Posted on 05/25/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As evidenced by the passionate fandoms for such epic novels as Gone With The Wind and War and Peace, length doesn’t matter to a reader who loves your story.

That said, there are certain expectations for various genres and story types that can serve as a guide — not a hard-and-fast rule.

Louise Harnby shares the publishing industry’s word-count conventions by fiction genre, and Dave Chesson provides average lengths for varieties of shorter fiction

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