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#1 crazee_top

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 09:07 PM

Two questions.

Okay, so I've written a story and it's about 25k words. So half the average word count. Is it still worth trying to getting published? I wont be able to get it up to even 35-40k

Though I may be able to get it to 30k.

If I do would anyone publish it or is it too short?

Question two.

With speaking what is the proper grammar and all?
Like this: "Blah blah blah." he said

Or "blah blah blah." He said

Capitol or lower case? And does that apply to commas, periods, exclamation marks, question marks etc?

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#2 Princess_Missy

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 09:54 PM

Question one:

Well, I'm not sure. Maybe, as a short story or something, but the longer it is, the more likely a publisher is to take a look at it, I guess. I think the general YA book's word count is anywhere from 40K to 60K so I would try to write as much as possible.

Question two:

It depends on the context, but usually it goes like this:

"I have a question for you," she said sternly.

^If you want the last bit of text to be in the same sentence (describing how the character is talking, for instance), you need to have a comma there. In cases like this:

"But I don't want to!" she complained.

Or this:

"Please?" she asked me.

The exclamation/question mark acts in place of the comma. If you were to put a full stop there, then you would have to start a new sentence, Like this:

"I try, but it isn't working." Sometimes, I have no idea what to do.

It can't describe how the character is talking.

Does that make sense? Hopefully it does.

Is any of that helpful?

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#3 crazee_top

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 11:59 PM

Thanks Missy!
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#4 Princess_Missy

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 03:52 AM

^^No problem!

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#5 w/peaches

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:38 AM

For question one, there is no way you could get it published as a novel. It would probably be more like a novella or even a short story (I'm not sure how long those go to, however). So you might want to try specific publishing houses for novellas and shorter stories.

And as for question two, Melissa pretty much covered it. :)

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#6 crazee_top

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:07 AM

^Thanks!
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#7 w/peaches

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 12:41 PM

You're welcome. :)
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#8 CharliePantsxxx

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 01:04 AM

As for question one, I think you could get it published as a short story, but I'm not sure about question two.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 02:00 AM

Cheers!
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Posted 28 March 2015 - 05:10 AM

I suggest a Word Count & Character Count Tool to count the number of word or character in a given text. It works like a charm.


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