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I will answer your first question, as it seems to me like you are asking two questions. How long should a sci-fi Young Adult Novel be? First of all, the number of pages in a book does not matter. Adjusting the margins, font size, or spacing even slightly could alter the page count. What matters is the word count. A novel is classified as any book with ...
Contrary to what the other answers recommend, when you write for children, you must not let the story dictate the length of the book! When you write for accomplished readers, you can let your story unfold as it will (although there are apparently expected lengths that unpublished authors should not deviate from in their first novel). When you write for ...
Set the page size, margins, and font in MS Word to match what the book will be when it is printed. Then see how many pages it takes. This will only be as exact as the information you have available, but it should get you in the ballpark.
Check out Duotrope.com or Ralan.com for novella or novelette markets. There are about four to eight market buyers per genre.
Diana Gabaldon also is a good example of a writer that is commercially successful in the modern publishing world between 140,000 to 180,000. One of Clancy's had to be 230,000 (paperback was 900+ pages). That being said, we as writers are far more enamored with our work than others are at reading it. I tend to binge-write. My last book's rough draft was ...
Find an editor and ask that person to help you find a spot to split it. This absolutely can be done; David Eddings's Belgariad series was originally planned to be three books and his publisher had him split it into five. I think it's book 4 which just abruptly ends at a dramatic moment (the group of protagonists is kidnapped and herded off) without wrapping ...
Novellas don't seem to attract as large of an audience as novels, but they definitely have a place in the market. But if novellas are what you're interested in, definitely go for it! There are several well-known novellas out there, including (but not limited to) The Little Prince, Animal Farm, Three Blind Mice, etc.
It really doesn't matter. Focus on what you think is right for the story
Short chapters are a gift to readers who may not have the time or stamina to handle 70 pages at a sitting. For a young reader, reaching goals is important. As their eyelids get heavy and their mind starts to wander into the dreamlands, they struggle to read just a little bit further. If only they can make it to the end of the current chapter, then they ...
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