November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Individuals who participate in NaNoWriMo write a 50,000-word novel (175-page) from scratch in one month’s time. That’s quite a hefty challenge.

Yet, for the past three years, over 100,000 people have participated in NaNoWriMo.  Of course, not everyone who participates actually finishes. Last year, out of 167,150 participants, only 32,178 wrote a complete 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

Whether a participant makes it or not, participating in NaNoWriMo can certainly give authors and aspiring authors the motivation to begin that novel project that you have been putting off for awhile.

If you are an author who has been itching to write a new novel, consider taking the NaNoWriMo challenge. Not only will it help you start writing your novel, participating in NaNoWriMo gives you a great way to market your soon-to-be novel.

Start by announcing that you are taking the NaNoWriMo challenge. You can announce this on your blog, your social networking sites, your own website, and even in a press release. Then, post your progress on your blog or website and social networking sites during November. Encourage your online readers and friends to critique various parts of the novel you write over the course of the month. These written pieces can be a teaser to interest people in reading the final product.

When you have a completed project, you can make a new announcement to your fans and inform them where they can purchase the book. Don’t forget to thank them for any support they give you over the course of your NaNoWriMo writing journey.

If you are not an established author and don’t have a blog or website, Smashwords has opened up their platform to allow all NaNoWriMo participants to publish, share, track and promote their works-in-progress. You can use the Smashwords platform to generate interest for the novel you are writing. Then, at the end of November, you can upload your completed novel and sell it on Smashwords.

To learn more about how NaNoWriMo works, or to sign up as a participant, visit the NaNoWriMo website.

I would love to hear if you are taking the NaNoWriMo challenge. Leave a comment here about your project and be sure to include where readers can track your progress this month.

Bountiful writing wishes to you!