UPDATE: Congratulations to our 2020 winners! Thank you to every writer who participated and the fans who voted.
The 2020 NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza winner is The Eighth Wonder of Pine Mountain by Jenny Murray.
Fan Favorite goes to Operation Polar Revenge by Tara Erredge.
You can watch the full NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza 2020 below.
10 years. A decade. A tenth of a century. That’s how long The Book Doctors and Nano Nation have been slinging words and making beautiful music (and books) together. Six continents (come on Antarctica, we need to hear from you!) have graced us with pulse-pounding pitches, and now another crop of hungry pitches have made us laugh, cry, sigh, gasp, and thank the universe we’re alive for NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza 2020!
Damn Yankees, the California Gold Rush, a memory reader and a homicide detective chasing down a serial killer, New Adults confronting Nazis on the Zamzam, exploding houseboats on the Florida coast, and all manner of wizardry and witchcraft made this year our most exciting yet. As ever, we were filled with eye-popping, mind-blowing exuberation by the vast volume and overwhelming scrumptiousness of the beautiful words that flooded forth from Wrimos across our planet and we suspect, from across the universe. And yet, we were not even remotely startled. The Book Doctors could not have more gratitude in their attitude as we sucked in the rare air of NaNo Nation. We wait with baited breath for Year 11.
Now for the 411
The 20 pitches were selected randomly. You can watch the recording of NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza to hear our feedback. It’s our mission to try to help all you amazing writers not just get published, but get published successfully. That’s why we’ve told you what works, but also what needs to be improved.
But don’t let our opinion sway your vote. What story intrigues you? What pitch would prod you from the couch to the bookstore (or to buy it online)?
The pitch that receives the most votes by 11:59 p.m. PDT on March 31, 2020 will be awarded the Fan Favorite, and the author will receive a free one-hour consult with us (worth $250). We’ll announce the Fan Favorite on April 1, 2020.
Here are the rules
But please note: YOU CAN ONLY VOTE ONCE! So please choose carefully. Don’t just read the first couple of pitches — read them all. You owe it to your fellow Wrimos. Encourage your friends, family and random strangers to vote for you via the link to the poll. Connecting with your future readers is a vital part of being a successfully published author today. And this is a great way to get some practice.
We will also be posting these pitches on social media. We encourage anyone to like your entry but only poll votes from the webpage will count toward the Fan Favorite.
How to get your pitch critiqued
Finally, through April 2, 2020, we are still offering a free webinar (worth $75) to anyone who buys a copy of our book The Essential Guide To Getting Your Book Published. Just email a copy of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in touch to set up a webinar.
Write on, Wrimos!
NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza 2020 voting
Click the writers' names to read their pitches. Then vote for your favorite.
- Operation Polar Revenge by Tara Erredge (33%, 222 Votes)
- The Exchange by Dominique Jolly (24%, 163 Votes)
- A Cold Night for Alligators by Viggy Parr Hampton (10%, 67 Votes)
- The Eighth Wonder of Pine Mountain by Jenny Murray (6%, 42 Votes)
- Serenity's Fire by Éowyn Power (5%, 37 Votes)
- ChainLinked! by Liz Boeger (4%, 27 Votes)
- Madam Mayhem by Marilynn Rockelman (3%, 21 Votes)
- Zahra and the Golden Scarab of Balihar by Michael Grayford (3%, 18 Votes)
- Game Seven by James Tretick (2%, 16 Votes)
- The Color of Trauma by Hollie Smurthwaite (2%, 13 Votes)
- Across the Sea by Jeni Paltiel (2%, 13 Votes)
- Lost to Follow Up by Adele Blackler (1%, 7 Votes)
- Overcast by R.H. Tyrrel (1%, 7 Votes)
- Doctor of Doctors by Lally Pia (1%, 6 Votes)
- The Eagle Order by Judy L Mohr (1%, 4 Votes)
- The Secrets of Tengu by Evergreen Lee (1%, 4 Votes)
- West by LJ Farrow (1%, 4 Votes)
- American Fledgling by Kirkley Mehndiratta (0%, 2 Votes)
- The Last Thing She Thought by Laurie Feldman (0%, 2 Votes)
- Spirited to the West by Pauline Chow (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 675