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Learn how to write and publish your novel in six months or less from the privacy of your own home.

You’ll receive an email once a week for seven weeks. Each email will contain key information, instruction and a written exercise. By the end of the course, you’ll not only have a step by step guide on how to write and self-publish, you’ll have a list of resources and be so many words towards the completion of your first manuscript!

Since this is the Beta version of my virtual course, I’m offering it for FREE! Registration will be open until June 30th.
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“Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That”

It’s April 16th…we’re half-way there!

 

Half way through April 2018’s Camp NaNo that is.

One of the most common complaints I hear when talking to people about NaNoWriMo, is there isn’t enough time in the day to bang out 1667 (if you’re shooting for a 50K word draft in 30 days) words. Having done it now five or six times, I can tell you that it can be done. It “ain’t” always easy, but it can be done.

Here are three of my go to strategies to put some words to page in the midst of having a life.

One – Old school pen and paper.

I carry around a pen and a spiral bound notebook (of varying sizes) every where I go. I then jot down a few sentences here and there as time allows. You’d be surprised at how many words you can scribble out while stopped at a stop light :-).

Two – Write during commercials or as the next episode is ‘buffering’ on Netflix.

Any break in action while I’m vegg…um, procrastin…I mean, while I’m enjoying some much deserved down time watching a favorite TV show (or 12), can be used to add to my day’s word count.

Three – Swap the time it takes to do a non-critical chore for writing time.

If I can put off doing laundry for a day or there really aren’t that many dirty dishes in the sink, then I take the time it would have taken to do those tasks and I write instead. This provides me with the biggest chunk of time in the day to get some words down. I set a timer and then write until it goes off. After that, I put my draft away and go on with the next task on my to-do list.

NaNoWriMo, in all its variations, need not be seen as an ultra marathon of endurance where you lock yourself away churning out words hours upon hours each day. Instead, think of it as a successful round of sprints, completed each day that bring you closer and closer to your word goal. I promise, if you do, you’ll find yourself at the finish line, completed draft in hand and a NaNo Winner’s Badge ready for proud display on your wall.


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Registration is now OPEN!

ATL based writers, now’s a good time to get in on Nowata Press’ premier workshop, From Blank Page to Published (normally $300). Through our partnership with the Marietta Community School, we’re offering our signature program at a deep discount – just $69 for six weeks of tips, tools, tricks, and resources (not to mention structured writing time) that will take your ‘novel’ idea from start to published.

From Blank Page to Published
Step-by-step process on how to go from blank page to self-published in 6 months. Or, if you’re like me, maybe a few months more. Hi, I’m Dana Ellington, owner and principal author with Nowata Press Publishing and Consulting. Join me as I partner with Marietta Community School to offer my 6 week coaching package (normally $300), to new writers. This program is great for writers of any genre, ages 16 and up. Learn all the tools I’ve used to successfully produce and publish my own work since 2008. Join us for the tips, tricks, and tools you’ll need to write, edit, and publish a full-length novel by the end of this year.

COURSE #: W18284 FEE: $ 69
Location: 368 Wright Street Marietta, GA 30064
7:00pm-8:00pm (Jan 16-Mar 6) (7 Tue) Skipping 2/20


Also this year, we’re introducing a new program, Getting the Word out – Marketing 101.

Getting the Word Out – Indie Book Marketing 101
You’ve written your first ever novel…now what? Join me, Dana Ellington – self-published indie author since 2008; owner of Nowata Press Publishing & Consulting – as I walk you through a simple Marketing Plan you can begin using immediately to build buzz around your upcoming book release. Most of the techniques are free to very low-cost and work with the technology you already have and are suitable for anyone who is ready to launch their journey toward national best seller status.

COURSE #: W18283 FEE: $ 69
Location: 368 Wright Street Marietta, GA 30064
7:00pm-8:00pm (Jan 18-Mar 8) (7 Thu) Skipping 2/22


Click the highlighted course titles above to register.

Let’s get published!

We Can Help You Turn Your ‘Messy’ NaNo Draft into a Published Work of Art

Whew! Did you cross the finish line with 50,000 words or more, or did you find yourself hitting the wall around 30,000 and calling it a day? Say you barely did 10K words before the desire just wasn’t there?

No worries. Nowata Press is here to help you get from blank page (or where ever you find yourself after NaNo) to published.

Let’s schedule your free, one hour consultation.  There we’ll answer your questions on how we can best help you achieve your writing and publishing goals.

The Countdown to NaNoWriMo 2017 Continues…

Will this be the year you write that first draft?  You’ll read that a lot in the coming days as writers the world over are gearing up to meet this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge.  What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of NaNo?

Well, Nowata Press to the rescue.

From their site,

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

So, if you’ve been harboring a secret desire to write a novel, here’s your chance to join a world-wide community of word smiths as they power through thirty days of noveling frenzy.

I see the doubt in your eyes.  You’re wondering if it really can be done. Well, I’ve successfully drafted 50K or more words for three of my published novels.

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Our first and so far best known publishing client, W. Owens (you can read a bit about her here) earned her first badge in 2016 and went on to utilize our coaching and production management services to have her first ever published book in her hands six months later.

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If you’ve always wanted to write – fiction or non, now is the time to get set to make that dream come true.  For an extra boost, sign up for an hour consultation with Nowata Press. We can coach you through setting up your novel and how to fit writing time into your already busy schedule. Click here for more information!

Only 8 days until the words fly, will you make this the year?  :-).

Nowata Press

 

NaNo!!! It’s Almost HERE!!!

Unlike Ms. Kara (Boho Berry on YouTube / owner of Boho Berry Paperie on Etsy), we here at Nowata Press aren’t that organized. We are aware that NaNoWriMo is practically right around the corner (22 days, YIKES), but the best we’ve come up with is that we will be participating.

At this point, we have no idea which one of the million plot bunnies we have hanging about the warren these days – one of which hopped up a couple of days ago with all the energy of a cartoon squirrel after drinking a can of Jolt cola – that we’ll be attempting to finish but I’m sure, much like we’ve done in years past, it’ll be November 3rd or so when we finally get it together and start putting words to page.

We’d like to maybe host a write-in or a fund raiser – we’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, drop us a line, let us know if you’re going to participate this year and if you’re working your #Preptober magic.

We’ll be sitting here looking over the warren hoping one of these bunnies manages to sit still long enough to hold our attention.

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Happy Writing,

Nowata Press

Cats – Can’t Write With Them, Can’t Live without Them ;-)

From the wonderful blog of Milly Schmidt – a fun, well written take on the writing life with cats. If you aren’t already, be sure to follow her blog for more ‘tails’ of her writing journey.

 

It is a truth universally acknowledged* that if you’re a writer who has a cat – well you’re going to need all the help you can get. They use many tactics to keep us distracted, and it is up to all of us to compile our resources and figure out a way to combat this threat […]

via The nine stages of trying to write when you have a cat — Milly Schmidt

A Wonderful Reminder from writer / blogger, Ed Murray. NaNoWriMo is almost here…

Take this as a friendly reminder: National Novel Writing Month will soon be upon us once more. Will you be prepared when it arrives? The post Now is the time to prepare for National Novel Writing Month appeared first on Ed A. Murray.

via Now is the time to prepare for National Novel Writing Month — Ed A. Murray

Fall Print and Publishing Discounts at BookLogix

Nowata Press has been a loyal customer of BookLogix since our inception in 2008. We turn to them for all of our book manufacturing needs. Check them out, and if you decide to use their services, tell ’em Dana at Nowata Press sent you :-).

picWhat’s that? Say you haven’t written your book yet? Well then, hop on over to our Services page and let us help you get there.

Remember, getting new writers from blank page to published is why we’re here!

Happy Writing!

Nwata Press

So no, it’s not ‘procrastination’, it’s ‘Lucid Cleaning’ :-).

By Stacy Murison It was too late. I had already unscrewed the hardware from the kitchen cabinets as well as the cabinet doors. I had painted the box frames. The primer dried uneven and gloppy in some places. I sanded. Worse. I sanded some more. Somewhat better. This was nothing like the This Old House […]

via Lucid Cleaning, or How I Learned to Write While Painting the Kitchen Cabinets — BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog