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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