I'm writing my first novel. It's young adult, realistic fiction and I'm struggling to find a word count balance. I don't want my manuscript to be too long and turn off a literary agent (if I ever get so far as them requesting to see one!). What is your general word count for a novel? I'm at 96,000 right now and cutting. Thanks!
Glad to help. Don't be discouraged if you get rejected - I had a novel rejected that went on to be published and listed for the Carnegie. And ANY criticism, take it on board and think about whether there's a grain of helpful truth. We all get terribly sensitive about our work, and lose perspective. my email is: email@example.com. Twitter @carolJhedges. Stay in touch. If there's one thing I've learned, it is that the support of other writers keeps you going. Even if they're half way across the world!!!
Mine's YA paranormal romance, and it's about 100,000 words - maybe a little long, I'm trying to get it down to about the length of yours. 96,000 sounds perfect! As a teen myself, I have read many YA novels that are about that length, and for me it's perfect.
Good luck with publication!
Awesome. Great to know we are in the same boat with length. I've also read MANY YA novels that are that same length so I'm not getting too worried. I do realize that trimming has really solidified my story though so I'm glad I'm doing it. I'm at 94,500 right now! I think I'll be able to bring it down to a nice 93000. Hopefully that will help!
Good luck to you!