Today I want to tell you a story:
Once upon a time I wrote a book. It was not my first book, but I loved it like it was. People critiqued it, and I made changes. More people critiqued it, and I made more changes. People started telling my good things about my book. This made me happy.
So I worked on my query letter. People critiqued it, and I made changes. More people critiqued it, and I made more changes. And people told me happy things about my query letter. This made me happy, too.
And I wanted to query.
But one thing bothered me. . . .
. . . the page count.
My book was long. This did not make me happy.
So I started cutting. Little things at first:
But it wasn’t enough.
So I cut more. Bigger things this time:
But it still wasn’t enough. (Yeah, it was LONG.)
So I cut more. Even bigger things this time:
And while this story isn’t finished yet, I will tell you this: My beta re-readers between each cut session couldn’t tell what I’d cut. None of it was missed. None. And while they did notice the plot changes I’d made . . . they thought it was better.
So if you, too, are struggling with the the dreaded thing called word count, are you sure you’ve cut all you can?