Wednesday, November 19, 2008

National Novel Writing Month - NaNoWriMo

I am sure that most of you know that this November is the 8th annual National Novel Writing Month, where both established and new writers are encouraged to write a 50,000 word novel in a month (which would be 1666 words a day or about 6 and a half pages a day, which is do-able).

I asked one of my editorial interns to post on the official NaNo board ( that RavevenousRomance was looking for 50,000 word novels to publish (since I thought this would be a great answer to the question, "I've written the novel, now what?" or "who's going to buy a 50,000 word novel?" I am hoping we get some good stuff this way, as I love getting new writers published, and it sure is fun to have the back-story (which I would hope would be an inspiration to other writers). If you know someone who is NaNo-ing, and might have something that is right for us, or could be re-worked for us, do remind them to query us.

Buying and editing all these creative and diverse novels has been fascinating, since so many of the writers who are working with us come from other genres. I am having a blast seeing how the science fiction writers weave in the romance and teaching some of the more traditional romance writers to let their pants down, so to speak. My editorial letters would make you blush!


Anna said...

I hope you made it very clear you wanted properly edited stories, otherwise your inbox is going to be quite scary on December 1.

That said, I'm trying to churn out a draft for that gay space pirates story for NaNo. So far I've discovered I need either more plot or more porn to reach 50k. Tough choice, wouldn't you say? *grin*

Sina'i said...

10th year, actually. Or so the site says.

Good luck finding an awesome 50,000 word novel to publish! (Though you might want to remind your submitters to edit first.)

Ravenous Romance said...

I am used to working with new writers, so if there is a good story, I will teach someone how to make it better, if it's worth it.

I once had a writer who wrote the most compelling poorly written novel I had ever read. I sent him to Strunk & White, and grammar review, and I have sold at least 20 of his books since then.

You can fix grammar and style. You can't fix poor story-telling. That's the true "gift," in my opinion.