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Thanks Vijaya.   I will check out those books.  This is exactly the information I need.  Everyone has been so helpful!

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Frederick, you've rec'd good advice already. NF has a lot more leeway. There are shorty short PBs like Verla's (Rough Tough Charley) with backmatter to illustrated books that are longer--I've seen 40, 48, 64, 80 page books. Scientists in the Field series are also longer. You might want to visit your library and check out a few from different publishers and see which ones fit your vision and submit to them. Suzanne Slade's COUNTDOWN is 144 pages and it's gorgeous! Big book too. Since your wife is an illustrator, I thought of BRILLIANT: 25 Catholic Scientists, Mathematicians, and Supersmart People by David and Jaclyn Warren. I hope you take a look. There are lots of options for great stories!
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Thanks Jody!

That seems like a great match for the type of book that I wrote.  I just ordered it from the library.  It is 96 pages, but I do not know how many words that is.  It must be a LOT more than my measly 3,000 words.   Maybe I need to expand my text, but I don't want to turn it into an adult book.

Yes, Lori's book is 6,855 words.

If you need to know the word count of most published books, try https://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx and follow the prompts. Great resource.
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Sorry to break this new, but I don't think you can get away with 2-3,000 words. Code Breaker, Spy Hunter is an anomoly. My others are 1,300-1,800. CB, SH was my fifth book, so I think they gave me a little more leeway, plus the 48 pages. Usually you only get 32.

No problem.  I can chop it down.  What is your target age range and what is the genre of the books?


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Sorry to break this new, but I don't think you can get away with 2-3,000 words. Code Breaker, Spy Hunter is an anomoly. My others are 1,300-1,800. CB, SH was my fifth book, so I think they gave me a little more leeway, plus the 48 pages. Usually you only get 32.
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It sounds like you need to focus on NF books as comparison titles. I feel like NF can be longer, and that the thing with the 300 word pb is more of a fiction thing than a children's NF book. I would go find the new NF book in the kids' section of the library and browse for things that are similar.
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If you want to cut down the words, look at any of my #WomenInSTEM titles (including one of the Ada's, although mine was the first trade pb). My CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER is especially long at 48 pages and 2,200 words, but usually they're shorter to fit into 32 or at most 40 pages. Also, you need to leave room for back matter.

Wow oh wow, Laurie. CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER seems like a wonderful book!   What a great story.  Just perfect and a good match for the genre I am working on.  So it would seem that I can go with 2,000-3,000 words; that is a relief.  In the meantime I will get a copy of CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER; I cannot wait!

BTW, I was going to mention Grace Hopper as a possible subject of a STEM bio, but it looks like you already have that covered (and probably others did this subject also).  Hopper came and talked to our computer science class.


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If you want to cut down the words, look at any of my #WomenInSTEM titles (including one of the Ada's, although mine was the first trade pb). My CODE BREAKER, SPY HUNTER is especially long at 48 pages and 2,200 words, but usually they're shorter to fit into 32 or at most 40 pages. Also, you need to leave room for back matter.
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Thanks Jody!

That seems like a great match for the type of book that I wrote.  I just ordered it from the library.  It is 96 pages, but I do not know how many words that is.  It must be a LOT more than my measly 3,000 words.   Maybe I need to expand my text, but I don't want to turn it into an adult book.
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