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    novella

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by fantasy girl, Apr 19, 2009.

    hi just wondering, as mant of you have read the first chapter of my book the innocents race, i have re-written that chapter but since i have my story on estimate will go from 5 chapters to about 8, will this be classed a a novella or a short story as i am not 100% on the requirements?
     
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    It depends on the word count not the chapter number
     
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    what is the average word count for a novella then?
     
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    Novel
    Novella
    Novelette

    Wikipedia has a nice overview by looking at some different awards' opinions and such like...
     
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    thanks that realy helps
     
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    thing is, in the us, there's little to no market for novellas/novelettes, unless they're for the children's, or 'tween' crowd...

    i'm told it's not so hopeless in the uk, in re getting one published...

    from: The Scriptorium E-Zine for Writers

    currently, for a first adult novel by an unknown writer, most publishers want mss to be 80-100k in length...

    YA can run much shorter, from around 40k on up... and fantasy/sci-fi can sometimes get away with being a big longer...

    but you must always check each publisher's guidelines, to see what they will and will not accept...
     

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