Word Count

SFWA’s Nebula Awards ballot had something interesting happen this year. After the final ballot was announced, one of the novelettes was determined to be only 7,070 words long, and was removed from the ballot because novelettes are works that are at least 7,500 words but less than 17,500 words. I need to emphasize that I am not part of the Nebulas committee and I am not in any way privy to how this error happened, but this is a great opportunity to talk about word count and how it has changed since I’ve been writing.

Yes, something as simple as how many words there are in a story has changed, and radically, over the years.  Continue reading

Countless Re-reads

Logically, if you think about it, you realize that authors need to read their own work many times. We re-read it as we’re writing. Personally, I re-read before submitting. We re-read while it’s going through the editing process. What hadn’t ever really sunk into me, though, was just how many times I was going to have to re-read the “final” book as part of the proofing process.  Continue reading