I don’t have an update for you today. I promise I’ll get some sort of update for you tomorrow. Today, instead, I want your thoughts on novel length. I’ve spent the last three days in solitude and have pumped 5,000 words into a new novel. With the creative juices flowing, I don’t plan on limiting what comes out. Still, I can’t help but think about the possibility of getting something published some day. With that in mind, I know full well that novel length is important.
My first novel was far too long for a Young Adult Novel (or any novel by someone who isn’t already published). Fire Saviors was 123,000 Words. My second novel–The Saints–was a publishable length at 76,000 Words. Too bad it was a sequel. My third novel was far too short for literary/mystery fiction: Only 46,000 Words. Although I don’t consider word length all that important compared to content, I know it plays a role. In order to give my new novel a solid chance at being picked up, I know it needs to fall within a certain length.
I’m pretty sure that length is about 70,000-100,000. Ideal length is somewhere around 70,000-80,000. I want to know what everyone else thinks on the matter. Do you even think about things like this when you write? I don’t actively think about selling my work as I write. I know what I need to do to get published on most levels…I just can’t bring myself to write for anyone but me. That’s why I have a blog that may–some day–make it harder for a publisher to take me on.