Re: Too long is too long

Harry Bingham from The Writer’s Workshop kindly guided me towards the answer of my question regarding novel length. Put briefly: I’ve got some serious cutting to do. Here’s what Harry has to say on average novel length:

A novel of average length is anywhere between 75 – 120,000 words. Romantic fiction tends to be at the shorter end of this spectrum. Most thrillers will be at the longer end.

Find the full post here: How long is a book?

Having had a search around, I also found some lists online of the word counts of books (which confirm the figures above):

Looking For Alaska (John Green): 64,033 words
The Key to the Golden Firebird (Maureen Johnson): 70,380 words
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling): 77,508 words
The Selection (Keira Cass): 80,248 words
Divergent (Veronica Roth): 105,143 words
Twilight (Stephanie Meyer): 118,975 words

From Hardcovers and Heroines Blog

Breaking Dawn (Stephanie Meyer): 153,000 words
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (J.K. Rowling): 198,000 words
Eragon (Christopher Paolini): 157,000 words
Inkheart (Cornelia Funke): 146,000 words
The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman): 112,000 words
City of Bones (Cassandra Clare): 130,000 words

From YAvengers Blog

Conclusion: better start doing some hardcore editing.

N.

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