If your book needs to be thicker to improve perceived value, your book designer can help in many ways.
Similarly, if your book is lengthy and you want to keep printing and shipping costs down, your book designer can minimize your page count by creating a design with this in mind.
If you’re writing in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, “word count” is an option under “Tools.” You can also track word count in Scrivener.
The average single-spaced document typed in 12-point font contains about 500 words per page, but that can vary pretty drastically depending on your formatting.
However, if there is one thing I remember from when my wife dragged me kicking and screaming to “But what about J. The other thing that will make you an exception is if your writing is absolutely brilliant. Most of our work does not classify as “absolutely brilliant” or we’d all have 16 novels at this point.
Between 80,000 and 89,999 words is a good range you should be aiming for.
Because thrillers are about pulse-pounding action and maybe some character development (especially if it’s part of a series), the word count isn’t massive. At a writers conference I recently attended, publishing veteran Jane Friedman said 80,000 words is good for most fiction, below 60,000 isn’t novel length territory, and above 120,000 is likely too much.
All of these are average book word count ranges and should not be taken as the definitive word count you must reach in your book.
Word count for novels and books is something I don’t think about too often until I travel to a writers’ conference, and then someone asks a simple, innocent question: “How long should a book be?
” With that in mind, I’ve tried to put together the definitive post on word count for fiction (novels, young adult, middle grade, children’s books and even memoir).