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Targeted word count. 2 years 5 months ago #55150

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Your questions are all answered with "It depends." It depends on the market, the genre, the publisher, and the agent.

Middle-grade fiction usually cuts off at around 40k. But a novel with an eight-year-old protagonist intended for an adult market can be much longer.

Science fiction and fantasy tend to have a higher word count than most other genres, although I've seen some hefty suspense and thriller novels. Cozy mysteries tend to be shorter. Therefore the agent's requirements depend on the markets they aim for.

I recommend you concentrate on the story, and ignore all the 'rules' above. Once you have a strong first draft, THEN you can worry about the market, and if you need to cut words or add a subplot.

Read, a lot, in the genre you plan to write in. Pick up hints on styles and length averages.

And always feel free to ask here in the forums if you have questions. :)
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