Monday, January 19, 2015

Word Count for Books

I was having a discussion with a colleague on a book's length and I had remembered this blog post and have found it very useful in the past. It is by Writer's Digest and breaks down recommended word count for most of the different types of (fiction) books written. For those who are unaware, word count not the number of pages is how a publisher or agent will know if they want to view your work and be able to publish it. If too long or short most won't even take the time to read the first page. So word count or the length of your book matters.

They (agents & publishers) have their limits as to length and although you may have the best book you can do, it can be rejected if too long or short. As far as exceptions go? I don't really know many, although Twilight is one and the last Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is too. If you are that popular (or famous), knock yourself out with as many words as you want. Although JK Rowling did keep her word count to what was appropriate for the fist book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. If you don't believe me go to the link below at Writer's Digest.

Check out this blog post
Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post
by Chuck Sambuchino


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