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>>>>If you're seriously considering stretching the story to make it the same length as other successful works in the genre, may I suggest a repeat viewing of Armageddon (the one with Bruce Willis)? And then contrast it with The Full Monty.

Kate: Okay, you've lost me with that comparison. (Never mind the fact that I haven't seen TFM.)

>>>>In short, let the story be the length it is. When your readers find you ;-), they will thank you for it.

Well, right now I have no idea how long it will be, but I suspect I'll have trouble getting to 100K words (which seems like a typical length for a SF novel these days). The way the book is structured, with a number of adventures along the way as the crew explores alien portals and various worlds, there is no reason I couldn't fit another planet or two in the middle somewhere if I need to, without hurting the overall story (maybe helping it if I do it right).

I just don't want to end up in the "no man's land" of a novella/novelette. Too short for it's own book, but too long for a short story anthology. How many novellas do you run across? Not many. A publisher isn't going to want to publish, say, a 180 page book these days. The cost of manufacturing, promoting, shipping, accounting for sales, etc., would make the cover price prohibitive. (Would you pay $5.99 for a 180-page novel from an unknown writer?) In other words, there is no point in staopping at 60K words if no one will buy a book shorter than 80K.

I'm shooting for about 300 (333-word) pages, but if I only make it to 250 and I'm happy with the story, I won't worry about it too much (unless an editor says "It's good, but a bit short."). Below that, though, and I think I'll have to do some beefing up.

Mark. (Of course, 60K words may be great for a screenplay.... <g>)
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