I like to think my writing is succinct. That doesn’t mean it is. I recently learned at the NCW Conference that editors frown at manuscripts more than 90,000 words. Especially from debut authors. Mine stood at 100,000. I now had the equivalent of five chapters to cut. Yikes! Where to begin…
My manuscript was fat. Now, I could have whined that I had world-building elements, or that I had a lot of story to pack into those pages. Both are true. But if 90,000 words is the competitive length, I wanted my story to run on lean muscle when it sits on a shelf in the same store as all the New York Times Bestsellers. Time to hit the treadmill.