Saturday, November 17, 2007

Word Count.

How does everyone determine word count? I have heard two rules of thumb. One is Word's word count. The other is to multiply 250 times the number of pages. I have heard that publishers use the 250 count. Is this to be used when the first page of each chapter starts at mid-page?

6 comments:

NBB said...

Hey there,

I think I've seen Diana mentioning something about the best method of word counting over at the forum.
I remember that she said someting along the lines, that the method doesn't matter if you are just giving a general idea of the length to a publisher or whomever. They'll do a "precise" word count themselves later on.
Ok, I searched and it's message 51382.32
I of course do not know if you asked because of a specific reason and my answer might not help any.

Carol A. Spradling said...

Hi Nina,

I agree. Generally, the counts don't vary that much, but my current wip has a huge discrepancy between the two numbers. I guess I'll wait til I near the end and see if it pulls closer together. I think the difference might be due to several pages being litered with notes opposed to completed scenes.

How is your wip coming along?

Susan Adrian said...

Hi Carol:

Word wordcount. I've seen enough agents and editors say to use this as a ballpark that I'd believe it. Publishers do a page count estimate with a formula later, that takes account of lots of pages with dialogue, page breaks, etc. (I used to do this myself to estimate pages for journals).

Susan

Carol A. Spradling said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks for telling me. I always use Word but the formula keeps popping up more often.

How is your progress coming along?

NBB said...

The WIP is coming along OK.

I'm 1600 words behind, BUT I've had a very busy two weeks and have more time and leisure to write this weekend. AND I think about scenes and developments all the time, so I will "just" need to write it down. So the writing is going on in my head at the moment, but it's better than a block :)

Susan Adrian said...

Progress is good, Carol. Thanks!