How to Increase Your Word Count!
The Combined Book Team August 4, 2015

You wrote your novel, you’re excited to start editing but then you notice something is off: your word count is too low!

Below is a guide of word count by genre as well as the “sweet spot” where your word count should ideally fall. Via the Jennifer Represents blog which can be read in full here.

  • PICTURE BOOK: 0-1,300 words. Sweet spot: 300-550*
  • EARLY READER: 100-2,500 words. Sweet spot: (depends on level)*
  • CHAPTER BOOK: 4,000-13,000 words. Sweet spot: 6,000-10,000
  • REALISTIC MIDDLE GRADE: 25,000-60,000 words. Sweet spot: 30,000-45,000
  • FANTASY MIDDLE GRADE: 35,000-75,000 words. Sweet spot: 45,000-65,000
  • REALISTIC YA: 35,000-75,000 words. Sweet spot: 45,000-70,000
  • FANTASY YA: 50,000 words to 150,000 words*. Sweet Spot: 65,000-85,000 words.

So how do you beef up your novel? Check out the helpful infographic from Extra Ink Edits below!


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