Letters to My Editor: The End is Near

November 30, 2015

Welcome back to Letters to My Editor, a series of blog posts hashing out the relationship between an author and editor. In this case, my editor, Kate Homan, is my pen pal, and you can catch her latest letter to me at her blog, Long Story Short.

Letters to My EditorDear Kate,

I’d hate to throw a monkey wrench into our conversation, but time is of the essence.  Have you noticed what day it is?  Does this date ring any solemn tones in your history?

Yes, Kate, I am speaking of the final push to finish that dreaded NaNoWriMo manuscript!

I am sure there are many writers bent over keyboards, hiding in coffee shops, racing through sticky notes of plot points to get to the end of a beautiful manuscript.

But what happens after?

Writing a book is no easy task, Kate, and the manuscript created during NaNoWriMo should be exalted.  But let’s get practical.  A 50,000 word manuscript hurriedly rushed off with a staggering deadline looming over one’s work cannot be ready for print.

What do you suggest for our NaNoWriMo survivors?



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