Hello! I think I've asked a question about this sort of thing before, but more related to chapter titles when we're moving between different time periods. This time, it's all about length! And if it needs moving, feel free, but the only other place I could think to put this was general writing, and I don't want to clog that up too much. So, a couple of questions. The way I've been formatting my chapters in my latest project has been to make them longer, but split them up. Probably doesn't make any sense. Essentially, I'll have a chapter, titled: eg. CHAPTER ONE: HARPER'S SONG. And then each scene in that chapter is numbered, so in this case 1,2,3,4,5,6. The scenes themselves are mostly between 500-1500 words, and the chapters have all (so far) been about 8,000 words total. With me so far? What this gives me is chapters that are more like parts, which I'm absolutely loving. I feel more comfortable giving them titles, what with them being more significant, and it's actually helping me write. A lot. I'm talking speed (which I know isn't necessarily always a good thing) and, in my own opinion at least, quality. Three months in, I've got three chapters left to go (a lot more work than it sounds, but I feel like I'm getting close to the end of my first draft). The problem is: 1. How will a reader feel about this? I doubt it would make too much difference, but if the chapters start to feel more like parts - and if we've got 9 or 10 "parts" - then is that going to be jarring? 2. How would I send samples? Usually (I know they all vary a little, but if it's any different they normally ask for a certain amount of words and that's pretty easy to figure out) the sample size asked for is three chapters. So in this case, would that mean three "chapters" (and therefore about 20-24K words) or three numbered scenes within my first chapter (about 2K words)? Neither of these obviously falls within the usual sort of amount so I'm wondering how that would work. Usually, with the length of chapters in my previous books, it would be about a 6-8K sample. Any thoughts? I've considered, for the purposes of submitting, re-numbering the scenes in my first chapter so I send the whole of it, and turn those 6 scenes into 3. Wouldn't make too much of a difference, but I don't know how they'd feel finding out that that's not actually how it's written. As I say, any thoughts would be appreciated. Sorry for the babble!