How Many Words Does the Average Novel Have?


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The number of words used in a novel is typically dependent on the author; however, the rule of thumb for a commercially successful novel is between 80,000 and 89,999 words. The length of a novel often depends on the intended target audience and the genre.

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According to The Writer's Workshop website, young adult fiction ranges from 50,000 to the 70,000 word range, while fantasy novels can go to well over 200,000 words. When submitting a novel for publication, it is recommended to submit a manuscript that is in the average word range of 80,000 to 89,999 words. According to a post by Chuck Sambuchino on the "Writer's Digest" website, 70,000 words is too short for a novel and 110,000 or more words is too long.

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