I don’t usually post word counts, but several friends have asked recently how long my book will be.
I just finished revising (and cutting) Parts I and II, and together they’re nearly 70,000 words. That’s 224 manuscript pages, double-spaced in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman font.
Ideally, I’d like the manuscript to come in at 85,000 words. (Why? Because to be published, my book needs to be about the same length as most travel memoirs already on store shelves.) More realistically, I’ll keep it under 90,000.
That means Part III has gotta be a shortie. It is shorter than the first two sections, but this updated word count will inspire me to cut even more.