Bookshelf | Reports | Community | KDP Select

Home » Amazon KDP Support » Voice of the Author / Publisher » Voice of the Author / Publisher

Thread: How Many Words is a Novella?


This question is not answered. Helpful answers available: 2. Correct answers available: 1.

Reply to this Thread Reply to this Thread Search Forum Search Forum Back to Thread List Back to Thread List

Permlink Replies: 7 - Pages: 1 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2011 1:22 AM Last Post By: diamondlifestyle
paul105432

Posts: 1,927
Registered: 11/08/11
How Many Words is a Novella?
Posted: Dec 5, 2011 12:14 PM
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Hi All

A real quickie. How many words does a piece of work have to be to make it a short story, like mine at 7,200 words:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Old-Dog-New-Trick-ebook/dp/B0063325ME

And at what point does a short story honestly qualify as a novella, and a novella a short novel, and a....

I'm a little confused at present with regards word count and official description of titles on Kindle.

Ta.
doctoragon

Posts: 12
Registered: 01/16/11
Re: How Many Words is a Novella?
Posted: Dec 5, 2011 12:37 PM   in response to: paul105432 in response to: paul105432
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
My understanding is that a novella is around 20 to 40 dimes long. And a novel starts around 50-60 dimes long. I hope this helps.
asanand13

Posts: 930
Registered: 05/03/11
Re: How Many Words is a Novella?
Posted: Dec 5, 2011 1:05 PM   in response to: doctoragon in response to: doctoragon
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
The top answer to your question on this link provides an excellent answer to the various perceived lengths of different forms of literature:

http://askville.amazon.com/Word-count-long-novella-matter-short-story/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=6153729

The novella comes in at being between 20-50,000 words, while a book that is between 7,500-20,000 counts as a novellette.

Aman
paul105432

Posts: 1,927
Registered: 11/08/11
Re: How Many Words is a Novella?
Posted: Dec 5, 2011 1:31 PM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Many thanks for the clarification. Novellette? So sexy!

Perhaps then you can answer another question: when I look at a book on Kindle I see a file size in KB. My 7,200 word short story is 103KB. Are these figures a reliable guide to the length of a book in word count? In other words, would a 14,400 word story be listed as 206KB? I ask because this would also help me figure out what authors have chosen to designate their pieces of work as (novel or any other) and how much they are charging for it.

Ta again.
politeia

Posts: 1,081
Registered: 07/16/11
Re: How Many Words is a Novella?
Posted: Dec 5, 2011 2:39 PM   in response to: paul105432 in response to: paul105432
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I don't think file size is a reliable indicator of length. My novel is ~66k words, but the file size is 305kb. Variations i file size can come from the program you use to write it or format it, the number of images, etc.

Jacques
http://www.amazon.com/author/jacquesantoine
punchygonzales

Posts: 2,853
Registered: 11/26/11
Re: How Many Words is a Novella?
Posted: Dec 5, 2011 4:28 PM   in response to: paul105432 in response to: paul105432
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Most publishers I've come across consider 15,000 to be the starting point for novellas. It depends on the publisher though. There's no real standard that I'm aware of.
deckert61

Posts: 946
Registered: 02/04/11
Re: How Many Words is a Novella?
Posted: Dec 5, 2011 4:34 PM   in response to: paul105432 in response to: paul105432
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
If there are any pictures or any kind of image in the file it will be much bigger than plain text. Same for if the cover is included in the file or not. So file size may be a clue to length, but not a reliable one.
diamondlifestyle

Posts: 4,193
Registered: 07/02/11
Re: How Many Words is a Novella?
Posted: Dec 6, 2011 1:22 AM   in response to: paul105432 in response to: paul105432
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I consider my 7700 word and 11000 word pieces short stories. I've got a 34k piece which I consider a novella. The only book I've written that I call a novel is 62k. I wouldn't count anything less than 50k as a novel. 20k-50k is a novella, IMO.
Legend
Helpful Answer
Correct Answer

Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in all forums