It\u2019s the end of November. That means two things:\n\n \tWe can start panicking about how soon Christmas is now.\n \tYou may have just finished your\u00a0NaNoWriMo\u00a0novel.\n\nIf the latter applies to you, congratulations! We hope you enjoyed your novel-writing binge. And if you\u2019re wondering what to do next, we\u2019re\u00a0here to help.\n1. Take a Breather!\nFirst of all, rest. Or catch up on work you\u2019ve been neglecting. Or watch so much\u00a0Star Trek\u00a0on Netflix that you start hallucinating that you\u2019re a member of Starfleet (that\u2019s always our first choice). It doesn\u2019t really matter what you do, as long as you take a break from your NaNoWriMo novel.\n\nNow is the time to get a bit of critical distance. Try leaving your manuscript for a week or two before going back to it. Or, even better, leave it for a month and make editing your New Year\u2019s resolution!\n2. Re-Read Your Masterpiece\nNext, re-read everything you\u2019ve written. Be prepared, though: it might turn out your \u201cmasterpiece\u201d has a few rough edges. By re-reading the manuscript and taking notes, you can work out what needs editing. Look out for\u00a0plot holes\u00a0and inconsistencies in particular.\n3. Start Editing You NaNoWriMo Novel\nEditing your own work\u00a0can be hard, since you might not want to change something you\u2019ve put a lot of effort into. But it is worthwhile. Try these tips:\n\n \tA little bit each day\u00a0\u2013 If you can sit down and edit for an hour each day, you\u2019ll soon find you\u2019re making more progress than your realized.\n \tStart big and narrow down\u00a0\u2013 Editing usually involves several passes. To begin with, focus on the overall structure and plot of your novel. After that, you can move to refining your language and correcting minor errors.\n \tBe brutal\u00a0\u2013 You might like that twenty-page section about your protagonist\u2019s rock collection, but are you sure it adds anything to the story? Editing is all about trimming the fat. Cutting passages that aren\u2019t essential to the plot could make your novel more exciting to read.\n\n4. Find a Friend (or Proofreader)\nOnce you\u2019ve made a few edits, ask a friend to read your manuscript. A fresh pair of eyes will help you find issues you have missed. And they might have feedback on something you never considered!\n\n[caption id="attachment_4902" align="aligncenter" width="192"] Typos. Must. Be. Destroyed.(Image: volkspider\/flickr)[\/caption]\n\nIf you don\u2019t know who to ask, you could hire a proofreader or editor. Incidentally, had we mentioned that we offer a\u00a0novel proofreading service?\n5. Get Your NaNoWriMo Novel Published!\nOnce the editing and proofreading is done, your NaNoWriMo novel is ready to publish. One option is to find an\u00a0agent\u00a0or\u00a0publisher. If you\u2019re not sure who to approach, check their websites for submission guidelines. This will tell you both what kind of writing they deal with and how to submit.\n\nAlternatively, you can\u00a0self-publish. There are many companies that offer this service, so you should do research to find one that suits your needs. Whichever method of publication you choose, though, we look forward to seeing your book in the bestseller charts soon!