I just self-published by first book, Never Coming Back, on Amazon.com and the timing couldn’t be better. I wrote most of it during NaNoWriMo 2010 (National Novel Writing Month). The main idea is to write 50,000 words during the month of November, which amounts to about 1,667 words or so per day.
Yes, I am aware that you can write every day, every month. All of us who sign up for NaNoWriMo are aware of that little fact. Somehow, this is different. Knowing that so many other authors are making a commitment to write every day is motivating to us.
No, I didn’t hit the 50,000 word mark in 2010, though my first book is over 65,000 words. So, what happened? Well, after writing every day for an entire month, I had to get my friends and family back. And proofread. And edit. And write some more.
NaNoWriMo 2011 saw me working on the sequel to Never Coming Back. I didn’t finish it then, because at the time I was too disappointed by yet another rejection slip from a publisher. I determined that the original version of Never Coming Back was too short, and knew I needed to add more. I even considered combining the two, and started to do just that, but decided against it. I went back to the drawing board and added more to the original.
I am so glad I did. Adding more description and more thoughts from the main character really rounded it out nicely. Now I am proud enough to self-publish on Amazon. I am so glad I did! I don’t know what kind of sales I will get, but I am now a published author. Every time someone buys my book, I will make a couple of bucks. Not enough to quit my day job, but enough to give me motivation to keep working on the second, and then the third, and so on…
As long as someone likes what I am writing, I will keep doing it. And that is what NaNoWriMo is all about for me. This year, I will finish my sequel, and next year I will work on the third, or maybe even the fourth in the series. Self-publishing my book is great motivation, as is NaNoWriMo, and I hope to ride that sail right through November.
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