So then its just a matter of how much you have to say or the length your contract calls for. Generally speaking, a shorter book of 150 finished pages or 40k words or less typically commands a lower price. And conversely, a longer book of over 60k words or 200 pages can command a higher price. Make it actionable, helpful, and great value and the length wont matter. As a kindle book buyer and reader myself, i dont care about the length whenever i am looking to buy a book. The question of fiction and nonfiction was not introduced into the story so that brings another question as to the length of nonfiction v fiction and whether there should be a separate category for nonfiction ebooks so that we can remove these ebooks from the general population for data assessment purposes or simply provide another set. Non fiction usually has longer sentences and also much less white room since it does not have discussion. Shorter isnt necessarily better, but it can be an important consideration. Book size is often based on how thick the spine will be and how it will stand out in a bookstore although things are changing. But like all the numbers when discussing book length, you should think them as yardsticks rather than firm numbers. Sep 03, 2017 amazons most sold charts rank books according to the number of copies sold and preordered through, amazon books stores, and books read through digital subscription programs once a customer has read a certain percentage roughly the length of a free reading sample. I heard 10,000 words can be accepted as an e book at a short length at least for non fiction.
But, most non fiction publishers want to be sold the concept, and therefore be able to discuss the direction of the project, before you write the book. So 50,000 words is the minimum for a nonfiction book. Before diving into the specifics of genrebased word counts, lets look at the broader picture of average book length. One of the questions that new writers always ask is how long should my nonfiction book be. Jul 14, 2011 book length average length of a non fiction book a 10 minute training video from video discusses how to determine the av. The only thing i care is whether or not the book would solve my problems. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site post navigation. Every category will have an average length, including childrens books, young adult, business books, etc. I dont know what i can say to add to what has already been said. There are plenty of books that purposefully play with the word counts of their chapters.
I have therefore made some averages, based on what ive heard from publishers and agents at childrens book events, and from research and reading. The acceptable length of an academic dissertation varies greatly, dependent predominantly on the subject. But, most nonfiction publishers want to be sold the concept, and therefore be able to discuss the direction of the project, before you write the book. Word counts may also be used to calculate measures. The average fiction book is about 80,000 to 100,000 words, which is about 246 to 307 ebook pages. Nonfiction readers, in particular, want value fast. The average adult novel runs approximately 100,000 words while those in other categories run 80120,000 words. If youre drawn to writing much shorter tales, the ideal is to make them part of a series or to link them in some other way so that you can publish several of them in something vaguely novelsized.
In this article youll discover the average number of pages for four different types of book. It is a story poem format with a short introduction before each poem to help with some additional history information. I guess 50,000 is a short novel and some early novels before goes as low as 40,000 which can be considered to be a novella. Though the average word count of a chapter is around 2,000 5,000 words, it all depends on your story. At a writers conference i recently attended, publishing veteran jane friedman said 80,000 words is good for most fiction, below.
Amazon ebook page length by genre kindle page length. That means 75,000 words equals 300 pages, which is just about perfect for a first novel. Alternatively, this is an acceptable length for a short work of nonfiction. The average length of a nonfiction book is 50,000 words, with some books falling at around 3540,000 words, and others running as long as 70,000. You can use comparable, successful books as models to determine the length you book should be. Until an author sells 5,000 copies of his book, he makes more from royalties than he will with a selfpublished book, according to authors.
Oct 27, 2018 chapter length matters more than you think. The retail price you set for your book impacts your profit margin. As an interesting side note, amazons text stats show that the average length of all books on amazon is about 64,000 words. Mar 20, 2020 the average adult novel runs approximately 100,000 words while those in other categories run 80120,000 words. However part why the new writers, the answer is difficult to identify because the answer is so difficult. If the topic really justifies length and especially if your credentials are highly impressive you can go longer, but check that you remain interesting, even at length.
I know of an author with a very large publisher whose novel has sold only 1,087 copies in its lifetime. This is about the length readers want for general nonfiction, and it keeps publishers happy given the high cost of paper. For most publishers, a book is novellength when its between 50,000 and 110,000 words. If yes, then most publishers still work on specific word count lengths for books so youll probably be aiming for around 60,00080,000 words for nonfiction. Alternatively, this is an acceptable length for a short work of non fiction.
The average nonfiction book, if such a thing exists, runs about 50,000 words. Bestselling books are getting longer, study finds mental. Available in ebook, print, audiobook and workbook formats. Indeed, most traditional publishers limit nonfiction authors to 80,000 words for standard 6 x 9 books, between 240 and 280 pages. The graph shows the average length of the top 100 bestsellers in each of the 30 main amazon kindle categories, measured in terms of the number of pages. A non fiction book attractive to publishers of bestsellers starts at around 75,000 words. Minimum realistic word count of nonfiction book writing stack. In this article im going to attempt to answer that question. The word count is the number of words in a document or passage of text. Hi out there, ive just about finished a nonfiction book about little known young and other heroes of the american revolution.
Typically, fiction makes use of 250 words each web page, although 300 is additionally an usual worth. I dont think there are any hard and fast rules, but keep in mind that a digital book only gets about 10% put up in the sample, so you dont want. Not a very satisfying answer, i know, but i say it for a reason. The 1 thing you need to do to write a new york times. Book length average length of a non fiction book a 10 minute training video from video discusses how to determine the av. I get asked this a lot, and my answer is always the same. When planning your non fiction book it helps to have an idea of how long a book needs to be to be marketable.
Recently an author proposed a 30,000 word book to a publisher. Book length average length of a non fiction book one of the questions that new writers always ask is how long should my nonfiction book be. Minimum realistic word count of nonfiction book writing. Generally speaking, traditional publishers expect completed nonfiction book. Sure, i may get attracted by its beautiful cover like i always do, or the sizzling title, or the irresistible book description and eventually buy the book. Many wouldbe authors worry that readers will not take a short book seriously. Jun 07, 2017 when talking about book length, its common to talk about word count rather than page count. Pencilthin books on narrow topics that are under 50,000 words are quite common. However, many authors, frustrated with the low price of ebooks, have taken to writing ebooks that are between 40,000 and 50,000.
The average income from a published book bizfluent. You can follow any responses to this entry through the rss 2. Book length average length of a non fiction booki youtube. When planning your nonfiction book it helps to have an idea of how long a book needs to be to be marketable. Book length average length of a non fiction book 29th june 2018 posted in. Jun 24, 2019 be aware that the word average means that for every book that sells 15,000, there is one that sells 5,000. Nonfiction typically has longer sentences and less white space because it doesnt have dialogue. This entry was posted on monday, may 11th, 2009 at 11. If the content is stepbystep and high quality, 15 pages is enough for a 99 cent kindle book or a freebie used for lead generation. I have often looked this up and got different results, which makes it very confusing. May 11, 2009 32 responses to word count and book length. I heard 10,000 words can be accepted as an ebook at a short length at least for nonfiction. The figure was found through looking at a number of books text stats, until brave new worlds 64,531 word count landed in the exact center of all books50% of books have fewer words and 50% of books have more words.
At 250 words per page using times roman 12 and oneinch margins, that means theyre usually six to eight pages long. As for nonfiction books, the standard bestsellers have word counts similar to adult novels. How long should an intro be typically for a nonfiction book. However, there is a wide range of acceptable word counts for nonfiction books. Add screenshots or other graphics and youve got a nicesized ebook. But i also know of others who have sold over 500,000 copies. How to set the retail price for your nonfiction book. Is that a good length for your reader on this topic. Mar 17, 2010 i am working on a book about my experience with losing a 9 year old cat to lymphoma. Nonfiction ebook pricing in the kindle store by joel friedlander on april 25, 2011 61 comments pricing of ebooks is a constant source of discussion online, and weve seen the rebellions in the kindle store when publishers were allowed to start setting their own prices last year.
Aug 05, 2019 before diving into the specifics of genrebased word counts, lets look at the broader picture of average book length. I know fiction works on average come in at 60,000 but i really had no idea about non fiction. Aside from the frankfurt book, is there any kind of market for something too long to be an article but too short to be a normal 250 pager. I dont know if the question is meant as a mentalstatistical exorcise. Easygoing, fairly light, userfriendly, nonfiction book for the masses. One of the concerns that brandnew authors constantly ask is how long should my nonfiction publication be. Book length average length of a non fiction book book n.
Probably too long for a first book, only go this long if youve got a best seller under. Know your content, know your mainline pitch and some. Word counting may be needed when a text is required to stay within certain numbers of words. The length can vary greatly between genres, though. Most manga stories run for as long as their mangaka manga author wants them to, or as long as their readership demands.
T he indie author chris fox coined the term potato chip chapters for easilydigestible book chapters of a certain size. According to amazons great text stats feature, the median length for all books is about 64,000 words. Another interesting way to find a good chapter length i think, would be to sit down and read a book from the first chapter, for about 510 minutes, or however long you wish your chapters to be, and see how many words you have read in that amount of time. In the publishing industry, 250 words is considered a printed page of text. Bestselling books are getting longer, study finds mental floss. Im going to write about my experience and not worry too much about the word count. When talking about book length, its common to talk about word count rather than page count. Non fiction typically has longer sentences and less white space because it doesnt have dialogue. Be aware that the word average means that for every book that sells 15,000, there is one that sells 5,000.
Most print publishers prefer a minimum word count of around 70,000 words for a first novel, and some even hesitate for any work shorter than 80,000. If you are planning to write a 200page book, then at 250words per page you are aiming for 50,000 words total. In this writeup im mosting likely to try to respond to that inquiry. You can do anything you want with subsequent books, if you sell a gazillion copies of the first book or two. If you stick to these when youre writing your nonfiction book, youll be fine. Why does the length of a typical novel fall in the 80. Word count is commonly used by translators to determine the price of a translation job. And for every book that sells 20,000, there is one that is a disaster.
That number actually lines up pretty well with the data we have on this, but again, that number should neither be. You definitely dont need to write the equivalent of the 300,000 word novel that you might pick up when youre going on holiday. Book length average length of four types of non fiction book. In 2011, the average length of a bestselling nonfiction book was 467 pages, but that dropped to 273 pages in 2017. So, what is the average length of a non fiction book. Amazons most sold charts rank books according to the number of copies sold and preordered through, amazon books stores, and books read through digital subscription programs once a customer has read a certain percentage roughly the length of a free reading sample. However, there is a wide range of acceptable word counts for non fiction books. I heard 10,000 words can be accepted as an e book at a short length at least for nonfiction.
This may particularly be the case in academia, legal proceedings, journalism and advertising. This is a general list of age categories and word counts for childrens books. As for non fiction books, the standard bestsellers have word counts similar to adult novels. How many hours does it take to write a nonfiction book. I am working on a book about my experience with losing a 9 year old cat to lymphoma. A nonfiction book attractive to publishers of bestsellers starts at around 75,000 words. Oct 10, 2016 the lengths vary hugely from title to title, but chapters released weekly seem to average 1620 pages while chapters released monthly average 3650 pages. Jul 23, 2012 so 50,000 words is the minimum for a non fiction book. By 2017, however, that number has dropped to 273 pages. As with everything else when it comes to writing a book, these are only guidelinesnot rules. Nonfiction requires more thinking time from your reader, so you need to consider the role of your book. If youd like some guidelines, you can assume that the average nonfiction book is 50k words, and that they have 12 chapters, so around 4k words would be an average chapter length.1137 925 808 48 1594 1505 885 1120 19 806 1407 1299 445 1176 1294 459 1222 1342 698 1488 449 271 1301 152 1366 1004 1193 103 1161 593 439 383 709