Query Rejections Due To Word Count

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Here, I did an analysis of tweets from agents that specifically rejected queries due to length. For example,

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Here’s the chart (click on it to see a larger version):

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Red dots are tweet rejections from agents. Green area are word count suggestions from Cassandra here (Update 2/8/2018: sorry, the page was deleted from her website. Check instead the Write Life word count here.)

Of course, people disagree on word count all the time, and so do agents. Here are other blogs talking about it:

Featured image by Anastasia Zhenina.

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  • Everyone’s a Critic - When classic novels get harsh reviews, and even fake writers are chastised, your book will definitely have more than its share of criticism. Or to be more formal, haters gonna hate.
  • Believability is Overrated - Despite the fact they distract readers, and sometimes break the suspension of disbelief, novels with blatant problems may still become best sellers.
  • Verb, do you even lift? - Adverbs, the next twist on my ongoing backwards journey to learn to write after I wrote my adult science fiction book.
  • Emotional Cheat Sheet - This emotional cheat sheet is based on the wheel chart, but it's longer, with no misspells or duplicates, and in an easier-to-read format.
  • He thought; therefore, he was. - Writing can be tense and personal - or how I accidentally wrote a book in first person and present tense.

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