I had a brief question: I just completed NaNoWriMo (yay! It only cost me all feeling in my fingers!) I’m very proud of myself and I think just writing that much is a victory in its own regard, but I’m wondering something: when I edit this baby to something resembling publishable quality and send it out to agents, would it behoove me to mention that I achieved a NaNoWriMo victory in the query letter or is that just the equivalent of stuffing your resume like a thin, meatless Thanksgiving Turkey.
Much like revealing the trick in three card monte, or the ingredients in hot dogs, some things are better left unmentioned.
I think it's terrific you set a goal and achieved it.
I think it's really terrific you finished your novel.
None of that matters when we move to the query stage.
There are only two things I care about then: is this a book I think I can sell, and are you an asshat.
Telling me this novel started in NaNoWrMo doesn't help me with either of those questions.
You WILl however be able to use this info in promoting the novel since it's the kind of interesting fact that intriques people. Since I am actually not a person (being ferociously finned and all) it doesn't matter to me.
And I REALLY think it's terrific that you understand that finishing that first draft does not mean you're done.