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Mojo

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Word limit?
« on: May 05, 2009, 07:57:33 PM »
What would you say is the maximum for a short story? When does it tip over into novella territory? Under 10,000 words? I admit to being terribly wordy and I'm trying my hand at short stories to see if I can do it. Curious as to what exactly constitutes a short.

Father Luke

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Re: Word limit?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 08:06:40 PM »
It varies with the market.

Best advice for that is to check
your target publisher, and then adjust from there.

In my experience I have been told as high as  17,500 words,
and as low as under 5,000 words. YMMV.

Hope that helps.

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Mojo

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Re: Word limit?
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2009, 08:48:53 PM »
Thanks for that. Now i just need to complete the series and try to sell them  ;D

jpd

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Re: Word limit?
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2009, 09:16:26 PM »
I'm just a fan of slang...   YMMV.   Does that mean your market may vary?

Father Luke

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Re: Word limit?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2009, 09:47:18 PM »
Thanks for that. Now i just need to complete the series and try to sell them  ;D

You bet.

Got a peek at what you are working on?
Inquiring minds want to know. . .

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Mojo

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Re: Word limit?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2009, 09:59:11 PM »
You can follow the link in my signature if you're really curious  ;D

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Re: Word limit?
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2009, 10:04:55 PM »
I'm in total agreement with Father Luke. It tends to be pretty accurate. Wiki agrees with him too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_count I think each publisher is a little different, but you can use the page as a rule of thumb.

Mojo

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Re: Word limit?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2009, 11:00:30 AM »
Thanks Richard. Hadn't seen that before (is there anything left that hasn't got a Wiki !). Seems like my usual stuff comes between Novella and Novel and I've still got some work to do to get the short story count down on a regular basis  :-\