NaNoWriMo Done — What Now?
I wrote a book during NaNoWriMo. It ended up 52,746 words which won the competition of 50,000 words at the end of November 2023. That was my impetus. That got me off of my butt and doing something bigger than what I normally do which are the articles I write on the Medium platform. I’ve actually written a total of 5 books through the years during the NaNoWriMo competitions. Does anybody see them out there for sale?
I propose to remedy that. Soon, I hope. The competitions are fierce writing wind sprints. The first ones are the most difficult until you begin to develop a writer’s stamina. I didn’t know I had it until I knew I had it.
I have heard advice from many people recommending that after a huge, concerted run at a book writing project you leave it alone for six months and then coming back to it to finish it up. I have tried that. Several times. The problem with that for me is that I won’t just drop it for six months, I will drop it forever. Back in the day, there are a few projects I started that really did not deserve to be picked up again, but damn it! I want to change that.
My proposal, to myself is that I continue with the book I started during last month’s NaNoWriMo event and work on it until it is done. Now. I need to add about 10,000 words which is actually more difficult when you are talking about editing, re-writing and proofing the book. But I believe that not allowing this fresh book in my head to go to sleep for a long Rumpelstiltskian winter sleep is going to be better. I might actually finish up the book and then move into the murky waters of publishing.
I am through finding an agent or a publisher. I did that with my first book 40 years ago. I don’t plan on doing it again. Rejected seven times over the course of 18 months. I cannot take that again. So, an indie writer. A self-publisher. Of course, truth be told, that book sucked. Still, it was my first.
To that end, I need beta readers according to the advice I’ve been getting. I need folks willing to read my books and then, once they are on sale at Amazon and I get my “freebie days”. Supposedily, Amazon gives new writers a total of five days where they can offer their books for free. I don’t make any…