Would you sponsor my #NaNoWriMo novel?

by Doc Coleman on November 28, 2011 · 2 comments

in NaNoWriMo

Ok. I know this is doing things sort of backwards. Very much so like trying to get sponsors AFTER one has won the race instead of before. But I’m hoping that this will actually work. Here’s why.

If you’ve been reading this blog at all this month, you know that I’ve been engaged in National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo. While this has proven to be an excellent exercise for me in managing my time and keeping my writing production up, it could mean more still. NaNoWriMo is put on every year by NaNoWriMo’s parent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Office of Letters and Light, to raise funds to pay for the Young Writers Program and adult main programs throughout the rest of the year. A lot of the money raised comes from donations from the NaNoWriMo participants, but some of us have had better years than others. This past year has been a tight one for me, so I am asking folks to help me out by sponsoring my novel. If you’d like to sponsor me, just visit my sponsorship page and make a donation. If you’re not sure yet, read on…Your donations to the Office of Letters and Light help them bring free creative writing programs for kids and adults in over 500 cities and towns, 3,000 classrooms, and 200 libraries every year.

In the NaNoWriMo main program, your donation gives aspiring writers…

  • Membership to a community-based website, including an individual writer profile where participants can track their writerly progress (and that of their friends!), post novel excerpts, and exchange NaNoMail messages with other writers.
  • Access to the NaNoWriMo forums, where participants can swap advice and guidance about genre, plot, character, technology, rewriting, and reaching the 50K goal-line.
  • An invitation to join one of the more than 500 Municipal Liaison-led NaNoWriMo writing chapters at kick-off events, write-ins, and end-of-month parties. At these events, participants receive free stickers and other motivational novel-writing goodies sent from NaNoWriMo headquarters.
  • A place to write! Look for “Come Write In!” stickers at your local library. Using resources created with your donations, libraries around the world are transforming their spaces into November noveling zones.
  • Weekly pep talks and other encouragement from staff, Municipal Liaisons, and beloved authors.
  • Winner certificates and web badges for triumphant victors.
  • Post-event advice on revision, and other ideas on taking a manuscript to the next level.

The same donation also gives participants in the Young Writers Program…

  • Free profile/membership to an award-winning and community-based website specifically designed to appeal to and inspire young writers and educators: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org
  • Access to site forums and NaNoMail, which enable students to communicate about books, writing, and reading with other young authors worldwide.
  • Pep talks from staff and Young Adult authors that excite and inspire participants.
  • Writing incentives such as participant badges for posting on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, and—at the end of each challenge—winner badges and certificates for every child and teen who meets their word-count goal.
  • Free and exciting writerly tools, including three tracks of workbooks designed specifically for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. These workbooks teach all elements of novel-writing in a fun but effective manner and have become so popular that many adults use them too!
  • Post-event advice for young authors with revision overviews and information about youth writing contests, creative writing centers, and other online creative writing events.

Finally, your donation gives teachers and educators who are leading NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program classrooms…

  • Eight weeks of exciting creative writing curriculum that has been mapped to Common Core Language Arts standards.
  • A Virtual Classroom on the YWP website, where teachers can more easily inspire students and track their writerly progress.
  • Access to special educator-only forums where teachers can exchange encouragement, advice, and lesson plans before, during, and after each event.
  • Helpful “how-to’s” on hosting a successful month-long, deadline-driven writing event in a classroom from beginning to end. This advice has been complied from educators who have facilitated our events in their own classrooms and not only lived to tell about it, but keep coming back for more!
  • NaNoWriMo kits for their students that include posters and progress charts with buttons and stickers. More than 3,000 of these kits will be mailed out in 2011.
  • An opportunity to participate in our AlphaSmart NEO Loaner Program. For each event, we lend up to 100 NEOS to participating classrooms in need of word processors. This is done completely free of charge, including shipping.
  • Teacher-only lesson plans that expand upon concepts taught to students in the Young Writer workbooks.

But you’ll also be doing something else that is special and very personal. By sponsoring my novel, you’ll be telling one writer, me, that you believe in my work and that you want to see me continue with my writing and storytelling, and someday aspire to be a published author. Please give your support.

Thank you.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 R. Taylor November 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I’ve already made the donation I can right now, but I definitely believe in your work and want to see you continue. Please do!


2 Doc Coleman November 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Thanks for the vote of support. I realize that not everyone will be able to afford to donate this year. Heck, I wouldn’t be asking for donations if I could afford to donate, myself.



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