3 Things Self-Publishing Authors Get for “Winning” NaNoWriMo

Every year in November, a writing challenge is issued for potential novelists around the globe. This challenge is called National Novel Writing Month. Participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is the ultimate writing gauntlet that forces potential authors to push through procrastination, laziness, and lack of enthusiasm to birth a novel that is 50,000 words or more. Authors who take on this challenge are often faced with battling later nights and earlier mornings than usual. The great news is that it’s all to reach an amazing goal – a full novel written in one month!

For some of us (myself included). it’s hard to find the time to start. After all, how do you convince yourself to sit down and tackle a full 50,000 words in a month (1,667 words per day)? It requires sitting still. It requires focus. Most of all, it requires a desire to do something new and different.

So, why bother starting? Well, you’re a writer, and you’ve got a lot of words left in you! More importantly – how do you stay focused? You have to think about the end goal – winning!

What do you get when you win NaNoWriMo?

  1. First Class Bragging Rights – Finishing a book is a big deal. Not everyone can remain dedicated and “crank out” a book in only 30 short days.
  2. Ability to Engage in Self-Publishing Your Work – Writing your novel during NaNoWriMo gets you on the fast track to self-publishing your work and holding the title of “published author.”
  3. Feelings of Pride – Imagine how proud you will be once you’ve finished writing your novel and can move on to publish it, share it with friends/family, or keep it as a “trophy” and evidence of your success.

Outskirts Press Vice President, Kelly Schuknecht, who is participating in this year’s month-long event explains her tactic for staying ahead on her NaNoWriMo Day 19 check in: “…I now have 33,138 words on ‘paper’! My novel is almost 2/3 complete and I have made it my goal to always stay slightly ahead of the daily goal to give myself some room in case I get behind over the Thanksgiving holiday. Now there are 12 more days and I have 16,862 more words to go! I can do this!”

There it is in plain words – participation is possible. Setting a goal and achieving it is possible. All that it requires is a positive buy-in on your part. You have to make the first move. You have to take the first step.

Even if you aren’t sure about where you will end up during NaNoWriMo this year, let us know where you are in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you (and cheer you on!).

Are you thinking about self-publishing the book you’re writing for NaNoWriMo? Let’s talk…

New Co-op Ad Helps Self-Publishing Authors Reach 30,000 Readers of Boston Review

Outskirts Press has recently introduced a new marketing option that allows authors to reach the growing intellectual market of 30,000 Boston Review readers with a full-color ad for their books at an affordable rate.

Boston Review MagazineBoston Review is a prestigious magazine that describes itself as “committed to public reason and literary imagination.” It is a magazine of ideas and it covers a lot of ground — book reviews, poetry, fiction, film, criticism and politics — with five important premises tying it all together editorially: Democracy depends on public discussion; Sometimes understanding means going deep; Vast inequalities are unjust; The human imagination breaks free from neat political categories; Powerful images are worth more than piles of words.

By putting politics and poetry on the same page, Boston Review anticipates a world that is at once more democratic and more imaginative than our own. They take their designation as a magazine of political, cultural, and literary ideas seriously, and the intellectual range of their audience distinguishes them from any political journal or literary quarterly. So too does their seriousness of purpose set them apart from other general-interest magazines. They therefore offer the perfect audience for authors of thoughtful new fiction and nonfiction books.

“For our authors to be able to reach this influential audience with a full-color ad for such a minimal cost gives us great pleasure,” said Outskirts Press Director of Author Support Kelly Schuknecht, “because we can now provide our authors with one more important venue through which they can promote their books and help increase their sales.”

With this co-op marketing option each full-color ad for an author’s book in Boston Review occupies a 2” by 2.5” space that includes a full color image of the book’s cover, an abbreviated synopsis, the ISBN, its retail price and all necessary retail and wholesale ordering information. The full page ad includes eleven other Outskirts Press titles.

Boston Review is published six times a year and reservations for Outskirts Press co-op ads are taken on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to reserve your space now, visit http://goo.gl/uwKot.

About Outskirts Press: Outskirts Press offers high-quality, full-service self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their profits, and 100% of the creative control. www.outskirtspress.com.

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