Okay, as if you don’t have enough to do, it’s time to take out a gazillion pads of paper, break open boxes of pencils and pens, gather steaming cups of coffee, and sign up for the annual NaNoWriMo contest. What is NaNoWriMo?
Is it worth it? You decide.
A growing number! Jon F. Merz was one of Team 2001’s winners; his NaNo book The Destructor was published by Pinnacle Books in March 2003. Lani Diane Rich, sold her 2002 NaNo-penned manuscript, Time Off For Good Behaviorto Warner Books, and it came out to great reviews in October 2004, and won the Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Debut Novel eight months later. Her 2003 NaNoWriMo novel was published by Warner Books as Maybe Baby in 2005.
We had several sales of NaNoWriMo novels in 2004 and 2005. Sarah Gruen‘s soon-to-be released Flying Changes began as a NaNoWriMo novel. Rebecca Agiewich sold her 2003 NaNoWriMo book to Ballantine in 2004; it’ll be hitting stores in May of 2006. Dave Wilson sold his 2004 NaNoWriMo Manuscript, The Mote in Andrea’s Eye, to Five Star/Gale; it’ll come out in June 2006. In fall of 2005, Gayle Brandeis sold her 2004 NaNoWriMo manuscript, Self Storage, to Ballantine in a two-book deal. Around the same time, Kimberly Llewellyn found a home for her 2004 NaNoWriMo manuscript, Cashmere Boulevard, at Berkley Books. It’s due out in summer 2007.
It’s never too late to take the first step: sign up now!