This month I have a question, pure and simple - but first, you'll need some background...
I've been working on my current story for a couple of months - it's actually a novel I started in 2006 which I rediscovered late last year and utterly slashed it down to it's bare bones to rewrite.
I have a crush on a publisher (does that sound weird?) I would love to be published by these guys more than anyone else in the world. They sent out notification of a new ebook series for urban stories for 18-24 year olds.... and guess what? My book fits the bill.
The word count requirement is 30k, which would mean cutting 3500 words (easy-peasy, to be honest).
Okay, that's the background; here's the problem:
- I haven't yet put in a few of the details I need to, which I think are important, and will probably mean increasing the word count
- Although this story fits the brief perfectly, the next book may not be contemporary urban fiction - the characters and story come first, the genre can be absolutely anything! I imagine they would want another novella for the same series, rather than just having authors they work with once.
The question: What would you do?
- Ignore the additional material and cut to fit, with no guarantee - of course - that after all that work the novella might not be accepted?
- Or would you write the novella/novel you wanted to and look for another publisher, or even submit to that same publisher for their main list?