View Full Version : Killed it at birth.

11-22-2006, 02:09 AM
Just send a query I sweated blood over. I thought it was right and tight. No typos, grammar up to snuff, hook strong, neat short synopsis, the works... then... After it had gone off into the wilds of internet land I realised I had missed an "0" off my word count, so it was 160,00!! Idiot was the kindest word I called myself.

So that's that query dead and buried even before it is read...

11-22-2006, 02:13 AM
Actually it has to be really good to be as high as 160,000 unless it is fantasy. I got dinged for a novel that was 120,000. The novel that got me my agent was 80,000.

11-22-2006, 02:19 AM
It is fantasy, and I know it is on the high side, but worth a shot at trying to sell. Besides you can't get published if you don't try, least that is what everyone says ;)

11-22-2006, 02:38 AM
Then send the query out again and add the zero by all means...

11-22-2006, 03:08 AM
It's especially okay since there's a comma there. 160,00

11-22-2006, 03:32 AM
Ditto what's been said. Fix the typo for your next letters. The 160,000 word length is almost certainly more of a problem for many agents than the simple, non-confusing typo is.


11-22-2006, 08:56 AM
I agree, the missing 0 shouldn't be a problem. I actually read it as 160,000. The comma really saves it.

160K words seems like an awful lot for a first novel. It seems like a more fitting word count for two books....

11-22-2006, 10:37 AM
Don't kill yourself over it. Happens. And it's a pretty obvious error. Fix it for the next letters you'll send out, and good luck!

11-22-2006, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the support. It just stuck me as typical of my luck. So much effort and work, then bam! The first line. One big mistake! I am not considering re-sending it to the agent, that would smack of pestering, or paranoia. (which I try to keep under control ;) ) I also know that the word count is against it, but my work does seem to come in at between 130,000 and 160,000. This is the third novel I have written that I consider worth sending out. (There were four before that, which I consider practice runs lol).

I am not going to cry myself to sleep if this one, or the other two I have polished fail to catch an agent's eye. I am honestly not in it for either money or fame lol. I just set myself the goal 10 years ago of actually getting a book into print mainstream, just to prove to myself I could do it, was capable of doing it. I have had lots of ups and down during the 10 years. At more than one time I have lost my confidence, nearly died (really, it's true) the illness leaving me somewhat handicapped. Through it all I keep getting back up and plodding on... ROFL

Anyway as the agent was a US one, my query most likely will get lost among the debris of Thanksgiving ;)

11-22-2006, 08:00 PM
You could always consider splitting it into 2 80,000 word novels. . .Just a thought.

11-23-2006, 02:42 AM
You could always consider splitting it into 2 80,000 word novels. . .Just a thought.

Yeah, well, from someone who's tried that, it really doesn't work so well if it really should be one book. Plus, 80,000 words is on the short side for fantasy.

Seriously though, SJAB, you should consider going through and seeing just how many words you can cut. And I wouldn't say that if I hadn't done it (206,000 words to 144,000) and had a *tremendously* better book because of it.

It is, of course, your choice. you know your book better than I do.:)