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word count question

Postby max2011 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:53 am

I'm sure my brain has this information tucked away in a dusty drawer, but can someone refresh me: do you put word count on the synopsis or just the query?

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Re: word count question

Postby mammamaia » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:02 am

the query... synopsis gets only the title and your by line...
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Re: word count question

Postby Linton Robinson » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:58 am

Put it anywhere you want. Quwery, synopsis, manuscript. It's information. It can't hurt anything.

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Re: word count question

Postby DrG2 » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:24 pm

Only on the manuscript.

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Re: word count question

Postby max2011 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:51 pm

Thank you for responding, but now I'm more confused. I have placed it on the query. I'm debating to put it on the synopsis...... :?

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Re: word count question

Postby DrG2 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:26 pm

definitely not the synopsis. There is no benefit to having it in your query, and can be a negative if your manuscript is longer than typical for your genre/target audience.

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Re: word count question

Postby mammamaia » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:55 am

word count is de rigueur in queries, since the agent/publisher needs that information and will be more than annoyed if it's left out... it's needed for the very reason that if the ms is too long or too short, they can save time and toss the query, to focus on mss that are of marketable length...
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Re: word count question

Postby max2011 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:56 am

Thank you for all the support. I searched in different places and I'm going to keep the word count on the query.

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Re: word count question

Postby DrG2 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:38 pm

mammamaia wrote:word count is de rigueur in queries, since the agent/publisher needs that information and will be more than annoyed if it's left out... it's needed for the very reason that if the ms is too long or too short, they can save time and toss the query, to focus on mss that are of marketable length...


not all query experts agree with you.

as a submitter, I DON'T WANT to make it easy for a screener to toss my novel.

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Re: word count question

Postby mammamaia » Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:46 am

not all query experts agree with you.


who are some that don't?... examples, please...
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