How many words in a novel?

Although they are not engraved in law, there are guidelines surrounding the length of your novel. Each genre has its own guileline to an acceptable word count. An interesting article on http://www.litrejections.com/word-count/ defines the commonly accepted boundaries for length of the following genres.

  • Literary / Commercial / Women’s: 80,000 to 110,000
  • Crime Fiction: 90,000 to 100,000
  • Mysteries / Thrillers / Suspense: 70,000 to 90,000
  • Romance: 40,000 to 100,000
  • Fantasy: 90,000 to 100,000
  • Paranormal: 75,000 to 95,000
  • Horror: 80,000 to 100,000
  • Science-Fiction: 90,000 to 125,000
  • Historical: 100,000 to 120,000
  • Young Adult Fiction (YA): 50,000 to 80,000
  • New Adult Fiction: 60,000 to 85,000
  • Middle Grade: 25,000 to 40,000
  • Picture Books: 500 to 700
  • Novella: 20,000 to 50,000
  • Non-Fiction: 70,000 to 110,000
  • Short Stories: 1000 to 8,000
  • Flash Fiction: 100 to 500

 

Inevitably there are exceptions to the number of words in some books, but the figures above indicate the commonly accepted norms for the various genres.

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