Based on this list compiled by nicole humphrey cook. I think you need to have an awful lot of compelling material, masterfully told, in order to write a memoir of that length or longer. Word count and book length by maeve maddox a novelist of my acquaintance insists that the only way to estimate the number of words in a book is to multiply the number of pages by 250. However, you can plug in some sample numbers using the length of your script and average speaking speed between 110150 words per minute in north american english, if you would like to gain an appreciation for how long it will take a voice talent to read the script. Novelist jane smiley suggests that length is an important quality of the novel.
Voiceover lets get some practice estimating lengths. For a novel, i would recommend at least 50,000 words in length. This website helps you convert the number of words into the time it takes to deliver your speech, online and for free. Word count for famous novels, in ascending order by number of words. How to write a bestselling business book bloomberg. Wordcounter will help to make sure its word count reaches a specific requirement or stays within a certain limit. Number of words should be visible in amazon for books details. Its too much hassle and timeconsuming time you couldve spent refining and perfecting your book content.
Average the count by taking the total number of words counted and divide by three. Smashwords gives a precise word count for each and every b. A single novel can be longer, but once the length is above 110,000 words. Of course youre correct about 2,500 words not being carved in stone anywhere, but amazon might have a good reason for choosing that number. Once you know your word count, follow one of our two methods below to estimate your page count.
The average fiction book is about 80,000 to 100,000 words, which is about 246 to 307 ebook pages. Voice over script calculator, words to time script. They got significant feedback concerning the length of the course. Why does the actual result differ from the number of pages shown by your website. A manuscript for a novel is typically 500 words per page if singlespaced.
This is a list of the novels over 500,000 words published through a mainstream publisher. Bestselling author caleb carr may write novels of 250,000 words, but when you pitch your novel and offer up that number, be prepared for a glacial reception. The trim size of your book dictates approximately how many words fit on. This seems a reasonable limit even for the established authors, as its about the length of the average novel. Knowing how many words in a novel is the first step toward writing a book. Today, even after the introduction of what amazon calls version 2. Well, this is one of those lines that they just did so thats one inch, but lets just see how many of those we need to go the whole length of the car. Our tool is designed to show the estimated number of pages for a typical text written with most commonly used words. The word count is the number of words in a document or passage of text. This is an art rather than a science but here are a few tips.
Tips from raven book design for writers estimating word counts. However, many authors, frustrated with the low price of ebooks, have taken to writing ebooks that are between 40,000 and 50,000. Word count estimates are not guaranteed to be accurate. How to find out the number of words in a book pen and. For a compilation of short stories, i would shoot for at. A novelist of my acquaintance insists that the only way to estimate the number of words in a book is to multiply the number of pages by 250.
It also shows the number of paragraphs in a text file. As we were developing the content, the client started talking to their volunteer base about it. Martins a song of ice and fire series, is the lengthiest of the five currently released books, with a word count of almost 415. How estimated reading times increase engagement with content.
That was the formula in the good old days when courier was the only typeface and typewriters were king. Estimate your page count fiona raven book designer. Calculation is based on the average reading speed that around 200 words per minute. We were working on a volunteer training project, and we had a target length in mind. Regarding what you say about estimating scene length, i have a couple of questions. Youre better off going with the answers given by shawn and marion i guess. Now that you know the average number of words per page in your book, you can calculate the page count with a little arithmetic. The science fiction and fantasy writers of america specifies word lengths for each category of its nebula award categories. For paperbacks you get 2550 lines per page, with 35 being a good average. A rough estimate of the word count in the latter two categories is ten million words.
Calculate book page count using word count for book design. This is a story that is between 10,000 and 40,000 words. The longer the book, the higher the estimate will be. This tool is useful when preparing a speech or a presentation. How many words are there in the harry potter book series. To get an idea of what your book will look like you need to match the number of words per page on your word processing page to the finished printed page. I suspect they correlated complaints i paid 99 cents for a book of x words. Simply divide the total word count from your word document by the number of words per page. Please enterpaste your text to estimate the reading time. By most peoples standards, 40,000 words would be pretty short for a novel. For example, if an author has to write a minimum or maximum amount of words for an article, essay, report, story, book, paper, you name it.
Only 2 of the 7 harry potter books came in at under 100,000 words sorcerers stones and chamber of secrets which happened to be the first two books in the series. One of my biggest problems as a publisher is having authors deliver more than was agreed to. Calculate the number of pages using your current word count and the appropriate formula below, calculate the number of pages you can expect in your finished book. Book page count calculator how many pages is my novel. In contrast, word count is finite and usually i can calculate book length with about 99% accuracy in part because also included in any calculation is a count of figures, tables, etc. Please use the chart below only as a guide rates vary greatly, due to context, vocal delivery, audience, etc. Estimates number of minutes based on a slow, average, or fast paced reading speed. Assuming you use the standard conventions for manuscript format 1 margins, 25 doublespaced lines per page, and a 12 point nonproportional font like courier, then a good rule of thumb is one page equals 250 words for the mathimpaired, that means you multiply the number of.
Thats the level where publishers may suggest dividing a story into multiple volumes. Lewis the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, roald dahls charlie and the chocolate factory. It also displays average length of words used in text in number of characters and average length of sentences in number of words. Convert words into minutes here, some decimals into seconds there, a little rounding at the end and you can calculate estimated time to read manually. This video explains why word count is important and the word count ranges for various kinds of books. This number was significantly different from the average we had seen for the estimated print length that had been given in the product details of each books amazon sales page. On the upper end, a novel over 110,000 words is considered an epic. If you are an author of a book or know of a books accurate wordcount, contact me. Regardless, publishers keep cranking out as many as 11,000 new business books each year, according to the coauthors of the 100 best business books of. For fiction, i recommend 5,000 words or more for short stories.
The length can vary greatly between genres, though. Word count for famous novels organized by hawthorn mineart, under books, writing. We can estimate the cost of your audiobook by multiplying a per finished hour narrator rate with the estimated length of your finished recording. Under 500 words can be described as flash fiction between and 8000 words is a short story also, most short story competitions will stipulate their required word length for entry between 5000 and 10,000 words is a long short story. If so, the number and size of your images will affect your page count.
We explain two easy methods to estimate your books page count. Armed with these word counts, i now have a range of lengths that have been proven popular. Search for a book, tell us how fast you read, and start reading. Youll use the word count in your word document to calculate book page count. No matter how much you adjust the other variables, if the ms is only 50,000 words in length instead of 95,000, then you have a problem if the book was announced as being 288 pages in length but the most it can be stretched to is 160 pages. However sometimes, like today, the reverse happens. To save the time and effort of counting wordbyword, often a rule of thumb for the average number of words per line was used, such as 10 words per. Readers of individual genres anticipate certain book lengths, and so do publishers.
Enter the word count into the tool below or paste in text to see how many minutes it will take you to read. Also, the chapters are evenly divided into 3 titled parts. The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. Jeannette wallss the glass castle, which must be more than. Estimating elearning course length elearning uncovered. For most publishers, a book is novellength when its between 50,000 and 110,000 words. This also covers whether the length of your book classifies as a short story, novella. The best way to estimate the length of your paper is to estimate the number of words. At a writers conference i recently attended, publishing veteran jane friedman said 80,000 words is good for most fiction, below 60,000 isnt novel length territory, and above 120,000 is likely too much.
Before our book page count calculator, you had to dig around through multiple sources to figure out how many words per page for your exact font size and then do the math. With a track record to back them up, established writers have greater flexibility. For average word counts based on genre, see this handy reference. This should capture the authors writing style and provide a reliable estimate of the number of words used by the. Notice that the average number of words known by a 22yearold 17,200, as estimated by goulden et al. Estimate your page count book designer linda parke. If we include such words into analysis, the mean length will increase up to 9 or 10 letters. First of all, find your word count in word by opening your document and looking at the bottom left of your screen. The hunger games has 27 untitled chapters, and about 3700 words per chapter.
The figure was found through looking at a number of books text stats, until brave new worlds 64,531 word count landed in the exact center of all books50% of books have fewer words and 50% of books have more words. A 90,000 word count signals to professionals that you know what you are doing. Find out how long it will take you to read any book by using our book word count search. Reading length is a participant in the amazon services llc associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
Generally, 50,000 would be considered the minimum word count, and ideally a novel should be over 70,000 words. What follows is a rough guide to book length expectations in certain genres. Personally, i recommend at least 10,000 words for nonfiction, unless you can do it justice in less. Enter the average number of words per line, and then hit submit below.
However, it will be on the short side, as the average length of a novel hovers around 50,00070,000 words. How many words per page are there in a typical novel. Different kinds of books should be a different length. This averages to about 22 to 23 chapters per novel, with the average chapter length around 4,280 words. The book with the least total number of words is sorcerers stones, while the book with the most words is order of the phoenix. Classification word count novel over 40,000 words novella 17,500 to 40,000 words novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words short story under 7,500 words. Word count for famous novels organized commonplace book. When the final work is printed for sale and published, the number of words per page will differ. It is an estimated value of time in which your text can be read. I believe they know what theyre talking about and i clearly didnt. When you query a publisher, its customary to include your novels estimated word count.
However, it will be on the short side, as the average length of a novel hovers. It is feasible to count the number of words in a published chapter. That said, if your book is around 40,000 words, youre in good company. You wont get exact, but youre wondering whether 35k is reasonable, so you dont need exact. I publish my books first on smashwords and then, after they pass vetting for the smashwords premium catalog, i publish them on amazon as well. Amazon ebook page length by genre kindle page length. What is a good way to get the word count of a kindle book. The number of minutes you will take is dependent on the number of words and your speed of speech, or reading speed. A story that is over 40,000 words is generally considered a novel. For manuscripts, the answer is about 250300 words per page if it is doublespaced. According to amazons great text stats feature, the median length for all books is about 64,000 words.904 768 1246 517 1328 944 57 396 103 1039 716 1001 1346 987 6 1212 1145 1248 858 883 766 1144 1279 716 1109 1487 159 201 1225 310 1030 595 1363 1443 628 278 557 7 822 669 151 634