Middle grade fiction novel length

April 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm (Uncategorized)

I have been doing research on the ideal length for a middle grade fiction novel. I think for a debut novel, the ideal length is considered to be between 25,000 and 40,000 words. Obviously, many successful writers (ie: JK Rowling, Rick Riordan, etc) go WAY past the 40,000 words mark, but they are no longer debut writers. From what I understand, most publishers are leery about spending a heap of money on debut writers as it is, so keeping your middle grade fiction book below 40,000 is fairly safe. Although, if you need 50,000 words to tell your story, you shouldn’t feel trapped. If it’s a good story and well-written, publishers will want your manuscript.



  1. Donald Riggio said,

    As you said…whatever length you need to tell your story is the way to go…agood agent will hand you over to a good editor who’ll help you trim it if need be.


    • Alba Arango said,

      You are so right, Donald. I do believe that a good agent is the way to go!

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