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Other than that, great stuff! Thank you for doing this survey. I have about 48, words of a first draft and had no clue if I was anywhere close to novel length. After working great for awhile I was slowing down like a runner hitting a wall, but feeling like I was maybe only a third of the way there. Believe it or not I was going off the page count from Word and thought I was way farther behind. Thanks again — you lightened me up a lot. Very good information. Lucky me I came across your website by chance stumbleupon. How do you retain anything at all or get anything of value out of a 90, word novel that you devour in one night?
This was exactly what I needed. Thank you for taking the time to put it together and thank you to all the excellent comments. I am just starting an alternate history novel and this will come in handy as I plug away. Any advise? Remember that your first book is what will sell the other two. Make it worthwhile.
Story is key, always. Thank you so much for this. This is way better information than Wikipedia. I wish you great success with your books. I need a good number and that seems like a solid start. Do you have a spam issue on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; many of us have created some nice practices and we are looking to exchange strategies with other folks, please shoot me an e-mail if interested.
If you can handle a novel you can read the New Testament. It is very close to exactly the average word count of the […]. I was surprised when i couldnt find an agent. Later i realised my book was too long for a first timer. It is pretty value sufficient for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.
This was extremely helpful. You gave it to me. Also enjoyed your humor. Which tool did you use? The Great Gatsby has around that number 50, words , Lord of the Flies 59, words and many others. Of course, then there are the Tolkien and Dostoevsky, and similar, some with […]. Reblogged this on Rudy The Stupendous Writer.
Thank you so much. This is so incredibly useful. Thank you! Several years after the fact. Just want to say it was not a wasted night of no sleep. This post is 5 years old yet it still gets comments! Oh yes. Drawing a blank so far except for a few very small lists.
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Reblogged this on Scott Kaelen and commented: A great little list of the word counts of published novels. Great for those who care about the length of their story. I have read invisible lives by anjali banerjee. Thanks for posting your words. Take a look at some of the famous books out there and what their word counts were! This is an awesome list!
I need an expert on this space to resolve my problem. Maybe that is you! Having a look forward to look you. I am just finishing my first novel, fiction. I am in the third editing phase just finding errors and I find this word count list. My book is k words. Am I in trouble? After I found this page I looked to see what I would cut out…. Ray, have you considered breaking it up into two parts. I see so many people concerned with word count, and not enough emphasis on quality content.
Things to consider are how you are going to publish and what is your target audience. If you are going to self publish, then you have the final say how many words you wish to have in your novel. As long as the story is engaging, it wont mater how many words are in it. Many times I find that novels are too short, especially if they are well written.
They leave me wanting more, but always drop me off at the magical , word count. So, as I have seen many comments and have received similar advice, I will repeat the advice to you: Write as well as you can and tell your story. Word count can take last place on things to worry about when publishing your first novel. My best wishes to your endeavor and please add me to your email list. I would love to read your story. Great blog.
Lots of valuable info. I needs to spend some time studying more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic information I used to be in search of this information for my mission. Great… Im looking for audio or paper version of some nominated novels that contain only fifty worlds Thats a real Art.
Thanks for this post. Hi, I do believe your blog may be havig web browser compatibility problems. Which would you rather […]. Some of the most powerful books are on the low end of this list. It certainly does for me. Nunca se ha encontrado el manuscrito, ni la obra. I understand the word count is under what I have at the moment, for my virtually finished novel. I think Candide is under 40, Poetry is perhaps more exacting than prose and more condensed. A distinction has to be made between writers who are going to change the nature of the novel and those who are not. If you are in the first case no amount of advice is going to help.
Nor is anyone going to publish your work, as it will be rejected by publishers because it does not fit their definition. Now just go and write your novel. I will not, however, neglect to send my work off, in which case it will enter a zone, publishing, in which a writer is not a professional.
If my work were published, I would not know why. Publishing is the art of the publisher. The publisher knows nothing about writing.
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At any point in history there may not be much correspondence between writing and publication, so you should at least put your work in drawer with your name on it and tell your next of kin where it is. Genre is the prerogative of the publisher. If a writer knew he or she was in a genre, he or she would throw the stuff in the bin and start again. Sorry to debunk this web page, but, a book does not have to be 80, words to be a novel.
I just finished writing another horror ghost novel that is 60, words and it is a novel. In fact, many say that 40k words and up is a novel. However, there is a lot of hype on this. Some say that 40k words is a novella and that 60k words and up is a novel. So common guys, stop lying to everyone so that they will over load their story and mess it up to reach 80k words or higher, so that you are satisfied with their failure. Some stories have a little to tell and some have a lot to tell, so no Author should ever force their books to be gigantic unless the story being told has a lot to tell.
That is pure malarkey. Furthermore, a story can be any amount of words and become famous and yes, even in the present and forever as long as the human race exists. Stop the lies! Stop the hate! The time I spent driving in college, at the gym suspension of disbelief, please or walking […]. I hope this encourages you as you prep for NaNoWriMo! Thank you so much for this informative piece. Now I ask you, what are some of the longest chapters? Again, thank you. Reblogged this on there's no way that's right. How long should your novel be? As long as it takes to succinctly tell your story. How long do publishers think your novel should be?
Somewhere between 70, and 90, words. Thank you for information. Got to wondering how many words est we talked in a 3 hour conversation, roughly 54, words! So last night I wondered what that would look like in a book.