During the “Now What?” Months in January and February, we support the revision and publishing process.
It’s an extension of our anything-goes, fun-filled noveling philosophy, with the added aim of helping you fulfill your novel’s potential: from first draft to final.
Set new goals for your novel.
Use our Goal Trackers to set a creative goal for the beginning of the year, whether you want to keep track of the words added to your draft, or the hours you spend revising.
Polish your novel at a #NaNoNowWhat event!
To see what time an event starts in your time zone, click into the event, then click “copy to my calendar”.
Submissions accepted February 1—February 28, 2019
Submit a 250-word pitch of your book for the chance to win an introduction to an agent or publisher! Seasoned editors Arielle Eckstut and David Sterry (a.k.a. The Book Doctors) team up with two guest industry insiders to form the judging panel for this annual contest. Whether potential authors pitch themselves, or simply listen to trained professionals critique each presentation, Pitchapaloozas are educational and entertaining for one and all. All attendees come away with concrete advice on how to improve their pitch as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry.
Submissions will be accepted from February 1, 2019—February 28, 2019. The winner will be announced in a live webcast on March 16, 2019. Fan favorite voting closes April 1, and the fan favorite will be announced April 2.
Tuesday, February 6, 10 AM PST
Once again, the folks atNew Leaf Literary Agency are partnering with NaNoWriMo to bring you a tweet chat chock-full of writing, editing, and publishing advice. Take the chance to ask literary agents Kathleen Ortiz and Suzie Townsend your burning questions by following the Twitter hashtag #NaNoNewLeaf.
Wednesday, January 30, at 4 PM PDT (Your Time Zone)
Landing a publishing deal almost always starts with getting a literary agent. In this webcast, Reedsy’s Erin Young and Nathan Bransford teach you how to write and submit a query letter that will make agents sit up and request your manuscript. Your publishing journey starts right here.
Tuesday, January 22, at 4 PM PDT (Your Time Zone)
Don’t Abandon Your Book – Edit and Revise It!
NaNoWriMo is behind us. Now what? Join us as we explore how to move your manuscript toward completion and publication with expert publishing consultant Ally Machate. Plus, see the self-editing process in action as we work through a NaNoWriMo draft using AutoCrit, an online tool that helps you revise your manuscript with confidence.
Use these resources to make a revision and publishing plan.
Our “Now What?” Library
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: