Bestselling NaNoWriMo Success Stories

If you think that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is just a little project to keep wanna-be writers occupied during November and nothing ever comes of it, you’re wrong.

Several authors have had their start as NaNoWriMo participants and went on to publish the projects they wrote during November and edited during December.

Don’t believe me? Here are some traditionally published authors you migt have heard of, and their bestselling novels that started life as a NaNoWriMo project.

  1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  2. Jesse Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  5. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  6. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
  7. The Beautiful Land by Alan Averill
  8. Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart
  9. Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven
  10. The God Patent by Ransom Stephens
  11. Wool by Hugh Howey
  12. Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trimble
  13. Margin Play by Eric Plume
  14. The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle
  15. Self Storage by Gayle Brandeis
  16. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  17. London’s Calling by Elysabeth Williams
  18. Salt River by Liz Hegarty
  19. El Chupacabra by Randy Fasig
  20. Entrechats by Cecile Duquenne
  21. Looking Glass by James R. Strickland
  22. Cashmere Boulevard by Kimberly Llewellyn
  23. Flowers of Baghdad by Bruce Lyman
  24. Cypress Hollow by Rachael Herron
  25. 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

The honour of being the very first NaNoWriMo project that got published traditionally went to Lani Diane Rich’s Time Off For Good Behaviour. is trying to keep up with the list of all published NaNoWriMo authors and books. Their list is getting longer and longer and includes traditionally published as well we self-published WriMo’s both from the US and worldwide.


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