Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Word counts

Word counts are important for a variety of reasons, but in the traditional publishing industry, editors have to plan issues and books, and need to know page counts to stay within their printing budget. Also, if you aren’t a best-selling author, editors don’t have the time or staff to add or delete words from a manuscript to make it “fit” the format in which it will be published.

In her guest post for the Bayou Writers' Group, Sylvia Ney provides valuable information about industry standards for word counts in a variety of genres.
I’m posting a link: to this handy reference guide. Click on the link to take a look!

Write soon,


  1. Mary, thank you for this valuable information.

  2. Sylvia is the newsletter editor for our group, Bayou Writers' Group. Thanks for the plug, Mary. Sylvia always posts excellent things. She's going to be thrilled her post was referenced here on your blog. Y'all be sure to check out her blog at She'll be tickled you stopped by.

  3. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for the link. I will check it out.