Every genre has a set range of words that is typical of what is published. Agents will go so far as to note they will only look at novels that fall within this range (if you submit something outside said range, they likely won’t even look at it – as an English teacher, I understand this feeling a little too well). While there are, of course, folks that break out of these ranges (Historical Fiction is 80,000 to 120,000; Fantasy is 90,000 to 120,000; the first book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon which blends the two genres is 283,910), it is pretty rare for a debut novel to do so.
My WIP seems to fit best under Women’s Fiction, which has a range of 80,000-110,000 words.
Well, today is the day I’ve been working toward for 652 days (thank you date calculator/counter for figuring that out for me). It was almost more shock than celebratory when I realized it.
Jack, if you’ve been following along, is my BFF and writing buddy. If you are a writer, and you don’t have a BFF/writing buddy – get one. There are so many perks to this sort of relationship – one is getting to celebrate these sorts of milestones with someone who truly understands what it means.