|Using method pictured above, my novel's|
word count is 7,986,000. Is that too long?
Here we are at Day Three, and I've managed to write 1672, 1791, and 1831 words per day, all by 10 a.m. I'm praying I won't jinx my mad productivity, but if I manage to pound out 50,000 words this month, I'm going to owe a few people. Like one of my teachers, Joyce Sweeney, who ran a plotting workshop in September, in time to ensure I had a solid outline and synopsis come November 1. Whoo, what a difference a plan makes! With synopsis in hand, I feel like I could whip out a 976-page masterpiece. Let me pull out my battered copy of Anna Karenina and swear on it: I shall never pants again, so help me Gaddis.
(And spending 30 minutes in the afternoon making notes toward tomorrow's writing hasn't hurt so far, either).
But I had another pressing question about word-counts, re: Querying.
I just read an old post by Jessica Alvarez over at the Bookends blog; she says to estimate your word count based on 250 words per page (multiplied by) number of pages; not on your Microsoft word count.
Here's what she says:
And by the way, when I think word count I think 250 words per double-spaced page with one-inch margins. That’s the way most publishers look at word count. Using Microsoft Word’s count could mess you up since three words of dialogue technically takes up a full line, and word count is about production costs.Anybody heard this before? Does she mean, multiply your number of pages by 250 to get the word count you put in a query letter? Because if I change my font to Courier New and do this, it makes my word count a full 20,000 higher! Waaaaay toooooo loooooong! Arghhhh. Stumped. Please let me know how you calculate your own word counts. Alvarez's post was from 2007, so I'm not sure if it's still relevant.