One of the agents I’m talking to asked me to scale my Bad Fairy book back from 146,000 words to 115,000 or less because that fits the length that’s commonly accepted in the market for first novels. If I can do that then she’ll look at it.
I considered it for a while and decided that even though it’d likely be hell, she’s probably doing me a favor. I’ve had a couple full-manuscript-reading agents end up passing on my project citing a saggy middle or problems with the pacing. So . . . maybe an ultimatum like this is the best way to help me tighten it up, like it or not.
It’s just frustrating because I already got it down to 146,000 words from its original 171,000 words (mostly with Jessie’s help), and I thought THAT was monumental. The ridiculous word count was part of the reason I never entered this book in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition; they have a word cap of 150,000 words. I was astounded when I slipped below that for the first time.
And now I’ve gotta do it again. I’m not looking forward to it but I need to roll up my sleeves.
In the meantime, I made a comic about it for So You Write. Haha.