Kill Your Darlings, my darlings: Word Count Goals By Genre And How To Meet Them (Kinda)

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Chick Lit is supposed to be 75,000 words? My first draft is 105,000! Chick Lit is supposed to be 75,000 words? My first draft is 105,000!

I recently read a brilliant piece by my friends at WriteOnSisters (are you not following them? Why not??) that touched on word count.

Agents and publishers have word count goals by genre, and you should be within it – and then the post discussed how to do that in their typically brilliant way.

READ about how to tighten your story HERE

Mystery solved – Here are the goals. (From Writer’s Digest)

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ADULT NOVELS: COMMERCIAL & LITERARY, including mainstream, women’s, romance, mystery, suspense, thriller, horror and Chick lit (but chick lit books tend to be a bit shorter and faster, 70-75K)

80,000 and 89,999

Below 70,000:           Too short

110,000 or above       Too long

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.

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