The Perfect Word Count For Your EBook: We Help You Decide!

When a book is good, it can’t ever be too long. And a badly written book can never be too short!

This holds true for eBooks as well. And that right there, is your answer to ‘how long an eBook should I write’!

There is really is no ‘perfect’ length for a great eBook that sells.

But how do you know how long your book should be? Is there a correct length for an eBook? These are simple questions and the actual answers depend on a variety of factors.

What Really Matters: Reader Expectations!

Your prospective readers know how long an eBook has to be. They are the best judges. Here’s why:

If they are reading a thrilling spy story, they’ll be bummed if it’s finished in one night. It’s the same with a romance novel or a science fiction thriller. They are going to howl if it’s too short, they feel cheated out of their hard-earned money and may express their anger in the form of a negative review.

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Of course, all of this is applicable only on well-written books that keep readers engaged forever. A quick Google search for “perfect eBook length” will show thousands of results. There are many discussions and countless opinions on the matter.

So it all boils down to the subject matter of your eBook, the age, as well as the reading habits of your prospective readers.

Young readers are coming into the digital bookstores in droves, but the readers who have always been readers—and those who are now choosing eBooks over print books—are the ones you need to appeal to the most. Keep them in mind when deciding how long an eBook you want to create.

What’s ‘Normal’ Anyway?

Here is how long print books usually aim to be, depending on the genre. Aim for the same word count for your eBook.

Know what length “normal” print books are, and aim for that range with your eBooks. Here’s a Reference Guide for you.

Micro-Fiction: about 100 words

Flash Fiction: 100–1,000 words

Short Story: 1,000–7,500 words

Novelette: 7,500–20,000 words

Novella: 20,000–50,000 words

Novel: 50,000–110,000

Epic Novel: 110,000+ words

Via Joan Reeves @ SlingWords

But Aren’t EBooks Supposed To Be As Short As Possible?

Well, it was believed that shorter eBooks are better simply because today’s readers are too distracted. They are fast living individuals, and are more likely to read in shorter bursts.

However, one eBook guru did his research and it says something entirely different.

Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, an eBook publishing and distribution platform outlined his findings here.

Reality is that eBook readers have overwhelmingly voted in favor of longer, more detailed eBooks. They way they spend their Dollars, Euros and Pounds make it more than evident that they’d rather purchase a longer eBook any given day!

What Else Do You Need To Think About?

The good thing about eBooks is that there is absolutely no printing, binding or paper costs involved with selling an eBook. This means that delivering a 200,000-word epic novel is not likely to cost more than trying to sell a 10,000-word short story.

This is also a bad thing, because then, eBook authors tend to run away with their stories and end up with extensively confusing and long-winded plots.

So remember, you have the power to be crafty and creative with eBooks.

With great power, comes great responsibility. -Uncle Ben

So What Was The Problem Again? The Perfect Word Count!

The best way to find out is taking a general survey of the genre you plan to write for. Find eBooks that you will be competing with; then once you have a ballpark estimate, prepare a manuscript of the same length.

Lastly, make sure that your manuscript is just about long enough to tell the story right. It should be just as long as it needs to be, and no longer.

If you have any trouble, allow us to take the reins. Our ghost writers have drafted hundreds of eBooks that have been a massive hit, and gained immense recognition.