From NaNoWriMo To 6-Figure Advance

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Erin Morgenstern’s novel, The Night Circus, will debut in September. Beginning as manuscript for National Novel Writing Month in 2005, and subsequently rejected by 30 agents, the novel has won a six-figure deal. The Wall Street Journal examines Morgenstern’s role in the “race to discover the next Harry Potter.” And Galleycat reflects on the lessons for writers in her story:

“Your National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) manuscript is only a first draft and needs months or years of editing before publication. Most importantly, don’t give up–keep trying to find an agent who loves your kind of story.”

(Via The Millions)


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →