Do word counts count?

I’ll admit. I’m obsessed with word counts.. mostly due to NaNoWriMo, so here’s an article I spotted this morning by Bryna Butler on the industry standards of novel lengths and word counts.

Author Bryna Butler

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There are surprisingly few articles on the subject of word and page counts in novel writing. Yet, it is something that perplexes many indie authors.

According to Colleen Lindsay, associate director for marketing, social media and reader experience for NAL/Berkley and former book agent, the rule of thumb on word count for mainstream YA fiction novels is between 45 and 80 thousand words. She goes on to say that YA paranormal and fantasy average word counts tend to run a little higher with the top of the range at 120 thousand. She notes that many publishers try to stay below 100 thousand to keep production costs low.


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