Finished your novel for NaNo, now what?

Each November, thousands of people around the world take part in National Novel Writing Month, where they write a 50,000-word novel over the span of the month. Yet many people have no idea what to do with the novel once they reach the end. The last thing they should be doing is closing the program, walking away, and not seeing it through to the next step in the publishing process. The hardest part is already done, now it’s just a matter of what comes next.

“Once you have the 50,000 words done, you have done so much work on the novel that it makes no sense at all to not see it through to publication,” explains Annalisa Parent, writing coach and award winning author. “That’s where I come in. I have worked with many people to help them polish their novel and get it ready for the next level. I also help writers to work through so many fears that come up: Fear of being seen, fear of not being seen, fear of success, fear of failure–the list goes on and on. The point is: addressing these fears is often a big part of what is missing in the process, and what holds writers back.”

As a writing coach, Parent is able to help writers to embrace their style, and turn their ideas into a publishable piece. She also helps people to understand the publishing process and how to help reach your target market so that your book sells once it has been published. Additional things that a writing coach can help you with include:

  • Confidence. Many authors pen their story, but they lack the confidence to take it to the next level. They fear rejection and end up sabotaging their work efforts. When you work with a writing coach, they are able to help hone in on your strengths and guide you toward being more confident in your work.
  • Answers questions. Anyone who has ever written a novel is filled with questions. Do they send the book to a publisher? Do they pay someone to proofread it? How do they know if their writing is good enough? Without the answers to those questions, people can become overwhelmed and give up trying to get their book published. A writing coach will guide you through the process, answering all of your questions along the way.
  • Setting and reaching goals. The goal of the first draft may be behind you, but now there are other things that need to be done with it. A writing coach can help you set the goals, become organized, and manage a timeline to complete them.
  • Develop your story. Usually the first story is just the beginning. In order to get publishers interested in your book, you may need to develop your plot, work on your tone and style, or enhance your narrative. A writing coach will be able to see what needs to be done and will guide you toward the finish line.
  • Help. Most people who write a novel, unless they are well-published, will need some help once they finish. Getting the help you need may make the difference in whether or not the book gets lost in your computer, never to be published, or becomes a bestseller.

“There’s something inside of you that has led you to writing a book during NaNo. You completed writing a novel within a month, which is feat in itself,” adds Parent. “Now, I can help you take that novel and turn it into something that is ready to be published and I can help you find your readers.”

Parent has coached hundreds of writers and has taught over 100 writing courses around the world. She works with fiction authors, as well as entrepreneurs seeking to write their expert book. Her book Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise Your Novel without an Outline won the CIPA EVVY Silver Award in Best Business Books, and earned a merit award in the Humor category. She has been a featured speaker on writing-related topics across the globe, and she has been a guest on a variety of television, radio, and podcast shows, sharing her secrets for how to write, publish, and sell your book.

Parent is also currently offering a 2019 Writing Gym in England Retreat. To learn more about the retreat, visit the website at: For more information about Annalisa Parent, her book, and her coaching services, visit her site at: For more information on how to become a published author, download her free e-book TheSix Secrets to go from Struggling Writer to Published Author here:

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