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NaNoWriMo 2012 Annual Report


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"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.

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NaNoWriMo 2012 Annual Report

  1. 1. Annual Report05.indd 1 01/09/2013 13:53
  2. 2. Illustrations by Len Peralta Design and Layout by Graham Dobson Annual Report05.indd 2 01/09/2013 13:53
  3. 3. with: 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) YEAR OF 452,095 WRITERS Made possible by YOU! Annual Report05.indd 3 01/09/2013 13:53
  4. 4. “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. Abby’s Story nano_13_annual_report_draft2.indd 4 9/5/13 11:44 AM
  5. 5. 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. nano_13_annual_report_draft2.indd 5 9/5/13 11:44 AM
  6. 6. 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 accomplish while balancing school, home life, and sports. But I didn’t want to wait. nano_13_annual_report_draft2.indd 6 9/5/13 11:44 AM
  7. 7. 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 achieving NaNoWriMo’s daily word-count goal made me so happy. It was something that would change me, and for the better. nano_13_annual_report_draft2.indd 7 9/5/13 11:44 AM
  8. 8. 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. nano_13_annual_report_draft2.indd 8 9/5/13 11:44 AM
  9. 9. 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 nano_13_annual_report_draft2.indd 9 9/5/13 11:45 AM
  10. 10. 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. nano_13_annual_report_draft2.indd 10 9/5/13 11:45 AM
  11. 11. 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. nano_13_annual_report_draft2.indd 11 9/5/13 11:45 AM
  12. 12. 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. nano_13_annual_report_draft2.indd 12 9/5/13 11:45 AM
  13. 13. NaNoWriMo’s 2012 Financial Dig-Down Investing in the power of writing Revenue and support Assets Cash $304,202 Accounts receivable $62,231 Inventory $32,932 Prepaid expenses $9,453 Other assets $550 Deposits $2,300 Fixed assets, net $2,663 Total assets $444,331 Liabilities and net assets Accounts payable and accrued liabilties $141,530 Net assets Unrestricted net assets $300,301 Temporarily restricted net assets $2,500 Total net assets $302,801 Total liabilties and net assets $444,331 Expenses Contributions $479,341 Merchandise, net $273,546 Corporate sponsorships $136,450 Foundations and grants $101,531 Other income $18,443 Total income $1,009,311 Program $706,637 Overhead $119,062 Fundraising $138,022 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 Annual Report05.indd 13 01/09/2013 13:53
  14. 14. The People Behind NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner Executive Director 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 Tavia Stewart-Streit Deputy Director Chris Angotti Director of Programs Sarah Mackey Director of Community Engagement Tim Kim Editorial Director Shelby Gibbs Office Captain & Event Coordinator Dan Duvall Technical Director Jezra Lickter Web Developer Heather Dudley Lead Forums Moderator Annual Report05.indd 14 01/09/2013 13:53
  15. 15. NaNoWriMo 2012 was brought to you by… Corporate Sponsors CreateSpace Scrivener Storyist Software Yarny Tinderbox WriteWay Open Road Integrated Media Outskirts Press Dragon BiblioCrunch Avon Romance AeonTimeline Notebooks 48 Hour Books Scribophile Leanpub $2,500 Donors Dakota Frost Lise Quintana $1,000 Donors Dawn Eastpoint Greg Hullender K. Kitts Karl L. Krohn Amy K. Marshall Anne Prather, Ph.D. Esther Speight NaNoBoston12 Wrimos NaNoLanta Evening of Writing Wildly NaNoLJers A Loyal NaNoLanta Panda St Louis Angel Donor $500 Donors Kelley Armstrong Naiya Azurewater Leanne Bakkemo & Ebbe Altberg Matthew Highcove Hugh Howey Elisabeth Lambert Amy K. Marshall Marissa Meyer Paula Offutt Nora Olsen & Aine Ni Cheallaigh Hannah Owen-Jones Cathleen & Peter Schwartz Lissa Staley John Stradling Elizabeth Sutherland Judith Train & Brendon Kane Lynn Viehl Linda Yancey The Calgary Wrimotaurs NaNoNashville A Loyal NaNoLanta Panda Denton Rachel W chibifukurou phines Atlanta Radio Theatre Company Celestial Seasonings $250 Donors Maira M. Todd Addams Christopher Beattie B. A. Binns Jessica Bradney Kaitlin & Michael Branch Heath Buckmaster Jessica Capelle Kirsty Carstairs James Michael Davis Rob Diaz Kat Dow Carol Higgins Drysdale Mary Eagan Angela F. Gardner Jenna Gee February Grace Anna Scott Graham Dana H Jos Harvey Denise Huntington Tiffany J.A. Jim Janus Regina Kammer Nancy Kelley Marybeth King Nona King Rainer Kyster Faith Lierheimer Monica Mathern Sara McBride Cindy McCourt Shannon McEwen Juanita McLellan Emily Moore Sami Mortensen Brenna Morys Kyla Nelson A Paine Drew Patty Nicky Penttila Colette Petersen Daphne Ashling Purpus Amy Reardon Eric Schletz Rachel Schoenbauer Carley Scott Steven Siddall Stephen W. M. Smith H. M. Snow Lissa Staley Theresa Guzman Stokes Paul Swearingen Chrysler Szarlan Mary Allison Tierney Liz Tucker Kirk-Debbie Van Brunt Steven “Wally” Wallace Samantha Warden Ron Warren Linda S. Watson Jennings Wright Esther Zinn Capitol Hill Writers Group, Washington DC Long Island Wrimos NaNo Vancouver Ottawa County/ Grand Rapids Wrimos St. Louis Regional Wrimos St Louis Angel Donor chappy Dragonlaire ebfulham Keruin lazym oxling Princess Warrior Sheila Tanar! Shadowlack Play-by- Post RPG Supposed Crimes And a huge thanks to the 11,062 amazing folks who donated $10-$100 to support NaNoWriMo 2012! Annual Report05.indd 15 01/09/2013 13:54
  16. 16. National 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. OUR PROGRAMS 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 2,000 classrooms. 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 our events. Annual Report05.indd 16 01/09/2013 13:54