That said, it's still helpful to know what most editors want or expect to see from writers. After comparing a number of agent blogs, publisher web sites and other resources, here are what I found to be the generally accepted ranges for some popular genres:
Horror: 80k - 120k
Sci Fi: 80k - 120k
YA: 50k to 80k
Single Title Romance: 75k - 120k
Women's Fiction: 75k - 90k
Mystery/Crime Thriller: 70k - 100k
There are exceptions for every genre mentioned, but keep in mind that if you are a first-time author you may not want to aim to be one of those exceptions. If you've written a debut novel and find that your piece is far outside the desired range, be sure to keep an eye on your word count and make adjustments during your revision process. It'll only make the query process easier for you later!
What do you think about the word counts stated above? Is your current project on target?
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