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What are the next steps for your novel?

We’re in the final stretch of NaNoWriMo! Congratulations for sticking with it this far! Writing a 50,000-word novel in one month is no easy feat, so give yourself a pat on the back!

At this point you may be wondering how to wrap up your novel and what the next steps look like. We’ll give you some options so you can keep your novel going past NaNoWriMo.

Don’t worry about the word count

Even though the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000-word novel, you may find you’re not close to finishing as the end of the month approaches. That’s okay! If you need to go over the 50,000-word goal, then do so. 50,000 words marks the minimum word count of a standard novel, so if you feel there’s more to your story, keep writing!


Now that you have a completed rough draft, you can enter the editing stage. This may start with a read through to amend any obvious typos and mistakes. This can also be the time to expand on any scenes you feel could use more work or tighten up any plot points. Now that you’re not in a mad dash to meet your word count each day, you can take your time going through your rough draft and improving upon it. Writing the rough draft is like creating a lump of clay for molding. Now you can finesse it into its desired shape.

You may also hire a professional editor if you want to pursue making your novel publish-ready. Light of the Moon, Inc. is a self-publishing company in Carbondale, CO that offers publishing packages designed to fit the needs of the author, whether you’re just looking to get your book into print or want to go the whole nine yards with editing, formatting and even marketing. Henley Ink is another business that offers editing services ranging from book coaching to developmental and copy edits.


Light of the Moon, Inc. is offering a special NaNoWriMo publishing package for only $500! The package includes professional editing, layout and design, and five printed copies of your book! Make sure to sign up before November 30!

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