What a fantastic response! The AuthorHouse NaNoWriMo Challenge Team is already 44 writers strong. We have published authors, writers planning to publish their first book and NaNoWriMo veterans amongst our ranks.
A number of valid questions have already been raised by the team, so let’s address these straight off.
- “Win lose or draw, do I have to publish? When? Under what obligation? Do I have to sign a contract up front? What’s the catch?”
The first point to clarify is that National Novel Writing Month is NOT an AuthorHouse event. It is run by “a tiny but mighty nonprofit called the Office of Letters and Light.” Meet the hardworking NaNoWriMo organizers here.
AuthorHouse does not collect or submit your work or determine whether you have or have not succeeded. This is all done online via the NaNoWriMo official website. The AuthorHouse NaNoWriMo Challenge Team has been set up purely as a support group where participants help and encourage each other towards the goal of 50,000 words within the 30 days of November.
There is absolutely no obligation on your part to publish and the only agreements you have are with the NaNoWriMo organizers.
- “Is it a contest for rewards, or we publish and pay for our book and what price.”
Once again, you are under no obligation to publish your books. There is no entry fee and the main prize is the satisfaction of success. Here are the rewards as stated on the official How NaNoWriMo Works Page:
“9.25) If you write 50,000 words of fiction by midnight, local time, November 30th, you can upload your novel for official verification, and be added to our hallowed Winner’s Page and receive a handsome winner’s certificate and web badge. We’ll post step-by-step instructions on how to scramble and upload your novel starting in mid-November.
“9.3333) Reward yourself copiously for embarking on this outrageously creative adventure.”
- “Could you please let me know if there is any specific topic to write on or we can choose our own.”
You choose your own story to write. The only rule is that it needs to be fiction.
- “Where do I start with the outline process?”
Step 1: Everyone please make sure you sign up for your own NaNoWriMo account here.
We leave you with some words of experience from the NaNoWriMo veterans among us:
“My secret was to have my setting and characters already worked up in advance of the start of the month and the start of the writing. It helps to know where a story is going!”
Alan Bradbury, 9 published books, Amazon.com worst-selling author
“It is fun even if you do not make it you still have some words written to your credit, come and join us any one who has that passion to write.”
“DO NOT EDIT AS YOU GO ALONG. I know I’m shouting but that is the biggest mistake that tyro NaNoers make. Remember it is the word-count that counts. Polishing the novel can come later, there is even a NaNoEdMo.”
Dr. Clive Sims
We will be back soon with our first NaNoWriMo preparation tips.