Gayla Drummond

My Goal Progress

2017 Minimum Word Count Goal
Phase:Writing
Due:6 months
16.4%
2017 Bonus Word Count Challenge
Phase:Writing
Due:6 months
4.7%

On Page Counts

FYI: Amazon’s page count for ebooks is not exactly accurate.

Out of curiosity (okay, after seeing a review complaining about the low page counts for the Discord books), I did the math for each of my titles.

Amazon’s average words per page run from 336.8 to 205.7 words per page (at least for my titles). Ah, 130.1 words is kind of a *big* difference when it comes to determining page count.

Ex. Hunter’s Edge. It’s my longest work at 71,912 words.

According to Amazon, it’s got a page count of 235 (that’s 306 words per page).

At 336.8 words per page, it’d be 214 pages long.

At 205.7 words per page, it’d be 350 pages long. <HUGE difference, yes?

Let’s say I did write a 110k word story. It would be either 327 pages (336.8 words per page) or 535 pages long (205.7 word per page). Or somewhere in between, depending on what arbitrary math Amazon did to come up with its page count.

When it comes to physical formats, the choice of font, font size, line spacing, whitespace, trim size, etc. play a *huge* part in what the resulting page count will be.

I use the 6 x 9 inch trim size. With my choice of font/font size, line spacing, and whitespace on new chapter pages/last chapter pages, I’d have to add roughly 30k-40k more words to each Discord story to hit 300 pages for that trim size.

And I wouldn’t advise holding your breath for a 100k-plus word novel from me. I have ONE project that may eventually end up with about that many words. Maybe.

Since I use Createspace for paperbacks, I have a FAR more limited choice of trim sizes than traditional publishers do. And I’m not going to change the trim size, because then the paperbacks won’t sit in a nice, straight line on bookshelves.

Traditional publishers have set word counts for books, depending on genres, and those word counts are based on the cost of production.

That’s one of the joys of being an indie: I’m not forced to meet certain word counts (which can result in padding the story by repetitive description or reintroducing every damn character each time they appear in each book–looking at you, LKH) in order to publish.

There are only two reasons I track word count:

1) It’s a progress meter that helps me feel I’m being productive, and

2) so I’ll know if I wrote a short story, novelette, novella, or novel length work and can accurately describe each work by those categorizations.

So there you go, a little behind the scenes info you probably don’t care about, but may interest you to know. 🙂

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