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Module 1: Create > Publishing > Book Length and Expectations


In this lesson we’ll cover: how to determine how long your book should be (and why it matters).

Summary:

In this lesson, we discuss:

  • Reader expectations for book length
  • Assumptions about book length and why they matter
  • Book lengths by genre and type of book
  • A dozen examples of books and their page length / word count

Notes:

1 page = about 300 word

Nonfiction book lengths

Business nonfiction: 30,000 – 80,000 words | 100 – 250 pages

General: 60,000 – 90,000 | 200 – 300 pages

Fiction book lengths

General Adult: 70,000-100,000 words

Sci-fi: 100,000-130,000 words

Fantasy: 150,000-300,000 words

Young Adult: 40,000 – 60,000 words

Resources:

Book Length Notes 

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