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Asking what's the average length of a manuscript is like asking how long is a piece of string. Pen Points shares a chart that attempts to corral that number by giving a word count range and offers solutions depending on the publication type.

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The website page you cited no longer exists.

It appears that they have indeed deleted that page since I posted it back in May, Edward. Thanks for pointing that out. I found another take on this. Apparently there's no hard and fast rules, merely guidelines.


Edward D. Isenberg said:

The website page you cited no longer exists.

Try the vigorous and on-going discussion on


"How many words should a standard run of a mill science fiction book be???" at the URL:




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