Ask Daphne! About Word Count

November 12th, 2009

If you’re going to have numbers on your feet, you could do a lot worse than these Chanel Number 5 beauties! For S.C., who writes: I was wondering if you would be able to answer a quick question I have been wondering about. I’ve heard that YA’s are anywhere from 40K to 60K word count. […]

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Ask Daphne! How Do I Count?

June 15th, 2009

Another quick answer and more appropriately question-themed shoes for Laini, who writes: I have a question that is driving me a bit crazy, as it’s kind of a make me or break me issue. Basically, I read a website, by a published author, on how to format your manuscript. She stated, “Calculate the word count […]

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Ask Daphne! What’s in a Word (count)?

April 11th, 2008
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CMG asks, “Some writers measure word count based on their computers’ word count function. Others (mostly, I think, those in the romance-writing community) measure it based on the formula wherein 12 pt. Courier New + 1-inch margins + double spacing = 250 words/page. The difference in word counts can vary widely, especially in dialogue-heavy books. Which word count should I use when I query agents later this summer?”

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Ask Daphne! About Manuscript Length

January 12th, 2008
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“Ms. Daphne — Am I a dufus to read something into this newfound plethora of agent statistics?”

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