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When You’ve Finished Your Novel: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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It’s a wrap on NaNoWriMo 2017, and I hope those of you who took part enjoyed the experience, regardless of how many words you wrote in the end. 50,000 words is no small feat, least of all in just a month. I’ve been writing novels for years and I’ve still never managed to maintain such a pace. So be proud of whatever amount you got done. It’s still more than you would’ve written, had you not been taking part.

In the heady excitement of writing, we rarely stop to think about what comes after the book is written. Do we send it off to publishers? Hire an editor? Leave it in a drawer for a month or two? Or just take a break and clear our heads?

I’ve got some helpful advice for you, on what comes next:

1: What to do After You Write a Book – We start with The Write Practice, and 5 Dos and Do Nots for just after having finished your book.

2: What Happens After the First Draft? – After you’ve let things sit for a while and got the distance you need to get to work again, here’s what you can expect to have to tackle in order to get your book ready for publication, and beyond.

3: 7 Things to do After Finishing Your Book – With your book ready to be presented to the world, you now need to look at how you’re going to promote it and reach your audience.

4: I’ve Written a Book, Now What? – Lastly, here’s a list of 22 steps you can take to get your book published.

That’s all for this week. Good luck!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten. Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2. Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt Twitter: @PAShortt.
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