Too Much? Not Enough?

Ever since this summer, I’ve been a smidge worried about the word count of Children of Pride. Chalk it up to my day job as an editor: I want the text to fit the space allotted, neither (terribly) too much nor (terribly) too little. My first novel looked a tad sparse when compared to the massive tomes my daughter usually reads!

So I was pleased to find this three-year-old post by Jacqui Murray about Word Count by Genre. It provides a basic rule of thumb for the desired word counts for various genres—yay!—and then goes on to list word counts for several famous novels—double yay!

Oh, and apparently I’m a worry wart. Children of Pride weighs in somewhere between The Adventures and Tom Sawyer (69,066) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (77,325). So we’re good to go. 🙂

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