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Appropriate Novel Lengths by Penguin Group’s Colleen Lindsay

Good information never goes out of style!

I found a link to Colleen Lindsay’s blog, The Swivet, in which she discusses novel lengths by genre.  The information is a couple of years old, but from what I’ve read lately on publishing, it’s still spot-on.  Shorter books (around 80,000 words) are the norm being accepted by publishers.  Longer books (100,000 and up) are more appropriate for science fiction and fantasy genres.


manuscript (Photo credit: El Chupacabrito)

What’s the ideal length for your manuscript?  Check out the link below for the full article.

Link: On Word Counts and Novel Lengths by Colleen Lindsay.

For other publishing trends and advice, check out some of the peeps I follow:

  • Robert Lee Brewer, editor of the Writer’s Market.
  • Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer’s Digest and mid-June she’ll become the online editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review.
  • Rachelle Gardner, literary agent at Books and Such Literacy Agency.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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