Dear Miss Snark:
Can you tell me what the acceptable word count should be (a range would be helpful) for a young adult action/adventure fantasy novel aimed at an eleven to thirteen year old readership?
I have been told that 60,000 words is the max for a first time writer. Is this true?
Thanks for your help.
Sorry, I have no idea. None. Zero. Zilch. I don't do YA, and I don't do fantasy.
The best way to really figure this out is to look at what's on the shelves in bookstores. Pick a novel in your category. Pick several. Make sure they are front list ..ie published this year. Count the words. You'll get the general idea.
This works for all sorts of genres not just this one. I can tell you one thing, Writers Digest another but what I'd believe first are the actual books on the shelves.