It seems that not a week goes by when someone asks me about word counts. "How many words should my book be?" Well, according to Writer's Digest Magazine, here are the average word counts by genre. Keep in mind that each publishing company, agent, and editor will have their own specific expectations for word counts. These are benchmarks to be aware of - but not necessarily rules written in stone.
Non-Fiction: average 50,000, depending on topic
Short story: any fictional work under 7,500 words
Novelette: between 7,500 and 17,500 words
Novella: between 17,500 and 40,000 words
Novel: anything over 40,000
Adult & New Adult Novels: Commercial & Literary:
How Much Can I Make As A Writer?
Take into consideration these factors when thinking about the revenue your writing career may generate:
THE WRITER'S RESEARCH ROLODEX
Writers, below are some fabulous websites that we think might benefit you and your writing projects. Some are tools, others are for research, and some are great resources for other information. We’re not being compensated in any way for sharing these links with you… we simply thought they might be of interest. When you have time, we hope you’ll check them out! WritersDigest.com - Probably one of the best all-around websites for writers, Writer’s Digest offers information on writing better and getting published. The site also includes community forums, blogs and huge lists of resources for writers. Their sister site, WritersDigestShop.com is a fantastic place to buy all the resources you could ever need on craft – from books, to CD, to webinars. They have a resource for ever type of writer in the world. (And, if you click the button on our website, you’ll get a deal on shipping!)
Merriam-Webster.com - Merriam Webster is the perfect place to look up words and find information. The site offers a dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia, podcasts, word games and a lot of other things that may be of interest to writers and word-lovers.
Publaw.com – The Publishing Law Center – This site also provides important legal information for writers. Topics include licenses, trademarks, copyright, intellectual property and contracts.
NaNoWriMo.org - National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, challenges writers to pen 50,000 word novels between November 1 and November 31 every year. The site provides articles, forums and all kinds of motivators to help them get the work done.
WritersFM.com - Writers FM is an online radio station created by writers, for writers — streaming LIVE 24/7. It broadcasts author interviews, writing prompts, upbeat music and mini mysteries throughout the day.
Behindthename.com – Behind the Surname is a website for learning about all aspects of the etymology and history of surnames. Its scope is broad: all surnames from all cultures and periods are eligible to be included in the main name database.
Babynames.com - Need to name one of your characters? BabyNames.com lets you search for names by gender, origin and letter.
Etymonline.com - This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.
Catholic-saints.info - List of Patron Saints and Patronage – The term ‘Saints’ is used in Christian religions to describe a person who is perceived of being an example of great holiness and virtue and considered capable of interceding with God on behalf of a person who prayed to them. A person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization. The Roman Catholic Church has an official process for creating saints.
Exploreforensics.co.uk - For many people, forensics is a fascinating but confusing field that is full of mystery and intrigue. Whether it’s learning more about how criminal evidence is collected and stored or finding out how the legal system uses this information, everyone should explore the world of forensics.
Seventhsanctum.com – A wonderfully user-friendly tool that helps you to create names (and more) for just about every genre you can think of… Anime/Manga; Beings; Characters; Combat; Darkness/Evil; Equipment; Humor; Magic; Media/Fandom; Names; Organizations; Setting; Skills/Abilities/Traits; Superheroes/Sentai; Technology; Writing.
Onlineconversion.com - Convert just about anything to anything else. Over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions.
Howstuffworks.com – This is a fabulous research site for any writer who needs to verify that the process or effect or affect they are writing about is actually plausible. They cover nearly every topic, Adventure; Auto; Culture; Entertainment; Home & Garden; Money; Science and Technology.
Duotrope.com – Duotrope is a $5/month subscription-based service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submissions trackers, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points they’ve gathered on the publishers we list. They cover anthologies, journals, contests and a host of other “call for author” opportunities.
SFWA.org - Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America – The SFFWA, or SFWA for short-short, is one of the most effective and widely-recognized of all non-profit writers’ organizations. Members have access to all manner of resources and publications and can benefit from the protection offered by the SFWA.
PW.org – Poets and Writers is the largest non-profit organization that serves creative writers. Their website is full of resources, providing information on everything from job listings to writing contests.
Twenty Master Plots
Throughout all of literature, there are only twenty major plots. Don't believe me? Read this list and then, the next time you read a book or watch a film, you'll immediately be able to make the connection... no matter the time it was written, or the author! Of course, there are minor differences in all writing - but these are the foundations where everyone begins.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs
If you're looking for a story that draws you in and makes you think... and then go back to re-read just so you can try to predict where things might go next... this just might be the book for you! "Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs. I found this to be a captivating novel. I truly enjoyed each strangely peculiar twist and turn. It's a little creepy, and little not... and a LOT to make you wonder, "hmmm, could this really happen/have happened? I got some wonderful ideas about "what if" scenarios, and was so captivated by the characters and what might happen next, that I've purchased the next book in the series and will read it next! This is a wonderfully creative concept, and I'm looking forward to getting deeper into the story
This is a well-crafted foray into the possibilities of a different sort of reincarnation. We found the book to be a little difficult to grasp in the beginning third, yet after that, the delicious paradox the author bends is quite captivating. If you enjoy sci-fi stories told with a strong emotional component, this one is a great read!
This was an intriguing story about a female magician at the turn of the century. I enjoyed how the POV of each chapter moved from one of the main characters to the other, and back again. It gave the story true depth. Also, the subplot characters took on a life of their own, which made the story even more interesting. Several times, I was surprised at a hook moving in a direction I couldn't predict... and the ending surprised me, as well. I'd highly recommend it.
14 by Peter Clines
This is an edgy science fiction/horror story with just enough humor to lighten up the shadows. Having a building play a central part to the plot is very interesting; a writing device that intrigues and challenges your understanding of what the page if capable of producing. The story draws you in deeper to the mystery, and the characters mimic people you know in real life. This is a story that makes you contemplate "what if" scenarios, and perhaps suspend your disbelief more than you thought possible.
This is a wonderful book that gives you the distinct pleasure of being inside the heart and mind of Ivan, a low-land gorilla. He's a silver-back, and he's magnificent! The author weaves a heartfelt story of companionship and promises, of truth and imagination not to be missed. It's a book you'll not want to stop reading when the day wanes. It's a forever story that you'll want to share with everyone you know - especially children. Although it's not a children's book, per se; it has a message every man, woman and child should read, understand and take into their hearts
This is a extraordinary story with surprises at nearly every turn. There is a lovely spice of wonderment when a french gargoyle chef and a disenfranchised alchemist must join forces to solve mysteries in Oregon. This is a fantastic read, very strong in both imagery and word play. The main characters are real and believable - even the gargoyle. The subtext characters make the story more rich and add to the depth of the emotional connection as you read each chapter. A pure delight. Discovering author, Gigi Pandian is a true delight! I'm looking forward to my next adventure with this talented wordsmith.
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