I wish I could give a shout out to whomever tweeted about Casey McCormick and her Literary Rambles blog post about word counts for children’s books. Because her post is packed with pithy word count info! (I thought I might come up with another “p” and get all alliterative here, but alas, I was foiled at the end.)
I tag lots of links to read later and never quite get around to reading them. But I’m ever so happy that this time, I zipped over for a quick look-see. Not only does Casey share word count wisdom, but she also has a nifty blog in general. Agent stuff and writing stuff and query stuff and…well, I could go on. But it would probably be best if you just zipped over to check it out yourself.
For what it’s worth, I agree with Casey about staying within the general word count parameters. It’s tough enough to get an agent without sabotaging yourself with a 200,000 word MG manuscript. Oh, and you might want to take a look at some of her resource articles while you’re there.
I found a goldmine of good um, stuff when I happened on Literary Rambles. (Dang! That last alliteration is STILL eluding me!)