STATUS: Traveling yet again today. I know. Go figure. I’ll be happy when June comes and things can settle down at the office.
What song is playing on the iPod right now? No music at the moment
My agent friends and I just recently discussed an interesting trend on our chat loop—queries for novels with really short word counts (like 50,000 or 60,000 words) that aren’t category romance, cozy mysteries, or YA.
Queries for “full-length” novels.
In fact, according to one agent friend, she says that about half the queries she receives highlights this short word length.
We are all stymied by this.
Where are writers getting the info that this might be an appropriate length for a work? That it would be a marketable length? Standard word length is usually between 70,000 to 100,000 words for a novel. Fantasy can push up to 110,000 but for a debut, it’s going to be a tough go if the word count is higher.
Now I have been told that word parameters are more flexible in the mystery genre but because I don’t rep that, I couldn’t say.
However, all the agents agree that these queries usually receive a NO response because such a work just wouldn’t be marketable (outside of category romance, cozies, and YA).