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can you have a 8000 word book?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Um. Yes? People have had 20 x more than that

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    8000 words is a middling long short story.

    If you're self-publishing you could produce it as a pamphlet.

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes, that would be the short end of a novelette and somewhat shorter than a novella. It could also be a fairly long short story.

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  • 1 month ago

    a short story of 16-pages: "waiting for godot" by samuel beckett.

    80000 words/ 500 words per page = 16-pages.

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  • 1 month ago

    Not a novel, that's for sure. Novels are 60,000 words. Picture books have an upper limit of 500 words. So you'd be looking at a chapter book for kids under the age of 12.

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  • Speed
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The absolute minimum word count for a modern book is far more than 8000 words. You're in the range of a somewhat long short story.

    Books for adults in the present market start at around 60,000 words, and only a few genres are open to works that short.

    (Yes, there are books much shorter than that, but I'm talking present day publishing.)

    Of course, if this is a book for kids, or a book intended to be more about illustrations than text, everything changes.

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  • oikoσ
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    1 month ago

    You can have books of any length. The shortest one would be "Wit and Wisdom of Donald Trump". The longest one would be a book of his lies and misstatements.

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  • Liz
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    LOL your question reminds of the the book War and Peace! I don't know if it had 8000 words but it was massively wordy and exceedingly boring.

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  • j153e
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You could have 8 to 10 1,000 word children's picture books or 1/2 of a middle school book.  Those are ballpark numbers literary agents would like.

    If you're self-publishing (plenty of help online, reasonably inexpensive, as few copies as you care to have to distribute), any number of words is acceptable.

    Related:

    Creation:  Artistic and Spiritual.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes you can. It better be something good to read if you want people to read it though.

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