I finished Camp NaNoWrimo last month. It was the most frustrating thing I've ever put myself through. The biggest problem I had was that I set my goal at 50,000 words, and that was a big mistake. It came down to a lot of rambling and writing in circles to make that goal, and I'm really not happy with the finished project. It's my fault, not NaNo's, but if I ever do it again, I will choose a much lower word count.
On the plus side, I did find the heart of the story - which I don't think I would have been able to do without the pressure - so at least I have something to work around now. I also came up with the working title: The In Between Place. It sounds kind of vague, I know, but really it does mean something in the context of the story. I'm going to let it sit a while and come back to it in a month or two to see if I really have something there.
I got some great feedback from beta readers/critique partners on Weaver. Even after all this time, I was afraid that there was some fundamental flaw in the story that I couldn't see, but all the notes I'm getting point to small bits and pieces that are easy to fix, and won't require an entire rework of the novel. After the comments I'm fairly confident that I can start looking forward to querying (cue simultaneous joyful clapping and terrified facial expressions). QueryCon is going on in September, and I'm thinking of joining in. I'm terrible at selling myself (resumes and job interviews are nightmares for me) and the chance to learn how to write a query and get critiques on my query is awesome.
I'm still planning on dipping my toe into self publishing, either by the end of the year, or early next year. I had originally planned to expand upon a few of my A to Z stories, but they keep getting longer and longer, so I'm slowing down just a bit to figure out where to take them. I know at least one is begging for the full on novel treatment, but a couple of others are definitely threatening to take me into the 20,000 word or higher level. Whether that's a function of the story, or a deficiency in my own editing skills, I have to figure out. In the mean time, for anyone who has self published, what's you experience? Good, bad or indifferent?
Last thing, offering advice from someone more successful than me: