I have my story already in my head, and I've been wanting to write it for a few months now and god, I am so glad Camp Nano opened this year! It makes me so happy! *see above gif* No having to wait for Nano in November for this baby!
The past few weeks, more of the story has been breaking out in my head and it sounds like it's going to work out real well.
I also have become more comfortable with word count. I was all like "oh sh*t! I have to get a big ol' amount of words to be able to get this published! 50,000 isn't enough to make a sell-able story!" So I did a little research and found one author say that a YA novel is typically 75,000 - 100,000 words long, so I was like "I will aim for 75,000 words. Oh yeah."
Then I got a FWD from my dad. I guess he gets emails with articles from Writer's Digest and he forwards some of them to me. This one had a link to a series on the WD website called Successful Queries where they actually have agents who post successful queries they're gotten. I found both The Iron Witch and The Liar Society's queries on there. When the query was sent out for The Liar Society, it was only 53,000 words. That's only 3,000 words above 50,000 words. That relaxed me a lot. I am not not as stressed for word count (as being the key word here). I'll let the story unfold into the length it needs to be to tell the whole story correctly.
Still worried about how to keep things going, but I know it'll work out. Always did in the past!
Good luck to all other campers out there! You can do it!
I have a question for the readers and writers amongst my followers.
Do you think it would date my book to have two characters bond over a book that is kind of obviously going to be a best seller for a while?
A little explanation. I'm thinking of having a background character and his deceased best friend have bonded over the Harry Potter books, because one of them is named George and the other is Fred. Now I know people bond over names (me and my best friend bonded at first because we have the same name, save for one letter in the spelling), and people can bond over books. BUT would it date my book if this happened to be mentioned? I don't know if it'll be mentioned or not, since I think the guy will only show up once, maybe twice.
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