Average number of words in a book?
Does anyone know what the number of words would be in the average paperback in the top seller's list?
- 1 decade agoBest answer
I would say around 80,000.
Every publisher has their own guidelines as to word counts and what's what, but here is a general idea according to what I've heard over the years...
Short... 7,000 to 20,000
Novella... 20,000 to 40,000
Catagory... 40,000 to 65,000
Novel... 65,000 to 90,000
Novel Plus... 90,000 to 120,000
Super Novel... 120,000+
But wikipedia says differently...
Flash Fiction... 1,000 to 3,000
Short... 3,000 to 15,000
Novelette... 7,500 to 17,500
Novella... 17,500 to 40,000
Novel... 40,000 to 75,000
- HollyLv 44 years ago
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General rule of thumb is that a novel is 80k to 100k, but you can have 120k on larger novels. The 250-words-per-page rule is a copysetting estimate. That is saying a page with 12-point font and double spaced with 1-inch margins all around will average about 250 words, which were averaged at I believe 5 letters per word. Most people just go by the word processing software's count these days. The page length of novels can vary greatly depending on width of the margin, font size, and the spaces between lines. I'm sure you've seen some books that have hardly any margin and some with really wide margins? If you figure out the number of characters per page and multiplied by the # of pages, you would be able to see that there can be similar word counts for different sized books. Or widely divergent word counts for books of the same size. Crazy, isn't it? There are many sites out there to answer a new writer's questions. Here's one article dealing with the 250 page question:
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- MutlyLv 51 decade ago
It depends on the genre, target audience, etc. the general rule of thumb is usually about 48,000-50,000 words. If you're looking to get published check out the Writer's Market. Some publishers have the word count their looking under their submission guidelines.
- Math☻NerdLv 41 decade ago
if you are looking to publish a book, keep it under 100,000 , since most others are rejected merely because of their huge size, though many are good, publishers are too crammed to read the largere ones
- 1 decade ago
The slim paperbacks probably have around 65,000 words in them. Medium size would be about 100,000 words. Big fat paperbacks could be 150,000 words or more.