Episode 32 – NaNoWriMo

Happy belated New Year, people-who-listen-to-and-read-the-show-notes-for-our-podcast! It’s 2016, so we’ve decided to kick the new year off with an incredibly timely discussion of NaNoWriMo! Is it a worthwhile endeavor for aspiring writers? Is it good for the publishing industry as a whole? Why the fuck is it in November, like who even has the time in November to write 50,000 words–

Ahem. Anyway. Answers to all of these exciting questions and more await, with as little boring inside baseball chatter as we could manage. You’re welcome.

December First Books and NaNoCattleProd.com now accepting clients for the 2016 season. EMAIL US AT THE EMAIL WE DEFINITELY HAVE!

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What about you guys? Does NaNo work for you? Got any tips or tricks you wanna share? Any NaNoCattleProd takers? Let us know in the comments!

Programs and Apps Discussed

Articles and Sites

And as promised, a photo of Robin’s Alpha Smart!

Robin's Alpha Smart

Theme music is Overnight, by Aya.

WARNING: NSFW! Mature audiences only! Contains salty language, subversive ideas, industry-challenging discussions, and nuts.


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  • Ollie

    January 21, 2016

    I just can’t even with that AlphaSmart. XD

  • Maverynthia

    January 22, 2016

    You know, I get the feeling that December First Books would actually make money… considering “Red Queen”, “Twilight”, “House of Night” and other books that have actually been published.

  • Liz

    January 23, 2016

    Could you guys not make jokes about “inexperienced authors publishing awful novels on Smashwords to make copies for their families?” I really like your podcasts, but it seems like every time you mention self-publishing it’s to make a joke or talk about bad behavior by (a small section of) self-published authors. I’m a hard-working author of nine books who simply has never had any luck with literary agents, and it’s really annoying to listen to one of your favorite book podcasts and to hear authors like yourself treated as a punchline.

    • Olivia


      January 29, 2016

      Hey Liz,

      Thanks very much for taking the time to reply to our most recent podcast. It really still is amazing that random people out there have found us and enjoy what we talk about. 🙂

      Reading over things, it sounds like our comments about that small section of self-pub authors have really cut deeply for you. I’m sorry that our comments have hurt you. It was not our intention to degrade or disrespect self-published authors and the hard work that they do. For a self-published author to be out writing, marketing, and selling their novel SERIOUSLY is a lot of work. I’ve personally been involved in all different kinds of pieces of the publishing industry, so I’ve seen it first-hand.

      It clearly has not come across that we don’t actually think poorly of the self-published community. The way we talk on Papercuts that focuses solely on that small section of indulgent self-pub authors (who a decade ago would probably gone more for the vanity presses than self-publishing) comes mostly from personal experience.

      It really sucks that I haven’t had any actively good experiences from being approached to read self-published books–and clearly that doesn’t reflect the community as a whole, but it has shaped my opinions of what to expect from a large percentage of the manuscripts. I WANT to have good experiences with those stories and authors. I like to think that maybe you’re one of the good ones, and not just because you listen to us, but because if you’ve published 9 books, and you’re out there pushing them, then you’re not getting caught up in one of them being your end all be all. And I think… maybe that’s where a lot of the indulgent authors “go wrong” for me.

      Anyway, I just wanted to reply and let you know that I’m sorry that we’ve hurt your feelings. I hope I’ve given you a little more insight into… where I’m coming from. I’m gonna try to be specific about the type of books I’m talking about in the future. For you. 🙂


      • Liz

        February 5, 2016

        Thanks, Ollie. That means a lot to me.


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