As I shop my time travel romance around to publishers, I have to wonder why they can't all get togther and come up with a uniform word count for romance novels.
Case in point: When I completed the first draft of my time travel, I found it was too short to submit to the first publisher I wanted to target. So, during revision I added words and whole scenes, even chapters to get up to the minimum word count accepted.
I queried first, then got a request for a partial, but the partial was rejected. So, on to the second publisher on my list.
But this publisher didn't go by estimated word count based on number of pages. They wanted an exact computer word count. And, I came up short again. Now, I had to add more words, scenes and chapters to make the minimum number of words.
I submited the partial, got the request for the full. But, the manuscript was rejected.
Now, I'm moving on to the next publisher on my list and finding that the novel is too long.
Meaning, if I want to query them, I have to do some serious cutting. And I mean serious cutting.
Well, what's a writer to do? It would just make things a whole lot easier for us, if the publishers could get together.
Don't you all agree?