Friday, March 4, 2011

Word Counts for Novels

I culled this info from Agent sites and hope it helps all you other wannabe writers out there:


MG or Middle grade fiction
= 25k-40k
YA or Young Adult = 45k-80k;
PR or Paranormal Romance = 85k-100k
Romance = 85k-100k
Cozy mysteries = 65k-90k
Horror = 80k-100k
Sci-Fi = 90k-110k

5 comments:

David Batista said...

I think these are all pretty spot-on from what I already knew of the subject. Although I'd like to add that some fantasies go for longer word counts -- anywhere between 120k - 175k.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Huh, now I'm curious to see where my current WIP is at!

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks--it's great to have an update on these numbers. This aligns with what I caught from a recent agent/editor interview.

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Kim Kasch said...

David: That's so true. But I think an average is in the range I listed. There are always EPIC Sci-fi and Fantasy manuscripts. Right now my hubby is reading The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - an endeavor

Rena said...

Thanks, Kim. It seems these number change from time to time. My MG is at 50K and I was thinking it was too short.