A common worry when nearing the finale of your debut novel is whether you have a) enough words to qualify as a publishable, full-length novel or b) too many words packed into those pages – which will put off both publishers and readers, for different reasons.

But how do you know when you’re toeing the line between an enticing publishing proposition and a hard sell?

In truth, guidelines for the number of words in a novel are just that – guidelines. There are few hard and fast rules, but from an overall industry perspective, the following are mainly accepted as true:

Short Story – 1,500 to 20,000 words
Novella – 30,000 to 50,000 words
Novel – 55,000 – 125,000 words

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