So, after 10 months, I’ve finally done it! Last night I finished the final read-through of The Quadrants.
I began writing The Quadrants in July last year, and could have had it finished after 8 months, except for the fact that the original manuscript was 131,000 words long. Cutting out 21,000 words is surprisingly time consuming, but I hope now I’ve come up with a faster paced, more gripping story.
Even at 110,000 words, I fear it will be considered too long for most agents to be inspired to consider. -sigh- So… I guess I’d better google it.
Well, that was depressing! Here’s what I found:
Word counts of some novels by debut authors
Twilight – 118,975
Divergent – 105,143
Maze runner – 101,182
Hunger Games – 99,750
The Hobbit: 95,022
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone – 76,944
And then there’s War and Peace – 561,304
Google came up with dozens of articles/websites saying that to be considered by an agent or publisher, a YA novel should be within the following word count ranges:
45,000 – 80,000
50-80 – I found lots of votes on this range.
80 – 100
120,000 – occasionally as high as this for YA fantasy
Another site said that going any higher than 80,000 words means that you don’t know how to self-edit.
Sooo… despite my excitement of a few paragraphs ago, it looks like the result of my extensive research is… OMG, I’ve got to cut out 10,000 more words from The Quadrants. 😦 Waaa, kill me now.