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“Finally!” – Me

It’s Publication Day. There may be a point where all of this becomes a bit old hat – I wouldn’t mind if it became slightly more routine because I’ve done it often enough – but today, I’m jumping up and down excitedly. Surviving 30 Days of Literary Madness is now available for sale!

:: does happy dance ::

survivor-guide-3bI’ll confess this is not the book I thought I’d be celebrating my fist publication with, but that doesn’t make the excitement any less. It’s been a labor of love and I’m glad that it’s finally released into the world. If you’re a writer and you’re published, you understand the excitement that you can, at last, show your baby off to everyone. You’ll also understand the terror that people will point and say that it is ugly and you’ve dressed it funny.

 To those of you still writing, still waiting, still hoping, still dreaming, let me say that it’s worth chasing. Trust me on this one.

Surviving 30 Days of Literary Madness is a guide to help you through the exhilarating, terrifying, frustrating and exhausting waters of National Novel Writing Month. It’s not designed to give you a blueprint that you can follow to make certain you cross the finish line on November 30 with precisely 50,000 words. Instead, it offers advice and support for each step of the journey, with an essay for each day of November, Thanksgiving, and those moments when things are going well – or they’re going very badly. The book was born in the posts I make each day of November, expanding to include suggestions on preparations, word sprints, and coming back to earth in December. 

I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo a long time; this will be my 15th year participating. I find it a terribly useful experience and having that 1,667-word goal each day during the month has helped me increase my drafting speed over the years. But you can also find yourself stressed when things don’t go well and the world seems to conspire against you. I want to offer a helping hand and, when necessary, a bit of a kick in the rear to keep you going and make this year’s NaNo one of your most enjoyable.

You can find it as an ebook at the following retailers:

If you would like a print copy (and I’ll love you forever if you do), you can find those on Amazon as well.

No, this blog won’t turn into constant promotion. After all, there’s this year’s NaNoWriMo to get ready for. The site will allow us to begin creating our novel pages on Saturday, just two days away. The forums are already heating up, and if you check either the #NaNoWriMo or #NaNoWriMo hashtag on Twitter, you’ll see the excitement in the air. I’ll be doing a new set of quotes and essays in November, and if you’re interested in getting a quote in your inbox each morning to start your writing day off, sign up for my NaNoWriMo Quote list.

I have a book. :: does another happy dance ::