A very brief post for the night. (I spent too many hours losing money on slot machines today – the things I do for my mom.)
I see a LOT of posts on the forums where newbie authors are talking about their first novel that they’ve slaved over for years and years and when they mention a word count I cringe. The post usually reads something like, “I spent the last ten years working on my novel and it’s finally done at 280,000 words” or something similar.
Unfortunately, these poor souls will then sub their novel and never understand why they’re getting form rejections. So, in the interest of spreading the knowledge, I present a good resource on average word counts for various genres:
As the post says, there are always exceptions to the rules. But you better be damned good if you’re going to get away with breaking them and it’s always better to know what they are first.