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#1 CM_Fick


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 10:06 PM

It's recently been brought to my attention that some agents will auto-reject a query that refers to a manuscript as a novel. 


e.g. TITLE is a 100,000 word novel that would appeal...


Has anyone else heard about this? It seems a little rash to me, but the person who mentioned this reasons that because it's not in print yet, it shouldn't be referred to as a "novel". 


Thanks for any insight. 



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:55 AM

I don't know where your friend got that idea. Look at the AQ "Examples of Successful Queries" forum. Most do use the word "novel" in describing their manuscript. I wouldn't call it a "book" if has not been printed, but the word "novel" is a high level classification of the manuscript's contents and distinguishes your text from a "novella", "short story collection" and "screen play".

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:46 PM

I've not heard that--but use "fiction novel" and yeah, kiss of death

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:35 PM

That's nonsense. 

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:49 PM

Fiction novel is definitely bad -- don't do that! But novel, what else would you call it? Everyone refers to their novel as...as novel.

Maybe you mean novel vs. manuscript, but that's silly. A novel is a novel whether or not it's published.

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