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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Words to use this week!

--Prosecco (1881): a dry Italian sparkling wine.

--Racino (1995): racetrack at which slot machines are available for gamblers.

--Soju (1978): a Korean vodka distilled from rice.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Fiction Guidelines

Since it helps to know what you're offering before you actually approach markets here's a quick list of lengths for the various types of fiction. If you aren't sure what kind of fiction you've been writing, here are the word count guidelines to help you figure it out.

* Up to 1,000 words -- short-short story, flash fiction or vignette
* 1,000 to 6,000 words -- short story
* 6,000 to 15,000 words -- long story or novelette
* 45,000 to 120,000 words -- novel (though most commonly 50,000-80,000 words)

Anything more than 120,000 words will probably need to be broken up into a series of books or condensed.

Novels tend to be published by book publishers originally, though excerpts can be sold to magazines. Short-shorts, flash fiction, vignettes, and short stories are usually sold first in magazines--with the possibility of releasing a collection in book form after several have been published.

Long stories, novelettes, and novellas can be tougher to place, but the norm is for them to originally appear in magazines or collections of short fiction.