Chewing the Cud

This morn­ing you can find me over at BubbleCow dis­pens­ing some advice on edit­ing. Like the guy on Apocalypse Now said: ‘Get some!’

Some insight is required on your part to answer this ques­tion. It’s some­what akin to ask­ing what kind of clean­ing your house needs if you want to sell it. You need to clean the tiny things like doorknobs (think punc­tu­ation) and you need to make sure your stu­dent ten­ant hasn’t fired a har­poon through the water tank (think minor char­ac­ter chan­ging gender between Chapters Four and Five).

Guide to Literary Agents — Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post

Via @BubbleCow, a site called guidetoliteraryagents.com has a few notes on word counts for nov­els. I don’t know what oth­ers think, but the num­bers tally with my gen­er­al impres­sions.

Word count Comment
80,000 — 89,999 Totally cool
90,000 — 99,999 Generally safe
70,000 — 79,999 Might be too short; prob­ably all right
100,000 — 109,999 Might be too long; prob­ably all right
Below 70,000 Too short
110,000 or above Too long

Guide to Literary Agents — Word Count for Novels and Children’s Books: The Definitive Post