NaNoWriMo Special

$1,000 Special. Limited Slots. Must Sign up before November 30.

It’s National Novel Writing Month!

And I want to help you stay accountable to your writing goals and get your novel one step closer to publication in 2018. After all, stories are meant to be shared, and every single one of our stories is unique and worthy of being told.

I firmly believe in the power of books to change lives, even to save lives. As a child, like Bastian in The Neverending Story (though maybe a smidge less literally), books were a complete escape and refuge from my own not-so-awesome reality. Books remind us that we are not alone. They can give us hope.

So how serious are you about this year’s NaNo project? About writing a novel of 50K words or more this November? Serious enough to put down a deposit on having your finished product edited by one of the best in 2018?

You’re going to spend all of November writing this manuscript, and then what?

As seasoned writers know, the best thing to do when you finish writing a first draft is to walk away for a while. Put the novel out of your head completely.

Go enjoy the holidays. Then come back fresh in January to work on your revisions. Time away gives you the distance and perspective necessary to more critically evaluate your own work. At this point it can also be really helpful (to you and to me!) to start putting together a simple style sheet (I can send you a template) to help ensure consistency in things like names, places, descriptions, and timelines.

Once you’ve revised to the best of your own ability, that’s when it’s time to hand it over to an editor.

With that process in mind, I’m opening up a limited number of slots in 2018 to NaNo participants. Are you ready to invest in yourself and your writing today?

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Sign a contract and pay a deposit ($300) in the month of November to lock in your spot. It’s an extra kick in the pants to make sure you’re a NaNo winner this year, and it guarantees a slot in my calendar next year for your manuscript—at a one-time, mega-savings flat rate of $1,000 (terms and conditions apply; see below)!

Step 2: Write your novel!

Step 3: Let it sit.

Step 4: As you get into revisions in January, determine when your draft will be ready for professional review and set a deadline for getting it to me. Reach out to schedule your editing pass no later than January 31, 2018.

Step 5: On the scheduled date (no later than December 1, 2018), send me your manuscript and I will work my magic.

It’s that simple!

Ready to grab your slot? Email alissa@redpenforrent.com now!

Alissa McGowan

Editrix + Alchemist

Terms & Conditions:

  • Open to any manuscript up to 80K words (it does not have to be a NaNo project!).
  • Deposit ($300) and contract required by November 30, 2017.
  • Remaining balance due on or before final delivery.
  • Must contact Alissa to book your editing slot no later than January 31, 2018. One slot available per month, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Editing must be booked for the 2018 calendar year.
  • One editing pass only.
  • Limit one per customer.

The investment? Just a flat $1,000!

That’s an insane savings off my usual rates of 6¢+/word, because I want to do something special for those of you crazy enough to commit to this month in the trenches!