“BE” editing happening this morning.
My sister has offered her coffee-stained comments on the first 100 pages. Her notes are animated, engaged and incredibly helpful. For example she pointed out that my heroine is a tad too obnoxious in certain situations and that the flow of information is “discombobulating” at times.
Improvements, improvements! Good luck to all other editing writers out there! It’s a magnificent process, is it not?
Quick update: work on “BE” is going well and going forward. Took a cheeky moment this morning to play around with formatting and typesetting. This part is one I enjoy – when the plain text slowly transforms into the physical-digital object BOOK.
Also, I’ll reveal the title soon, very soon!
Happy writing, everyone!
Harry Bingham from The Writer’s Workshop kindly guided me towards the answer of my question regarding novel length. Put briefly: I’ve got some serious cutting to do. Here’s what Harry has to say on average novel length:
A novel of average length is anywhere between 75 – 120,000 words. Romantic fiction tends to be at the shorter end of this spectrum. Most thrillers will be at the longer end.
Find the full post here: How long is a book?
Having had a search around, I also found some lists online of the word counts of books (which confirm the figures above):
Looking For Alaska (John Green): 64,033 words
The Key to the Golden Firebird (Maureen Johnson): 70,380 words
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling): 77,508 words
The Selection (Keira Cass): 80,248 words
Divergent (Veronica Roth): 105,143 words
Twilight (Stephanie Meyer): 118,975 words
From Hardcovers and Heroines Blog
Breaking Dawn (Stephanie Meyer): 153,000 words
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling): 198,000 words
Eragon (Christopher Paolini): 157,000 words
Inkheart (Cornelia Funke): 146,000 words
The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman): 112,000 words
City of Bones (Cassandra Clare): 130,000 words
From YAvengers Blog
Conclusion: better start doing some hardcore editing.
Not quite a reply to my question (below), but check this post out (from The Writers’ Workshop): How to edit a novel | Write Edit Seek Literary Agent.
A handy how-to on editing novels and digging out that golden stuff from within waffling sentences and over-descriptive passages. Worth a read!
How long is a rope? How much does a rock weigh? How long is a novel?
These questions are endless and equally impossible to answer. However, I must ask that last one.
I’ve read/heard/gotten it into my head that debut novels and YA novels tend to hover around the 100-110K word mark (if I’m wrong, please do correct me), which leaves me frowning at the figure at the bottom of my Word doc: 150K.
Is this too long for YA fantasy fiction? If I’m to pull out creative agency and the organic nature of the novel, it does kind of need that scope to play out fully. And yes, yes, I know, if it’s good enough length won’t be a problem.
But I’m asking outside all of these quasi-delusional, what-ifs, maybes, and generally wishful thinking parameters: how long is”too long”?
Appreciate any input!
You’ve seen the acronym before. “BE”. Among the suggested title guesses my favourite must be “Blue Emu” (which, sadly it’s not).
I’ll cut straight to it: it’s coming out!
I decided to self-publish and I’m aiming for sometime later this A/W, depending on feedback from my beta readers. Final date yet to be set.
This is all very exciting & I’m hoping that you will join me these coming months and be excited with me. Any handy tips and tricks for successful self-publishing will be most welcomed. Any traps to look out for as well. I can’t wait to show you “BE”!
That’s all for now. I shall put my excitement to rest and finish up the work I have left for this week before digging into this project fully. As always, thanks for reading, thanks for liking.
Edit: I’m keeping the actual title secret just a teeny tiny bit longer. Will present soon though!
I’ve had to prioritise some course material this week, but otherwise I’m reading this absolute gem! Obviously The Goldfinch has been praised world-wide (just look at the quotes on the cover) and most people have unmistakably heard of it, much thanks to its being short-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction earlier this year – but do you realise how dazzling and soul-capturing this novel is?!
It’s one of those you want to keep reading forever and ever. I’ve got some 200 pages left and the separation anxiety has already kicked in. I can’t imagine a life without this novel. And yet, I’m eager to find out what’ll happen next. The plot makes me think of Dickens, and I do love my Dickens. Her language is exquisite and incredibly rich, the plot is engaging and patient.
In short, it’s that kind of novel where you feel every word, every phrase, every event is in exactly the place it should be. Move one piece and the whole would fall apart. A perfect dance of content and form.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Please share your reading tips!
I know I said next post would be about Tin Hut Tales, the world-wide publisher with an idea of their own, but I’ll postpone that for a while as they’re going through some restructuring of the business.
In the mean time though, check them out: Tin Hut Tales website.
I’ve got some exciting news regarding this mysterious “BE” novel of mine instead. Check back later today!