How Many Words Make a Book?

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  1. Kat says:

    I am working on a book about my experience with losing a 9 year old cat to lymphoma. This blog helped me quite a bit. I know fiction works on average come in at 60,000 but I really had no idea about non fiction. I’m going to write about my experience and not worry too much about the word count. However I will try to bring it in around 60,000.

  2. Jessica says:

    Thank you! I was flipping out because my book, which might be about half over, maybe more so, I don’t know, is only 18000. I thought it had to be 40,000! But its for Young Adults, which I am. So I think 20-some thousand will be in reach. YAY!

  3. Grace says:

    Your blog is really helpful, I am trying to complete a christian book that will also have a Fantasy twist- like not harry potter , it will be realistic christian fantasy(if that even makes sense)
    i needed to know how many words equal a book- this was really helpful.

  4. Interesting post! I wonder if the trend is the same for all books–that the general trend is shorter.

    Victorian novels were short too, but they came in collections of three. So what we consider to be one volume today was actually published in shorter chunks.

    Dickens published serially as well.

    Maybe it is time to return to serial publication–a trio of 3 40,000 word novellas makes a book?

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