word count

Why Are Picture Books Shorter?

Two thousand words for a picture book is too long.  Then for a few years, the word count for picture books was limited to 1,000 words or less.  And now I'm repeatedly hearing 600 words is the upper max.  So why are they getting shorter and shorter? At this weekend's Maryland Society of Children's Book Writer and Illustrator conference, I heard a good, viable explanation.  Sylvie Frank, Associate Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a group within Simon And Schuster Books for Young Readers, gave the reason.  She said that children are reading at a younger age now than they used to.  They are expected...

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Word Count Statistics – What’s in a Word?

I was doing some research on the internet about average word count for different types of books.  Here's what I found from author, Cassandra Marshall: Average Word Counts Micro-Fiction - up to 100 words Flash Fiction - 100 - 1,000 words, usually no more than 500. Short Story - 1,000 - 7,500 words Novellette - 7,500 - 18,000 words Novella -20,000 - 45,000 words General Novel - 50,000 -110,000 Genre Guidelines Picture Books -200-500 words Early Readers - 500-2000 words Chapter Books - 5,000-10,000 words Middle Grade - 25,000-45,000 words, most averaging 35k. Young adult...

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