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The Craft of Writing / Re: How Long Should It Be?
« Last post by dkbrantley on Today at 03:21 AM »
I don't think NF books have the same word-count parameters as fiction. Most have been on the shorter side, less than 25K even at the high school level and there are many from the 12-20K range. And humor is often in short supply but in high demand, so I think you'll be just fine. Good luck with this. V.

I'm feeling better about this every minute. Thanks for the encouraging words!
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The Craft of Writing / Re: How Long Should It Be?
« Last post by Vijaya on Yesterday at 06:55 PM »
I don't think NF books have the same word-count parameters as fiction. Most have been on the shorter side, less than 25K even at the high school level and there are many from the 12-20K range. And humor is often in short supply but in high demand, so I think you'll be just fine. Good luck with this. V.
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The Craft of Writing / Re: How Long Should It Be?
« Last post by dkbrantley on Yesterday at 06:49 PM »
Awesome! Thanks both of you! Love this board!!!
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The Craft of Writing / Re: How Long Should It Be?
« Last post by dewsanddamps on Yesterday at 06:18 PM »
Agent Jennifer Laughran (who goes by Literaticat here) has a helpful post on word counts. http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2011/05/wordcount-dracula.html
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: When to query Highlights?
« Last post by Cindyb on Yesterday at 04:49 PM »
I have been waiting 8 months for something from Spider.
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The Craft of Writing / Re: How Long Should It Be?
« Last post by Melody on Yesterday at 02:01 PM »
There are several threads on the board regarding this topic of word count. I am having trouble finding one right now. If I locate one, I will post, or maybe someone else will. My advice to people who are unsure of their work is to get a critique from a few others. They will be able to help you see if your work is 'complete' or not, or if it seems a little thin. Sometimes, it's hard to know and give a pat answer, because every work is so different. You can exchange your work with someone else on the critique board located here, if you decide to do that: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?board=73.0
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The Craft of Writing / Re: How Long Should It Be?
« Last post by dkbrantley on Yesterday at 12:12 PM »
I am not an expert, but humor is a very varied category without strict length standards. If you pull it off, 14,000 words could work. It would be format dependent -- probably at that length you'd want illustrations.

It's also possible that 14,000 words would be too slight! The most important thing is whether the humor is funny and the how-to topic is a strong concept.

Fantastic! Thanks so much!
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The Craft of Writing / Re: How Long Should It Be?
« Last post by Kell on Yesterday at 11:54 AM »
I am not an expert, but humor is a very varied category without strict length standards. If you pull it off, 14,000 words could work. It would be format dependent -- probably at that length you'd want illustrations.

It's also possible that 14,000 words would be too slight! The most important thing is whether the humor is funny and the how-to topic is a strong concept.
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The Craft of Writing / How Long Should It Be?
« Last post by dkbrantley on Yesterday at 11:04 AM »
I've written a humorous how-to book aimed at kids in 7th to 10th grade or so and have a quick question: How long does it need to be? It's only sitting at 14,000 right now, and I think it's a nice pocket-sized book that will pack a lot of laughs. However, are there any agents that would touch such a short piece?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
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Research / Re: Movie making for tweens
« Last post by Schriscoe on Yesterday at 09:58 AM »
Super helpful, Hilary! Thank you!! I actually haven't seen Super 8 but will be sure to take a look.
Isn't it so true how technology just comes to our young generation so organically. I mean it's like they have built in computer chips, ipads, and smart phone know how before they are even in kindergarten.

Thanks Anne! I'll check out that book, too.

Zombies are currently at the top of my list. But I really like Debbie's Alien Invasion, too.
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