Do You Know How Many Words are estimated to be in each Book Genre?

When I decided to write a new genre I didn’t realize how epic this fantasy series would be! I’ve written other novels but not like this. Each time I write in a new genre I think over what the general rule is for word and page counts. Here is a sample of what is listed on online from Google. I am trying to stay within the rule of play. Even though I don’t think anyone is going to fault me for not getting to the upper end of the word counts. For fantasy novels it is quite high! I will make the mid-range hopefully. I think when the story ends that is where I will stop. Ha!

Word counts per book genre:

  • Memoir – 45,000 to 80,000.
  • Self-Help Book – 30,000 – 70,000.
  • Fantasy Novel – 50,000 – 150,000.
  • Sci-fi Novel – 50,000 – 150,000.
  • Romance Novel – 50,000 – 90,000.
  • Mystery Novel – 40,000 – 80,000.
  • Horror Novel – 40,000 – 80,000.
  • Dystopian Novel – 60,000 -120,000
  • Young adult: 55,000 – 70,000.
  • Mystery: 75,000 – 100,000.
  • Thriller: 90,000 – 100,000.
  • Memoir: 80,000 – 90,000.
  • Western: 45,000 – 75,000

I figured that since the first book in the series, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1), is about 500 pages and 70K words, the second one would be about 550 pages and 80-85K words with each subsequent book having more pages and higher word count. This series could become like the Lord of the Rings in length if I keep going! Yikes!

Just the idea of beginning to read a book with a page count of more than 600 pages exhausts me. How about you? Well, I will try to keep it under 600 pages. At present the counts are at 400 pages and over 47K words. The story is coming along and more than three quarter’s completed.

If you haven’t read Book 1 yet now is the time to LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN! I don’t see Book 2 being completed until maybe summer or sooner, fingers crossed! I have had a lot on my plate personally lately and am doing my best to work on it in between stuff. It hasn’t been easy. But I will keep plugging along whenever I get some time.

The way I am moving I will not make my goal of four books published this year. I will be lucky to complete two if possible. This fantasy has taken a lot out of me along with everything else going on. I know I had planned to write six books in this series but I may stop at three. It all depends upon interest in this first book. Please let me know if you have read this book and want to see more in the series.


This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

It is always wonderful to receive reviews of my books. Please feel free to share your thoughts on Amazon. Here are some reviews already received.

Well, until I complete Book 2 I hope you will enjoy the first book in the series. I will keep sharing updates as it progresses. I have also begun another book much lighter in content that I will eventually finish once Book 2 is completed. I need to jump to another genre since this fantasy can be overwhelming at times before I continue with the next book in the series. I find jumping across genres helps to keep me fresh and energized and ready to pick up the intensity of the series again.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again for more updates and other stuff. I appreciate your kind support.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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2 Responses to Do You Know How Many Words are estimated to be in each Book Genre?

  1. Jan Sikes says:

    It’s interesting to see the average word counts for the different genres.

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