Writing Books/Length

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I was curious as to how long the average book should be.  I write historical romance and am wondering on a word/page count.  I just don't want it to be too short.  I know this is a silly question, but one never learns unless one asks.
Thanks for your time!!
Suzy

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Dear Suzy,
Thank you for your question. Every question is a good question.
I'd say you should have at least 120 pages, double spaced in 10 pt. courier, which is about 250 words per page.
If your story is shorter, it may be a novella or a short story.
To make your stories longer, you need subplots. Each time you write a story, you can make it more complex. However, don't force subplots on your current story if it feels complete with fewer pages.  You can still use it to enter contests or try to get it published in another form besides a book.
I hope this helps. My page for writers is:
http://steamboats.com/writing.html
Sincerely,
Nori

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