If you’re wondering how many pages is your work, it will depend on how your book is printed, but a good average for YA (young adult) is 250 words per page. So if your work is 75,000 words you are looking at 75,000 words/250 words per page= 300 pages.
For fiction: if your work is below 100 words it’s microfiction (superhard, I love it! For an excellent example check out Objects of Desire by Adam O’Fallon Price ), below a 1,000 words it’s flash fiction, below 30,000 words it’s a short story, below 50,000 a novella, above 50,000 it’s a novel (a fictional book). These ranges vary, but this is a good gauge.
Does this matter? Yes. If you are a best selling author you may do as you please, because you already built a loyal readership, but if you are a first time author you might want to consider a couple of notions:
1-Will you be looking for an agent? If you want to publish traditionally you might want to avoid an extra long or short novel which might look as a red flag in the eyes of an agent.
Second I personally found that standard word ranges have a reason to be. The first version (okay maybe the 35th, but still an early one) of my book was 135,000 word long (for YA that’s very long) and I thought word count limits were silly and restrictive. Well, many years later that same book is 75,000 words and so much better for it. As you write more and more and get better at it you will learn to cut parts that drag and to say more with less words. My writing became more compelling and engaging and my book shortened to a standard range.
Keep in mind that when you write your first draft you might want to be way over your word count, because a quarter to a half of your draft will be pared down and the whole thing likely rewritten multiple times.
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