Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Is It The Middle Of The Week Already?

Well, I've knocked out just over 4000 words from Forever Home. I've been trying to figure out where I can cut all these words out (30K) and realize that's a whole sub plot. Problem is that I like all the subplots. I really don't want to cut any of them.

Of course there's a lot of narrative I can get rid of to tighten it up. But 30K? Yikes!

So this makes me wonder where else I could send this baby. It doesn't have to go to Harlequin. I'd love love love love to see it in print. I'd love for it to go to a NYC publisher. There must be plenty out there who want more than just 60K stories.

I won't totally give up on the idea of HQ but I don't want to sacrafice the story just for the sake of making it HQ length.

Now back to edits.


Marianne Arkins said...



Most want 70k - 90k+ books.

Sarita Leone said...

I'm sure you'll figure it out. Marianne's got some great suggestions if you really want to keep the length. Me? I'm just looking forward to reading it when it has a home. :)

Kealie Shay said...

Can I just say, WAY TO GO! Okay, I feel better, hope you do too. But, yeah, what Marianne and Sarita said. :-D

Ceri Hebert said...

I liked the sound of Dorchester, but then I saw that they want their contemporary romances to be fun and whimsical. I don't do either. LOL. I write contemporary, but it's all drama. hmmm...

Marianne Arkins said...

LOL... I love the idea of Dorchester, but probably because I DO write fun and whimsical *G*

I'll tell you what... If I wrote longer, dramatic books, I'd seriously consider Sourcebooks. They're up and coming, their marketing dept is aggressive, and their books are carried everywhere (including stores like Target). My .02 :-)