National Novel Writing Month is a now famous (or infamous) event with writers. Thousands of writers pledge to draft a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. The question that raises is: “Do these novels get published?”
The answer (after substantial revisions and edits I presume, in most cases) is “yes.” And 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:
Seven Weeks to Forever (A Love Story) by Jennifer Farwell
Cassidy Jordan knows she’ll die a few weeks after her eighteenth birthday, and she can’t wait. This is her second time here, and she knows what’s waiting for her in The Life-After — the place most mistakenly call “the afterlife.” Getting back there is supposed to be easy: she just has to find nineteen-year-old Riley Davis and help him get his life on track. By the time she finds him, though, she has only seven weeks to help him. Riley will die too young if she fails, and she’ll never see The Life-After or this life again.
But no one told her helping Riley would mean dating him; she hasn’t dated anyone since the love of her first life caused her death the last time she turned eighteen. When Cassidy realizes she’s falling for Riley, she’s faced with a choice: give him the life he’s meant for and leave when it’s time, or give up eternity for the true love she’s never had, knowing Riley will die the same way she did in her first life and that her entire existence could end at any time.
Andrea had one goal in life, a quiet career as a mainstream archaeologist—nothing more nothing less—and she’s one ancient secret away. When she is teamed with maverick prodigy Daniel Fuchs at his controversial pre-Clovis dig on tribal land, she soon realizes his wild theories may sidetrack her career. Her smartest move is to expose him and that is exactly what she plans to do. Except…he’s hot, sexy, and there is a chance his theories may be right.
As the dig deepens and outside forces mount, Andrea and Daniel find their careers and their shaky relationship on the brink of ruin. Who can she trust? To survive professionally and emotionally, Andrea must decide between what is expected and what she believes, because time is running out and the developers’ bulldozers are poised to level the site.
Delve into the mystery and excitement of an archaeological dig in the New Mexico desert and experience the drive, determination, and passion surrounding the quest to unlock the Paleolithic past in this contemporary, romantic suspense. Hearts In Ruin…no shovel required to join this adventure to discover an ancient truth!
Heartbreak Cake by Cindy Arora
Business is sweet for pastry chef Indira Aguilar. Her indie bakery, Cake Pan, is fast becoming the talk of the wedding circuit for its unique take on cakes and homespun creations for the modern bride, garnering national recognition and drawing in celebrity clients. But while her professional life is blossoming, her personal life is crumbling. Indira may have a talent for blending buttercream into bliss, but when it comes to relationships, she’s got a lot to learn. Considering that the love of her life, Josh Oliver, is not only married, but also runs the award-winning pastry department of her fiercest competition, Crystal Cove Resort, Indira puts much more at stake than just her heart when she ends her affair with him. Rumors begin to fly as the small seaside community of Long Beach learns of her secret relationship, and Indira must defend not only her actions, but her wedding business and her reputation while trying to maneuver the choppy heartbreak waters of starting over, finding new love, and facing her past. With the support of friends and family, a fondness for butter, and a determined spirit, Indira may just bake her way back to happiness and possibly into the heart of Crystal Cove’s dishy new chef, Noah. But one thing is certain. Where there’s heartbreak, there must be cake.
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 list 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.
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). Submissions guidelines:
-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.