I just took a word count of my manuscript. It currently has 2,334 words. That's after I tightened up as per Cyn's suggestions. Oh my gosh. I have to cut 834 words, about one-fourth of the manuscript. And I haven't even wrote an author's note. Is the author's note included in the 1,500 word limit? *bristling*
It needs an author's note. With so few words, there won't be any semblance of a story. Back to the writer's board.