Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Word Count Warning
Middle Grade books are typically in the 40,000 - 70,000 word range.
Young Adult books are typically in the 60,000 - 90,000 word range.
You'll find publishers who will go a little higher or lower depending on the book. If you're on the high end, you're book has to have considerable commercial value to it for a publisher to want to take the risk of the added cost it will take to print.
This means that I am now in the oh so painful process of cutting almost 60,000 words from my first novel. The process is making me a much better writer, but I would not recommend it to anyone, so if you're starting a new novel or even in the middle of one, make sure you have a publishable word count target in mind and that you are pacing/structuring your story towards that goal. I did this with my second novel, and it has made the editing process infinitely more enjoyable.
As for Finding Home, I've cut about 5,500 words from the first three chapters. . . only 54,500 more words to go. Ouch.