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Hi Yaara, without seeing your story I can't say anything meaningful about it but a story needs to be as long or as short as you need to tell it. With word counts, I always approximate when I submit to the nearest 10 for a PB, so I'd say 450 words. And yes, I count all words in the story except for title and art notes, if they happen to be there.
#61 - March 31, 2021, 06:05 AM
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Yaara, I agree with what Vijaya said. Word counts are important, but story is most important. Have you had a critique group read the story? Do they feel the story is long, short, or just right?
#62 - March 31, 2021, 06:19 AM
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It's not that new. At an SCBWI session I attended, the New York editor said, "Five hundred words!" In the sense of "that is your limit if you want a crack at a sale." That was 10 years ago. I've heard that 200-300 is closer to the norm now. However, some publishers outside the Big 5 will do them longer. Peachtree is/was one, though I don't know if that's changed. Your book does sound like it's aimed toward a niche market, and you may find a publisher there who will do them longer.

Glad to hear my 275 word manuscript will not be considered too short. It’s so much shorter than my others (ranging from 450-650), which made me a bit nervous.
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