I Wrote a Novel! Now What?
The "Now What?" Months

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Revision Resources

Publishing Resources

"Now What?" Events

During the "Now What?" Months in January and February, we support the revision and publishing process with resources, advice articles, webinars, and live chats.

Take all that fabulous NaNo energy and use it to transform your novel from first draft to final draft!

Look to our blog, forums, Facebook, and Twitter for updates on new stuff.

Revise your draft.

You started your novel in November, then took a well-deserved rest in December. Now what? Polish your rough draft to a soft gleam.

  • Ask for feedback on your manuscript from a family member, teacher, or friend. Check out the Critiques and Novel Feedback forum to find other interested NaNoWriMo participants.

  • Stick with it! Most writers go through many rounds of revisions before publishing their books. Keep striving to make your novel the best it can be.


Publish your work!

Ready to let your masterpiece loose in the wild? You've got some options.

Publishing an Excerpt

  • Research magazines and journals that regularly publish youth writing.

  • Send in your work!

Publishing Online

  • There are a ton of online publishing options for kids and teens! Try WattPad, Figment, and Teen Ink to start.

  • Or, do it yourself: start a Tumblr or Wordpress blog and publish chapters as posts.


  • Sign up for an account with a self-publishing company and purchase hard copies of your novel. You'll probably need an adult to help with this. We've worked with CreateSpace and FastPencil in the past. 

Prepare for 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".