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The "Now What?" Months

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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 Feedback forum to find other interested NaNoWriMo participants, or visit the Novel Draft Aftercare forum for advice.

  • 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.

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  • You wrote a novel—now print it! We've partnered with Blurb, a self-publishing company, to offer YWP participants a special NaNoWriMo landing page, a free ISBN, and 20% off your first order. Use the PDF download from the writing space for a simple process, or get creative. Read our how-to suggestions, or publish your novel now.

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.

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".

Swoon Reads logoWebcast: Ask an Editor!

Wednesday, January 31, 4 PM PDT Swoon Reads editors are here to answer your questions about craft and the best ways to revise your most recent project. They'll share tips and tricks, and all the best ways to make this painful process as painless as possible.


The Book Doctors logoPitchapalooza 2018

Submissions accepted February 1—February 28, 2018 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 publishing experts to form the judging panel for this annual contest.

Whether or not your pitch is accepted, watching Pitchapalooza is educational and entertaining. 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 accepted February 1—February 28, 2018. The winner will be announced in a live webcast on March 15, 2018. Fan favorite voting closes April 1, and the fan favorite will be announced April 2.

Learn more about Pitchapalooza.

Check out advice from the NaNo Blog!

Putting Your Work Out ThereKatharine GrippPep Talk94
6 Tips for Finding Perfect Beta ReadersJody T. MorseFeedback and Groups217
6 Ways to Approach Your Edits with ObjectivityElizabeth KrachtEditing and Revision373
I Published My NaNo-Novel: Using Traditional and Self-publishingAngela HighlandNaNo-Novel173
Critique Circle Basics: How to Set Up a Writing GroupKathy KittsFeedback and Groups82
How to Catch the Details of Your WorldCass R. MorrisEditing and Revision111
7 Tips to Help You Edit Your NovelDerek MurphyEditing and Revision360
5 Quotes on EditingN/AEditing and Revision308
I Published My NaNo-Novel: How to Wait ProductivelyKatharine WebberNaNo-Novel121
I Self-Published My NaNo-Novel: Creating a Marketing PlanManuel RuizNaNo-Novel102
Unexpected Resources that Can Help You Publish Your NovelJeannie ZokanPublishing119
Where the Story Comes InE. J. RunyonEditing and Revision95

May the "Now What?" force be with you!