Saturday, May 3, 2014

Elected Blog Tour Guest Post: Category and Genre Word Counts

Today I'm sharing an upcoming release. This is one book you

don't want to miss! The kickstarter to this book will be available 

today on Kickstarter. You will be able to get a copy of 

ELECTED in hardcover and/or paperback with a free ebook, a lot 

of special limited-edition items and other free books from best-

selling sci-fi authors who wanted to help ELECTED succeed. 

Don't wait; get your copy today!

Curious about how long your favorite authors' books are?  

Below are the industry standards for each genre.  ELECTED 

started at 100K words in its first draft, but my agent 

encouraged me to get it down to 90K so it would fit into 

publishing submission guidelines?

What do you think?  Is it right to stick to these numbers or 

should writers just write down a good story, no matter the 

word count?

Average Word Counts
Micro-Fiction - up to 100 words

Flash Fiction - 100 - 1,000 words, usually no more than 500.

Short Story - 1,000 - 7,500 words

Novellette - 7,500 - 18,000 words

Novella -20,000 - 45,000 words

General Novel - 50,000 -110,000

Genre Guidelines
Picture Books -200-500 words

Early Readers - 500-2000 words

Chapter Books - 5,000-10,000 words

Middle Grade - 25,000-45,000 words, most averaging 35k.
Young adult - 55,000-90,000 words
 - YA contemporary 
tends to be on the shorter side, 60-70k
YA fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal tends to fall on the longer side due to world building, 70-90k

Adult - 70,000-115,000 words
Romance - 85,000-100,000 words
Cozy Mysteries - 70,000-85,000 words
Mysteries, Horror, Crime - 75,000-95,000 words, most averaging 90k
Sci-fi and Fantasy - 80,000-120,000 words, most averaging 100k-115k
Literary and Women's Fiction - 80,000-100,000 words

Divergent by Veronica Roth was long at about 105,000.  And the first Harry Potter book was about 77,000.

ELECTED by Rori Shay
Silence in the Library Publishing
YA Sci-fi
April 22, 2014


It's the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father's place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret - the boy who is somehow connected to her country's recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn't know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn't realize the sacrifice might be her life.

Author Bio: 

Rori Shay is an author living in the Washington, DC area with her family, black lab, and cat - just not quite in the same exciting circumstances as ELECTEDs main character, Aloy. She enjoys running, gardening, reading, doing yoga, and volunteering with the Dwelling Place non-profit.  Rori is a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Don't forget to enter the giveaway! 

~Items seen in ELECTED such as a marriage binding (temporary tattoo)
~Hemlock soap
~Necklace as seen in ELECTED
~Signed paperback copy of ELECTED
~Optional FaceTime or Skype session with the author for 1/2 an hour (can be used one-on-one or at the winner's book club, etc.)

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting ELECTED and me on your website! :)