NaNoWriMo News


The Book Doctors

Arielle Eckstut is a literary agent and an entrepreneur, and David Henry Sterry is the author of 12 books on a variety of subjects. David is also Arielle’s husband. They are The Book Doctors who are committed to helping writers get published. The extensive list of services they offer includes anything from reviewing manuscripts to helping aspiring authors create a social media plan. All for a fee, of course.

For the past two years, I had the pleasure of attending their wildly popular Pitchapalooza at the James River Writers Conference here in Richmond. Not only are they entertaining, feeding off of one another like only a happily married couple can do, they are also experts in their field. In their words, “Pitchapalooza is the American Idol for books.” All contestants have one minute to pitch their books to Arielle and David, who are considerate and encouraging in offering their feedback. The winner receives an introduction to a literary agent in their field, but the reality is, everyone in the audience wins valuable insight on the process of pitching your novel.

The Book Doctors offered NaNoWriMo the opportunity to participate in an online Pitchapalooza. They have selected 25 pitches at random from the ones they received and have posted their critiques of these pitches on The Book Doctors website, giving the Internet audience the opportunity to cast their vote for the one they like best. Be sure to check it out.

Other NaNoWriMo News

Earlier this week, I received the e-mail below

Dear Novelist,

We want to invite you to a writing retreat—a serene, supportive place you don’t have to move a muscle to get to… Okay, well, maybe your link-clicking muscle:

Camp NaNoWriMo, now in April and July 2013!

We just reopened the gate for next month’s session, and whether you’re a canoe kingpin or tenting tenderfoot, we’ve got a few new things to show you:

Flexible word-count goals. Your choice, from 10,000 to 999,999.

Rebel- and script-friendliness. Write a memoir, blog series, frenzied script, or anything your creative heart desires.

More cabin options. Choose cabin mates based on age, genre, word-count goal, and desired activity level.

Brand-new Camp merchandise and donation levels. Because what is a camp without a few awesome keepsakes?

Visit to learn more and get settled. Your NaNoWriMo login will work just fine there, as well. (I told you this place was serene.)

See you there,

Chris Angotti
Director of Programs


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