Definition: is the number of words in a document or passage of text.
How to check what your word count is in a word document:
OPEN your Microsoft Word document/file
On the top, click on REVIEW tab
If you highlight the paragraphs or sentences, you will see only the specific word count for that which is highlighted. If you do not highlight any area, you will see the entire document’s word count.
On a Mac, click on the Launchpad icon in your dock (the gray rocket ship). Type ‘Word’ in the search bar at the top of the screen.
Short story 7,500 words
Novelette 7,500 and 17,500
Novella 17,500 and 40,000
Romance novel 17,500 and 40,000
Fantasy and Sci-Fi 180,000 to 200,000
Literary novel 120,000 but can be up to 200,000
Young adult 50,000 and 70,000
Middle Grade 50,000 to 80,000
Biographies and Memoirs 70,000 to 100,000 words
Popular Nonfiction 70,000 to 120,000
Niche Nonfiction – the sky is the limit
*As an interesting side note, ‘Amazon’s Text Stats’ show that the average length of all books on Amazon is about 64,000 words.