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

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"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, InstagramFacebook, 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.

  • 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 30% 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.

Submitting an Excerpt

  • Research magazines and journals that regularly publish youth writing. If you're 13 or older, try Teen Ink or Canvas Literary Journal. If you're 13 or younger, check out Stone Soup. Ember accepts submissions from writers age 10 to 18. 

  • Send in your work!

Publishing Online

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".

Webcast: How to Self-Edit Your Novel (with AutoCrit)

Tuesday, January 22, at 4 PM PDT (Your Time Zone)

Don’t Abandon Your Book – Edit and Revise It!

NaNoWriMo is behind us. Now what? Join us as we explore how to move your manuscript toward completion and publication with expert publishing consultant Ally Machate. Plus, see the self-editing process in action as we work through a NaNoWriMo draft using AutoCrit, an online tool that helps you revise your manuscript with confidence.

AutoCrit is the world’s only editing software built exclusively for fiction writers. Powerful algorithms analyze your prose and provide instant, genre-specific feedback. With the click of a button, AutoCrit provides step-by-step recommendations for improving your manuscript in over 20 areas and guides you through the revision process. It’s the mentor that picks up where friends, family, and other beta readers leave off!

Now What?