eSpotlight Extra - Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?

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November is National Novel Writing Month!

Have you been considering writing a novel?  Do you feel like you were destined to be a writer?  Good news!  National Novel Writing Month - better known as NaNoWriMo - is an annual event that supports future novelists from around the world.  Join the growing community -- we're here to give you a helping hand.

NaNoWriMo shield logoFirst Things First...

Find out more about NaNoWriMo at the official site. This is where you can sign up, keep track of your progress over the month, join a local group, commune with other writers, and much more.

Next, check out the NaNoWriMo social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, and Pinterest - there's something for every social media taste!  If you do post, make sure to tag us! We'd love to see how you're doing.

Need Help?

Take a peek at some of our book lists for Writers:

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If you're starting your novel this month, why not start writing in Pressbooks?

Pressbooks is a free, easy-to-use book production software where you can write or upload your own material, choose a professional theme, and export in a variety of formats including PDF, EPUB, and Mobi (Kindle), or even one of several XML formats. It's simple to get started and will give you a leg-up on completing your book.

All you need to get going with Pressbooks is a San Jose Public Library card. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Go to the SJPL eBooks-eMedia page and scroll down the page until you see BiblioBoard Library. Click on the link.
  2. Click on "Get Started Now" and create an account.
  3. Follow this link to Pressbooks and log in with your new BiblioBoard account...Start writing!

I've finished my novel, now what?

Traditional Publishing

Find out how to get an agent, an editor, or a publisher with Jeff Herman's Guide or check out the Market Series, Including The Writer's Market, The Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, and many more.

Jeff Herman's Guide to Book PublishersThe Market Books


Navigate the ins and outs of publishing without a traditional publishing house.

2015 Guide to Self-PublishingThe complete Guide to Self-Publishingthe Indie Author Guide

BiblioBoard and Library Journal's SELF-e Program

Once you've finished your book, you can choose to publish it on BiblioBoard so that others have a chance to read it. If you choose to publish on BiblioBoard, your book will be included in the Indie California curation. As part of this curation, it will be available to the card-holders of any California library that subscribes to BiblioBoard.

All you have to do to get your book on BiblioBoard is to submit it through the Library Journal SELF-e Program.  You can choose to add your book to Indie California.  In addition, your book will be read by reviewers at Library Journal -- an important reviewing journal in the library world.  Your book may even receive a review from Library Journal!  Check out the details of the program to find out more.

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Update us on your progress!

Comment on this blog or tag us on social media if you want to share how you're doing.  Not writing a novel this year?  Cheer on those who are!  Let's have some fun!

Got questions? We've got answers!

Feel free to contact us. We will happily answer any questions you have!

We're always open!

Don't forget! You can find help, tips, and links to other resources on our Online Resources pages — available 24/7.

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