Follow word count guidelines to keep from snoozifying your reader.
A constant complaint I hear from agents, editors, writing teachers, and reviewers is that they see too many manuscripts with inappropriate word counts.
If you’re getting a lot of form rejections or simply silence from agents, reviewers and editors, this may be why.
Word count guidelines have been trending down in the last decade. Most editors won’t look at a debut manuscript longer than 100K words—a little longer if it’s fantasy or a non-romance historical. They were not so rigid ten years ago.
Now publishers—and many readers—won’t take a chance on any long book by an unproven author.
While readers will happily plunk down the big bux for an 819-page book by George R. R. Martin, they’ll turn up their noses at a book that long—even if it only costs 99c—if it’s written by Who R. You.
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AMAZING MATILDA (Ages 4-11 + grownups love it too) Friendship, patience and persistence are among the lessons learned in this gem of a tale featuring…
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E.L. Skip Knox recently published a great post on one of my favorite resources, Mythic Scribes, titled, History for Fantasy Writers: Money. Knox is the creator of the fantasy world called Altearth, a place where magic is real, monsters roam the land, and the Roman Empire never fell. He is also a retired medieval historian who is now engaged in deconstructing the Middle Ages into a fantasy setting, so he’s the perfect person to offer a brief description of currency through the ages.
Medieval money can be divided into two distinctly different types: the kind that existed and the kind that didn’t. Real money was currency, specifically coins of various qualities and weights. The other kind was called “money of account.” This was purely an accounting unit, used for large-scale transactions and never turned into a physical object. I’m sharing here Knox’s information on the former; you can read his post…
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We writer types aren’t always sure readers know what we’re talking about.
As a result, we can explain things when we don’t need to.
Check out this partial scene:
“Alright, but you have to promise.” Lori held out her pinky. She was making him pinky-swear. Something they had done as kids.
“I promise.” Jaxton held out his finger to lock it with hers. “Pinky-swear.” Humor was his way of dealing with stressful situations, and her comment made him feel a little more at ease.
Kinda telly, and a little repetitious – but aren’t we really spoon feeding the reader here?
We don’t need two explanations of the prior pinkie swear reference.
But… we writer types aren’t always sure readers know what we’re talking about!
There was a scene in a movie, probably Stand By Me, where the kids spat on their palms and rubbed their hands together as a…
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