How do word counts translate into pages? 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.
The length of your work will define the type of work. 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 ). Less than 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 rule of thumb.
The length of a novel will depend on the genre; YA (young adult), on average, is 50,000-80,000, any other fiction genre is between 80,000 and 100, 000 with the exception of historical and science fiction that can get up to 120,000 words. Look up your specific genre (once you figure it out).
1-Is your novel really done? The first manuscript for An Italian Adventure was 150,000 words long. By the time I read it to my writers’ group and published, the novel was 75,000 words and I had 180,000 words in the garbage. Keep in mind that when you write your first draft you might want to be way over your word count, because a quarter to half of your draft will be pared down (in my experience, but everyone is different). So, is this the first time you think the book is done or is it really done?
3-If the book is really done and you don’t want to cut it, you could consider indie publishing: publishing the book on your own.
I am about to publish an Indie Author Guide to help other writers publish their own books in a professional manner.
Since I am an indie author and all of my three novels so far were number one releases on Amazon in their genre, I figured I could share a couple of tricks with everyone else. If you want the guide for free subscribe to my monthly newsletter at www.gaiabamman.com ^_^
I am Gaia B Amman, the intrepid author of the Italian Saga, a series of YA novels taking place in Italy and talking about everything I was told it’s impolite to talk about ;) Check my books out here.