That’s a good question. Since this is a writing challenge, based mostly on the classic NaNoWriMo, you probably can guess the first thing to do would be write… and you’d be correct. But we have so much more to offer our members beyond a dramatically increased word count and super-cool t-shirts.
JuNo volunteers offer sprints all through the month to get you inspired. We’ll mostly be sprinting via Twitter @JuNoWriMo, but we have a dynamic Facebook group too for ideas, prompts, and even the occasional coffee clutch discussions we all need between bouts of word-frenzy. If you want, there is a word count tracker here and here (older format for people without the latest Office).
We are a community that shares successes and failures and keeps going.
And we write.
So now that you’re here, what do you say? Think it’s time? Then…
Meet some of your fellow JuNo WriMos in our Featured Author series each Monday and Wednesday starting June 4. ~
Jessica Dragon Cheramie is the author of Secrets of the Truth, Book 1 of the Meridienne Drake Series. From keeping journals to writing competitions, writing has always been a part of her life. But she filed a writing career away for a few years. When she turned down a career on Broadway…Um, no, never happened. She was, however, a high school English teacher, and that helped her realize her true dream was to share her stories with the world.
While the second book of the Meridienne Drake Series is in the publishing phase, she is tackling a fast writing challenge to get this nagging idea out of her head. It’s a young adult novel and will be her first time writing a multiple POV novel, although her main character will be a seventeen-year-old girl named Lettie.
Lettie lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. The thing about Lettie is she suffers from debilitating migraines. After one particular attack, a Voodoo Priestess offers her a cure, but it comes with a price. This price ties her together with her good-for-nothing-drug-addict brother and an entitled private school boy to face an ancient evil, plaguing the city.
Most people go to New Orleans for the ghost stories and vampire history, only knowing vaguely about voodoo. Voodoo is a culture in New Orleans that is almost as old as the city. Even for non-believers, things like ju-ju, gris-gris, and the Rougarou are a part of their lives as well. It has been misrepresented with Voodoo dolls, and although there will have some evil Voodoo practitioners in the book and some exaggerated magic, she’ll also shed light on the truth of it. Of course, this isn’t a major role in the story, just an added perk. This book is only natural to write what Jessica knows, since she grew up there and loves the city. She feels like Voodoo is one of the few topics not as well known.
JuNoWriMo is going to be an amazing experience, and each year, we like to highlight a few of our authors to help everyone get to know one another.
You don’t have to be published or even have a finished work to become a JuNoWriMo featured author. Just share a little about yourself and the project you’ll be working on in June!
This year we have only eight spots available, and it’s first-come, first-served.
How to Submit
Write up a simple post about your book and send it to me (Skye). Here’s some things your post could include:
Some background info on yourself as a writer
Name, genre, and any other basic info on your JuNo novel (ie: related books, etc.)
Back story—your inspiration for the story, how you came up with the idea, or why the topic interests you.
Your Twitter name, Facebook profile, blog URL, or Goodreads author page (if applicable)
Whether or not you’ve started working on your book yet and if you have, your progress. Also, the progress you hope to make on it during JuNoWriMo. (Obviously 50K words, but are you going to finish it, get it to the halfway point, etc.)
Photo (if you have an image that goes with the book or if you’d like us to include a headshot, or both)
Don’t get caught up on the details, just think of it as a casual introduction about yourself as a writer and the project you plan on working on this June. If you don’t have a name for your book yet, that’s fine. If you’re a pantser and don’t actually know the synopsis until you start writing–no worries! Just talk about what sparked the idea and where you think you’ll begin.
The post doesn’t have to be long. 500 words is a good length, but your post could be shorter or longer depending on what you have to say. You don’t have to include any links, but we’d love to link to you via the social media outlets and your blog so that others will know where to find you.
One note, we are reserving feature author spots for writers who have not previously been featured on JuNoWriMo.
We want to feature you, so please either leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you’re interested. I’ll even help you edit/proofread your blog post—how much easier can it get? Email me your post ASAP to reserve your spot.