As 500,000 authors in over 100 countries gear up to kick off National Novel Writing Month in two days, companies have stepped forward to encourage and support these would-be novelists. Today, FastPencil announced its incentives for NaNo participants, offering support and help with distribution in ebook and print.
“National Novel Writing Month is a crucial time for writers and FastPencil is proud to support NaNoWriMo,” FastPencil co-founder and CEO Steve Wilson said in a press release today. “We feel that there’s nothing more important than helping writers write. It is our hope that this contest and all of our activities during the month help to get more people writing and reaching the ultimate goal of completing a novel.”
One of the rewards issued to a chosen winner will be the opportunity to talk with bestselling author Angela Sage Larsen about his or her work, including a free novel consultation. Apart from a contest that is open to all NaNo participants who post activity through the Fast Pencil platform, the company is hosting an ongoing thread for NaNo participants to provide access to resources, incentives, and support.
“I am extremely honored and excited to collaborate with FastPencil to help motivate and encourage writers,” Larsen said. “NaNoWriMo is an amazing organization that challenges writers and creates a true community of authors to keep each other moving toward completing a novel. I look forward to providing a consult for the grand prize winner, but believe all entrants in this contest are winners because they are writing.”
All of the different companies who are offering incentives and sponsorship this year have paid to take part; that funding keeps NaNoWriMo in action and goes to support the classroom programs under the Young Writer’s Program.