Ya manuscripts can have a word count anywhere from 55k to 90k. This article on writers digest also suggests a length of around 100115,000, and takes a good look at desirable word count ranges for different genres. Pencilthin books on narrow topics that are under 50,000 words are quite common. From jane austen to georgette heyer, check out the word length list today. Writing for reluctant readers at writing world stated count of 4001200 words. However, it will be on the short side, as the average length of a novel hovers around 50,00070,000 words.
As persuasion progresses, jane austen seems to elongate hers, building them up on a crescendo. Length of a book is typically associated with its sizespecifically page countleading many to assume the largest and thickest book equates to its length. The figure was found through looking at a number of books text stats, until brave new worlds 64,531 word count landed in the exact center of all books50% of books have fewer words and 50% of books have more words. If im writing a novel, this gives me 40 chapters and 70,000 words when im done. Also remember because there are a bunch of new novel imprints opening their doors, a novella is 40k or less. Word count for famous novels organized by hawthorn mineart, under books, writing.
Search for word count totals in books word counters. Lewis the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, roald dahls charlie and the chocolate factory. Apr 23, 2018 of course, if you mean i can add together the word counts of all genres in the novel im writing, then thats another story. May 14, 2018 literary agent paula munier says a 90,000 word count is the sweet spot for debut fiction. Apr 11, 2015 nicholas sparks word count the notebook 38,520 message in a bottle 92,760 a walk to remember 49,311 the rescue 100,916 a bend in the road 93,766. Try not to completely tether yourself to word counts. However, the drop in the overall average length of bestsellers over the last 7 years points to a marked trend in the overall preferences of the average reader. I use amazons data feeds to come up with the calculation. But while the length of a novel is to a large extent up to its writer, lengths may also vary by subgenre. Harry potter and the sorcerers stone has 17 chapters with titles, and about 4560 words per chapter. Line count governs length irrespective of whether the line contains one word or ten or twelve.
Average nonfiction word counts biographies and memoirs. The average wordcount for adult fiction is between 70,000 to 120,000 words. The sweet spot, according to donald maas, is 100,000 to 115,000 words. Can be publisher specific, ranging from 3,000 to absolute max 5,000. May 07, 2018 this 90,000word guideline for how many words in a novel is just that, a guideline.
Generally a 50,000word novel would be the minimum word count. I then did a word count after switching to times new roman 60,705. All of these are average book word count ranges and should not be taken as the definitive word count you must reach in your book. For average word counts based on genre, see this handy reference.
Word count seems like a leftover from typewrited days. But genre books fantasy, scifi, or historical fiction are often longer. It should be enough to communicate your message effectively. Assuming that word count has anything to do with it, is a sure road to a writing disaster. Perkins agency in new york says its much easier to market a firsttime novelists book if the word count falls between 80,000 and 100,000 words, or roughly 300 doublespaced, typed pagesthe average novel length. One response to word counts for your favourite regency romance novels. A good way to gauge appropriate length is to check out similar books for comparison. The average novel is usually between 80,000 and 100,000 words. Amazon ebook page length by genre kindle page length. My upperlevel ya novel is 211 pages, 61,078 words, tnr 12 pt. However, we do not suggest writing a novel of 500,000 words unless you as established as stephen king is. Even if you dont have enough words to qualify as a novel, it will ultimately fall into one of the other categorizations. A reasonable word count for a nonfiction book would be between 30,000 to 50,000 words. In 2011, the lists average length peaked at 467 pages.
Put simply, the sweet spot for a novels word count is generally said to be around 8090k. The length can vary greatly between genres, though. Hilo books for upper elementary grades at ala example titles ranging from 1090k words. The graph shows the average length of the top 100 bestsellers in each of the 30 main amazon kindle categories, measured in terms of the number of pages. I have two books on kindle now but the sales are abysmal. Jun 27, 2019 put simply, the sweet spot for a novels word count is generally said to be around 8090k. But i dont like to do things halfheartedly, so here is the bigger picture of length in fiction a novel is anything over 50,000 words. Your best bet is to figure out what books yours is comparable to, then sit down and count the words on 23 typical pages. A story that is over 40,000 words is generally considered a novel. If the word count of twilight is disregarded, the average becomes around 88,625. Neither too long nor too short, this book length signals a novelists competency and knowledge of the publishing market to prospective agents and editors. Stephen king word count 112263 274,672 bag of bones 203,3 black house 252,270 blockade billy 15,917 carrie 60,718 cell 121,931 christine 193,602 cujo 121,150 cycle of the werewolf 15,955 desperation 195,011 doctor sleep. Reading length is a participant in the amazon services llc associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to. Word count estimates are not guaranteed to be accurate.
Are there guidelines with regard to word count for a firsttime novelist. Nonfiction wordcounts sit between 70,000120,000 words. The highest word count was 115,000, the lowest was 47,000, and the average was 75,000. Based on this list compiled by nicole humphrey cook.
Oct 27, 2018 i use the target average of 1,500 words per chapter. They are short books, usually with a lot of illustrations. The actual word count for the hunger games is 99,750 and my utility calculates 94,743 words. I use the target average of 1,500 words per chapter. However, many authors, frustrated with the low price of ebooks, have taken to writing ebooks that are between 40,000 and 50,000. As far as word count goes, there was another question posted that pertained to that, and the answer i gave for that question should give you a guideline for the different types of books. Feb 09, 2015 word counts of popular ya books as i started drafting my new wip a ya scifi thriller i began wondering what word count i should aim for. The average fantasy novel should have between 50,000 and 150,000 words. Word counts for your favourite regency romance novels. Since the new york times nonfiction bestseller list began in 2000, books of all sizes have claimed the top spot. What occurred to me while reading was how the predetermined word counts make it more difficult to query a novel that crosses categories. Just different scenarios the same character goes through. How long is the typical short story supposed to be.
Unfortunately, they dont offer word count so ive created an algorithm based on the number of pages, genre, and the dimensions of the book. Word count for famous novels, in ascending order by number of words. There are no hardandfast rules when it comes to what word count a novel in a particular genre should be. My own past research on ya word count turned up 5080,000 as an average guideline. If youve read our related article on how many words are in a novel youll recall that the typical word count for a novel according to is 80,000 to 109,000 words. Ideally, you want to give your reader something she knows. Word count for famous novels organized commonplace book.
Your chapter length has to work well with the overall word count of the book short chapters create an even distribution of both content and action. That said, if your book is around 40,000 words, youre in good company. A step up from picture books, these are for kids who have just started reading by themselves. However, i understand that the length of twilight is unusually long for a debut novel. The average chapter word count of these novels falls within the 2,0005,000 range. Jul 24, 2009 my upperlevel ya novel is 211 pages, 61,078 words, tnr 12 pt. Ever wanted to know the word counts for your favourite regency romance novels. Each genre and subgenre has its own word count range. I once entered a competition that set a maximum word limit of 80,000 for young adult novels and 100,000 for adult novels. Nicholas sparks word count popular novel word count. For debut books in this field the average word count tends to be 35k and it has therefore become the marker many industry professionals look for in queries from new writers. For novels specifically in the young adult genre, the typical range is between 55,000 79,999 words. While average word length is 50,000 to 80,000 words, this genre has so much variety that word count depends on the book and its intended audience. Surely when writing the important thing is to get words on the page even if theyre in pink comic sans.
We all know of outliers within each genre that have been published well under, or well over, these word counts. Science fiction and fantasy novels typically have a word count between 90,000 to 125,000 words. Remember if there are any word counts for your favourite regency romances that ive missed, id love to hear about it in the comments. That said, this figure differs from book to book and organization to. May 11, 2009 word count seems like a leftover from typewrited days. Word count guidelines do, however, differ between genres and age groups. Oct 18, 2017 the average chapter word count of these novels falls within the 2,0005,000 range. Apr 11, 2015 stephen king word count 112263 274,672 bag of bones 203,3 black house 252,270 blockade billy 15,917 carrie 60,718 cell 121,931 christine 193,602 cujo 121,150 cycle of the werewolf 15,955 desperation 195,011 doctor sleep. Aug 05, 2019 coyne uses the nanowrimo wordcount length of 50,000 words for his examples, calling 50,000 words a good foundation to build upon. Martin and harper lee keep things more evenly paced in a game of thrones and to kill a mockingbird, respectively. Onethird of the novels that come into the agency are rejected because theyre too long or. According to amazons great text stats feature, the median length for all books is about 64,000 words.
Shorter novels such as fahrenheit 451, the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, the great gatsby, and slaughterhousefive are between 4050,000 words. Word counts of popular ya books as i started drafting my new wip a ya scifi thriller i began wondering what word count i should aim for. Reading length is a participant in the amazon services llc associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Famous book series and novel word counts count words and. Since 2011, the average length of a bestseller has dropped steadily from year to year. For childrens fiction, the general rule is the younger the audience the shorter the book, and for ya novels the average is 50,00070,000 words. Now, the page count was dramatically higher using the courier font, but word count didnt change. Sep 20, 2019 as you can see, word count for science fiction books vary widely. Coyne uses the nanowrimo wordcount length of 50,000 words for his examples, calling 50,000 words a good foundation to build upon. I am on the record as saying i dont really care about word counts unless they are so offthe wall out of bounds that it is absurd. Use these numbers as a baseline for your writing goals. If you are an author of a book or know of a books accurate wordcount, contact me. As for nonfiction books, the standard bestsellers have word counts similar to adult novels.
A single novel can be longer, but once the length is above 110,000 words publishers may look at cutting it back, unless it is a particular kind of book books over the 110k word count are usually considered epics. However, there is a wide range of acceptable word counts for nonfiction books. The average fiction book is about 80,000 to 100,000 words, which is about 246 to 307 ebook pages. However, the true word count depends on the category in which youre writing. Onethird of the novels that come into the agency are rejected because theyre too long or short, perkins says. If youre working on a novellength book, aim for 50,000 words at the very least but its better to aim for 90,000.
If you really want to know whats the general word length of a romance novel, look at whats published. However, there are averages and rough word counts expected by publishers. Whether youre just curious about how many words are in these books or youre writing a book and want to compare the length of your novel to these famous tomes, then read on to find the word counts of famous books and series. Do check your comparable titles recent debuts onlyto make sure your story falls in that range. This 90,000word guideline for how many words in a novel is just that, a guideline. If you search the internet for novel length, youll mostly receive the standard advice that a novel should fall somewhere between 80,000 and 100,000 words. Jan 08, 2018 this article on writers digest also suggests a length of around 100115,000, and takes a good look at desirable word count ranges for different genres. I just did a word count of my ya novel in courier new 60,705.
That gives us a rough range of 61,00089,000 words, with about 3 out of 4 queried ya books falling into that range. Literary agent paula munier says a 90,000 word count is the sweet spot for debut fiction. Im curious about your advice compose the novel in the standard format from the start rather than changing it later why does this matter. As mentioned, general fiction for adults should come in at 100,000 words. I found some disagreement about the ideal length of mystery novels. This new project is a compilation of short stories. Everything you need to know about novel word counts nathan. Nicholas sparks word count the notebook 38,520 message in a bottle 92,760 a walk to remember 49,311 the rescue 100,916 a bend in the road 93,766. The average word count for a typical novel ranges anywhere from 70,000 to 120,000 words, with the average hanging. Writing towards a word count might not work for everybody, but having a rough goal in mind certainly helps me when im sketching out chapters and undertaking my first draft. Word count is a direct way to measure the length of a novel in a manner unaffected by variations of format and page size.910 491 1375 1482 1322 308 55 684 899 405 598 138 116 228 661 1370 1575 89 528 105 1324 735 604 359 259 700 509 283 75 1337 1136 1462