How long should your manuscript be?

Posted: October 27, 2015 in graffiti living
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Short manuscripts put publishers off.

40,000 words does not a novel make.

That’s a novella and publishers usually won’t touch them with a barge-pole.

Because reasons.

60,000 words is too short for a novel and too long for a novella.

Long manuscripts also put publishers off.

Even if it’s good.

Yelling at the Publisher: “Never mind the length, feel the width!” isn’t going to cut it.

Short manuscripts don’t look like a good value proposition to the publisher, or customer, which costs money.

Long manuscripts require serious editing, and more pages, which costs money.

70,000 to 100,000 words is the right length for a first novel.

Because reasons.

The right length differs from genre to genre.

If you’re happy to take the chance, or self-publish, then write whatever damned length book you want.

Because ebooks.


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