Tuesday, September 16, 2008

CHRIS BATTY WROTE

Dear NaNoWriMo Author,

NaNoWriMo's 10th anniversary year is almost upon us! We have some NaNo news bits for you before the site relaunches on October 1 and another beautiful season of novel procrastination begins.

NANOWRIMO.ORG LOCKED ON SUNDAY FOR SCRUBBING
We'll be turning off new sign-ups, locking the forums, and turning off NaNoMail-sending from Sunday, September 21 until October 1 so we can archive the site and delete all forums posts. This will free up database space for the 800,000 new posts we're expecting this fall. We'll also be deleting all NaNoMails that are more than a year old. If you have any old NaNoMails that you want to keep, be sure to go in and grab 'em before Sunday.

DONATION STATION & STORE HAS GREAT "NEW T-SHIRT" SMELL
Thanks to Tavia's whip-cracking skills, we have our 10th Anniversary NaNoWriMo t-shirt, the Young Writers Program t-shirt, and our stunning new travel mug in the Office of Letters and Light store. Our donor goodies are ready too! You want seven years of NaNoWriMo pep talks from me with embarrassing behind-the-scenes commentaries? You got it! And, uh, this year's poster? Yowza.

OUR DREAM: 10 FOR 10
We have a 10th-anniversary dream that 10% of Wrimos will support NaNoWriMo with a donation this year. Please join our "10 for 10" revolution by chipping in something small towards our costs.

2008 PEP TEAM IN PLACE, RARING TO GO
One of the great things about NaNoWriMo is the pep-talking you get in November. These bi-weekly emails are scientifically calibrated to make you feel so inspired and/or guilt-ravaged that you sit down and work on your novel even when you don’t want to work on your novel. This spring, we asked what authors you would like to receive pep talks from, then tabulated your responses on the NaNoWriMo blog, and sent out invitations to the 50 most-requested folks. Who answered our Invitations to Pep? You'll have to wait until the site relaunches on October 1 to find out. But we're pretty dang excited.

NANOWRIMO SITE SWEETER, MORE SERVER-Y
Thanks to donations from our 2007 participants and our summer vintage-sticker fundraising drive, you'll see some new features and improvements when the site relaunches. These include the ability to update your word count from every page of the site, a place to add a synopsis and book cover image to your author profile, and a more feature-rich NaNoMail. We've also moved your "action links" into your profile (instead of hiding them up in the masthead) and invested almost $10,000 in extra hardware and server testing to give the site as much zip as possible. We know it'll still get very slow right around November 1, but our servers are now rippling with new muscles to help them lift the load better.

GEEK? LET US HIRE THEE!
Our longtime tech guru Russ is sadly retiring at the end of this year's event, so we're looking to bring a new Tech Director on board in December. We're interviewing candidates now. Check out the listing on our Help Wanted page. Then quit your job, move to the Bay Area, and come join our team.

Looking forward to seeing you in NaNoLand in a few weeks,

Chris
NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month

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