About a month ago, I finished the first draft of my novel, Diary of Bedlam. It was definitely a milestone–I have about 65k words, a beginning, a middle, and an end, and most importantly, I know "whodunnit."

But although I refer to this draft as a "book," does it really qualify? No. There's too many disconnects, too many errors, and too much bad writing for me to justify calling it a book.

For me the answer to the question "when does a book become a book?" will probably be around the time I'm ready to start querying agents, or slightly before. It will then be a complete story with most of the kinks worked out, and it will be ready for the "general public" to read, at least in my estimation.

When do you think a book becomes a book?

2 Replies to “When Does a Book Become a Book?”

  1. Kristy Colley says: July 10, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    To me, money does not equal literature.
    Even incohesive drivel is considered a book, so it’s not quality either.
    Perhaps when you feel okay letting your baby out into the world. I mostly agree with you, Holly. 🙂

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