NaNoWriMo 2012 Annual Report
"National Novel Writing Month's Year of 452,095 Writers: A 2012 Annual Report." NaNoWriMo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes stories matter. Read our story of our big year in 2012, in the style of a Little Golden Book.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - NaNoWriMo 2012 Annual Report
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Illustrations by Len Peralta
Design and Layout by Graham Dobson
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National Novel Writing Month (341,375 Wrimos in 580 regions)
Young Writers Program (82,554 Writers and 2,000 classrooms)
Camp NaNoWriMo (28,166 Campers)
Come Write In (615 libraries and 68 bookstores)
Made possible by
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“As a young writer, I’ve received so many discouraging comments when
I tell people about my dreams. And for a while, I believed those people,
and I only wrote to share what I wished I could say. I lost my ambition.
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When I heard about National Novel
Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I
thought it was something for those
who were already published, or really,
anyone else but me. I had written
books, sure, but they weren’t serious
or anything. They were novels never
to see the real world.
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I had never written on a deadline
before, so that scared me as well.
Writing over a thousand words a day?
Not something I could
balancing school, home
life, and sports. But I
didn’t want to wait.
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I dove right in, head first,
without looking to see how
deep the water was. And I was
glad I did, because when I hit
the water, I was loving it.
The exhilaration and love of
daily word-count goal
made me so happy. It was
something that would change
me, and for the better.
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I hit a few roadblocks along the
way, and lost courage, even.
But NaNoWriMo’s pep talks
from published authors and
the encouragement from its
community helped me push
through to the end, and it was
the best feeling in the world.
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And now I’m in the process of writing a novel again, and I’m loving
it even more. People now accept the fact that, yes, I can write a novel
worthy of their attention. Yes, a girl like me can achieve great things.
NaNoWriMo gave me the confidence in myself and my abilities to stand
out from the crowd and do what I love, no matter what others say.”
— Abby Hadfield, Pennsylvania
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National Novel Writing Month exists
because, as a participant in Erbil, Iran,
said, “there are so many untold stories
waiting to be told.” Millions of people like
Abby don’t yet know that their stories are
worthy of attention. But in 2012, because
of your support of our programs, more
than 450,000 people around the world
took the leap and told their untold stories.
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Just as amazing are the thousands of stories of personal growth like Abby’s that
happened off the page. They don’t just happen in November. Our programs
have expanded to support writers of every age and background throughout the
year. Your support has brought to life an incredibly diverse array of voices.
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As we look ahead to the future of NaNoWriMo, we’re committed to
inspiring writing around-the-clock and in even more spaces, including:
• Guiding participants through editing
and publishing with the “I Wrote a
Novel, Now What?” Months.
• Improving the accessibility of
NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo.
• Providing the Young Writers
Program resources year-round to
educators and students.
• Expanding the Come Write In
program to prisons and juvenile halls.
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NaNoWriMo’s 2012 Financial Dig-Down
Investing in the power of writing
Revenue and support Assets
Accounts receivable $62,231
Prepaid expenses $9,453
Other assets $550
Fixed assets, net $2,663
Total assets $444,331
Liabilities and net assets
Accounts payable and
accrued liabilties $141,530
Unrestricted net assets $300,301
net assets $2,500
Total net assets $302,801
Total liabilties and
net assets $444,331
Merchandise, net $273,546
Corporate sponsorships $136,450
Foundations and grants $101,531
Other income $18,443
Total income $1,009,311
Total expenses $963,721
Net assets at the end of 2011 $257,211
Net assets at the end of 2012 $302,801
Change in net assets $45,590
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The People Behind NaNoWriMo
Not pictured, but much beloved:
Lindsey Grant (NaNoWriMo Program Director), Sandra Salas (Script Frenzy Program Director), Emily Bristow (Program Facilitator), Rob Diaz (YWP Forums
Moderator), and interns Ari Asercion, Andrea Ellickson, Hilary Flood, Jessica Joyce, Aliza Sajjad, Ben Schwartz, Sonja Sueker, and Lydia Tanenhaus
Director of Programs
Director of Community
& Event Coordinator
Lead Forums Moderator
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NaNoWriMo 2012 was brought to you by…
48 Hour Books
Karl L. Krohn
Amy K. Marshall
Anne Prather, Ph.D.
of Writing Wildly
A Loyal NaNoLanta
St Louis Angel
Leanne Bakkemo &
Amy K. Marshall
Nora Olsen & Aine
Cathleen & Peter
Judith Train &
A Loyal NaNoLanta
Maira M. Todd
B. A. Binns
Kaitlin & Michael
James Michael Davis
Angela F. Gardner
Anna Scott Graham
Stephen W. M. Smith
H. M. Snow
Linda S. Watson
Capitol Hill Writers
Long Island Wrimos
St. Louis Regional
St Louis Angel
And a huge thanks to the 11,062 amazing folks who donated $10-$100 to support NaNoWriMo 2012!
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Novel Writing Month
(NaNoWriMo) believes that your
story matters, and that you’re the only one
who can tell it… so you should tell it! In 2012,
NaNoWriMo, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, encouraged
452,095 people in 580 regions on five continents to take the
plunge and share their unvoiced stories.
National Novel Writing Month encourages people to write
50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November. NaNoWriMo
is for everyone who has thought about telling their story but has been
scared away by the time and effort involved. They begin the month as
auto mechanics, engineers, students, and middle school teachers. They
walk away novelists.
Camp NaNoWriMo is an idyllic, virtual writing retreat smack-dab in the
middle of your crazy life. Camp NaNoWriMo provides the online support,
tracking tools, and hard deadline to help you write the rough draft of your
novel in a month… other than November!
The Young Writers Program fosters writing fluency, literacy, and
imaginative learning in classrooms by supporting educators,
and working directly with young writers in more than
The Come Write In program is an initiative that
spotlights and supports libraries, community centers,
and independent bookstores as local focus
points for creative writing during
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