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I started a conversation in a Writer’s Group that I participate in on Facebook. I don’t think, however, that I quite got across the point of what I was asking about.
Here is what I posted to the group:
Why is there a word-count competition?
We talk about word count a lot, as though it is a competition to get books as large as possible.
I have written everything from flash fiction (about 1k) to short stories (anything from 2k – 15k), novellas, and novels (my longest being about 130k words or so).
The storytelling style, the story development, even the enjoyment of the story itself varies between flash-fiction, short stories, novellas, and novels. Even with novels, the style of storytelling is going to vary if your book is 80k, 130k, 180k, the Stand, etc.
So, what do you think happened to the appreciation of both writing and reading the different types of stories?
Is there a way to fix this?
Now, people immediately decided to defend the need for things like:
- authors monitoring word count
- word count as a way to differentiate between types of stories
- complaints against authors who list a 5k story as a “novel”
I received a disturbing email yesterday evening, one that makes me very happy that I have diversified my publishing platforms.
The email – and any other Indie Authors out there probably know exactly what email I am talking about – was from Amazon, asking me to step up and support them in their war against Hatchette.