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.
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.