If you walked away from the 2012 NaNoWriMo with one of those nifty certificates in hand, then first of all - congratulations! It's very hard work and if you were like me, there were a few moments in there that left you wondering why in the world you signed up again this year.

Eh, we know why. It feels awesomely fantastical (I'll only use those two words after a NaNo month, promise) and it helps prove to ourselves that we still have "it".

Good enough, but now comes that next step: editing and deciding what to do with our book.

As for myself, I've already lined up an editor and have been fortunate enough to snag my own personal cover artist for not only this book, but all my future covers, as well.

The plan for my NaNo project is to publish my YA novel on Smash Words; it's my first attempt at this particular genre.

That's only partly true. This will be the first time I've ever let anyone other than my daughter read my YA work. I've written several stories in this genre specifically for her, but this will be the very first time I will be going outside that comfort zone to allow others to take a peep. (See last week's blog post, What Will You Do To Force Change in 2013?)

The way I see it, NaNoWriMo is a time for authors to try on new and different shoes, see what else feels good, even if we don't want to wear them everyday. My everyday shoes-the ones I feel the most comfy in-fall into the historical fiction box.

So my question for you is: What do your shoes look like?