Ladies Be Publishing: Women Dominate NaNoWriMo

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If you sat down last Thursday to start writing the next great American novel, you're not alone. So far in 2012, 542,311,473 words have been written during National Novel Writing Month, November's push for thousands of aspiring novelist baby mamas to push out their book babies, no matter how fucking gross the birthing process is — because it is gross and hard and possibly bloody and you just might shit yourself in the process.


So, usually this horrific and satisfying process results in books filled with sentences that are just strings of unrelated words or even worse, a YA teen vampire novela. But every once in awhile, someone writes themselves into a book deal, and it turns out that most of those someones are women. So far, it's happened 12 times, that's pretty damn impressive. Let's all the ladies give high fives to all the other ladies because we are en fuego when it comes to making paper with that paper. YOU GO, GLEN COCO.

Here's the list, according to Mental Floss:

1. Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
3. Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
4. BreakupBabe by Rebecca Agiewich
5. Take the Reins by Jessica Burkhart
6. Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley
7. Losing Faith by Denise Jaden
8. The Compound by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
9. The Hungry Season by T. Greenwood
10. Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart

Okay, I lied, there's one teen vampire novela in there.

Are there any more that you know of? Who's about to start the month a little late with me? Let's all get book deals and retire on the buy a sandwich with the money!

11 NaNoWriMo Books That Have Been Published [Mental Floss]

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It's a little misleading, however, because I will bet you dollars to donuts that most of these books were not *finished* in NaNoWriMo. I wrote one (it wasn't very good) and the initial 50,000 words (which makes for a very, very short novel) was done in a month but there was a lot more to be done.

I kinda hate NaNoWriMo because its in Novmber, and I'm way too busy doing other stuff to do it in November. I did mine using the same method in spring,and it wasn't easy but I can't imagine doing it in Novmber.