As you may know, Being Human is written. I have gone through four drafts of editing and cutting and other than waiting for Erin to read through it again, I am generally happy with it. So now what? Send out my query? Snag that agent? Get it turned into a real book? (Look mom! I'm a real book!) A few days ago I thought about querying, sent my query to Erin and Aislin Keeley, both gave me prompt feedback for me to ponder. Aislin, especially. She commented on the length, saying for a young adult novel, the word count was high. When I was writing, I fretted over it being short, then I started looking around and found out I have nothing to fear.
Actually, I do have something to fear.
Being Human is at risk of getting passed over for being long! Can you believe that? Agents and editors are wary of long novels. Especially if the novel is from someone like me. By someone like me I mean I have no writing experience, no credentials. I'm an unknown. One day I had a dream of a story, wrote it down and kept writing until I got to Being Human and felt that was the story I want to share.
What does that mean? Do I still try to sell Being Human in it's current length? Do I edit more? I'm not afraid of trying to sell it with how it is, but editing it down? I'm really not liking the idea. I've cut enough and anymore and I risk loosing what I'm trying to tell. So what to do? There is another option, one I have dabbled with before. An option that is quite doable.
I cut it up.
Being Human has chapters but it also has parts and there are five. (Four if I take the fifth part that is super short and recombine it with part four.) I take those parts and make them their own books. To do that, I need to add a few chapters to develop characters more and strengthen up the conflicts. Then I do more editing. (Oh boy!) Once that's all done, then I can go back to querying and sending part one (also known as Brothers) to agents as the first part in a four part series.
Easy right? Mmmm, not really but there are my options. What do I do? The easy path would send Being Human out as it is and cross my fingers that the length won't scare agents away. The harder path is cutting it up and figuring out how to make each part strong enough to stand on its own.
What do you think I should do?
PS: There is also the option of saying screw it all and self publishing too!