How long is a short novel?

A. There are general guidelines for each literary category: Short stories range anywhere from 1,500 to 30,000 words; Novellas run from 30,000 to 50,000; Novels range from 55,000 to 300,000 words, but I wouldn't recommend aiming for the high end, as books the length of War & Peace aren't exactly the easiest to sell.
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What is the average word count for a novel?

But while the length of a novel is to a large extent up to its writer, lengths may also vary by subgenre; many chapter books for children start at a length of about 16,000 words, and a typical mystery novel might be in the 60,000 to 80,000 word range while a thriller could be well over 100,000 words.
  • What is the average length of a word?

    Average word length was counted in different languages though sometimes the data don't match. As for the English language, it makes 5.1 letters [17, 18], as for the Russian language it makes 5.28 [19].
  • How many words are in a short story?

    A. There are general guidelines for each literary category: Short stories range anywhere from 1,500 to 30,000 words; Novellas run from 30,000 to 50,000; Novels range from 55,000 to 300,000 words, but I wouldn't recommend aiming for the high end, as books the length of War & Peace aren't exactly the easiest to sell.
  • How many pages are in the average novel?

    In the days of the typewriter, a double-spaced page with 1-inch margins would hold an average of 250 words. So you could assume that since 4 pages = 1000 words, 240 pages = 60,000 words, which was the typical length for most mainstream and mystery novels.
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How many words are in a romance novel?

My friend is a literary agent who mostly works with YA novels, but she told me recently that I should aim for about 75,000 words for my book, which I'm currently speccing out as a romance novel or maybe chick-lit, depending on how the genre-bending shakes out. (Her numbers are 250 words per page, and about 250 pages.)
  • How much is 60 000 words?

    30,000 words is 60 pages single spaced, 120 pages double spaced. 40,000 words is 80 pages single spaced, 160 pages double spaced. 50,000 words is 100 pages single spaced, 200 pages double spaced. 60,000 words is 120 pages single spaced, 240 pages double spaced.
  • How many pages is 50 000 words in a book?

    Pretty much, it's about 250 words per page for a novel. Heavy dialogue will mess with that, but for the most part it's going to be 250 a page. If you have 50,000 words, that should be 200 pages. It depends on what you mean by standard paperback.
  • How many words does a short story have to be?

    A. There are general guidelines for each literary category: Short stories range anywhere from 1,500 to 30,000 words; Novellas run from 30,000 to 50,000; Novels range from 55,000 to 300,000 words, but I wouldn't recommend aiming for the high end, as books the length of War & Peace aren't exactly the easiest to sell.

Updated: 7th December 2019

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