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    Word Count

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by jamezb3, Jul 31, 2012.

    So I an writing a thriller/action/adventure type novel and I tend to get a bit carried away with writing too many words. I was just wondering is there a medium or average word count for each genre?
    Also is it better to keep it trim while I am writing or trim down after my first draft?
     
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    Most publishers look for novels in the 80-120k range. For unpublished authors, somewhere around 80-90k is the norm, if I remember Mom's posts on the subject.
     
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    I would say 80,000 to 100,000+ words? (some correct me if I'm wrong) I also depends what audience you're writing for and publisher guide lines. Everyone publisher is different.
    What you feel comfortable with. I personally like getting everything out in the first draft then cutting things down in the editing process. This means I won't need to worry about finishing and allows more concentration on my choice of words ect..
     
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    Ok thanks for the info guys.
     
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    Kate's and Youniquee's estimates are the generally accepted numbers for novelists. Some genres may have a lower count. YA is more like 60,000, if memory serves.
     
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    It depends on target audience and genre. There are plenty of online resources that really delve into this.
     
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    That genre is about 60-90 thousand. Those are for general novels. Most mystery's are a little shorter, at least that's what the statistics say.
     
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    YA is not a genre, it's a market segment. But 60k to 80k is an oft-cited range for YA submissions. Check the guidelines of the publisher(s) you are considering.
     
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    if i'm the 'mom' referred to above, i generally quote what most publishers prefer for novels by new and unknown writers intended for the adult market, as 80-100k...
     
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    You were, mom. Giving credit where it's due. :)
     
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    thanks, ck!

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