Feb. 6th, 2009

Verbiage!

Feb. 6th, 2009 08:41 am
ljdaly: (Default)
What is it with 11K-word stories that will never, ever sell? What? What, I ask you!

I'm at the tail end of a story I'm in love with. I'm desperately trying to keep it under 7500 words, but I'm thinking I won't make it. And just this morning I finished up a late draft of a fantasy novelette that I want to get into circulation. Word count? 13K. So sad for me! That's a decent story that happens to have a word count way too high for most of my usual places. And a fantasy, to boot, which means the choices are even more limited.  (The working title was "Posterity," for anybody who beta-read it and might be curious about what the heck I'm talking about.) At least that one will be going to Jim on Tuesday. I'm sticking it in my thesis while I send it to the one pro market it suits. After that market, I'm not sure. I'll have to look around.

I'm developing this backlog of stories that are likely too long to be early sales. ARGH, I say. On the other hand, they feel like good stories even after they sit for a while. Inventory seems like a good problem to have.

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