It’s an Either/Or Kinda Thing

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Words that don’t incite a lot of confidence when reading a query letter:

“My story is 60,000 words and counting…”

Um. Either you’re done writing, or you aren’t.

I rarely have my tinfoil hat on these days (messes with my hair and gives the Rescue Beagles too much mirth), so I have no idea what “and counting” means, other than you’re still tinkering/rewriting. This makes me wonder why you’re querying. It’s a small thing, but you can see where it may put an editor’s mindset.

Only query if you’re done done done. That way, your word count will be a finite thing – 65,000 words. Not “and counting.”

Thus endeth today’s tidbit.

 

2 Responses to It’s an Either/Or Kinda Thing

  1. ericjbaker says:

    Why would someone query the first draft of an unfinished manuscript?

  2. Oh you’d be surprised, Eric

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