Summer Announcements

[This was originally sent as a Broadcast Message. It’s reposted here, just in case it got lost somewhere (cough, spam folder, cough)]

Hey, guys, the first Camp NaNoWriMo session is almost over. You’re ready for that, right? You’re ready for May, and Summer (cause we have more than one season here, right?), ‘vacations’… really, let’s not go on. It’s a bit intimidating.

Lots of stuff going on soon, so get out your calendar to mark off some dates.

Kick Off 2017

Kick off will be at El Cholo again, on Sunday, October 29th, 3-5pm. Save the date!

Yeah, we really didn’t want a repeat of last year where it suddenly changed at the last minute (really, as much as that sucked for you guys, the panic we went through was worse).

Also, expect TGIO to be December 2nd or 3rd. We’re finalizing the location, which means we are finalizing the time too. But, expect it that weekend (really, you longtimers should be able to guess when we hold events).

The Anthology Needs your submissions!

That’s right, the Anthology is back for the 4th year with We’ve All Been Here Before.

This year’s theme is ‘Returning’ or ‘Going Back’ and a prompt of ‘concealing’ or ‘hiding’. Word limit is 4000 words (or shorter). They are also looking for a cover artist.

Full submission criteria is located at NaNo Los and on is also posted to the forum. Questions about this year’s anthology should be directed to

And of course, the previous three anthologies (Believe Me Not, It’s About Time, and Meet the Systems) are available on Amazon in physical and Kindle editions.

NaNo Prep Is coming for you!

We did a little NaNo Prep before Camp started,  but expect a lot more starting in the month of May.

We have constant Prep prepared (lol, prep prepared) between now and November. It starts next month on Twitter, Facebook, and our website. Then in June we will return with in person Prep sessions (aimed at the July Camp session) on the Westside and in the Burbank area.

Finally, Alexis will be leading a massive two months of Prep starting in September right into November. Two Months of Prep. It will be Day -45 of NaNoWriMo and you will already be sick of it because of all the prep.

Goodreads Book Club

I really want to say ‘But wait, there’s more!”

I tried to start using the Bookclub feature a couple of years ago so we can read local authors and Wrimos, but there wasn’t much interest, not just with participants, but also with my fellow MLs. Our current team is willing to give it another go.

Right now we’re just choosing books that we know we enjoyed and think we can chat with you about. If you have ideas of good books for us to read/feature, tell us about them (we might have you host a month!).

Mia will be starting us off with Unwind by Neal Shusterman in May. Join us on and we can have non writing related fun together!

One More Thing

I don’t think I’ve promoted this recently, but we also have a Facebook group. It’s a little different than our page as you have general discussion on it. You’re also much more likely to see posts there than on the Page (thank you Facebook), which is why I usually share stuff from the Page to the group too.

You should totally join and talk with us. It’s great for making quick informal write ins or just chatting about thing that make us think of NaNo (like wombats. NaNo is really just about wombats).

Okay, I’ve taken enough of your time. Probably too much considering this is the off-season.

NaNo Los Angeles 4th Annual Anthology

We’re looking for your stories and cover art!

Deadline Extended to Friday, May 26

Three years ago, our former Municipal Liaison, Sara McBride, and a team of WriMos decided to publish an anthology of short stories. They invited submissions from all Los Angeles WriMos as well as anyone who subscribes to the region, regardless of where they live.

In that first year, the team brought together stories from 46 authors around the world and published Believe Me Not. The next year they published It’s About Time, and last year Meet the Systems was added to the collection. Check them out on Amazon, or hey, pick up a copy! It all benefits NaNoWriMo and future editions of the anthology.

We are now in our fourth year, and we’re looking for submissions for the 2017 anthology: We’ve All Been There. Our theme this year is Going back or Returning. We’re open to broad interpretations of the idea, so feel free to use your imagination.

Going back or Returning must somehow be central to the theme or structure of the story.

Your prompt is that the story must contain an element of concealment or hiding.

Story submission guidelines:

  • We’re open to all genres!
  • No previously published stories, please.
  • Your story must have a title. Please put it both on the first page of your manuscript AND in the body of your email.
  • Please do NOT put your name or contact info in the manuscript itself. We want to judge purely based on story quality. Please only put that information in the body of your email.
  • 4000 words maximum, but shorter is great! Make each word count!
  • 12-point type, Times New Roman, double-spaced
  • Send as .doc (NOT .docx), .rtf, or plain-text attachment. Don’t copy and paste the text directly into the email!
  • Grammar check using the Chicago Manual of Style or Grammar Girl.
  • Please let us know in your email if you are submitting as a younger writer (17 and under).
  • Proofread and also have a friend read it before you submit. One entry per author, please!
  • We will confirm receipt of each submission.

Cover art submission guidelines:

  • .jpg, .png, or .pdf format
  • 100 dpi (final artwork to be at least 300 dpi)
  • Smaller than 500×500 pixels (final artwork to be at least 1000×1000)

Here are the details you need to remember:

Due date: Friday, May 19 Extended to Friday, May 26
Theme: Going back or Returning
Prompt: The story must contain an element of concealment or hiding.
Open to: Everyone who subscribes to the Los Angeles NaNo region, regardless of where you live.
Submit to: (Please put “Anthology 2017 submission” in the subject line.)

We look forward to your submissions!

Best wishes,
The Los Angeles NaNo Anthology editing team

The Finish Line

Happy Tuesday Morning Write-Mos,

I hope that everyone has either finished their word count for the month or is near to finishing.  If you have finished, I would like to congratulate you on a job well done!

But if you are like me, you are typing like mad to finish up on time.  You still have today and tomorrow.  Do not give up.  It is not over till it is over. We have until the stroke of midnight tomorrow to win this thing. That being said I am hosting one more Write-In tonight at the Wheelhouse in Los Angeles.

I believe in the writer in all of us.  NaNoWriMo just helps us bring out that writer and teach it some very important habits.  Basically if you write a little bit every day, you can finish a novel in a month.  It may be the first draft, but you would not have that first draft if you didn’t sit down and write.

I have been a romance writer since 1990, but I never finished one of my novels till I joined National Novel Writing Month and took the one month challenge.  Since I joined NaNoWriMo, I took the challenge and that this will be my third finished novel.  I have two that are still in revision. But I have two novels that have beginnings middles and ends.  That is something to crow about.  When you finish this you will have a novel to boast about finishing too.

Now, if you have not already done it, or are not already doing it, sit down and finish that novel you have been working on.  The world needs your novel, your unique voice and what you have to say.  I need your book, because I read like crazy and need new authors to follow. Wouldn’t it be great if my next favorite author was you?

So we still have two days!!  READY! SET! GO!

Finish that novel and win the challenge.  YOU can do this.  I know you can.  I have seen people go from almost nothing late in the game to finishing on time.  You can do it too.  Never give up.  Never surrender. (Yes I did just quote Galaxy Quest.) But it is a great statement.  So Write on and finish your challenge. Win the war against the words.  You have them in you.  Just get them out on paper.


Good Luck Everyone

Toni Nelson