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I just looked at the manuscript again. The reason I thought it was 100 pages is that's what it was in single spacing format. In double spacing, it's 200 pages. About 53,000 words. Cutting out, or at least moving around, the first 40 pages doesn't seem as fatal as it did before.
Thanks for your thoughts.
This is a general fiction book.
I am reading "A Wrinkle in Time" right now. It starts out with the same pacing as my book. Same types of references to the forces out there. Granted, it's an older book, so rules may have changed. It did win a Newberry.
I'm starting to think the problem may be my husband. One of the many aspects of this story is that the wife wants a baby and the husband doesn't. My husband is not interested in that as a topic. He's gotten to the scene where stuff starts happening and he still says, "Nothing's happening."
And, there is a change in the first chapter. They have yet another tiff and he finally agrees to see someone to talk about a baby. He's hesitant because she wants to see the psychic who keeps saying there are ghosts in the house, but if that's who she wants to see, he'll go just to try and get along.
In my first paragraph I make references to the ghosts in the house.
What I need is knowledgeable readers, but I've lost all my local contacts over the years and I don't want to pay someone to look at it. I know that sometimes people here will help each other out, but I am hesitant to give the actual manuscript to someone I haven't met.
I am concerned about it being short, but don't want to add words to just make it longer. I actually have a short story about the characters from the perspective of an outsider that's fun. I thought maybe I could include it and some other related short stories.
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