Monday, October 09, 2006
Q & A 88 Should I lie about how long my book is?
I have written, re-written, and polished my urban fantasy novel. The problem is that, according to MS Word, it runs a little over 62,000 words (350 pages). It is the first in a series. When I query I don't want to seem like a novice because I do realize that most fantasy is at least 80,000. Should I count it differently?
Standard policy is to multiply the total word count MS Word gives you by 1.2903225, which is known as the Literary Augmentation Factor, or LAF.
By the way, what font size are you using? Your figures work out to 177 words per page. I was under the impression 250 words was reasonable for a page.
Seriously, it doesn't matter what most fantasy is, it matters what range the publisher you're targeting accepts. Check submission guidelines and find a publisher that takes 62,000.