Writing Books/How many words for first novel?
I have began writing my first novel about a boy being bullied at school. It is very philisophical that's why i chose your name from the list. My question: i have about 40,000 words already, how many words should i be aiming for, do you think, for a small novel? And my other question is i am unsure what age group to aim for?
Dear Mr. Radford:
The answer to your first question is that 50,000 words and over is considered a novel, and under 50,000 words is considered a novella. Fifty thousand words is a good goal for a first novel in respects to success in marketing the work.
Your second question is not as easy to answer because only you know how your manuscript reads! I have no way of knowing what grade level you wrote the work to, so, I can't give you an answer. Sorry!