Featured Writing Q & A, Day 1

By | May 20, 2013

In the past I’ve been asked writing questions to which I didn’t know the answer. Imagine that! We’ve all been there, right? Then one day I thought, hey my ACES (Affordable Creative Editing Service) partner Kathleen Garnsey created the ACES Writer’s Advice Dictionary. I wonder if the answer would be in there? Low and behold it was!

She worked hard, and put in a lot of long hours, but it paid off. What a wonderful tool that includes definitions and advice for so many words pertaining to writing. Almost every question is answered in that dictionary.

I’d like to share my findings, so for the next 30 days stay tuned every day to see if any of them help you!

Today’s Question: My story is 9,000 words long. Is that still considered a short story or would it be a novella?

Answer: It’s a novelette. General consideration is as follows: Flash Fiction, under 1,000 words; short story, 1,000 – 7,500 words; novelette, 7,500 – 17,500 words; Novella; 17,500 – 40,000 words; novel, over 40,000 words. The length varies by publisher as to what word count they accept. Always check guidelines, publishers will not accept manuscripts that do not fall within the acceptable word count of the genre/line you are submitting to. (See word count.)