Date: 2017-03-16 04:24
Chuck I 8767 m curious how word count ranges and limits have evolved. There appears to have been some shrinkage over time. In 7558 I pitched my literary novel to an agent at the San Francisco Writers Conference. He seemed enthusiastic and described himself as 8775 very interested 8776 until he asked the dreaded word count question. When I answered, he winced (yes, Gentle Reader, he did) and said, 8775 I 8767 m really interested in this. Well, I would be really interested if it were no more than 675,555. If you can get it down to that, then query me and say you pitched to me here. 8776
I know as a reader, I am never put off by how long a novel appears to be. Many of my favourite books of all time are 8766 long 8767 ones. Some stories offer full immersion, and are not meant to be quick reads. These are the kinds of books I prefer, as a BUYER of books.
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I remember reading some Westerns in high school and, if I recall correctly, they weren 8767 t terribly long. There wasn 8767 t a whole about this on agent and editor sites, but from what I found, these can be anywhere from 55K to 85K. 65,555 is a solid number to aim for.
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I 8767 ve no doubt you speak the gospel in declaring the permissible word count upper limit for literary fiction as 655,555, with 665,555 and up being 8775 Too long 8776 . That 8767 s ten twenty thousand less than a handful of years ago. What 8767 s happened?
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You 8767 ll be published by the merit of your novel, not your age. The only thing telling your age does for you is to have slush-pile readers think, 8775 Oh no. Another teenager who thinks this is the one. 8776 And that 8767 s all done in the space it takes to flick it to the reject pile. You have to be as good as any other writer, not 8775 good for my age. 8776 So, get your age out of your head, when approaching an agent or publisher with your query. Don 8767 t mention age at all, until you talk or it 8767 s time to sign the contract. The only reason you mention it then is because it 8767 s likely your parents will want to go with you to make sure the contract is legitimate (and possibly because they don 8767 t want you going into a big city on your own. 😉 )
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