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Word Count Woes And Novellas
As we know, giving the word count is an essential part of a submission but the problem is, no matter how well written the book is, the count might make it unacceptable to publishers and agents. Too long and it can be cut but too short and it should never be padded.
First-time fiction writers (first for publication, that is) are expected to write 80-90,000 words at least. When I began my W.I.P. I believed it would be full length as with previous work but, once again, I have a novella. This is currently 42,000 words long. Although editing will probably increase the word count slightly, it will still be considered too short. I was looking forward to submitting it in a final attempt to be published in the traditional way but now feel I can't unless I can find a reputable publisher/agent who will consider shorter work.
I did submit a previous one last year to a new company I found - one that publishes novellas - but received no reply.
What I thought of doing was putting three novellas together, including the current one, under an umbrella title - but would this be considered too wacky?