Posted on 08/22/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’re guessing that the average reader thinks in terms of page count and not word count.

But we’re also guessing that if your novel is wildly off in terms of genre expectations, that reader will likely notice, whether they can pinpoint what’s “off” or not.

If you’d like to pre-empt that nagging feeling in your future readers’ minds, check out some recent work by Jordan Lyons, an author, podcaster, and marketer.

Lyons analyzed the top 100 best-selling books for fifteen fiction genres in Amazon’s Kindle Store to estimate what successful authors are writing — and what readers are buying.

You can see the average word count for the top fiction genres, plus tips for adjusting your draft’s word count in either direction, over at the Kindlepreneur blog.

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