A Good Standard for YA Novel Word Counts

Some agents/publishers explicitly state a word count range in their submission guidelines, so follow that if available. If not, 80-100k is a
good standard to aim for, though YA novels tend to be on the shorter side (less than 80k).

Resource: Word count for Publishing?: Creative Writing Forums: Apr 12, 2012

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Flexibility in YA Word Count

More thoughts on the subject: Young Adult: Young adult fiction allows for a lot of flexibility in word count. Middle Grade, Young Adult Fiction Length:

The average middle grade is 30k-40k. Upper middle grade can hit in the 50k word count range (possibly longer, if it’s something really special).

Resource: Ask The Agent: Your Novel Word Count Guide and More: Feb 18, 2013