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Ugawa
12-26-2008, 04:07 AM
I've finished my first round of edits, and i've cut my 50k novel down to 45k. I'm afraid after another edit it will be cut even shorter.

Is this too short for a YA novel? I was hoping for it to be between 50K - 60K.

Should i add some things just to boost the word count, or leave the story how it is?

*Cries*

any advice will be appreciated :D

XX

Shady Lane
12-26-2008, 04:09 AM
My book coming out this summer is 42,591 words. No one's even uttered the words "too short." In fact, it was at least 2K longer when I gave it to my editor.

Danthia
12-26-2008, 05:39 PM
I wouldn't add anything just to add words. If you see a spot you feel needs fleshing out, flesh it out, otherwise query away.

Ugawa
12-27-2008, 09:31 AM
Thank you for your advice =].

It's actually just over 46K. When i query, should I just say it's 45K - so that it's rounded. Or should i say it's 46K?... Or, you know, round it up to 50K :D

XX

Danthia
12-27-2008, 06:23 PM
If you'd feel more comfortable with 50K, I don't think anyone would hold it against you if it was tad under. :) They'll care more about the story than a few thousand words. As long as you don't misrepresent what's there (like say it's 60K) you should be fine.

Ugawa
12-27-2008, 10:30 PM
Thank you ^^

XX

Madisonwrites
12-28-2008, 07:23 AM
Technically it's a little short, but if you have a great story, then it won't matter.

Good luck and happy writing! :D

MDei
12-28-2008, 08:03 AM
I would say it's kind of short. Typically a young adult novel woul be a 60k to 80k sometime even 90k. It depends on what you're writing. What you have now seem more like a novella. I don't even think it's considered a novel until it reaches at least 55k words. But hey, if you have a great story, go for it.

Ugawa
12-28-2008, 08:08 AM
Damn it.

Well, i've just finished the 3rd draft, and i'm now onto seriously cracking down on grammar/spelling mistakes.

It's at 46K, so i'm going to boost it up to 50k. I have 30 chapters, so by adding 100 words of discription(or something) to each chapter that should boost it up to 50K.

... Is 50K too short?

XX

Shady Lane
12-28-2008, 08:30 AM
Don't add needless words. 45K is FINE. I PROMISE.

Ugawa
12-28-2008, 11:50 AM
Okay, Shady.

As my biggest inspiration at the moment, i will trust you :D. Lol.

X

Maprilynne
12-28-2008, 11:46 PM
45 K is *totally* okay.:)

Provrb1810meggy
12-28-2008, 11:53 PM
Also wanted to jump in and say 45k is fine! Even though my book has grown since then, it was 45,600 words when I got my agent.

MDei
12-29-2008, 12:30 AM
Don't get wordy and add description! I was just making a statement. You're fine where you are. That was just MHO. I'd rather read a short book than read a long one filled with description to take up space and fill in.

Ugawa
12-29-2008, 01:36 AM
Okay, thank you everyone for your advice.

I've received some mixed opinions, but i'm going to keep it at the length it is.

Thank you

XX

eyeblink
12-29-2008, 01:55 AM
I've seen plenty of YA novels in the 45k ballpark - and some 10,000 or more words shorter than that. So I don't see a problem, assuming your novel is as long or as short as it needs to be.

Cassidy
12-29-2008, 03:29 AM
45 k is just fine. My first YA novel was 45 k and no one (editor, reviewers, readers etc) ever even commented on the length. My most recent YA novel is about 50-55 k and my newest-- which comes out this spring-- is about the same. This is a pretty common length for teen novels and I'd agree with the others here who are saying don't pad it-- just write it as well as you can and don't worry about the length. Good luck with it!

scarletpeaches
12-29-2008, 03:32 AM
If your story's complete at 45k, then it's complete. Adding more to bump up the word count will seem like you're padding it.

Just as cutting down a long, long novel for the sake of word count will make it seem Spartan.

timewaster
12-29-2008, 08:50 PM
Damn it.

Well, i've just finished the 3rd draft, and i'm now onto seriously cracking down on grammar/spelling mistakes.

It's at 46K, so i'm going to boost it up to 50k. I have 30 chapters, so by adding 100 words of discription(or something) to each chapter that should boost it up to 50K.

... Is 50K too short?

XX

Don't add description for the sake of it.
My last contract specified 40k - I tend to write at twice that but they don't pay me any more and my writer friends think I'm nuts.
Get the book in the best shape possible but do not add words that don't need to be there.

The Kidd
01-01-2009, 02:40 AM
Question: About how many words do you guys cut out of each work? It looks like my WIP may end up being rediculously long.

Shady Lane
01-01-2009, 02:41 AM
I only cut stuff that's shit, never for word count. My stuff is always on the short side.