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NaNoWriMo Countdown: Two Days to Go!
October 30, 2013 | 1:30 pm

NaNoWriMoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts in just two more days! This annual internet phenom challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. The goal is quantity, not quality---that can come later, and many participants do go on to refine their NaNi-produced work, but for the first draft, the intent is simply to get your story out! Want to play? Here are some resources to help get you started and to ensure that you get the most out of your NaNo experience. 1) The Official Website. This should be your first stop. You can 'officially' sign...

Morning Roundup: What e-books looked like 20 years ago
July 5, 2013 | 10:21 am

Morning RoundupWhat eBooks Looked Like 20 Years Ago (The Digital Reader) The Kindle is widely regarded as being responsible for igniting the ebook era, but the idea had been around for at least 30 years before the Kindle launched in November 2007. * * * Is There Such a Thing as an American Novel? (Boot Riot) The Great American Novel is like Moby Dick, the whale, not the book. Ever since the phrase was coined in 1867 as a marketing ploy to sell Rebecca Harding Davis’ Waiting for the Verdict,  it has stirred the Ahab in every author wedged between the shining seas. It haunts their...

Confessions of a first-time WriMo
November 17, 2012 | 5:48 pm

By Kara Robart | for Book Business As an intern here at NAPCO (the parent company of Book Business and Publishing Executive), I am constantly exposed to new, exciting things happening in the publishing industry. Two weeks ago, I wrote an article celebrating this year's kickoff of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In that article, I challenged all you publishers to one month of literary abandon in which you (yes, you!) could become authors yourselves. I wanted to take a minute to check in on your progress, and to share my own NaNoWriMo experience with you. That’s right, you are currently reading the words of another first-time WriMo. NaNoWriMo—in...

Why National Novel Writing Month is a waste of time and energy
November 3, 2010 | 11:01 am

images.jpegThat's the title of an article in Salon.com by author Laura Miller. I am not the first person to point out that "writing a lot of crap" doesn't sound like a particularly fruitful way to spend an entire month, even if it is November. And from rumblings in the Twitterverse, it's clear that NaNoWriMo winners frequently ignore official advice about the importance of revision; editors and agents are already flinching in anticipation of the slapdash manuscripts they'll shortly receive. "Submitting novels in Nov or Dec?" tweeted one, "Leave NaNoWriMo out of the cover letter ... or make it clear that it...