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AW Admin
02-04-2017, 09:09 PM
Word count is both less important than many new writers think, and more important.

If you're writing non-fiction articles and you have a word count target from a publisher, it's usually important to nail it, +/- five words.

If you're writing for fiction markets, it's important to get within =/- 100 words of the requested word count.

It's always better to nail a requested word count than not.

Some advice regarding word count for books, based on genre:

Chuck Sambuchino for Writers Digest: How Long Should A Book Be? (http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/word-count-for-novels-and-childrens-books-the-definitive-post)

Jennifer Laughran (http://www.jenniferlaughran.com/) of Andrea Brown Literary Agency: Word Count (http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2011/05/wordcount-dracula.html)