Should we use a computerized word count for our manuscript submissions or the 250 words per page calculation (Courier 12pt 1inch margins double spaced pages)? Thanks.
The 250 words/page estimate is a holdover from the days of typewriters. Now with the handy dandy word counter on your computer, use that. And you don't need to be so specific as to list 53,204 exactly.
Word count is a general idea. You can say 54K or around 54K and that conveys what we need to know at this stage.
This does NOT apply to children's early reader and picture books. Those requirements on word count are MUCH more strict.