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What's included in the word count in a graphic novel—is it dialogue, captions, and sound effects?
Seems like quite a pain in the butt to count all that with illustration notes all over the place. 
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#1 - July 02, 2021, 11:48 AM

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Yup. What the heck, just count them all. Or you might want to have a copy without art notes to get a handle on what it would look like. A dummy.
#2 - July 02, 2021, 05:44 PM
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Thanks. I was hoping a word count wasn't needed for GN🙃.
#3 - July 03, 2021, 05:42 AM

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Graphic novels are measured in page count not word count when you are submitting.

In terms of general guidelines, I've seen the recommendation to have no more than 25 words per panel and 125 total words per page, but it really depends on the age level. For many graphic novels, there are far fewer than this number.
#4 - July 05, 2021, 03:35 PM
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Hi Kirsten,
:thankyou4 so much for chiming in and for all your great info at the Confab! That's makes things SO much easier. I actually made a copy of my manuscript and deleted out all the stuff that wasn't in the word count—a royal pain in the :notworking
 
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