Every November an international phenomenon, spurred on by a love for human creativity, challenges thousands across the globe to try their hand at writing a novel. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) presents a somewhat untraditional, incredibly exciting, and definitely challenging approach to championing creative writing.
Before we get too far into what it takes to publish your NaNoWriMo book, let’s talk about what NaNoWriNo is and why you should participate.
What is NaNoWriMo?
Beginning November 1, people all across the world embark on a month-long journey to complete a 50,000-word novel by November 30.
That’s one month.
One masterpiece of creativity.
NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit movement that holds creative potential and its transformative powers in the highest regard. Through challenges like this and other programs, they help create a platform where an aspiring global community of writers can freely share their voice, find their creativity, and mold new worlds.
The challenge was first thrown down in 1999 and has seen an increase in worldwide involvement ever since. In 2015 alone, more than 431,000 people participated. From its inception over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been published, including nationally recognized books like Water for Elephants, The Night Circus, and The Darwin Elevator.
Why You Should Participate
Writing a 50,000-word novel in one month is a HUGE undertaking. But what the movement does for the world of books is immeasurable.
NaNoWriMo is an open invitation to reach for the heights of your creativity and discover what people around the world can accomplish when given the proper motivation coupled with their own determination. It’s not just about showing people they can build new worlds, but also helping to build a better world for books, literacy, and writing. So if you’re ready to commit, sign up and create your NaNoWriMo profile.
They say it takes a village. And when you publish your NaNoWriMo novel you become a part of a larger literate global village dedicated to helping you complete your novel. And once you’ve written it, IngramSpark is here to help.
How IngramSpark Can Help Publish Your NaNoWriMo Novel
First things first, you have to finish a book before you can print a book. And while we can’t write it for you, we can connect you with experienced people who can help ensure you produce the best possible version of your book.
Once you have a complete manuscript (congratulations!), there’s still a good amount of work to do. We highly suggest you look into getting your book edited and speak with a professional designer. Because let’s be honest, a lot of people do judge a book by its cover and they judge it by its number of typos too. We can point you to a wide range of experts who can make certain your book is ready to go, because once you’ve taken care of everything between writing and publishing, it’s time to think about what it takes to actually print a book.
Publishing your NaNoWriMo book is where we can help you the most. To make this as simple as possible, here are some of the core benefits you get when you publish with IngramSpark:
- Access to all the publishing tools and services enjoyed by big traditional publishers at indie author prices
- Your choice from a huge selection of book types, formats, and trim sizes, perfect for any and all genres—including e-books
- The ability to amaze readers with professional quality books in crisp black & white or vibrant color
- A direct connection to one of the world’s largest distribution networks reaching more than 39,000 booksellers and libraries and 70+ online retailers
And once your NaNoWriMo book is published, we can help you go even further.
- Download our free book marketing guide and book discoverability guide
- Increase your book’s visibility through Ingram’s extensive marketing channels from your account dashboard
- Gain access to even more experts adept in the art of book promotion
If you’ve always wanted to write a book, then now is the time to give it some serious thought. Sure, 50,000 words in 30-days is a big challenge, but just remember, there are hundreds of thousands of people across the world committed to the same month-long voyage. When you share your story, you’re doing more than building a new and exciting world of your own making, but also helping improve the real-life world of literature experienced by millions every day.
To demonstrate how commited we are to helping you see your NaNoWriMo book in print, we're offering a promo code that offers you free title setup December 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017. Create an IngramSpark account and enter promo code NANO2016 when you upload your completed NaNoWriMo book within the designated time frame!