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Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Nov 8, 2017 5:28:16 AM

Years ago I struck up a conversation with a writer who proceeded to tell me about her book. As I am wont to do, I asked her the word count of her manuscript. She answered, "Penguin." I should mention that she was French, and there was clearly a language barrier. After a long awkward pause in the conversation, I asked the question again and got a less satisfying answer. She didn't know.


I tell you this story to point out that if you ever talk to me about your book, I am going to ask you the word count of your book. To me, word count matters. It tells me a lot about you as a writer and it also gives me a little insight into your book.


Knowing the word count of your book, tells me you've paid attention to the construction of your book. Depending on your answer, it tells me if you've abided by the unwritten rules of word count when it comes to genre. It tells me how engaged you are as a writer. 


There are a few times where word count isn't a huge deal. If you've written an illustrated children's book, word count doesn't matter. If you've written a book of poetry, word count isn't an issue. The same is true of graphic novels, and a select few other genres.


Know the word count of your book, especially if you're going to spend an evening with other authors. If someone with a publishing background asks you how long your book is, don't give them a page count or number of chapters. And whatever you do, don't answer penguin. 


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Richard Ridley is an award winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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Nov 16, 2017 1:09 PM thelastBrahmin    says:





Sep 4, 2018 4:41 AM AnnaMid    says:

Good post. Thanks for advice. See also my blog post explaining how to write a research paper. Have a nice day!

Sep 5, 2018 10:27 AM true_alchemy    says:

Word count does not matter as long as the content is legit. For promoting content, you should try targeted solo ads