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PostSubject: A Few Words about Word Count   Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:03 am

Every fiction query needs the word count of your work, which can be genre specific; a wildly improbable word count for your genre may earn your picture-perfect query an instant rejection. But how many is too few, or not enough? And how are they counted?

This ezine article lists the basic word count ranges for the most common genres:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Genre-Novels---Word-Count-Rules,-Subgenres,-and-Guidelines-For-Getting-Your-Book-Published&id=2545501

The comments (current through 2011) to this insightful 2008 post by Nathan Bransford on his blog also are extremely useful:

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2008/02/novel-word-count.html

Stories take the words they take to tell. But information about what the industry expects can't help but help. If you're breaking a "rule," knowing what the "rule" is has to be the first step.


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PostSubject: Re: A Few Words about Word Count   Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:51 pm

I've read that novels are getting shorter because of the poor economy. I guess if you cut 20,000 off a novel, it costs a lot less to print and ship.

And since publishers pay for the prime shelf-space, I guess they'd save money there too.
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