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I've begun writing a novel that I've thought about for along time. There must be some kind of guideline to determine the number of (words) in an average size book. Say the size of a  Gresham novel. My first chapter has nearly 5,000 words but I can see that many of the other chapters will have much less. Is there an average number of words a publisher looks for?  

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Hello Bob,

Do not concern yourself with the size of your book, the number of words or the number of chapters. Concern yourself only with the story. Use as many words as are necessary to tell the story and not one word more.  Get the story down in one rough draft. Do not edit, censor, think about structure, grammar or anything but the story. Let the characters show themselves when they are needed and let them help you write the story.

After you have completed the rough first draft, then go back and rewrite as many times as you need to balance, correct, structure, edit, cut and paste, and anything else you need to get the book presentable.

Worry about finding a publisher when that is accomplished.
Happy writing,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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