep talkers.

Read pep talks from the past six years.

2013 Pep Talkers

Bella AndreBella Andre’s self-publishing success led to a major deal with Harlequin MIRA. Entries in her Sullivans series are released regularly.

Read Bella’s pep talk.

Lev GrossmanLev Grossman is the author of the bestselling novels The Magicians and The Magician King.

Read Lev’s pep talk.

Malinda LoMalinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels, including AdaptationInheritanceAsh, and Huntress. She is a co-founder of Diversity in YA.

Read Malinda’s pep talk.

Marie LuMarie Lu writes young adult novels, and has a special love for dystopic books. She is the author of the Legend trilogy.

Read Marie’s pep talk.

Holly McGheeHolly McGhee is the founder of the Pippin Properties literary agency. She writes under the pen name Hallie Durand. Her fifth book, Mitchell Goes Bowling, is out now.

Read Holly’s pep talk.

James Patterson

James Patterson writes suspense and thriller books for kids, teens, and adults. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most New York Times bestsellers of any author.

Read James’s pep talk.

Ralph PetersRalph Peters is the author of 30 books, and has published extensively as a journalist and essayist. He pays the bills by writing.

Read Ralph’s pep talk.

Patrick RothfussPatrick Rothfuss is the author of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. He is currently working hard on the final installment of the series.

Read Patrick’s pep talk.

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is the author of Attachments and Eleanor & Park. Her third book, Fangirl, was a 2011 NaNoWriMo project.

Read Rainbow’s pep talk.

Jeff VanderMeerJeff VanderMeer is a novelist, short-story writer, teacher, editor, and publisher. He is the author of The Steampunk BibleWonderbook, and the forthcoming Southern Reach trilogy.

Read Jeff’s pep talk.

Pep Talk Archive

Pep talk veterans include folks like Aimee Bender, Dave Eggers, John Green, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, Lois Lowry, Karen Russell, and Lemony Snicket.

Note: Some of these links will take you to our Young Writers Program site, which has its own selection of YA pep talkers each year.