Or what is NaNoWriMo doing to my reading list?
It's true, I'm a little late to catch on to this whole amazing phenom known as NaNoWriMo, but when i looked at the statistics this morning on their website showing that last year there were 341,375 participants and 38,438 winners, I was floored. Nearly 40,000 novels completed last November alone. And an even bigger turn-out expected for this year.
As a publisher, I'm delighted. Thousands and thousands of authors needing editors, designers, ebook converters, and maybe even publishers.
But as a reader, I'm distressed. I'm already at least four years behind on all the great novels I'd meant to get to but haven't. (Okay, it's probably more like six years.) My night table is full, my Kindle is stuffed. We've got boxes and boxes of books to give away in our closet.
Suppose even just one-tenth of those novels from last year were good--that's close to 1,000 novels and then another 1,000 or more this year. Are there really enough readers in the world to support all this good writing?
It's a question I ask myself every day.
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