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Hi all,

My manuscript has only 200 words!! Is that too little??
Do you think it will get rejected because it is short?
I made it very simple and my target is 3-5 years olds. Should I add more words and make it longer or more complicated?
Any advice is appreciated.
#1 - November 01, 2020, 10:32 PM

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is something like 161 words.

There are lots of short PBs. But make sure there's a full story.
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I wouldn't add words just to add words.  Have you  figured out where you think the page breaks should go? Even if you're not going to submit the manuscript with this information, it can be helpful to think about, especially if you're worried the story might be too short or simple.

If you think the length is right for the story, you can always include comps of other picture books with low word counts (like  the one David mentioned) when you submit the manuscript. 
#4 - November 02, 2020, 10:23 AM
STORY MAGIC (Jolly Fish Press 2020)
DEAD BOY (Crown BFYR 2015)
MONSTER, HUMAN, OTHER (Crown BFYR 2017)

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is something like 161 words.

There are lots of short PBs. But make sure there's a full story.

Good example! Mo Willem's newer book "Cat the Cat Who Is That?" is even shorter than the one you mentioned!!
#5 - November 02, 2020, 03:43 PM

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My book Busy-Eyed Day is something like 61.  It's fine if it works.
#6 - November 02, 2020, 04:33 PM
VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series (Disney-Hyperion)
SUNNY'S TOW TRUCK SAVES THE DAY (Abrams)
GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, 2017)
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My book Busy-Eyed Day is something like 61.  It's fine if it works.

Hi Anne,

Thanks. I would love to read your book but unfortunately I could not find it in our library. I saw it on Amazon.
#7 - November 03, 2020, 12:33 PM

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Thank you everyone for your valuable comments!
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