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Old 13th February 2012, 08:36 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: Word count especially for unpublished writers

And of course, it all comes down to the particular story/volume itself.

I'm sure we can all remember some of Stephen King's works, such as The Stand?


Or the volumes of The Wheel of Time? Those are all far larger than a mere 100k, I should hazard to guess. And also not to mention the last part of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. In paperback Tad Williams had to split that into two separate volumes so they wouldn't have to cut down on the quality of the materials used.
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Old 13th February 2012, 08:43 AM   #17 (permalink)
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And of course, it all comes down to the particular story/volume itself.

I'm sure we can all remember some of Stephen King's works, such as The Stand?


Or the volumes of The Wheel of Time? Those are all far larger than a mere 100k, I should hazard to guess. And also not to mention the last part of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. In paperback Tad Williams had to split that into two separate volumes so they wouldn't have to cut down on the quality of the materials used.
The Wheel of Time books are two books in one.

Same with Steven Erikson, I believe he aims for around 240k per manuscript.
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Old 13th February 2012, 10:29 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Or the volumes of The Wheel of Time? Those are all far larger than a mere 100k, I should hazard to guess.

The shortest is "A Path of Daggers" which is 226,000 (if you don't include the prequel). The longest so far is "The Shadow Rising" (394,000).

In fact if you look here:

http://loopingworld.com/2009/03/06/wordcount/

Most of the first volumes of these series' are around 200,000 words or more.
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Old 13th February 2012, 08:15 PM   #19 (permalink)
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The shortest is "A Path of Daggers" which is 226,000 (if you don't include the prequel). The longest so far is "The Shadow Rising" (394,000).

In fact if you look here:

http://loopingworld.com/2009/03/06/wordcount/

Most of the first volumes of these series' are around 200,000 words or more.
Makes me want to add the rest of my book back reading those numbers. I pushed half my story back into Book Two.
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Old 13th February 2012, 09:25 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Makes me want to add the rest of my book back reading those numbers. I pushed half my story back into Book Two.
Good. You're partway into the obligatory trilogy.
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