So, one thing I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is the word counts of my stories. Recently, I realized I’ve hit a dilemma with the word count of Cromm. It’s over 100,000 words long, 108,243 as of my last revision, to be exact. I’ve seen books much longer, so I didn’t initially consider this terribly long.
But then, they say that longer books are more difficult to get published – publishers find larger works riskier, especially by an unpublished hobbyist like me, and 100,000 is, indeed, a lot of words. It brings me to an interesting dilemma about shortening it.
Of course, I should probably try to cut a few things, but at the same time, I know I have issues with being not detailed enough at places. When I workshopped the prologue, the edited version turned out 50% longer than my original draft. Even if I cut like I’m building one of my papercrafts, I’ll still probably not end up reducing the word count much.
I guess Cromm really is just a long story. Thankfully, it’s science fiction, which, as a genre, can be a bit longer than some. Still, this is a dilemma I have to solve.
But even that brings up another issue with larger word counts – revisions. Beta readers may be intimidated by these larger word counts, and I’m going to have fun trying to get the entire novel revised at a workshop. It’s 82 chapters long (83 counting the prologue). Even if I can get one chapter revised at a workshop weekly, I’d still be at it for over a year, and it would be very confusing for new members of the writing group to start in the middle.
I have a few other story ideas that may end up shorter. Maybe I should try and write and publish one of them first, but then, I never found shorter works as satisfying to me – why I don’t put up quite as many short stories as I used to.
Well, I guess that’s my dilemma. Anybody have any advice? Or have something to add about word counts? In any event, White Rakogis, signing off.