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Is there any rules that you follow to determine how many words per chapter of a book.  Also, when you have completed your book, how do you know how many pages it will be?  Is there a book text format to use?

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Is there any rules that you follow to determine how many words per chapter of a book.

        Nope.  Not at all!  I've seen chapters that go on for 50 pages and others that are 50 words.

Also, when you have completed your book, how do you know how many pages it will be?

        Generally, you can only estimate.  Much depends on the size of the pages, the typeface used, etc.  Agents and publishers request to know word count, though, not your guess at number of pages.

Is there a book text format to use?

        I assume you mean for submission purposes.  It's best to check with the individual publishers, but a good rule of thumb is:

Double-spaced
Size 12 font (Times Roman or something like it)
1 inch margin all around

         Aside from that, just keep it simple and easy to read.

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Vincent M. Wales

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I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.

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For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

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My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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