Word Counts

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Photo courtesy of Joana Croft and stock.xchng

When I finished the first draft of my novel, I knew it was short in the word count department. I figured I would make it up as I edited, knowing I would need to expand upon some things. I’m nearing the end of second draft edits and am hovering at the 43,500 word count mark.

From my research I’ve found that publishers rarely take a chance on new authors with works of less than 80,000 words. There’s no way I can expand it that much and I don’t really want to. The story would suffer if I pushed it that far. However, Long Tale Press states the minimum length for a novel is 40,000 words.

It’s all so confusing.

Basically, it’s too short for publishers to pick it up as a novel and it’s too long to be a novella. What’s a writer to do?

I wish I could articulate the way this makes me feel. It’s as if I’ve failed my story in some way or my talent is lacking because I can’t expand the story. You know, I’ve read quite a few novels that could have done with some trimming here and there. I don’t want a reader to think that about my work.

I still hope to hire a professional editor and I may need to self-publish. It’s disheartening. Hopefully, my next project will take more words to tell.

  • I’m sorry, Missy. This happened to me with my very first novel. I felt the same way, that expanding it past its natural limits would weaken it, and I eventually set it aside and started a new one. =(

    • I’ll move on, eventually. There are tons of ideas rattling around in my head. But, I want to finish/polish this project. It may never see the light of day, but it’s a great story and deserves my best efforts. 🙂

  • I’m sorry, Missy. This happened to me with my very first novel. I felt the same way, that expanding it past its natural limits would weaken it, and I eventually set it aside and started a new one. =(

    • I’ll move on, eventually. There are tons of ideas rattling around in my head. But, I want to finish/polish this project. It may never see the light of day, but it’s a great story and deserves my best efforts. 🙂