National Novel Writing Month is now a very well known event with thousands of writers pledging to pound out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. A question that often arises is: “Are any of those novels ever published?”
I doubt whether many first drafts have found their way to publishing. But now, at least as to Los Angeles NaNoWriMo participants, there is a list of novels first penned during the event that, after editing and revision, found their way to being published, including Heartbreak Cake by Cindy Arora, Cyberbully Blues by Rubin Johnson, and Hearts in Ruin by J. C. Conway.
The entire list is posted on Goodreads by the Los Angeles NaNoWriMo coordinators, and can be found at THIS LINK. The list includes books published by LA WriMos (and other LA Region WriMo followers outside of La La Land). It is probably not complete (relying on notification from the authors), but gives a good idea of the number of novels arising from the event.
The lost also includes the NaNoWriMo anthology Believe Me Not, An Unreliable Anthology, Brought to you by Sara McBride and a cool cast of Associate Editors. It is the first NaNo Los Angeles Anthology–46 stories, 12 from young writers age 10-17, and all from NaNoWriMo participants. With instant short story classics like Guilt Monkey and Mr. Mungo’s Shop of Oddities (filled with NaNo icons galore), this anthology is a WriMo reading experience. 100% of the proceeds are to benefit NaNoWriMo, its Young Writer’s Program, and help make possible all the wonderful NaNo events held in the Los Angeles area.
The second NaNoLosAngeles anthology is open for submissions, which are due April 6th. Lemur Publishing invites all LA WriMos, Honolulu WriMos (our 2015 Sister City), and anyone who subscribes to either region, regardless of where they live, to submit short stories for the 2015 anthology. This year the theme is TIME. This can mean the following or many other things:
-A ticking clock
-A magical moment in time
-The passing of time
-Flashbacks & flash forwards
TIME should be a central element, either thematically or structurally to the story. The prompt is that the story must contain an Oops moment—A mistake must be made. Also, if you can organically use a NaNo Icon – you get bonus points from the judges. For information on NaNo Icons – please see the descriptions at Lemur-Publishing.com/hunting-nano-icons-like-a-stealthy-ninja.
Due Date: April 6, 2015
Submit to: LemurPublishing@gmail.com (Ref: Anthology 2015 submission)
-4000 words or less. (Flash fiction is also great.)
-Something approximating standard manuscript format and sent as .doc (not .docx), .rtf, or plain-text attachments.
-Please do not copy/paste your entire story in the email.
-Grammar questions – Check the Chicago Manual of Style (free trial) or do a search on Grammar Girl.
-Please spell check and proof your story before you submit.
-Proofread–have a friend read your story before submission.
-Each submission will be personally confirmed.
Remember, TIME and an OOOPS!