May 11, 2017 including the most common words for a genre in your books description is more likely to create word salad than to catapult that book into the best seller charts. For average word counts based on genre, see this handy reference. As with everything else when it comes to writing a book, these are only guidelinesnot rules. Apr 05, 2015 it word count 274,407 and page count 417. Across the publishing industry, the number of words in a short story anthology can vary. Word count for novels and books is something i dont think about too often until i travel to a writers conference, and then someone asks a simple, innocent question. Oct 18, 2017 from these numbers, we can establish some guidelines.
Follow the rules of genre fiction whether its romance, western, thriller, fantasy, historical, scifi, or horror, and you are more likely to get your book published. Ive only read one other blunt book, but this is one of the. Another reason to use these figures as a guide is that if you submit your mss to an agent or publisher stating what kind of story it is, i. If you see a book that you think is in the wrong place, tell us. Apr 03, 2016 and i believe pams book is good enough to one day be in that category. Crime and thrillers roundup the best recent crime and thrillers. Fresh from writing his own first sci fi thriller, physicist and broadcaster jim alkhalili chooses. Im not sure if im pushing the word count over, been trying cut back the word count.
Thrillers tend to have the same length as literary fiction and memoirs. I would like to write another post about this sometime, about the average chapter lengths of the bestselling books in each genre and how that has changed over time. Short and punchy books are 40,000 to 60,000 words, but many nonfiction. Because thrillers are about pulsepounding action and maybe some character development especially if its part of a series, the word count isnt massive. Dec 09, 2018 generally speaking, book lengths based on traditional publishing arent genrespecific, except in one case. If the action kicks off with a crime, that early crime is just a sample of whats to come. Readers of individual genres anticipate certain book lengths, and so do publishers. May 03, 2014 the telegraph presents the greatest thrillers ever written. I was scared that agents would reject my book simply because i had got the length wrong. From the vantage point of one who has spent many years in washington, d. There are no hardandfast rules for the number of pages in a book.
May 12, 2012 another reason to use these figures as a guide is that if you submit your mss to an agent or publisher stating what kind of story it is, i. Check out this board full of mystery books, thriller books, true crime stories, and more twisty tales. Middle grade 20k60k words ya 60k80k words adult 80k to 100k but up to 120k for epic f. If your book is too long and you need to cut it, dont fret. What is the recommended word count for a horror or thriller. Jun 18, 2009 if you have written a book or novel, youll want to be sure that it meets the basic criteria of book publishers and literary agents.
In a thriller, the hero must thwart the plans of an enemy, rather than uncover a. Based on this list compiled by nicole humphrey cook. Im curious about your advice compose the novel in the standard format from the start rather than changing it later why does this matter. In 2011, the lists average length peaked at 467 pages. Vikram seths a suitable boy published in 1993 runs to a whopping 49 pages, with a word count of 591, 552. Here is everything writers need to know about novel word counts. Apr 21, 2020 looking to add a little suspense in your life. Book such a perfect read kept me glued from beginning to end. The length can vary greatly between genres, though.
Books with much shorter sections become bestsellers all the time. More recently the fault in our stars comes in at 67,000. Mar 26, 2020 a fulllength book would contain 80,000100,000 words. Since 2011, the average length of a bestseller has dropped steadily from year to year. Each short story contains between 1,50030,000 words. The telegraph presents the greatest thrillers ever written. A thriller is a suspenseful movie, tv show, book, or play.
Surely when writing the important thing is to get words on the page even if theyre in pink comic sans. Does this mean that every chapter must end up somewhere in this range. The amendment killer brookslotello thriller book 1 kindle. How writing fiction of different lengths offers a book. Writers are not only concerned with what words to use, but also, how many in writing conferences, creative courses and in online forums, a beginning writer will invariably ask for a clear definition of what is acceptable in any particular genre.
Wells 1898 was one of the worlds pioneering thrillers, introducing this genre, unknown at the time, to worldwide acclaim. That includes scenes like the hero at the mercy of the villain, but it also includes book length. How many chapters will you need before you reach your target word count. Word count for famous novels, in ascending order by number of words.
There are plenty of books that purposefully play with the word counts of their chapters. Though the average word count of a chapter is around 2,000 5,000 words, it all depends on your story. So should i stay with this word count, or try to bring the word count down. Bookbrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfictionbooks that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves. Aug 05, 2019 that includes scenes like the hero at the mercy of the villain, but it also includes book length. If you love thrillers, you probably enjoy mysterious plots, suspicious characters, and being on the edge of your seat. So book lengths for most genres suddenly had hit a ceiling of 90,000 to 100,000 words. In a thriller, the hero must thwart the plans of an enemy, rather than uncover a crime that has already happened. The best thriller books of all time readers digest. Apr 23, 2018 this post covers why word count matters for novels, the standard word count ranges for various genres, and the word counts of some famous novels. The average fiction book is about 80,000 to 100,000 words, which is about 246 to 307 ebook pages. With that in mind, ive tried to put together the definitive post on word count for fiction novels, young adult, middle grade, childrens. What follows is a rough guide to book length expectations in certain genres. Thrillers often overlap with mystery stories, but are distinguished by the structure of their plots.
Oct 19, 2018 its generally accepted that its easier to market a series of novels than separate, standalone ones but heres an idea to help those indie authors who already write novel series to expand their reach further. Thrillers, though, tend to have shorter chapters of around 600 or 800 words. All book publishers and book designers have a standard they go by to estimate page length. The girl on the train by paula hawkins, gone girl by gillian flynn, the da vinci code by dan brown, the girl with the dragon t. Jan 21, 2016 how many words are in a novel, on average.
What will happen in each chapter, and how much has to happen before you move on to the next chapter. A story that is over 40,000 words is generally considered a novel. Word count for famous novels organized commonplace book. Youre writing your first novel, and you know you must shoot for around 80 to 95 thousand words.
Everything you need to know about novel word counts nathan. Mysteries and young adult books run between 40,000 and 80,000 words. The book of eli the others the spanish prisoner the sixth sense prestige illusionist no way out a few good men drag me to hell saw seven the game following 12. Every now and then a true doorstopper is published. Thrillers and epic fantasy often clock in at over 100,000 words. Its often possible to take a good 30,000 words out of a book without really affecting the. Haruki murakamis 1q84 which runs to 928 pages is one example.
Generally a 50,000 word novel would be the minimum word count. For a few examples, lets start on the low end of word count where we have the great gatsby clocking in at approx. Top 10 endoftheworld novels from ballard to pratchett. Even when i had to do my chores a delightful book filled to the brim with suspense and emotions a completely immersive read where i had to know how the book ended. However, it will be on the short side, as the average length of a novel hovers around 50,00070,000 words. Thrillers involve a crime, and the bulk of the novel usually consists of hairraising, nailbiting attempts to stop that crime from happening. However, many authors, frustrated with the low price of ebooks, have taken to writing ebooks that are between 40,000 and 50,000. Once you know what your book will be about, its time to start planning the structure of the story. With that in mind, ive tried to put together the definitive post on word count for fiction novels, young adult, middle grade, childrens books and even memoir. A single novel can be longer, but once the length is above 110,000 words publishers may look at cutting it back, unless it is a particular kind of book books over the 110k word count are usually considered epics. May 14, 2018 readers of individual genres anticipate certain book lengths, and so do publishers.105 1075 740 1377 1496 584 796 1405 1587 1161 1201 1524 124 854 1531 120 1495 1533 640 202 1375 645 384 1333 1 1073 512 112 1264 51 1081 1027 1132 168 803 1374 17 196 1148