How long is your novel?

Created 7 months ago by Tahani Nelson with 17 comments
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Picture 1145 1478852783 Elvira Drake · Reader · added 5 months ago
Are there any novellas on here? (17,500 - 40,000 words)
Yxhk42e4 Anniken Haga · Author · added 6 months ago
’’Artificial Generation’’ is finished, and is around 107k words. Will do one more edit now this month, and I think I’ll have to add a few K words, but it won’t grow much longer than it is now.  
It is up for pre-orders, so the time for big edits are over ;) 
Zgqf1fqf 400x400 D. Navekar · Author · added 6 months ago
Aiming for about 60k, cutting down the 1st draft as I go. 
G0qhuhqf Em Brewer · Author · edited 6 months ago · 1 like
Rifted, the only novel I have posted on here, is about 95k. It’s gone through some "slimming", if I can call it that, but I think the current amount is working for it!
Ajsmall Alistair James · Author · added 6 months ago
My first one (still in draft) was 180k.  It’s an overgrown beast.  Hard to even keep track of everything at that length.  Probably 60k is useless fluff.
Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited 6 months ago · 1 like
Human Resources last draft was almost exactly 70k. I don’t yet have a strong feel for whether the new version (post dev edit) will be longer or shorter.
Picture Amanda Orneck · Author · edited 6 months ago · 1 like
I tend to write books in the 70-80k range. Shadow of the Owl is 80k, DHM is currently sitting at 72k
Sammy photo Sammy Wilsmore · Author · added 6 months ago
Currently Space Cat sits at 64,929 words, and it’s a complete draft, but with constant editing, I keep adding more! Who knows how long the final draft will be!

But it’s awesome to see so many people with such varied word counts and dedication to their novels :)
R6rgp3ky Les Abernathy · Author · edited 6 months ago · 1 like

It’s currently at 100,504 words. I’ve gone over the manuscript several times, and I down right refuse to touch it again until someone professional is willing to look at it. If I keep messing with it, I’ll never get any other writing done. A handful of other people have looked at it, and have all returned with praise. Nitpicks of course, but I’ll save my counter arguments for copy editors.

 nzkhmgt Evan Graham · Author · edited 6 months ago · 2 likes
Current draft of Tantalus Depths is sitting at 79,507 words, which I’m great with, since what I’ve seen suggests the ideal length of a novel should be between 50k and 100k.
Of course, the production process hasn’t started yet, so a lot of stuff is going to change, but I’m hoping to keep it about that length.
It didn’t change much during my own personal revision process, either. I cut out about as much stuff as I added, because there’s only like 2,000 words difference between my first and current drafts.
Img 2451 Gregg Roe · Reader · edited 6 months ago · 2 likes
Genre and target audience are both important. YA novels tend to be shorter and simpler. Fantasy and SF novels are usually longer (sometimes much longer) because of all the world-building that is required. My own fantasy novel ended up at 160k, and the sequel is currently at about the same length. That’s just where they ended up; I didn’t have any specific number in mind.

For me, it’s the quality of the writing that is most important, no matter what the length.
Pic222 Chris Picone · Author · edited 6 months ago · 2 likes
Kanimbla’s currently sitting at ~108,000 but I think we’re measuring chalk and cheese here.  I believe one of the biggest factors in determining the length of a story is the genre?  Fantasy readers seem to prefer a longer novel, the research I did suggested around the 100-100k mark, but I would expect comedies to be much smaller, for example. 

I agree with Paul though.  Simply finishing a story is an achievement!  For me, it’s a book’s concept that grabs my attention, and the writing style that makes me buy it.
303706 10150954327860478 2105082505 n Paul Plante · Author · added 7 months ago
I suck at dragging things out, so writing anything more than 60-70k is hard. But Steel’s Earth right now is 76k (editing currently, was around 80k) and Affinities, The First Ones is finished around 77k words.

I’m not too bothered by word lengths of books, I’m always impressed either way when someone’s finished a story. So, word count in other books holds no, I guess, standard in my mind. All that matters is the story idea, and the writing quality :)
Dsc00487   copy Craig A. Munro · Author · edited 7 months ago · 2 likes
Bones is about 161k  in its finished form.
Autumn leaves owl K.L. Noone · Author · edited 7 months ago · 2 likes
Mine’s around 54k, at the moment. :-)
Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited 7 months ago · 1 like
Fae Child is going to be around 55k words, at least the first draft. I am pretty sure I’ll be adding more. ;)
Tahani cropped Tahani Nelson · Author · edited 7 months ago · 2 likes
Hey, everyone. Tell me: how long is your finished novel. Or? if you’re still writing, how long do you think it will be? 

Also, does anyone consider novel length when they pre-order? What do you think is too long or too short?

The Last Faoii started at 117,000 words but my editor and I decided that it was too expository and we cut it to 96,000. I hated the idea at the time, but realize now that she was right! Any similar epiphanies?