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.