Word count update

January 7, 2010

I don’t usually post word counts, but several friends have asked recently how long my book will be.

I just finished revising (and cutting) Parts I and II, and together they’re nearly 70,000 words. That’s 224 manuscript pages, double-spaced in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman font.

Ideally, I’d like the manuscript to come in at 85,000 words. (Why? Because to be published, my book needs to be about the same length as most travel memoirs already on store shelves.) More realistically, I’ll keep it under 90,000.

That means Part III has gotta be a shortie. It is shorter than the first two sections, but this updated word count will inspire me to cut even more.


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    0 Replies to “Word count update”

    • Pauline says:

      I’m trying to be better about commenting on my favorite writer blogs, and you are one of them. thanks for stopping by mine! and way to go on the word count! I can’t wait to read the finished product, all pretty and packaged up as a real book!

    • jessiecarty says:

      at least when you have more during your first revision you know you have space to cut instead of having to add!

      congrats on getting the sections done and to your readers. so exciting!

    • Jennifer says:

      That’s a great word count! Good luck with making Part III fit. Word count is always a bug bear for me. I just keep writing and then HAVE to go back in and cut. It’s painful, but necessary.


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