If you ever wondered about the ‘rule of thumb’ as it pertains to the typical word count for a digitally formatted fictional novel, read on. I’m very intrigued by this subject, as a writer, and intrepid reader.
Many readers expect today’s typical novel has a word count of plus/minus 80K. And still others believe that a book’s word count depends on the story genre.
I decided to dig for some serious gold; I wanted to know what the current best and top sellers have for word count.
An example: Amazon uses a page count standard with regard to eBooks, and I must use one of my books to show how this works; Fiammetta’s Triumph has a word count of 50,381, and a printed page count of 164. That breaks down to about 307 words per page. And if a book has about 260 pages, chances are its word count hovers around 80K.
So, how do my book stats look compared to the big sellers?
- James Patterson; Chase; ebook $3.99; 144 pages
- R. Ward; The Angel’s Share; ebook $14.99; 426 pages
- Daniel Silva; The Black Widow; ebook $14.99; 517 pages
- Clive Cussler; The Emperor’s Revenge; ebook $14.99; 458 pages
- Bob Mayer; Independence Day; ebook $4.99; 230 pages
- Jana DeLeon; Rumble on the Bayou; ebook $4.99; 340 pages
- Janet Evanovich; Manhunt; ebook $6.99; 256 pages
- Paula Hawkins; The Girl on the Train; ebook $11.99; 326 pages
Research complete, the facts are in, and my non-scientific research indicates that on average, the word count for top selling novel length ebooks is around 80K, give or take a word or two.
Caveat: Please try to not read too much into the above, it’s simply a question about average word count for top selling ebooks on today’s market. No more, no less.
I must get back to my writing now, I’m a few thousand short of a typical word count.