Note: Writer, editor and friend Melanie R Meadors just mentioned that she sent a rejection and the writer immediately blocked her on Facebook. Seems like a good day to repost this article from my K Stoddard Hayes blog, first posted October 7, 2012.
All of the following quotes are either real editorial correspondence I have received, or real questions from novice writers on various writing forums (details changed in some cases for anonymity).
I’ve written 17,000 words of a YA romance novel. How much more do I have to write for this genre?
If I tell you that a YA romance is 50,000 words, are you going to write exactly that many words then stop, even if you’re in the middle of a scene? Write and revise the story until you think it’s finished and as good as you can make it. Only then should you worry about which publishers accept novels in your genre, at the length you’ve written.
Here are 5 story ideas. Please tell me which one you like best so I can submit it to your anthology.
An idea is not a story. It’s just an idea, and 20 different writers will turn it into 20 different stories. I can’t tell whether I’m going to like your story on that idea until you write it and I read it.
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