Another cool NaNo perk

Pen and Paper

Pen and Paper (Photo credit: qisur)

Are you sick of hearing about NaNoWriMo yet?  Well, hold on.  I’ve got something interesting here that might make you perk up your ears.  I was perusing the NaNo site this evening (I know, I lead the most exciting life of anyone you know, right?)  and came across the list of things winners (meaning you complete your 50,000 words in 30 days.  Well, complete it and have it verified.) can walk away with.  Of course, the number one thing all winners receive is immense satisfaction in setting and achieving a goal.  And that’s nice…more than nice.  There’s tremendous satisfaction in a job well done.

But what caught my eye tonight was that all winners can have two copies of their completed book published by CreateSpace…free, just pay shipping.  It used to be five copies, but I’d imagine that becomes a tad expensive for the company giving them away, so two copies it is this year.  I still think that’s a pretty nifty reward.  Being able to hold a copy of your published book in your hands would be quite the thrill, don’t you think?

While reading the forums, I came across a question that does make me think I would want to do some research prior to going that route.  Would having your book printed by CreateSpace have any bearing on having it picked up by a publishing house in the future (whew, sounds like I’ve got big plans for this book, doesn’t it?).  Like I said, I would want to look into all of that before choosing to do it that way.  Luckily, they give you until June, 2014 to redeem your offer.  I would think that would be plenty of time for me to find the answers to any questions I have…oh yeah, and maybe do a little editing…that might come in handy too.

So what do you think?  Anybody have any advice for me about the publishing aspect?  Anybody want me to shut up about NaNo?  If you answered “yes” to that last question, my question to you would be, “Do you really know me?  Do you believe it would be possible for me to remain quiet about something I’m so excited about?”  Maybe you’ll just have to ignore me until the end of November.  I won’t hold it against you, I promise.  Or you could join in the fun and frenzy of NaNoWriMo!  Come on!  You know you want to.

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6 Responses

  1. I don’t know whether it would be an issue for a publisher with only two copies–but you never know. It may vary from one to another. I like to see your excitement at doing NaNoWriMo. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks, Patti. You’ve noticed how excited I get before (and during) every NaNo event…I’m not typically a person who shows her sense of excitement. I’m usually pretty mellow. But NaNo makes it impossible to keep it to myself. I’m just grateful I have so many understanding friends to share it with.

  2. I’ve just published my second book on createspace, and it doesn’t cost anything.
    Though I’ve never done nano, I can’t imagine even wanting a printed copy of something I cranked out with quantity as the goal. But then, I’m a plotter, and a compulsive editor. I’m intrigued by Nano as a great way to generate some possibly usable material, but I don’t think I’d survive. Congrats to all who do. Maybe someday, me too.

    • I think my NaNo writings are decent simply because it’s about a story that’s been running around in my mind for years. I know the characters well, they’ve had plenty of time to grow in my imagination as the story has evolved. Technically that may not really be what NaNo is about…but it works for me.

      And that’s not saying that my books are publishable as written for NaNo…no, no, no…much editing and revision needed, for sure. But it sure does get me motivated to write daily.

  3. There is no way in living hell that anyone can write a publishable book in 30 days. No way. NaNo is about getting your butt in front of the computer and doing it, not publishing it. Sure, it might be fun, but I sincerely hope CreateSpace lets you take time to revise and edit before you do that.

    I’m probably not going to do NaNo this year. My school project is taking up too much of my time. Which sucks, because I’d rather be writing.

    • Of course you’re right…you can’t write a great book and publish it in 30 days. CreateSpace gives you from the end of November, when you finish NaNo, to June of the following year to publish your book. Now if I can simply continue writing and editing during that time, I think I could have something ready to be published. Hey, I’m going to give it a whirl, why not?

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