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So apart form writing about my Viking Bunnies (who just got a brand new website, mind you), a few years ago I sat down and finally wrote my super-awesome super-silly action/comedy novel (The Fury Saga: The Renegades) ... a genre probably not ventured into much. I wrote it and I love it and its a bit of a doozy (160,000 words). Now it is just sitting here collecting dust, but no biggie. I guess I was just wondering if anyone around here has tried a ?comedy? novel. Novels always seem like they are either non-fiction, romance, thriller, sci-fi, or some story about feelings. I am trying to figure out how to market it as I write the other parts.

I put this in the series section because it is a 5-part series, hence the ?saga? part.
#1 - September 26, 2014, 03:31 PM

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Hi Noah,
A few random thoughts:
I found an 'old' (last year) thread featuring a survey on how many of us write "funny" -
I remember there's an annual competition by a British agency for humorous writing only, but sadly the name escapes me right now. I'm sure someone will remember it though.
Some blueboarders came very highly placed in said competition last year (and probably before that too), so there's plenty of "funny" talent around here!
#2 - September 26, 2014, 09:41 PM
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There are lots of funny novels out there. David Lubar, Lisa Yee, Libba Bray, Gordon Korman and many other terrific authors write humorous novels for teens and kids. Humorous novels can be historical fiction, sci fi, mystery, romance, contemporary, etc. There are even funny books for teens about cancer: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (which I loved). I've published two humorous YA novels. One, STORKY, was a coming of age novel. The other, STUCK IN THE 70s, was a time travel novel.

I think you will have some trouble selling a 160,000-word novel. I'd try to cut it down. And you don't need to write the whole series before trying to sell the first book in the series.

Best of luck! I love humorous books.
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So, essentially, you have five 32,000-word manuscripts that, as a series, create a 160,000-word saga. Is that it? Or is the first "book" 160,000 words?

If it's the latter, then Debby makes a very good point. You will have enormous trouble selling it. There are threads on this board that talk about average word counts for books - and those guidelines are even more important if you've never published a novel before. (Because you need a following for publishers and readers to accept anything even approaching that size of book.)

Is it a middle grade novel (roughly age 8-12), or young adult (roughly age 12 and up)? That makes a bit of a difference, too. If you have 5 mss at 32,000 each, they would fit nicely within the middle grade word count expectation. On the other hand, they would be low for young adult.

Debby has another good point about humor. It's everywhere, even in the most traumatic stories. And although I write humorous books, that's never the point of the story.

There is a big difference between writing to amuse ourselves, and writing for our readers (and ultimately to get published and read and appreciated widely).

Can you tell us a little more about your project?

#4 - September 27, 2014, 05:05 AM
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Debby and Mrs. Jones make a good point about wordcount. Take a look at this blog post by an agent, in which she gives guidelines to all the genres:

Good luck with your series!
#5 - September 27, 2014, 07:18 AM

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