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Monday, January 7, 2013

Shorter Books

I stumbled across a web site called The Lazy Reader's Book Club today. It's a site for books with 250 pages or less geared toward people who like to read, but with little time. It's a good go-to place for book reviews if you're looking for a shorter read. 
It seems that along with e-books has come a quest for less lengthy novels and shorter books have more appeal these days. Amazon has introduced Kindle Singles which offers books of around 10,000 to 30,000 words (approx. 30-90 pages of a printed book). 

Typical book word count
Novel 50,000 words or more
Novella 20,000 to 50,000
Novelette 7,500 to 20,000
Short Story - 1,000 to 7,499
Flash Fiction - 100 to 1,000 

I've found that publishing houses require 75,000 - 80,000 minimum word count for a novel  (depending on the publishing house). But romance novels, such as Harlequin novels, usually run around 55,000 to 65,000 words as are cozy mysteries

Word count per genre here.

Some of the recent changes have come about because of e-readers. Who wants to read War and Peace (580,000 words) on a SmartPhone?

My last book, Gwinnel Gardens, is around 150 pages and around 50,000 words. My next two novels (due for publication in February) are both of similar length. None of my books are over 250 pages.

 The Cozy Mystery Blog has a post on lengthier novels with lots of "fluff" here

What are your thoughts on shorter novels?


Joanne said...

It's quality, not quantity for me. If a short book does its job in 150 pages or less - great. Rather like movies - often 2-1/2 hours isn't necessary. There are gems at 1-1/2 hours. But admittedly, there are times when my attention span drifts - that's why I always have a book of short stories handy. Read, enjoy, move on.

Cozy in Texas said...

I agree Joanne, it sometimes depends on what you're in the mood for too.

K9friend said...

If it's a real grabber I prefer a longer book because I don't want it to end!

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Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Time is the issue with me - trying to juggle my writing commitments, family commitments and real life, make me lean towards shorter books.

Amused said...

I like to intersperse short books in with long ones. Sometimes if I just read giant book after giant book I need a break.