Which means that many of you will be delighted to hear: My book is too. freaking. short.
|Are you done yet?|
|B...but...but... I asked how to make it LONGER.|
So, you see, contestants, I FEEL YOUR PAIN! (I will, sadly, never feel the pain of people who write 200,000 word children's books, but you're in good company. Plenty of talented writers are in the same boat.) But I know it's not complete, and that's half the battle. I've only done a couple of drafts. With each additional draft, I'll add layer and depth. I've got a few more people lined up to read, and I'll ask each of them to suggest subplots that could be fleshed out more, character arcs that could be more defined, things they wanted to see described, and other areas that will not only improve the book but
Now, I am NOT advocating adding scenes for the sole purpose of making the book longer. That would be silly. But when a novel is only 48k words, that's not a book. That's a novella. And that means, if you want to seek traditional publishing, you need to figure out what it's missing so you can turn it into a complete book. Just like I will.
* No, I'm not going to tell you what an appropriate word count is - Google it. My favorite resource for kidlit is Jennifer Laughran's blog, and Writer's Digest has some good guidelines for adults. And yes, I know that NaNoWriMo is all about writing "a book" in a month and the goal is 50k words. I've done NaNo, and I love it - but what you're writing in that month is a rough draft, not a book. If you're writing an adult novel and you get 50k words down in one month, you have a fraction of a book to be expanded through edits.