Congrats on making it through 30, 40, or 100 thousand words! Or more. Or less. Broadly speaking, if you hit between 50,000 and 100,000, you’re in the right range for most genres, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
If you’re confident that your novel and your query letter to agents are as awesome as possible, do me a favor and check yourself against these reminders anyway, just to be sure. It’s a free download.
Now: Does your first word, sentence, paragraph, and page really snap? Will it compel an agent to read on to page 2? The reality is, most agents aren’t going to bother reading the five or ten pages they may have requested in their submission requirements; they simply have too many queries to get through. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that most mistake or missteps I see in the first page of a manuscript, those same mistakes or missteps will be found throughout the story. So let’s take a look at yours together and make sure Page One of your novel is all it can be.
If you’re not sure your manuscript is working — maybe the pacing is off, the plot thin, the characters cardboard, or the dialogue wooden — consider one-on-one mentoring, where I’ll read your entire novel and give you the best feedback possible. Do not sign up for this if you can’t afford it (see fictionmentor.com/business for more on that topic!). Click the button below for more information on how mentoring works! (Clicking will open a new informational pop-up window.)