July 24, 2013
As you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days, and it’s almost too much fun. And afterwards, you have a huge pile of words to work with.
What you may not know is that there are fabulous prizes for meeting that goal. First, of course, are the terrific bragging rights of actually writing a novel-length document, if not an actual coherent novel. There are web badges to help with the bragging and t-shirts. There are also discounts on programs like Dragon, Scrivener, and Tinderbox.
In my opinion, the best prize of all (aside from the bragging rights, of course) is a deal with CreateSpace that allows you to get a copy of your book formatted and bound professionally. You have from the end of November to the end of June to get the story into shape and upload it to the site. If you’re feeling really brave, you can publish it on in the CreateSpace store and through Amazon.com. There are other channels for publishing, including eBook options.
I didn’t go the publishing route myself, but I have five copies of my NANOWRIMO novel and the incredible satisfaction of seeing my word in a real, live book. Now if I could just get the courage up to show it to somebody . . .
North Oak Branch