# What is the average amount of words in a novel?

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It varies by genre. Romance ranges from 50,000 words (Harlequin main line) to 100,000 words.

Science fiction minimum is 80,000 words.

Mystery minimum is around 70,000 words.

Mainstream (someone's gonna cry) averages around 100,000 words.

Source(s): seven books published.

grab a half dozen novels, any novels - maybe 2 fat ones, 2 skinny ones, 2 normal "pocket book" ones. Count the number of words that fit across a page on random pages, maybe 3 per book, multiply that by how many lines there are on a page. Take the average words-per-page times number of pages for each of your books. Add up the numbers, and divide by 6. That is, if you really want to know. Otherwise, like someone else says, guess between 80,000 to 120,000 - that sounds pretty reasonable.

I needed to know this. So, I took eight books in the same genre that I was working in, and averaged them.

They are all from the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.

The average is 194,279 words

The minimum is 117,228

The maximum is 328,157

This was done by downloading free copies from the publisher (completely legal) in the Word format, then using the 'properties' feature of Word to tell me the word count.

This is not necessarily the way a publisher will count words when you submit a manuscript, but it helped me compare my manuscript word count to others.

My book, by the way, is about 190,000 words.

James

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• Anonymous
4 years ago

Amount To Words

"The Great Gatsby," one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century, has very few words, in comparison with others. It is amazing what kind of detail, plot, and sub-plots Fitzgerald fit into such a short book.

I searched very hard to find out exactly how many words the book contains, but in vain. I know that if a novel is great enough, the length won't matter.

On average, there are 200 words per page. Take a look at some novels and see how many pages they have - they can vary, dramatically.

• 4 years ago

Have you seen the difference between a Nicolas Sparks novel and the Harry Potter books? It is really up to the author and their individual story... don't try to condense it, don't try to stretch it... let the story tell itself so to speak :)