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#1 joshhider


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Posted 14 September 2015 - 03:20 PM

I have a mystery that is 63k words. Is this too short? I am facing auto rejections? If i increase it to 70k would that be enough, or does it have to be 80k? I never even knew that auto rejection based on word count was a thing. I mean obviously it has to be longer than a novella, but I thought 60k was fine. Any experience or thoughts out there?




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Posted 14 September 2015 - 07:36 PM

I doubt the rejections are based solely on word count. 63K words is fine, I wouldn't chase your tail.

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 10:00 PM

I never even knew that auto rejection based on word count was a thing. 


I've never heard of it being a thing, unless the book was egregiously long or short. Which, for adult fiction, is probably anything above 150K or well below 50K. If an agent really loves something but thinks it would sell better if longer or shorter, they usually say something to that effect. "Revise and resubmit" is an option for several different reasons, and this is one of them. 

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Posted 14 September 2015 - 11:04 PM

I also agree with the above.  I'd say 60k-90k is a fairly safe zone.  You can push up higher for a while, or nudge a hair lower, but yeah.  I think you're fine.

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