I read through Glimpse yesterday and managed to add 2 pages, pump up a few paragraphs here and there. It’s at 51,485 words, so well short of the 55K I was shooting for. And, really, I don’t know why I was shooting for that number, I just picked it out of the ether.
I think I have word count anxiety disorder.
Many of the YA books that I read come in at around 68K, and I think that’s what is making me feel like I need to have MORE. Then again, I skim a lot while reading these days because I can kind of feel the author trying to get their word count in.
Prior to editing Glimpse for the people at Wild Horse Press, it was 56,000 words long. When I made the changes they requested I make before I resubmitted, I initially cut 40 pages from the manuscript. It just about killed me. That’s a big chunk to get rid of, but I did it and eventually added pieces back in until the manuscript was only 20 pages shorter.
Don’t get me wrong, the editing was necessary, I think Glimpse is a lot tighter now and flows better. Unfortunately, the people at Wild Horse didn’t. So, here’s my dilemma. Do I keep it as is? Or do I add in more of the old stuff to get that word count up? I have one chapter in particular in mind. The editors thought it slowed the beginning down, but I think it’s a good introduction to Avery’s character. It’s all subjective, isn’t it? I hate that.