Q I’m ready to send out my manuscript to agents, and I’m finishing the
final formatting touches. Do I include a word count on the manuscript,
or will mentioning it in the query letter suffice? —Rachael A.
When submitting to agents or editors, always include a rough word count on the cover page of your
manuscript (and by “rough word count,” I mean round up to the nearest
thousand). It should appear in the upper right-hand corner of your
cover page, across from your name and contact information, and should
read About 92,000 words (or whatever your magic number is).
I also recommend including your manuscript’s word count in your query
letter. Put it in the paragraph that introduces your title. For
example, if I were querying with an epic novel about pink flamingos, my
second or third paragraph would lead with, Pink Flamingo Dance Party is
an 86,000-word novel about a pack of wild pink flamingos that …
This way the agent or publisher has a clear picture of what to expect from your work.
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