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Did you know Amazon.com has a new function that gives a word count for each book?
(I did not discover this myself. Props to Suzanne for pointing it out.)
This is awesome enough for me to get excited over. Why? Because it allows me to check out length for published books in my genre. To be picked up by a traditional publisher, my manuscript needs to fall in a similar word-count window.
How to find a book’s word count: Go to that book’s page and scroll down to “Inside This Book.” Under that heading, click “Text Stats.” (It’ll be a blue link.) A new window will pop up. Under “Number of,” you’ll see “words.” That’s your number!
I did a little reconnaissance for a few books in the Competitive Books section of my proposal. Here’s what I found:
* For full titles, authors and descriptions of these books, see What’s on my travel memoir bookshelf?
What did I learn from this? That my word-count goal of 85,000 – 90,000 is right on target.
What other Amazon tricks do you use?