Thursday, June 7, 2007

Q & A #1: Normal Word Count

Q: Everyone seems to describe their book by the word count. I'm worried that my story isn't long enough. Just how many words are needed for my story to count as a novel?

A: You may get different answers depending on your source, but a short story is generally between 1,000 and 7,500 words long. It can be shorter or longer. A novella is around 17,500 to 40,000 words in length. Novels tend to have a count of 60,000-200,000 words.

Children's books have lower word counts. Picture books are generally between 25 an 1,500 words in length while picture story books (ages 7-10) run about 1,000 to 10,000 words. Books for 8 to 12 year olds are generally around 20,000 to 40,000 words. Teenagers often read adult-length books, but younger teenagers read books closer to the range of 45,000-65,000 words.

Hope that helps.

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