To encourage more writers to complete National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo), Inkitt are launching a program whereby writers take their ‘pledge’, which is like an acknowledgement by you that by entering the program it’s more likely you will finish your manuscript and that your first draft isn’t going to be perfect – such issues can be fixed at a later stage …
The program includes motivational tips from industry professional writers such as Andy Weir, Lauren Kate, and Gayle Forman. It helps you with getting feedback because they can match you with a writing buddy in a writing community, and there are special tools such as live chat and a public ranking to see how you compare with other writers. Useful, eh? Another valuable tool will likely be the reader demographics, which shows you who your readers are and may help you target them.
Is there an end goal?
For every one of you who completes the program, which I assume means 50,000 words in a month, you may write a one-paragraph pitch for entry into a Winners List. I’m assuming this is just for author publicity and not necessarily publication by Inkitt, but it looks like you’ll cross that bridge when you get there.
The press release
‘Inkitt launches a free program to help you turn your idea into a novel within 30 days
Have you ever thought about writing a novel? There are millions of people in the world who have ideas floating around in their heads that they want to write down but never find the time.
Inkitt, the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, will be launching their first ‘Writers Write Program’ on November 1st to help you turn your idea into an original novel. The 30-day program is completely free and filled with special benefits such as:
Free, 30 min private sessions with professional writing coaches (including the editor of The Martian)
Events and tips with bestselling authors like Andy Weir, Lauren Kate, and Gayle Forman
A variety of community features such as the choice to get a writing buddy who you can exchange manuscript feedback with
“Our intention is to enlarge the writing community by encouraging more people to become writers,” said CEO of Inkitt, Ali Albazaz. “The program is completely free so for us this isn’t about making money; it’s about encouraging talented and committed writers to keep going and finish what they started.”
If you are serious about taking on the challenge or want to finish (or start!) a manuscript then make sure to get your spot in the program now. There is less than a week left before it starts.’