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NaNoWriMo and Publishing . . .

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just around the corner.

This is something I, personally, would never do but I certainly can recommend it to others.

The concept is simple—for the thirty days of November put down 1666.67 words per day.

In brief, from their site, you can:

Write a novel in a month!
Track your progress.
Get pep talks and support.
Meet fellow writers online and in person.

Also from their site:

“The very first NaNoWriMo took place in July, 1999, in the San Francisco Bay Area. That first year there were 21 of us, and our July noveling binge had little to do with any ambitions we might have harbored on the literary front. Nor did it reflect any hopes we had about tapping more fully into our creative selves. No, we wanted to write novels for the same dumb reasons twentysomethings start bands. Because we wanted to make noise. Because we didn’t have anything better to do. And because we thought that, as novelists, we would have an easier time getting dates than we did as non-novelists.”

And, thanks to an article-prompt from The Guardian, I can add something NaNoWriMo could help you do—publish that novel on Kindle Direct.

The work you do in November can be a first draft, with all the typos and fractured sentences they usually have.

So, before publishing comes the necessary editing/revision/formatting.

Also, rather than doing all that work yourself and uploading the novel to Kindle Direct, I suggest you check out FastPencil.

So, here’s the idea:

Get motivation and help writing 50,000 words from NaNoWriMo.

Then, log in to FastPencil and upload what you’ve written.

Then, do all the following for Free:

Invite friends to review your work as you revise and edit it—they can make helpful comments on the site.

Invite folks with editing experience to help you—they get permission from you to make changes in the manuscript.

Download as many proof versions as you need till you’re satisfied the novel is done.

Upload front and back cover images.

Insert all the front- and back-matter—title page, copyright page, dedication page, forward, afterword, etc.

Download more proofs

All that was Free!

When you’re completely, satisfied you can publish; and, I recommend their Wide-Distribution Plan.

$300 gets you print and ebook versions distributed to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple’s Book Service.

You’re also distributed to Ingram which libraries and bookstores use to order their stock.

Ingram availability also, instantly, lets many other online retailers offer your book—without you doing a thing to attract them.

FastPencil collects all the royalties and pays you each quarter

Then, comes the Really Hard Work (but, do check out these posts for something you really should do before you publish).

Try reading our 27 posts on Book Promotion for that Really Hard Work
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