Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Word Count on Children's Books

Word Count: From one extreme to another, did you know that the book, Sarah Plain and Tall, was only 9,000 words? Or that a YA novel, This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn, was 250,000 words?  Where the Wild Things Are was only 336 words while Harry Potter & the Sorceror’s Stone was 77,508. Yikes!

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Literary agent at Andrea Brown Lit., Jennifer Laughran, blogs about this topic. She lists the genres in children’s books. From picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult, she posts the titles of famous books and their word counts. I think this is great information, which will give you, the writer, an idea on word count for the type of story you’re writing right now. Have fun with this!

“No matter what your writing life brings, believe in yourself and keep moving forward. Most writers cycle between periods of self-doubt and periods of confidence.” – Writer’s Tip from Writer’s Digest Weekly Planner

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