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Oh no! NaNo!

Posted Nov 21 2008 3:09pm

So the madness is spreading across the country and around the world. People (140,000 of them!!) have embarked on the adventure of a lifetime (sometimes for the second, fifth or even tenth time!) as they endeavour to create a novel of 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. National Novel Writing Month, in the first two days, has the participants collectively reporting the writing of 109,450,891 words.

Wow.

Only 3,500 of those are mine. But I’m on the way to a new novel too.

The NaNoWriMo people consider that you “win” their competition by completing the objective, i.e. 50,000 words in 30 days, whether your novel is complete at that stage or not. There’s no magic publishing contract, or a sum of money, or anything else except a beautiful certificate that you can display and the knowledge that you gave your personal best to succeed.

(Although Chris Baty managed to get the folks at CreateSpace to agree to give the 2007 winners a free proof copy of their book in paperback form…which is pretty fabulous in itself.)

For those of us who write over at the Red Room, we’ve now been offered a new incentive: one lucky NaNo winner will receive a three-hour manuscript review and one-hour book coaching call with Red Room Founder and CEO Ivory Madison. Red Room says, “The prize is “priceless” because Ivory no longer does book coaching. When she did, she would’ve charged at least $2,000″ for this work.

To join the Red Room and become eligible for this prize, go check out the contest.

Meanwhile, the office is moved, kids are all well, and I’ve got my other writing tasks complete. No more excuses–other than Election Day– so I’m back to writing. The world of Trek may never be the same! Come by and see my progress! Be patient over the next few days while the site catches up to the author load. You might be surprised to see who else is there!

   Tagged: author, Chris Baty, contest, Ivory Madison, NaNoWriMo, prize, publishing, Red Room, writer   
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