5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Submit Your NaNoWriMo Manuscript
The question remains: Is your story done?
Many agents cast a skeptical eye on what lands in the slush pile in December. Why? Because many writers finish NaNoWriMo and submit their "completed" novels.
Why You Shouldn't Submit in December
- You spent November vomiting up word count.
- You may have 50K words, but you don't have a finished novel. You have a partial first draft.
- You need to revise your work again and again and again.
- The story is not as good as you think it is (see # 1 & 2).
- Agents assume you're sending a NaNoWriMo first draft and take it less seriously.
For tips on editing your work, check out these earlier posts.
What You Should Submit in DecemberIt's ok to submit a manuscript in December as long as it's not this year's NaNoWriMo work. If you have something polished and complete, by all means submit it. In your query letter, add this phrase: This is not a NaNoWriMo manuscript.
You might have a chance to rise to the top of the slush pile with that one phrase.
Just for fun, if you're doing NaNoWriMo, tell us your word count in the comments of this post.