Literature and word-count. Does it matter?
I recently had two outstanding clients’ works of Literature rejected by agents I’ve worked with for many years. In both instances, the books were niche-oriented and fit in perfectly with the boutique nature of the respective literary agencies.
It’s always hard to get the real reason why a manuscript wasn’t signed. However, I got the impression each book didn’t contain adequate word-count. Meaning, neither story was tome-length.
In the Literature genre, it seems as though a book must approach THE GOLDFINCH to get an agent’s attention. A literary work that’s 75,000-85,000 words won’t get beyond treading water. This seems even more of an issue if a debut author is involved.
Very disappointing when a high-quality manuscript is rejected for word-count alone. Yet the facts seem indisputable.