Hi! I’ve finished Book 1 of a YA fantasy trilogy. It’s at about 70k words at the moment, but still needs a few chapters inserted into it for developing subplots and secondary characters, and fine-tuning the story. What’s the standard, and at what point is length a red flag? Thanks for the feedback!
Standard is about 80k-120k, depending on the publisher. So if you’re looking to query, check their definitions and try and go from there.
If you’re not looking to go trad. standards don’t matter!
Thanks! Personally, I prefer longer books but I feel like at 90k it becomes a problem.
I think it heavily depends. I read this one book which was about 80k and it seemed long. Read another that was 120k and it felt way too short
Yes, the answer always is just write a good book and nothing else matters
I couldn’t agree more!
I’d try and keep it below the 100-120k mark. (Mine’s at 90k, and it could probably be fleshed out a bit more). But sometimes the big books glide through. It depends on the agent / publisher and the amount of content necessary for the story to work.
Thanks so much! It’s helpful to know where other people are