Too short for a novel. Too long for a novella. Shall I send my protagonist to a godless assembly? and other questions.
Someone who knows what she is talking about told me that I’d be wasting my time approaching agents with a novel of only 60,000 words. Unless I’m Julian Barnes or Heinrich von Kleist.
Perhaps it isn’t ‘fully realised’ ? That’s the posh way of saying skimpy and trivial.
What’s to be done? I hate long musings and flashbacks and I dread boring people. So no padding. Two possibilities:
1. Tell readers more about the mechanics of internet dating, which plays and important role in the story. I’ve found some people are a bit uncertain about how it works. 2. Try to make a more upbeat ending by taking my heroine to a godless assembly. I’ve just been to one and felt inspired and uplifted and I’m sure she would be too. It would be fun to write and since a major theme is how to live a meaningful life without religion it would be quite fitting.
Problem: I’ve got stuck into a second novel. The first three chapters of novel one plus an elegant query letter to an agent were about to be posted when I heard about this 80000 word requirement and I was really looking forward to chapter two of novel two.
Is there anyone out there who can advise or console?