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Books of the Month
by J.K. Rowling
by Ernest Cline
Word Count for Mystery & Thrillers
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 80,565
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen 98,039
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 101,704
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Word Count for Debut Novels
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk 49,962
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks 48,978
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling 78,792
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Word Count for Series
Twilight 118,975
New Moon 132,758
Eclipse 148,971
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Advice
While it's important that every story find its natural length, it takes time to develop an instinct as to what that length is. In the meantime, overwriting to the point that your draft exceeds typical word count ranges is a common issue — and those widely-accepted ranges aren't completely arbitrary. Overwriting drags down a narrative, turns off prospective agents/publishers/readers, and can cause professional services to become prohibitively expensive. To start resolving this issue, let's discuss in terms of excess of story vs. excess of words. The former is a structural problem; the latter, a technical and stylistic problem. Continue reading
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Have you ever checked your book's word count, written a few paragraphs, then checked again? Well, then you've come to the right place. I'm obsessed too. It's okay, it's a disease and we'll get through it together. Hi, I'm J.F. Wiegand (less cool version being Jeffrey), the author of two middle grade novels: I'm Not Weird, I'm Just Quiet and Race to the Edge of the World. I created this website to help you better gauge your book's word count, because the more examples you see and the more advice you read, the more confident you'll be. Continue reading
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