First of all, get your minds out of the gutter, you dirty dirty bloggers!
(Now that that's over with), I have a problem. I just happen to be one of those girls that's having length issues. That's right, my manuscript is too long.
It never occured to me that it was too long, mind you. It seemed the perfect length. A wonderful, strong, delightful length. And then...I participated in a live chat on http://www.writeoncon.com/ (a site all writers should check out) with Maria Gomez, associate editor at Harper Collins, and agent Suzie Townsend.
They said: Anything 50k-60k or less is really hard to sell. It's just too short.
So I thought: Phew. I'm definately set in that department.
THEN they said: Anything greater than 80k-90k is really just too long for YA novels.
And THAT's when I thought: Holy shit.
Guess how long my novel is, ladies and gentlemen? Approximately 119k. Yeah. Nearly 30k above the max of the maximums. (Who ever thought that having a well endowed novel would be such a problem?) Not to mention, for those of you who missed it on my twitter, I recently edited my novel for a 4th time and shedded 2,000 words. I was proud of myself. So proud! Guess there'll be a lot more of that happening soon.
Have any of you experienced this problem? How long was your novel? What did you end up doing? (I'm sorry if these questions are too intimate for you. :-) )