May 17, 2005

The 65,000 Question

I emailed my editor with a question the other day, one that seems so basic I should have asked it from the beginning:

How long should my manuscript be?

We had discussed how long the book will wind up being and I can easily picture what my book in paperback form will look like. But until yesterday I had absolutely no idea how one page in a Word document translates into a printed book.

So my editor gave me a target word count: 65,000 words.

65,000 words! The average entry is barely 200 words. This entry, one of my more popular postings, is on the long side at 627 words.

Even though my jaw dropped when I read that number, it quickly set back into place when I started looking at my outline and my manuscript pages so far. With what I have left I'm on track to be in that ballpark.

Stay tuned...

Posted by Doug at May 17, 2005 12:14 PM